Motorola India announces the Moto X Force: available February 8th

by: Matthew BensonFebruary 1, 2016
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Motorola surprised quite a number of its customers last year when it chose to diversify the Moto X line. Rather than going solo as it had done in years past, the OEM – now owned by Lenovo – released three different devices: the Moto X Style, the Moto X Play, and the Moto X Force. Each one had unique points, with the Style the formal flagship device, the Play the more budget-friendly variant, and the Force a pure powerhouse. The last in the list is known in the USA as the Droid Turbo 2, a Verizon exclusive.

Today, Motorola has officially announced the Moto X Force for release in India, and will formally go on sale February 8th. It will be sold in two variants, a 32GB model for Rs. 49,999 and a 64GB model for Rs. 53,999. The phone will be carried at a number of venues, including Amazon India, Flipkart, and various brick and mortar locations including Croma and Spice. Three color options will be available: Black, Grey, and White.

The Moto X Force comes with a Snapdragon 810 Octa-core SoC with 3GB RAM, and a 5.4-inch QHD AMOLED display that Motorola touts as being “shatterproof”. The display offers a special tech called Moto Shatter Sheild technology, which consists of five layers:

  • A Rigid aluminum core
  • An AMOLED flexible display (can absorb shock and bend rather than break)
  • A Dual Touch layer (so if one breaks, it will still work)
  • An Interior lens
  • An Exterior lens

Motorola has indicated that the ShatterShield display comes with a 4-year replacement warranty in the event of any accidental damage.

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The phone also has a massive 3,760-mAh battery that’s guaranteed to make it through a full day of power usage. Also included is microSD support, a 21-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.

Rounding out the specs, the device is single-SIM supporting and has 4G LTE (Category 4), 3G, CDMA, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and numerous other connectivity standards. The phone also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 and ships with Android Lollipop 5.1.1.

Given the high price of the phone, it will be of interest to monitor the reception it has in the Indian market. BlackBerry has also launched its Priv in the same territory, another high priced, high profile product. While the Moto X Force is just over Rs. 10,000 cheaper, it is still a pricey proposition when compared to numerous alternatives already on the market from rival OEMs.

Readers from India, we want to hear what you think! Is the Moto X Force a deal worth taking, or is it priced too high to have? Should Motorola have made sure Android 6.0 was pre-loaded before releasing the phone, or is 5.1.1 good enough for now? Drop us a line in the comments section below and let your voice be heard!

  • Vigneesh Manoharan

    The phone sure has been priced very high. The difference should have been like when moto x(2nd gen) and droid turbo got released. Both had 10k difference in price and thats all. This time its more. Hoping to see a price cut soon.

  • Tom Naber

    A good looking, high end phone with nearly stock android, a huge battery and a shatterproof display?! No more battery issues, while looking good, while having a great performance and being shatterproof. This phone deserves every penny it asks for. I’ve been a Xiaomi fan for years, but this phone might adress all issues found with modern day smartphones

    • balcobomber25

      LOL, for this price you can buy 3 Xiaomi devices. It might address all the issues or it might not, still need to see some reviews from it.

      • Tom Naber

        Yeah there’s no chance I’m trading off my €150,- Mi 3 for this, but if you do have a high budget, this would be my pick over a Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6s or any other phone in the same price range

        • balcobomber25

          If I was going to pay over $500 for a phone, there is only one brand I would buy: Vivo.

  • Captain Jack

    ₹45000 should have been the price for base model. Although the device is great but they should know that SD 820 powered phones are just round the corner and this phone would have little chances to get going.

  • Sapna Panchal

    It should definitely bhave been preloaded with Android 6 and i think its pricey,,, hoping for the price cut sooner…

  • Pricey for sure. I saw this phone as an ad on my FB and had to google it, as I felt it had good specs but was disappointed with the price, and even more when I read it here that it comes with a lollipop, but again it’s probably because of that shatterproof technology. I did drop my present phone, Nexus 5, quite more than a few times and yet luckily didn’t crack its screen or got any major scratches. Also, I am careful enough not to drop the phone that often, so I don’t really need such a feature, unless if it comes at a lower cost add-on.

    Seems like Apple has spoiled all these companies with the pricing thing. I will look forward to the LG event and their soon to be launched phone.

  • medel

    I wonder where I can purchase the dual sim variant.

  • Gourang Aggarwal

    well, i think not..Because considering all other flagships here in India.
    I dont think i would spend like 50k for shatterproof screen.I would go for iphone 6s(64 gig) (its APPLE)for 60 k, or nexus 6p(64 gig)(it GOOGLE EXCLUSIVE)for 40k, or smasung s6 edge (64 gig) for 43k, or sony z5 premium(its SEXY),or at last BLACKBERRY priv……….
    but 50k for just shatterproof screen is not wirth 50k.

  • Anurag D

    Yes, its priced too high. It should hv been priced at 40K. At that price point it would hv competed against Nexus 6p. It would hv been a dilemma for me regarding which device should I purchase. Now it’s a no brainer. Why would I spend 10k more just for shatterproof screen. Other two glaring problems are no dual sim variant and no android 6.0 out-of-the-box. One of the best things about Motorola has been that they always displayed a great understanding of Indian market. Releasing great devices at almost perfect value prices . But here they are going the Apple way.

  • akshayraj

    comparing to moto turbo edition price is very high

  • Mail carrier

    I can’t speak for India, but here in the US where employees of Verizon have been running MM on the DT2 since December, and customers can’t get the update, that plus Verizon’s crummy record on updating the Droid OS makes me leery of this particular phone. I need a decent tough smartphone but not one that is outdated at release.

  • abdul rahman

    It will be a flop in India for sure. Solely because of price. A person spending 50k would choose iphone anyday, if they want an android phone then nexus 6p at 38k would be the winner. Motorola made a poor choice in pricing.

  • Looks ugly to be frank.. Way overpriced.

  • Frekko

    Personally i am ready to pay even 80k for this piece of ART, Moto have yet again achieved something what really benefits people. Even after losing so much they come up with some innovative idea and win hearts again! Proves that they are not just here for business but here to actually take everyone forward . Hats off

  • Stephenie

    Moto phones are now available for a huge discount only below

  • Ritesh Roy

    Someone should have shatter-proofed the intelligence of the moron(s) who made this pricing decision. Motorola gives us a second- class citizen treatment by launching it 3 or more months later; and then insults our intelligence with their pricing. Agree with all who say that there are better alternatives at this price ! Lousy sales would be the best slap on their faces.