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DROID Turbo 2 launches internationally as Moto X Force


In what is certainly the shortest press release I’ve ever seen, Motorola’s official UK handle announced what I’ve been hoping to hear ever since Verizon and Motorola announced the DROID Turbo 2 earlier this week. The device is making its way across the pond, albeit without the Verizon livery, bloatware and brand name. Internationally, the DROID Turbo 2 will be sold as the Moto X Force, and it features all the specifications that make the DROID Turbo 2 so appealing

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As a recap, the Moto X Force features a QHD resolution 5.4-inch AMOLED display which Motorola has protected with its ShatterShield technology. This tech, Moto claims, can survive any scrapes, bangs and drops thanks to its innovative glass-free 5-layer construction. At its thickest point, the device is 9.2mm thin, while the thinnest parts (at the edges) are 7.6mm. Inside, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, 3GB RAM and Adreno 430 GPU and should get you through two days’ use with its huge 3,760mAh battery. What’s more, it supports TurboPower (Quick-Charge) fast charging as well as both Qi and PMA wireless charging. Customers buying the Moto x Force will have the option of 32GB or 64GB storage, but both come with MicroSD expansion up to a maximum of 2TB via MicroSD.

If all of that wasn’t enough to convince you, it has a 21MP camera on the back with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, dual LED flash, HDR and 4K video recording. On the front, there’s a 5MP camera with f/2.0 aperture and large pixels for good low light performance, as well as a front-facing flash. It has a front firing loudspeaker and has 5 mics built in for advanced noise cancellation. There’s no fingerprint sensor, but there is NFC and the whole phone is protected by a water resistant nano-coating. Out-of-box it will run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, although it should be upgraded to 6.0 Marshmallow pretty soon.

In short: Motorola threw everything it could in to this phone. It has a great camera (according to DxOMark), a brilliant screen, huge battery, it’s indestructible, and runs an almost stock version of Android. Is it too soon to suggest this might be ‘the’ perfect all-round Android phone?

Although Motorola hasn’t said how much the device will cost, we’re expecting it to be more expensive than the Moto X Style. Hopeful buyers can register for updates at Motorola’s online store from today. Like the Turbo 2, buyers will be able to customize their phone pre-purchase using Moto Maker to choose several colors in either Horween pebbled leather, ballistic nylon or a grippy plastic.

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