Motorola Moto X Force: Review and testing smartphone

Motorola Moto X Force: Review and testing smartphone


Today we review the most powerful device of the line – flagship smartphone Moto X Force, which his whole appearance shows the seriousness of the Chinese producer. Its body is made of ballistic nylon with a waterproof nanocoating, while the screen is completely closed unbreakable glass Moto ShatterShield, the basis of which uses a proprietary design with an aluminum substrate, AMOLED-matrix and the dual layer sensor. In addition, the gadget boasts of modern hardware platform based on an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU and the presence of a 21-megapixel camera with autofocus and phase two-section LED flash, making it a serious player in the premium segment.

Moto X Force: Supply and equipment

As befits a flagship device, the smartphone Moto X Force has a stylish and, despite its size, quite elegant packaging. It is made of high-quality high-density cardboard and different fashion now a minimalist design with a well-chosen color scheme.

Motorola Moto X Force: Review and testing smartphone

The inside of the box is designed as a small organizer, where neatly laid directly the smartphone business with non-removable battery charger USB-cable, clip for removal of the tray with the SIM card and the microSD, as well as a standard user documentation.

Moto X Force: Appearance

Despite the frequent change of owner and the inevitable upheavals within the company, design Moto X Force, to the great delight of the fans kept the spirit of the “old school” for which so fond of the device of the past generation. The device looks stylish, strictly and devilishly attractive in the same way as it may attract the attention of modern firearms, or work of art in the style of Hi-Tech.

Housing smartphone, or rather its chassis is made of high quality anodized aluminum. On one side of the frame is completely closed multilayer safety glass and on the other – small insert from ballistic nylon, which has a water-repellent nanocoating. It is really quite effective against moisture, however, due to the characteristic scaly texture rear panel quickly collects dust and other contaminants.

In terms of dimensions overlooked gadget easily comparable with most standard 5-inch models. It easily fits in the palm of medium size and allows you to operate all the features available with one hand. The only thing that can remind yourself about at the expiration of the day, so it’s not the most modest weight of the device (169 g), which in general is a legitimate price to pay for the ultimate design and high reliability.

Motorola Moto X Force: Review and testing smartphone

The entire front panel Moto X Force frames rather large plastic edging. It is only a little raised above the glass, so is more stylish decorative insert, rather than real protection from possible damage. The boxes around the display pleasantly pleased, because it does not take up much storage space: 12 mm from the top, the bottom 17 mm and 5 mm on the sides.

Above the display is a smartphone: LED flash notification light, proximity sensor and light sensor, earpiece and front camera lens, and under it – two oblong holes, under which the hidden microphone (left) and the multimedia speaker (right). Habitual “Back” button, “Home” and “Menu” brought to the screen. The upper face of the device holds a 3.5-mm audio jack and a coaxial tray Nano-SIM cards and microSD, and the bottom – micro-USB port. On the right side wall of the device is a power button and volume rocker, while the left is completely free of connectors and ports.

The back side of Moto X Force is presented in the form of a non-removable panel. It housed two barely visible holes additional microphones (top and bottom of the back cover) and a small oval island (made of plastic, but has a metal edging), which encloses the main camera lens, two-section LED flash and logo.

The build quality and body rigidity smartphone Moto X Force did not cause even the slightest claim. Everything is at the highest level, as such deserves a big-name brand and its loyal fans.

Motorola Moto X Force: Review and testing smartphone

Moto X Force: Display

The Moto X Force features a large 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and a pixel density at 544 ppi, which is based on the original Moto ShatterShield technology. It uses a special “sandwich” of five layers without an air layer: tempered glass and a softer, double touch the substrate, AMOLED-matrix and the aluminum base. All this as a result provides a high impact resistance (glass does not crumble, even when critical injuries) and a great level of sensitivity and control. The main feature of the display are additional sensors, placed on the front of the circuit, which fix the state of the device and run the clock display icons or notifications during the hand over the smartphone.

By unconditional screen merit is attributed almost perfect contrast and excellent image detail and the widest viewing angles, and a controversial points – slightly oversaturated color reproduction is quite noticeable green tint (most evident when the brightness is less than 70%), which, unfortunately, can not be set available BY.

With regard to lighting, it is pleasantly pleased good margin and adjustable in automatic mode (the presence of ambient light sensor). With the smartphone is quite comfortable to work and on a bright day and in total darkness. However, in direct sunlight the information on the screen a little fade, it is likely to be associated with a sufficiently massive protective layer.

Motorola Moto X Force: Review and testing smartphone

Built-in sensor substrate supports up to 10 simultaneous key presses. It is characterized by high sensitivity and instantaneous, and most importantly clearly responds to even the slightest touch. Support of additional control gestures, as well as opportunities to work with gloves, no.

Moto X Force: Audio Subsystem

Moto X Force is equipped with a multi-media speaker. He passed the front panel and placed under the display, on the one hand, virtually eliminating the possibility of accidental muting it, and with another – provides sufficiently loud and clear sound throughout the existing range. The speaker was pleased uniform distribution of high and medium frequencies, as well as the presence of quite a pleasant bass.

The third-party headphones (intracanal Vivanco HS 200 WT and gaming HyperX Cloud) sound is also a good range of distinguished and notable depth. The gadget effortlessly practiced all available frequencies and provides the necessary margin volume.

Motorola Moto X Force: Review and testing smartphone

Moto X Force: Camera

Together with a memorable design with a large 5.4-inch AMOLED-display, one of the main advantages of a smartphone under review can be considered a digital camera modules. The technical specifications, they are able to compete on a par with the leaders of the premium segment, and the quality of the footage to please even very demanding users.

So, as the main camera Moto X Force stands 21-megapixel Sony IMX230 unit with phase autofocus, optical image stabilization and a two-section LED flash, while the front camera is represented by a 5-megapixel module with wide-angle, fixed focus and LED flash another. Both modules have a fairly sensitive aperture of f / 2.0 and can record video at a maximum resolution of 4K Ultra HD and Full HD, respectively.

These with their photos and videos using different excellent contrast, superb detail and rich color reproduction, which in some cases may even seem a little excessive. In addition to the user’s choice is a fairly efficient HDR mode, the popular Slow Motion (720p) and the previously mentioned 4K Ultra HD, offering the highest image quality.

Brand camera software is extremely simple, but quite easy to use interface. At first it has to get used to, but it will take a little time. The functionality of the base (you can choose the focus point and drag to select the exposure level), which are sure to enjoy for beginners. Out of interest – the ability to run pretty quick burst a long press on the screen (single touch – a normal frame).

Moto X Force: User interface

High positioning virtually any modern device on the market forces the manufacturer to equip their offspring top-end software. Moto X Force is also not an exception, because since sales almost immediately received an update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

From the stock options the operating system differs only in a pair redrawn icons and a few pre-installed apps, most of which can rightly be considered proprietary utility Moto. It allows you to virtually a few touches include voice control (Russian and Ukrainian language is not supported), activate the work of smart gestures (double shake your smartphone to turn on / off the front of the flash as a flashlight or twice to turn his hand to start the camera menu), and adjust the order and time display notifications on the lock screen to conserve battery power.

As for performance, there is a smartphone can give odds to most direct competitors. Thanks to modern hardware platform all daily activities in the environment of OS run smoothly and clearly, without the slightest hint of jerks or hesitation.

Moto X Force: Performance and communication capabilities

Smartphone Moto X Force is based on an 8-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (model MSM8994), which is based on 64-bit microarchitecture ARMv8-A in accordance with the 20-nm process technology. It consists of four high-performance cores ARM Cortex-A57 @ 2,0 GHz and 4 energy efficient core ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1,5 GHz. Complementing the CPU built-in graphics adapter Qualcomm Adreno 430 with an operating frequency of 600 MHz and support for OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenVG 1.1 and DirectX 11. The RAM is 3GB, and constant – 32 GB, which is available from about 21.84 GB. In addition, it can be greatly expanded with microSD memory cards record up to 2 TB.

Motorola Moto X Force: Review and testing smartphone

As can be seen from the test results, Foreseeable model does not feel even the slightest problem with the computing power. It can easily deal with any daily tasks, including multitasking and to run almost all modern game projects at maximum graphics settings with more than a comfortable frame rate. Unfortunately, the reverse side of the medal as the outstanding performance metric is a significant heating of the housing along the contour of the metal frame, which occurs after prolonged operation of the gadget under load.

Traditionally, the flagship devices of recent years, the smartphone is equipped with a Moto X Force odnosimochnym radio module supporting Nano-SIM card format. It allows you to make telephone calls on the 2G GSM standard and transmit data in mobile networks 3G UMTS and 4G LTE speeds up to 300 Mbit / s.

There were no complaints about the functioning of the radio module or the speaker and no microphones. Everything works well and harmoniously, efficiently transmitting caller’s voice and the owner. But the vibrating alert little weak, though, and has a pleasant timbre. Therefore, being in the pocket of a jacket or thick down jacket, he may well go unnoticed.

In addition to supporting high-speed mobile networks, the smartphone is equipped overlooked by three popular wireless module: NFC, Bluetooth 4.1 LE and Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac. The latter is also able to work in dual-channel mode (2.4 and 5 GHz) and can boast the presence of a variety of useful features MIMO.

Search Wi-Fi points and then connecting to it is fast, and set compound has good stability.

Built-geopositioning easily recognize the two satellites navigation systems – GPS (A-GPS) and GLONASS. It features high accuracy (up to 4 m) and a pretty good speed of work – the “cold” start in less than 15 seconds.

Moto X Force: Autonomy

The Moto X Force has a removable lithium-ion battery capacity of 3670 mAh, which in moderate use when performing daily tasks can provide up to two days of trouble-free operation of the device on a single charge.

So, during the viewing of HD-video (MPEG-4 / AVC, M4V container stream 4 Mbit / s) smartphone completely drained in 13 hours and 13 minutes, and when you start a game simulation (Asphalt 8: Airborne) – 4 hours 39 minutes .

Estimated battery according to PCMark benchmark was 8 hours 44 minutes, and according to the test battery Geekbench 3 – 6 hours 34 minutes, while the benchmark GFXBench outstanding results in 272 minutes. In all modes, except for the game, the display brightness was set at around 50%, and included wireless modules Wi-Fi and GPS.

, Including with a wireless charging standard for Qi To completely restore the initial condition of the battery volume necessary to spend on average about 3 hours. However, thanks to the support of proprietary technology and complete TurboPower charger, user can significantly reduce this figure up to 1.5 hours.


Summing up the final results of this testing, we can happily state the unconditional fact – the return of a legend held! Lenovo has managed to revive the famous brands, the revival of which are desperate to believe even the most devoted fans.

Smartphone Moto X Force has turned out exactly the way to be a true flagship – a stylish, powerful and uncompromising. It almost perfectly united high-tech design, performance hardware platform and a whole heap of proprietary developments. That only is a solid aluminum casing with inlays of ballistic nylon and a unique in-kind 5.4-inch AMOLED-display-based Moto ShatterShield technology, which is not afraid to substitute a blow. It is also necessary to include the basic 21-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and a two-section LED flash, almost all the available wireless communication modules and capacious lithium-ion battery 3670 mAh that supports wireless charging and fast recovery function by TurboPower technology. Finally, do not forget about the so-called “cherry on the cake” – the actual operating system Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which allows the most efficient and comfortable to manage all of the above features.

Of course, not without minor flaws. Also, very few people rejoice, and the price, which in our market conditions hurt the pocket of almost any potential customer. However, this in no way diminishes the merits of the device under review. Smartphone Moto X Force can be recommended to all fans of the brand, an experienced “gadzhetovodam” and just lovers of exclusive things. In the end, the unit will cost to buy, at least for the sake of other companies, like the Lenovo, we saw a genuine interest on the part of users and also set foot on the path that allows such legends as Motorola to get a second chance.


  • stylish design;
  • high-tech materials of the body;
  • excellent build quality;
  • 4-inch AMOLED-display based on proprietary technology Moto ShatterShield;
  • quality multimedia speaker;
  • 5 presence of microphones;
  • the main camera with a 21 megapixel Sony IMX230 unit, phase autofocus, optical image stabilization and a two-section LED flash;
  • front camera of 5 megapixels with wide-angle optics and LED flash, which can also be used as a flashlight;
  • high-performance hardware platform;
  • extensive communication capabilities due to the presence of all modern wireless modules;
  • the actual operating system Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow;
  • a good level of autonomy;
  • support wireless charging standard Qi, as well as the ability to quickly restore the battery charge thanks to the proprietary technology TurboPower.


  • rear panel rather quickly gathers dust;
  • no USB-cable included;
  • a significant heating of the case in dealing with time-consuming tasks.
Motorola Moto X Force: Review and testing smartphone was last modified: July 18th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby