Phone screens get stronger all the time, yet we still shatter them at time with impeccable ease. Enter the Moto X Force, a supposedly shatterproof smartphone.
An unlocked version of the Verizon-exclusive Droid Turbo 2, which was unveiled earlier this year, this 5.4in smartphone comes with a four-year warranty against cracking and shattering. Motorola is very confident you won’t be able to break its screen.
How confident? We mashed it against a metal chair in Stuff HQ this morning without getting close to breaking the thing. It was truly impressive and a lot of fun.
Motorola says the Force’s ShatterShield display a five-layer system consisting of a very hard outer lens, an internal lens designed not to crack or shatter, a second touch layer in case the first one is damaged, and then the AMOLED display and an aluminium chassis for durability.
One potential downside of such a tough display is a lack of clarity when it comes to onscreen detail. We’ll see whether this is the case when we get the Moto X Force in for testing. Otherwise, this is very similar handset to the Moto X Style.
It has that smaller 5.4in screen, but the same Snapdragon 810 chip, 3GB RAM, 21-megapixel back camera, and a 3,760mAh battery with wireless charging. The X Force also has Moto Maker customisation available, including a LG G4-like leather finish. Motorola will sell the 32GB model for £499 SIM-free, while a 64GB version is also available for £534.
Will ShatterShield eventually spread to Motorola's other devices? Or is this just an odd gimmick to distinguish Motorola’s ever-expanding range of phones? We're eager to find out ourselves. Both Android 5.1.1 phones go on sale in mid-November. Naturally, our review of the Moto X Force will be up before then.