Motorola yesterday (Feb 1) launched its Moto X Force in India in 32 GB and 64 GB versions for Rs 49,999 and Rs 53,999 respectively. It has got lot of attention due to its shatter-proof display. So let’s check out how it fares against the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, which is the first phone in the world to have a 4K display and it is also IP68 rated. Note that the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is currently retailing in India for about Rs 57,000.
The major talking point of the Motorola Moto X Force is the extra strong display which is said to be shatter proof. Its back panel is made of a Kevlar like material. The body is encapsulated by a metallic surround. The Motorola Moto X Force is a fairly thick phone with large bezels on the front and a patterned back panel that should offer good grip. The phone measures 149.8 x 78 x 9.2 mm and weighs 169 grams.
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has got rave reviews for its looks, due to its stunning mirror finish back panel. But this glass back panel and its polished metal rim make it super slippery. Also it is a finger print magnet and thus to maintain its looks, you have to clean it every now and then. The phone also quite taller and heavier than the Moto X Force, measuring 154.4 x 75.8 x 7.8 mm and weighing 180 grams. Also don’t forget that the Z5 Premium is IP68 certified and hence water and dust proof.
So if you are conscious about the style factor, go for Xperia Z5 but if you are looking for durability then the Moto X Force should be in your shopping list.
This is where the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium wins most points, as it is the first phone in the world with a 4K display. The 5.5 inch IPS scratch resistant display has a resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels, thus offering pixel density of unbelievable 809 ppi!
The display of the Motorola Moto X Force is crack proof, at least as per the company. Motorola has made this display using ShatterShield technology in which the display is made of five layers including a rigid aluminium core, on top of which lies AMOLED flexible display to absorb shocks.
Though its 5.4 inch AMOLED display doesn’t have 4K resolution as that of Z5 Premium but it still has impressive Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) resolution and thus its display offers pixel density of 540 ppi.
This round is complicated one to navigate, as one is first shatterproof display, while the other is the first 4K one. While some might argue that 4K content is rare, it doesn’t make it any less of a feat.
Processor & Memory
The Motorola Moto X Force runs on the octa-core Snapdragon 810 clocked at 2.0 GHz, with 3 GB of RAM and Adreno 430. The internal memory is 32/64 GB (depending on the model you choose). Also it has a micro SD card slot of 200 GB capacity.
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium also has the octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor as well as 3 GB of RAM and Adreno 430. It also offers 32 GB of internal memory and 200 GB microSD card slot.
Here the Moto X Force has an advantage in terms of storage (if you choose its 64 GB model).
The Motorola Moto X Force ships with Android Lollipop, but we would expect an upgrade to Marshmallow very soon. The Motorola OS is largely stock and just has a few tweaks.
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium runs Android Lollipop, and it too would be upgraded to Marshmallow sooner or later. However the Z5 Premium has a customised interface that tweaks the Android OS a bit but has been well received by most reviewers.
The Motorola Moto X Force has a 3760 mAh unit, which can provide up to 500 hours of standby or 25 hours of standby time (both on 3G).
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has a 3430 mAh battery, but Sony hasn’t said how much backup it will be able to provide.
The 330 mAh difference doesn’t sound that big but still the Motorola Moto X Force do have an advantage here.
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has a 23 megapixel primary camera which can record 4K videos. It comes with Sony’s ultra fast focus technology which, as per the company, helps it to capture images in just 0.03 seconds. Besides, it has plethora of camera features that include 5X zoom facility, 23 mm wide angle lens, Stedyshot tech, Exmor RS sensor, and ISO 12800 photo / 4000 video. For selfies, the phone offers a 5 megapixel front camera.
The Motorola Moto X Force is armed with a 21 megapixel primary camera with an aperture of f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-tone flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR, and video recording at 2160p at 30fps. The front of the Motorola Moto X Force has a 5 megapixel unit with the same aperture and flash too.
The Xperia Z5 Premium has got good reviews for its cameras and we hope the Moto X Force to offer good camera output, if not better results than the Z5 premium.
The Moto X Force is quite attractive in the connectivity department with dual nano SIM slots, WiFi (b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1 LE, NFC, micro USB port, 3.5 mm jack and GPS. It has an Infrared sensor too that should allow it to be used as a remote controller.
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium also has two SIM slots and it offers 4G connectivity as well. Besides, this Sony smartphone offers dual band WiFi (ac), WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.1 A2DP, NFC, FM radio, micro USB port, and GPS with GLONASS.
This is quite a close contest. The two devices are greatly different in terms of design but in other areas they look quite the same. So a lot depends on your personal choice. But irrespective of your choice a great smartphone experience is quite certain.