Motorola Moto X Force
Pre-orders can now be placed for Motorola Moto X Force in the UK Motorola

Retailers in the UK have started taking pre-orders for Motorola Moto X Force ahead of its official launch. The new smartphone was announced last week as an international version of Verizon's Droid Turbo 2.

Prices vary across retailers but the smartphone is expected to be available for shipping by as early as next week. Handtec has listed the SIM-free version of the Moto X Force for £497.99 ($768, €701), while Clove is demanding £499 and Expansys has priced it at £499.99. Carphone Warehouse is offering the smartphone on various monthly plans starting from £37.50 a month, and the SIM-free version is available for pre-orders with a price tag of £529.99.

Apart from online retailers, carriers like O2, Vodafone UK and EE are set to start selling the Moto X Force with their monthly plans. O2 has the cheapest monthly plan of £37.50 that offers unlimited minutes and text in addition to 1GB of 4G data. Vodafone UK has a monthly plan of £40 on which it offers unlimited minutes and text as well as 2GB of 4G data. For heavy data usage, EE is offering a monthly plan of £54.99 that has 10GB of 4G data along with unlimited minutes and text.

The Motorola Moto X Force features a 5.4in AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 pixels (QHD) resolution. There is an all-new glass panel on top of the smartphone that uses the company's proprietary ShatterShield technology. Under the hood, the smartphone has a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset along with 2GHz quad-core CPU, Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB of RAM. There are 32GB and 64GB storage options along with microSD card support for expansion up to 2TB.

Motorola has provided Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system on the Moto X Force and an update to the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow is expected to be released in the coming future. The smartphone sports a 21-megapixel rear camera sensor along with dual-LED flash and f/2.0 aperture and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor with wide-angle lens and an LED flash. Further, it packs a 3,760mAh battery with TurboPower technology to deliver up to 13 hours of power in barely 15 minutes of charging.