Motorola cuts the price of the Moto Z Play by $50 for a full month

Starting this week, Motorola USA is selling its Moto Z Play smartphone for $399.99 - $50 off the original $449.99 price. We're talking about the unlocked Moto Z Play here (which can be used on AT&T and T-Mobile), not about the Verizon-exclusive Moto Z Play Droid.

While it's true that the Moto Z Play has been included in various promos and offers before, this time, the price cut is valid for a month. Motorola says that the handset, which offers up to 2 days of battery life, will cost $399.99 from now and through February 13.

Retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H have also cut the phone's price by $50. However, if you want to take advantage of Moto Maker and customize the handset's look with a swappable back (starting at $19.99), you must buy it directly from Motorola - see the source link at the end of this article.

Unlike the more expensive Moto Z and Moto Z Force, both of which have been updated to Android 7 Nougat, the Moto Z Play still runs Android 6 Marshmallow. But an update to Nougat will likely arrive in the coming months, so we'd say that $399.99 is not an unwise investment if you're in need of a decent smartphone with long battery life.

source: Motorola

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Moto Z Play
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3510 mAh



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's a nice haircut in price, though it isn't that big enough to boost much sales. If Motorola prices it at 300, it'll be a real deal (or should I say a steal)?!

2. fedxup

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

This for $400 or a Moto X Pure for $270? Mainly use the phone for web, social media, texting, listen to music. Not much of gamer.

3. renatofp

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

I'd choose the Moto X Pure. This price is really good, has a better chip and the screen resolution is higher. Unless you really care about the fingeprint scanner and the battery life, then go for the Z Play. Its battery is huge.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its also using a newer an much more efficient SD 625 over the older SD 808. The SD 625 is using 14 nm process, where as the SD 808 is based on 28 nm process. Not to mention the Moto Z play uses USB-C, and supports USB 3.0 speeds. Also how can anyone forget that the Moto Z play uses the same Moto mods as the Moto Z and Moto Z force. There is already Raspberry PI's mods, and I can't wait for the (AR) Tango mod.

4. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I would go with the Pure, very capable device. I had the G3 and was more than enough. My only gripe with Moto, besides support, they don't want to abandon micro SIMS.

6. rudydh65

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Moto z... And no mention of the mods for this unit... Battery is amazing and camera rocks.

7. rudydh65

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Moto z... And no mention of the mods for this unit... Battery is amazing and camera rocks.

5. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I heard it's got awesome battery life, but the CPU is not good enough

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