Unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Play will be released in October, prices revealed

Unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Play will be released in October, prices revealed
Back in June, when Motorola announced the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid for Verizon Wireless, it said that an unlocked version of the Moto Z would be released in the US later this year. If you're interested in this unlocked Moto Z, you should know that the handset will be officially available starting October for $699.99.

Motorola confirmed that it'll also sell an unlocked version of the Moto Z Play Droid (unveiled today as yet another Verizon exclusive phone). Like the unlocked Moto Z, the carrier-free Moto Z Play will be launched in October, though it will be cheaper, costing $449.99.

You'll be able to use the unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Play on AT&T and T-Mobile, but not on Sprint. Both handsets will be compatible with all the Moto Mods announced until now, including the Hasselblad True Zoom camera module presented earlier today, offering features similar to those of the Z Droid and Z Play Droid. 

Let us know if you're planning to buy an unlocked Moto Z or Moto Z Play, will you?

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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
Moto Z
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh



1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

$699??? HAHAHAHAHA. Posted from my $399 Axon 7.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7519; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I don't like the ZTE Axon 7 because it's using a forked version of Android, so that's nice that you like it, but I would rather go for the Moto Z for a clean and lean version of stock Android. Also Motorola has proven themselves with updates. China's ZTE still has to prove themselves to us.

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1950; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

If by "Motorola has proven themselves with updates", you mean "Motorola abandons phones shortly after their release", you would be correct. The Moto Z just received a security update, but it was an old security patch. So, it's still behind on updates. When Google owned Motorola, they were quick with updates. With Lenovo, not so much.

2. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

I can't get either no love for sprint thanks a lot coming from a Motorola x pure

3. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

What about that Motorola's claim which said, "all these new Moto Z series phones will be (SIGNIFICANTLY!!!) cheaper than the competition"? Trying selling your Moto Z, when the Galaxy S7 will already be available for 580-590$ by that time.

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Can they release a Moto play without the mods tho. $450 is steep...

5. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

will Moto Z Play be compatibly with all T-Mo bands?

6. palmguy

Posts: 986; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

So to get a phone I can use on Vz network(Page plus/Straight Talk) without the bloatware I have to get the Vz version with bloatware? :-(

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's pretty much it. Bloatware is unavoidable nowadays.

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