Unlocked Motorola Moto Z Play now available to purchase

Unlocked Motorola Moto Z Play now available to purchase
Back in September, the unlocked versions of the Moto Z and Moto Z Play went up for pre-order in the United States. At the time, it was noted that the mid-range, $449.99 Z Play would arrive later on than its counterpart, which debuted earlier this month for the cost of $699. If you've been waiting patiently for the non-carrier version of the Moto Z Play, it's now available to buy directly through Motorola's website. 

While the Moto Z Play is weaker on paper than both the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, it does have its fair share of appeal. Namely, it allows those lured by the Moto Mods feature to get involved without the flagship price tag. Also, unlike the other two models, the Moto Z Play does include its own headphone jack, which means you can use your old audio equipment with minimal fuss.

As a reminder, the Moto Z Play gets a 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 display, a 16-megapixel main camera and 5-megapixel shooter to the front. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of expandable storage. There's also a 3510 mAh battery which, as we found in our review, keeps the lights on for a substantial length of time. In fact, during our testing, we found battery life to be almost double that of the Moto Z Force and comfortably more than twice as long as that of the Moto Z. Needless to add that what the Moto Z Play lacks in power, it certainly atones for in endurance.

If you'd like to pick up the Moto Z Play, you can do so by hitting the source. 

source: Motorola via Phandroid

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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

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11 Comments

1. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

Can it be on sprint??

8. ben.r

Posts: 53; Member since: May 29, 2015

Unfortunately, it won't work on Sprint.

2. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

If i will buy a Motorola, i will go for Moto Z Force and not this silly midranger!!!

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I would take the Z Play any day of the week. Lower price means the savings can go towards mods, better battery life, an actual headphone jack, and better carrier options. This silly midranger offers a ton of great performance and value.

5. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That, and it's a much better GPU/screen matchup than last year's X Play. But it's the insane battery life that's most compelling to me.

6. mahima

Posts: 743; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

my thought exactly

3. jimjam unregistered

ridiculous price

10. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Seems a little steep for what you can currently buy. I like how it looks.....but the specs are a bit on the low side

11. Aqualad

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 15, 2016

The only "low spec" it might have is the SOC which is not bad for a midrange, sure it would have been better the 650 but nothing is perfect. Though $50 less on the price would set it as a midrange killer with the Snapdragon 650, at least my opinion.

7. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

So it's almost like a OnePlus 3 with a $50 higher price but a lower end processor? Pass. The ZTE Axon 7 is a MUCH better deal.

9. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Why is it more expensive than the Moto Z Droid Play? Can I buy it from Verizon, have it unlocked and save $40?

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