Unlocked Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Play now available to pre-order in the US

Unlocked Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Play now available to pre-order in the US
Motorola Mobility is getting ready to start selling unlocked versions of the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Play Droid in the US. Simply called Moto Z and Moto Z Play, the unlocked phones can now be pre-ordered via Amazon and Best Buy, and, as previously announced, they will be released in October.

The unlocked Moto Z costs $699.99, and should be launched on October 2. The unlocked Moto Z Play is cheaper ($449.99), but it looks like it won't start shipping before October 20. While the two phones' prices are similar on Amazon and Best Buy, we have to mention that Best Buy is currently offering a free Incipio offGRID 2220 mAh Moto Mod Portable Charger with all Moto Z Play pre-orders.

Unlike their Droid counterparts, which are exclusively available on Verizon Wireless, the unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Play will work on AT&T and T-Mobile. You're out of luck if you're planning to use the handsets on Sprint, since they are not CDMA devices.

Both the Moto Z and Moto Z Play run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat, though we don't know exactly when. You can find out more about the two devices by checking out our Moto Z review and Moto Z Play review (these are the Droid variants, but they're pretty much similar to the upcoming unlocked models).

sources: Best Buy (Moto Z, Moto Z Play), Amazon (Moto Z, Moto Z Play) via Droid-life

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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
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. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

With that extremely high price tag, Motorola is now completely insane. $700 for a mid- range phone with 2600 mAh! How much would the Z force be?? $1000 ROFL!

3. nhng80

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

This. Don't forget the extra money you would have to fork out for any add-ons, which are one of the main reasons a person would get these phones to begin with. No thanks

5. Aqualad

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 15, 2016

Mid Range? The Moto Z is flagship... The mid range one is the Moto Z play and it goes for $449.99 though a litte high to my taste..

8. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

The one plus is a way better option than the play.

10. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Honestly though I don't understand how can anyone ever recommend a 1+3 over the Z Play. Oxygen OS is so unstable they've already bug fixed it a half a dozen times, battery endurance is worse amongst its peers as well. The Z Play has higher endurance than last year's X Play which is no joke, a very competitive screen, good audio, adequate camera and monstrous battery life. I'd go for the play all day anyday.

2. palmguy

Posts: 979; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I wished the Z's were like the X from last year, compatible with the 4 US major carriers. I use Vz network but paying for the less expensive Straight Talk service(ported number service over). I don't want the locked Vz version because of the bloatware.

4. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Wow....$700 & $450 you are Loco Moto. Might as well get a real flagship with the money. You are making the same mistakes as HTC. You used to have 8% market share, now not so much, 4.7%. Keep up the good work, say hi to the Dodo bird for me.

6. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

What happened to Moto supporting all bands like the XPE

7. BlueForce

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

Idiots. Moto z outperforms a galaxy s7 for less money. It's obvious what the choice is.

9. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

So will the vzn versions work on ATT like all vzn phones or no? I'm confused about what moto is doing here

11. tari4022

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 19, 2016

Lenovo you guys are idiots for pricing the Moto z so expensive. I own a moto x pure and have been a moto fan for several years. Lenovo you have abandoned the main philosophy that made moto great in the first place. Great and useful ingenuity at an affordable price.

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