Unlocked Moto Z Play starts selling in the US for $449

Motorola Z Play now available in its unlocked form

At IFA 2016 in Berlin a few months ago, Motorola announced the bran new Moto Z Play. And so far, the handset has been available exclusively from Verizon.

But if you’re not into buying a phone that comes with an unlocked bootloader and pre-installed Verizon software, then you might be pleased to know that the unlocked Moto Z Play version is now available for purchase.

While the Motorola website is currently only taking pre-orders for the handset, customers can purchase the unlocked Moto Z Play from Amazon, B&H and Best Buy.

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The phone offers a great set of specifications and is sold for an affordable $449. The Moto Z Play comes boasting a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution.

It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset working in combination with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (users can expand to up to 2TB via a microSD).

In the photo department, the mobile phone features a 16MP main camera with dual color LED flash plus a 5MP selfie snapper with front-facing LED.

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The Moto Z Play takes advantage of a 3,150 mAh battery which according to Lenovo can offer up to 50 hours of battery life (on standby mode, obviously).

The device also bundles a 3.5mm audio jack and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. But given Motorola’s good track record with providing updates, the phone should be treated to the stock Android Nougat experience soon enough.

Besides the great spec list, the phone gives off a genuine premium feel. It has a metal frame with a glass back and a fingerprint scanner is located below the display under the Home button.

The Z Play is compatible with the same Mods as the Z and Z Force smartphones, which are a tad more expensive.

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