When and Where to Buy: Motorola Moto Z Play

As one of the first models offered in the Lenovo era of Motorola, the Moto Z Play is certainly a departure. Not only is it a sleek and sexy experience that looks sharp in hand, but it’s also flexible, too.

The Moto Z Play runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and features a 5.5-inch display at 1920 x 1080 pixels. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 3GB RAM, the handset gives users 32GB of internal space; a microSD expansion card slot allows for up to 2TB extra storage.

Rounding things out, the Z Play comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera and front-facing 5-megapixel shooter. Both cameras include extra hardware and software to allow for better pictures. A 3,510mAh battery, which offers TurboPower charging, is quite generous and gets users into two days of usage without batting an eye.

Where things get really interesting for the Moto Z Play comes in the form of MotoMods. Designed by third party brands, these are add-on components which snap directly onto the back of the phone. Said accessories include a JBL speaker, Incipio power pack, and a Hasselblad 10X optical zoom camera.

Sold as an unlocked phone in the US, Verizon also offers a carrier-branded take on the handset. Dubbed the Moto Z Play Droid, it’s essentially the same device, locked to Big Red’s network.

Where to Buy

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Unlocked and ready for GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile, pricing is listed at $450. The Verizon variant, Z Play Droid, can be purchased for $408. Color options here include black/silver and white/gold.

Verizon

With a full retail price of $408, the Moto Z Play Droid is offered in black/silver and white/gold options. Qualified customers can spread payments out at $17 per month for 24 months.

Amazon

Amazon sells the black and silver version of the phone for $450. This is the unlocked model that works with GSM carriers.

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The unlocked phone is sold in black and silver and runs approximately $450.

Best Buy

Unlocked, the black and silver version of the phone runs $450 and works with AT&T, T-Mobile, and other GSM networks. Best Buy also sells the Verizon model (Moto Z Play Droid) for $408, or $17 per month over two years.

Swappa

Interested in picking up a pre-owned version of the phone? Check out our friends at Swappa.

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