Even though it came to light a couple of months after the high-end Moto Z and Z Force, with minimal fanfare, arguably humbler specs and the same annoying initial Verizon exclusivity, the Moto Z Play is starting to feel like a very compelling purchase.
Not just for Big Red subscribers too, as a GSM unlocked variant is now in stock and ready to ship momentarily nationwide from greatly respected third-party retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo Video.
All three will charge you $450 for the “lunar grey” 5.5-incher, no Moto Mod freebies or discounts in store. Still a decent deal, if you ask us, considering the Moto Z Play does at least support the full range of Z and Z Force-compatible snap-on accessories.
While not exactly a powerhouse, with a Snapdragon 625 processor under the hood, the Marshmallow-based, Nougat-eligible upper mid-ranger can come out and “play” for up to 50 hours uninterrupted, thanks to a massive 3,510 mAh battery.
Somehow, Motorola’s “longest-lasting” smartphone ever manages to squeeze that bulky cell into a 7mm-slim package, and best of all, you also get a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. Plus, 3 plentiful gigs of RAM. And a 16MP dual autofocus rear camera, and a 5MP selfie shooter with flash, and 32GB expandable storage, and fingerprint recognition, and a Full HD Super AMOLED screen.