Back in October our own Jason Bouwmeester reviewed both the unlocked Moto Z and the Moto Z Play and they both earned a Top Pick award. The more expensive unlocked Moto Z had a few more features but you may not have wanted to pay the price. Now Amazon has knocked the price down on the unlocked Moto Z to midrange phone prices, down to $449.99USD. That’s seriously a great deal for a phone with these specs and that will be getting Android 7.0 and Daydream compatibility.
- Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor with 1.8 GHz Quad-core CPU and Adreno 530 GPU
- RAM: 4GB LPDDR4
- Storage: 32GB (Canadian versions tested, 64GB Moto Z available in the US), microSD Card support (up to 2TB)
- Display: 5.5″ AMOLED 1440p QHD (2560×1440) 535 ppi with Corning Gorilla Glass
- Battery: 2600 mAh (up to 30 hours) with TurboPower charging (up to 8 hours of battery in 15 minutes of charging)
- Rear Camera: 13 MP, f/1.8, OIS, laser auto-focus, Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) flash with dual LEDs, 1.12um pixel, 8X digital zoom
- Front Camera: 5 MP, f/2.2, wide-angle lens, front flash, auto night mode, beautification software, professional mode, 1.4um
- Video Capture: 1080p (60 fps); 4K (30 fps); Video HDR (1080p and 4K)
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1 LE
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz with MIMO
If you’re looking for a smartphone that’s versatile, has decent battery life, and has options to “mod” your phone, the Moto Z and Moto Z Play are definitely a pair of smartphones which shine in a field that has become relatively stagnant over the past couple years. I REALLY hope that the Moto Mods system takes off and sticks around for a few years because I can really see the potential for such a system.
The Moto Z and Moto Z Play smartphones are great phones, and as such deserve a Top Pick of 2016 award based on performance, build quality, battery life, and of course the Moto Mods system. If you’re not interested in Moto Mods at all, both phones are still fantastic choices if you’re looking to replace your current device.
You can take advantage of the current Amazon deal at the Amazon link below.
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