Motorola Moto Z2 Play Available Today, New Moto Mods Incoming

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Motorola announced the new Moto Z2 Play four weeks ago, and the new mid-range Android smartphone is now available to purchase. However, we hope that you like Verizon Wireless’ service, because that’s the only place where you’ll be able to find the smartphone… for now.

Verizon customers can grab the phone for $0 down and pay $17 per month for 24 months, or they can just pay $408 upfront. This is a bit less than the $449 price that was tossed around when the smartphone was first announced. To sweeten the deal even further, Verizon will include the JBL SoundBoost 2 Moto Mod (MSRP $79.99) for free with your purchase for a limited time.

As we’ve already detailed, the Moto Z2 Play features Qualcomm’s mainstream Snapdragon 626 processor paired with 3GB RAM and a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED FHD display. Although the Moto Z2 Play will be offered in both 32GB and 64GB configurations, Verizon only offers the 32GB model (in either grey or gold).

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Camera duties are handled by a 12MP f/1.7 camera rear camera, while a 5MP wide-angle f/2.2 camera is up front to handle your selfies or video chatting. Other features include a 3000 mAh battery, microSD slot (supports up to 2TB), USB Type-C connectivity, 802.11n, and Bluetooth 4.2. Android 7.1.1 is installed on the Moto Z2 Play out of the box, but we expect to see an Android 8.0 update in the future.

In addition to the aforementioned JBL SoundBoost 2, there are three additional new Moto Mods that will be available:

  • Moto TurboPower Pack ($79.99): Available at Best Buy beginning July 30 and at Verizon and various retailers beginning August 10.
  • Moto Style Shells with Wireless Charging ($39.99): Available at Best Buy beginning July 30.
  • Moto GamePad ($79.99): Available later this summer.

Even though the Moto Z2 Play is currently a Verizon exclusive, Motorola will make available unlocked versions that will work on competing carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T in the fall. As an aside, we wish that these carrier-exclusives would go the way of the dodo as they are now consumer friendly at all.