The launch of any flagship smartphone is a pretty exciting event for every smart technology enthusiast, but some phones are more anticipated than others. That’s the case with the Moto Z Droid which went official last month at Lenovo Tech World event. The manufacturer kept the release date a secret, but luckily, this time we didn’t have to wait long. Exactly six weeks after the phone was introduced to the world, it’s ready to hit the market. Verizon just kicked off pre-orders for the Moto Z Droid, but it might be a good idea to explore other options as Best Buy has a better deal for you.
The Moto Z Droid is available for pre-sale on Verizon. You might want to think twice, though, before you order the phone directly from the carrier.
Verizon vs Best Buy pricing
As always, Verizon offers a few payment options. If you don’t feel like getting into any long-term commitments, you can grab the Moto Z Droid outright for $624. You can also opt for monthly installments, in which case the device will set you back $26 per month for 24 months.
If you don’t mind sticking with the carrier for at least two years, Best Buy’s deal is way better. The retailer is currently offering the handset for a mere $1 if you are willing to sign a two-year contract. If you prefer monthly payments, the Moto Z Droid will cost you just $17.67 which equals to a $200 discount. Moreover, Best Buy throws in a free JBL SoundBoost speaker which normally costs $79.99.
Moto Z Droid specs and features
The Moto Z Droid together with its sibling Moto Z Force Droid belong to a new lineup of Moto phones and will replace the Moto X family as the company’s flagship devices. Unlike the Moto X which was all about customized design, the Moto Z Droid focuses on enhanced functionality which is achieved with modular accessories. Called Moto Mods, the accessories are attached to the back of the phone using strong magnets.
Mods aside, the Moto Z Droid is a very powerful device. For starters, it sports a large 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with a QHD (2560×1440 pixels) resolution, which is a standard in today’s premium phones. Under the hood, the handset has a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of expandable storage, though Verizon will be offering only the less capacious model, at least for now. Other key features include a 13-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus, f/1.8 apertures and OIS, a 5-megapixel selfie camera, a 2,600 mAh battery with TurboPower for up to 8 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging, as well as near-stock version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Moto Mods pricing
The Moto Z Droid will go on sale together with a number of Moto Mods. First on the list is the JBL SoundBoost speaker, which includes two speakers, a kickstand, and an additional 1,000 mAh battery, and is priced at $79.99. If your greatest fear is your phone dying on you unexpectedly, then you may grab one of Incipio, Kate Spade or TUMI’s 2,200 mAh Power Packs that range in price from $59.99 to $89.99. Another accessory is the Moto Insta-Share DLP projector, which outputs a 854×480 WVGA image at 50 lumens nominal and also includes a 1,100 mAh battery – it will set you back $299.99.
Like other Moto phones, the Z Droid offers a certain degree of customizations via different back plates. They are available in a number of colors and materials such as real wood, leather, and fabric and prices start at $14.99 for decorative Style Shells. If you want something more unconventional, the nylon fabric and wood versions cost $19.99, while the most expensive leather plates are priced at $24.99
Pre-ordered devices should be delivered in a week, on July 28, which when the Moto Z Droid officially will be released. From that day the phone also will be available for purchase in stores. The Moto Z Droid will be offered exclusively by Verizon until September when Lenovo launches unlocked versions.