Motorola plans to launch nine handsets ranging from the entry-level smartphones to the premium high-end devices this year across all its different series. Many of the new handsets have already been unveiled and launched in the market, while some are still left to be revealed to the world. Among the ones that have been revealed is the Moto Z2 Play, which is a mid-range smartphone, unlike the Moto Z2 Force that bear high-end features.

The Moto Z2 Play’s Verizon Wireless locked variant is already available in the market, but potential customers looking to pick up the carrier unlocked model of the device have so far been out of luck.

However, now the Lenovo-owned company has revealed that it has started taking preorders for the unlocked variant as well, which sports different specs and price when compared to the Verizon locked model.

Unlocked variant of the smartphone up for preorder

The unlocked version of Motorola’s Moto Z2 Play can be preordered from Motorola’s website, where it is now available. The handset will be available in the same two colors that the locked variant has been retailing in. However, the device will boast some differences when it comes to the specs and features. The Verizon locked model sported 3 GB of RAM along with 32 GB of flash storage, while the unlocked variant will come with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory.

This slight upgrade may be the reason why the unlocked variant costs more than the Verizon model. The unlocked Moto Z2 Play is priced at $499, instead of the locked variant’s $408 price tag. However, that is not all, as customers who preorder the unlocked version before August 19 will also win a free Moto Mod from the company.

The mod in question is a JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod which will greatly improve the sound quality that the handset will generate.

Moto Z2 Play specs

Apart from the better RAM and internal memory specification, both the locked and unlocked variant will share all other specs among them. The handset boasts a 5.5-inch 1080p display which is powered by the Snapdragon 626 chipset.

Furthermore, the mid-ranger runs on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system and is supported by a decent 3,000mAh battery. The handset also comes with a water repellant nano coating, which is effective against accidental splashes.

It now remains to be seen whether fans pick up the unlocked variant even though it presents a substantial price increase. The inclusion of the free Moto mod may boost the device’s popularity. However, some may prefer to pick up other feature heavy handset bearing a similar price point.