The Moto Z is Motorola’s new flagship modular smartphone. We compare the UK’s cheapest deals for buying a Moto Z, Moto Z Play and Moto Mods.

Moto Z DesignThe Moto Z is Motorola’s new flagship Android smartphone. With a razor-thin design, the handset is unique as it can easily be customised in just a few seconds by snapping on a Moto Mod.

Moto Mods are a unique feature that allow you to add additional functionality to your Moto Z smartphone. Mods currently include a Hasselblad camera with 10x optical zoom, loud JBL stereo speakers and an enlarged power pack with 20 hours of additional battery life. You can also transform your phone into a projector for easy sharing of content like photos and movies.

In this article, we’ll look at the best value deals for buying a Moto Z or Moto Z Play in the UK. We’ll also look at the range of the available Moto Mods and where you’re able to buy them for the lowest available cost.

SIM Free & Unlocked

Moto Z with Moto Mods
Motorola offers the Moto Z as well as a cheaper alternative in the form of the Moto Z Play.

In the UK, you can currently buy an unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Play.

Motorola’s current flagship smartphone is the Moto Z. Starting at £489 unlocked, the Moto Z has a super-slim aluminium design measuring just 5.2mm in thickness. It has a 5.5-inch display at quad-HD resolution (535ppi), a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and a powerful Snapdragon 820 processor from Qualcomm.

As a cheaper alternative, Motorola also offers the Moto Z Play. Starting at £345 unlocked, it’s slightly thicker at 7.0mm and has a plastic back rather a full aluminium design. The screen still measures 5.5-inches but this is at a lower resolution of full HD (403ppi). The camera on the Moto Z Play also lacks OIS but is slightly higher resolution at 16 megapixels. The Moto Z Play has a Snapdragon 625 processor and should have better battery life with its 3,510mAh battery.

Both the Moto Z and Moto Z Play have full support for Moto Mods.

Cheapest SIM-Free Retailers

At present, the cheapest way to buy a Moto Z is to get it directly from the Motorola website. If you use the UKWELCOME10 voucher code during checkout, this will reduce the price you pay to £489 SIM-free and unlocked. You’ll also get free delivery when ordering your handset from Motorola.

If you want the lower-cost Moto Z Play, you can currently get this slightly cheaper by buying from Expansys. At Expansys, the Moto Z Play currently costs £344.99 with free delivery.

Retailer Moto Z Moto Z Play
Motorola Direct £489.00
with £10 voucher*
with £10 voucher*
John Lewis £499.00 £369.95
Expansys £499.99 £344.99
Clove £495.00 £349.00 £501.48 £352.46

* On Motorola Direct, you can use the UKWELCOME10 voucher code for a £10 discount on the Moto Z and Moto Z Play.

If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the Moto Z and if you don’t require Moto Mods functionality, it may also be worthwhile investigating Motorola’s mid-range handsets: the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus.

Moto Mods

Moto Z with Hasselblad Camera
The Moto Z can be transformed when you snap a Moto Mod onto the back.

Both the Moto Z and Moto Z Play have support for Moto Mods. These are specially-designed accessories that snap onto the back of your phone. They add additional functionality like an improved camera, a larger power pack, louder stereo speakers or image projection.

There are currently four Moto Mods available to buy:

  • Incipio offGRID Power Pack: This attaches to the back of your phone and gives you up to 22 hours of additional battery life.
  • JBL SoundBoost Speaker: The JBL SoundBoost attaches to the back of your Moto Z and adds high-quality stereo sound at a volume up to 80dB. It has a built-in kickstand for ease of listening and expands the battery life of your phone by up to 10 hours.
  • Hasselblad True Zoom: In our opinion, this is the most exciting of the Moto Mods currently available. This mod snaps on to the back of your smartphone giving you 10x optical zoom and a powerful Xenon flash. It also has OIS and can capture images in RAW format, an appealing feature for professional photographers.
  • Moto Insta-Share Projector: This transforms your phone into a projector, allowing you to project a 70″ picture on any flat surface. This is a great way to share photos and videos and means you’ll always be able to have the big screen with you. An integrated kickstand means you can project at any angle and an integrated battery adds an extra hour of screen time.

You can currently buy Moto Mods from John Lewis,, Motorola and Clove:

Retailer Incipio offGRID Power Pack JBL SoundBoost Speaker Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Insta-Share Projector
John Lewis £59.95 £69.95 £199.95 £249.95 £59.95 £69.99 £199.99 £249.95
Motorola £59.99 £69.98 £199.99 £249.98
Clove £59.99 £79.99 £220.00 £230.00

According to the Motorola, Moto Mods are designed to be future-proof and will work with “Moto phones for years to come”.

Pay As You Go & Pay Monthly

Unfortunately, the Moto Z smartphones aren’t currently available from any UK mobile networks on Pay As You Go or Pay Monthly. Instead, you’ll need to buy the handset SIM-free. You can then use it with a free Pay As You Go SIM card or with a low-cost SIM-only deal.

The unlocked versions of the Moto Z and Moto Z Play will be compatible with all UK mobile networks.

Which Moto Z?

If you aren’t sure which Moto Z smartphone to buy, the following table will show you a side-by-side comparison:

Motorola Moto Z
Motorola Moto Z Play
Motorola Moto G4
Release Date2016, Flagship2016, Mid Range2016, Mid Range
SoftwareGoogle Android 6.0Google Android 6.0Google Android 6.0
Size5.5-inch display5.5-inch display5.5-inch display
TypeOrganic LEDOrganic LEDLCD
Resolution2560x1440 pixels1920x1080 pixels1920x1080 pixels
Pixel Density535 pixels per inch403 pixels per inch401 pixels per inch
Rear Camera13 megapixels16 megapixels13 megapixels
Flash Dual-LED flash Dual-LED flash Dual-LED flash
Front Camera5.0 megapixels5.0 megapixels5.0 megapixels
ProcessorSnapdragon 820Snapdragon 625Snapdragon 617
Speed2.2GHz dual-core &
1.6GHz dual-core
2.0GHz octa-core1.5GHz quad-core &
1.2GHz quad-core
Internal Storage32/64GB32GB16/32GB
External Storage Up to 256GB micro-SD Up to 256GB micro-SD Up to 256GB micro-SD
Handset Weight136g165g155g
Mobile Networks
3G Networks Up to 42Mbit/s Up to 42Mbit/s Up to 42Mbit/s
4G Networks
SIM Card TypeNano SIMNano SIMMicro SIM

For more information, please see the Motorola website for details about the Moto Z and Moto Z Play.

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