The Moto X Play, Motorola’s new mid-range device that might be the battery king of the world, is now up for pre-order at Clove UK, with an expected ship date of around August 25. That’s only a few weeks away, in case you didn’t realize that we were already a week into August. At a price of £225.00, US customers are looking at roughly $348 should they decide to import one, because as you may recall from Motorola’s announcement of the X Play – it won’t be coming to the US any time soon.
That’s a pretty incredible price for a phone with a 5.5-inch FHD display, 21MP camera, 2GB RAM, octa-core processor, and massive 3630mAh battery. Sure, the processor is mid-range-ish as a Snapdragon 615, but I’m guessing Motorola has fine-tuned the experience quite nicely with that chipset. This should be a hell of a phone.
With that in mind, I have bad news. This phone doesn’t support any of the important 4G LTE bands here in the US. The listed bands from the official spec list and on Clove’s site are 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 19, 20, 28, 38, 41. In order for this to work in the US as an unlocked GSM phone, we need to see band 4 at a minimum, but band 17 is almost more important if you wanted to use the phone on AT&T (compare to our US cellular band cheat sheet). In short, no band 4 and 17 makes this phone almost worthless here in the US, unless you don’t mind hanging on AT&T’s HSPA.
Thanks, Motorola, for deliberately killing US fun!