The Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force have yet to hit the market, and although prospective customers in the US can now pre-order the smartphones through Verizon, it will take nearly a couple more months for buyers in other regions to get the same opportunity. This goes for China too, and according to a new report originating from media outlets in the said region, Motorola fans in China will be able to buy the Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z force in September, for the starting price of 2,998 Yuan ($448).
Despite the fact that Motorola is now owned by Lenovo in China, it would appear that the Chinese market will not see any special treatment and instead, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force will reportedly land in the region around the same time it will be released on the International market: September 2016. However, unlike the international models, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force in China will run a slightly different operating system, namely Vibe UI 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Outside of China, Motorola has been held in high regard for the fact that it has adopted Google’s UI design guidelines nearly to the letter, with the exception of a couple of proprietary applications thrown into the mix, and a handful of under-the-hood improvements. However, China is a very different smartphone market compared to what we have in the western hemisphere. There, Google apps and the Google Play Store are not available, and Android users rely on a local app store instead. Furthermore, app drawers are not as popular in China as they are otherwise, and for this reason, Vibe UI 3.0 on the Moto Z and Moto Z Force in China will rely solely on home screen app shortcuts. However, some UI elements, including the clock and weather widget on the home screen, seem to have retained a more familiar design.
As far as prices go, the Motorola Moto Z will be sold in China for the starting price of 2,998 Yuan (roughly $448 at today’s conversion rate), whereas the beefier Moto Z Force will be accompanied by a price tag of 5,288 Yuan, which converts to about $782. Assuming that these prices are correct (presumably, they remain subject to change by the time the smartphones hit the shelves), then it would appear that the Moto Z in China is considerably more affordable than its “Droid” counterpart in the US, which has a retail price of $624. On the other hand, Moto Z Force Droid costs $720 in the US, whereas the Chinese model seems to be $60 or so more expensive.