News by Luke Jones on Tuesday July 28, 2015.
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Motorola today announced the Moto X Style, a stunning flagship with a price of just $400. The company did not finish there with the surprises though and also launched the Moto X Play, a midrange device that also displays the Moto X name. The company is on a roll because the Play is a very well spec'd device that also packs a very enticing price tag, and in fact real compromises seem to be short.Design The Moto X Style is a true looker in the flagship market, but Motorola decided to make the X Play a little more understated to match its mid-range aspirations. Not that the Moto X Play is ugly, it has a pleasing form and actually is best thought of as a more affordable variant of last year?s second generation Moto X. The fact that you can still use Moto Maker with thins handset means you could make it look vastly different with engravings, color matching, and metal frames. Specs Motorola has stuffed a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor under the hood, a 64-bit processor that we have always found to be a very able performer and there is a reason why it is a bit of a mid-range standard these days. 2GB of RAM provides the guts for the 615 to do its thing, while a 5.5-inch 1080p screen should not be too much of a drain on performance while still offering Full HD resolution. There are 16GB and 32GB storage variants of the Moto X Play, and Motorola has included a micro SD card slot for expansion up to 128GB. A fairly huge 3630 mAh battery should provide plenty of oomph considering the lower specs of the Play, and indeed Motorola says that the device should last for 48 hours with mixed usage. We were surprised to see that the company has kept the same camera setup from the X Style for the X Play, which is certainly no bad thing. That means this handset comes with a 21MP rear shooter with F2.0 aperture and a dual-tone LED flash, while the front end snapper is a 5MP lens. Android 5.1 Lollipop provides the software, with Motorola's very light take on the platform draped over the top. We really mean light too as the company offers near as makes no difference a stock Android experience, and the Moto X Play is a shoe in to get Android M when it launches. Price The Moto X Style is a triumph at $389, and Motorola has struck lightning twice today by announcing that the Moto X Play will cost in the region of $300. The company has not dropped the actual price yet, although it did say the Play will cost $400 less that flagship competitors, so we think a price of around $250 to $300. A bit of a bargain considering the solid all-round appeal of this smartphone.
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