In a somewhat interesting twist, Motorola has announced a new version of the Moto X designed to slot in between the Moto X’s traditional flagship position and the Moto G’s mid-range position. As a result, this is probably the closest thing to a competitor to the OnePlus Two and similar phones in the 300-400 USD price range. To figure out what you gain or lose in the move from the high-end Moto X Style to the Moto X Play, I’ve placed the specs below to provide some perspective.

  Moto X Play Moto X Style
SoC Snapdragon 615 1.7 GHz A53 Snapdragon 808
1.8/1.44 GHz
Cortex A57/A53
NAND 16GB NAND + microSD 16/32/64GB NAND + microSD
Display 5.5” 1080p
5.7” 1440p
Network 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4 LTE) 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 6 LTE)
Dimensions 148 x 75 x 8.9-10.9mm, 169g 153.9 x 76.2 x 6.1-11.06mm, 179g
Camera 21MP Rear Facing Camera
21MP Rear Facing w/ PDAF
f/2.0, 1.1 micron 1/2.4" sensor
5MP Front Facing 5MP Front Facing w/ LED Flash
Battery 3630 mAh (13.79 Whr) 3000 mAh (11.4 Whr)
OS Android 5.1 (At Launch) Android 5.1 (At Launch)
Connectivity 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n +
BT 4.0,
2x2 802.11a/b/g/n/ac +
BT 4.1,

As one can see, the Moto X Play seems to fit somewhat squarely between the Moto G and Moto X Style. Rather than a Snapdragon 808 SoC or Snapdragon 410 SoC, the Moto X Play has a Snapdragon 615 SoC. However, due to the octa-core Cortex A53 CPU and Adreno 405 GPU the Snapdragon 615 SoC is arguably closer to an upgraded Snapdragon 410 rather than a detuned Snapdragon 808. There’s also less RAM at 2GB, but this shouldn’t have an enormous effect on the experience. The display is also smaller and lower in resolution at 5.5” and 1080p, respectively. However, the Moto X Play retains the 21MP camera with dual color temperature flash, but this seems to have a different module as there’s no mention of PDAF although the aperture is the same f/2.0. It is nice to see that the NLP and sensor hubs are shared across the two versions, although it isn’t clear whether there are using the same SoC. One major advantage of the Moto X Play over the Moto X Style is likely to be battery life, as the 3630 mAh battery is 21% larger. There’s also no dual stereo speaker system like the Moto X Style, which makes it a bit more like the Moto X (2nd gen) with its single front-ported speaker.

Overall, the Moto X Play seems to a reasonably cut down version of the Moto X Style, but the cuts are relatively even all around rather than any critical loss in a single area. Of course, it will take a review to see just exactly what was lost. The Moto X Play will go on sale in August, but it doesn’t seem like there are plans to bring this device to the US. Given the fierce competition in this segment with companies like OnePlus, it remains to be seen if this device will be a success.

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  • rktman1969 - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    Everyone needs to contact Motorola and let them know that they need to bring the Play to the US. I don't want a 5.7 inch phone. I was so excited this morning when I saw this phone on the announcement, only to later have my excitement killed when I saw it's not coming to the US. Don't want a Galaxy or iPhone, this was one of my last hopes for a new phone.
  • kspirit - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    The Style is a way better option for its price, how much more cheaper can this be?
  • dragonsqrrl - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    Well... looks like I'm not going with Motorola this generation.
  • adityarjun - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    All of three of them seem to miss their marks by a bit. They forget that they are also competing with the likes of Xiaomi and OnePlus, especially in Asian markets which is their focus.

    The moto g3 need the S615, all else is good enough. Maybe a more compact body too.

    The moto x play need the S618/S620 and maybe a 5.2in screen and 3 gb ram.

    And with a body as large as the moto x style they should have gone for a slight underclocked, 1.8GHz S810 v2.1 like OnePlus2 with 4gb ram.

    The moto x play will be directly competing with the higher variant of OnePlus2. The specs of the moto g 3 are already available in Xiaomi and Lenovo phones for a much lower price.

    To the author: Please do a moto g 3 review and include other phones in this price range like Xiaomi and Lenovo.
  • adityarjun - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    Weirdly enough, believe it or not, i just ordered 2 of these phones for my mom and brother. Despite similar specs at a lower price point available in the form of Xiaomi and Lenovo phones, I can't seem to bring myself to even consider those phones. And to think that Lenovo actually owns Motorola.

    Maybe a review, or even a subjective comparison againt those phones in the moto g 3 review might change my mind.
  • adityarjun - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    Umm, i meant the moto g 3..
    I am gonna post all this there. Excuse me.
  • markbanang - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    When I saw "Moto X Play" I thought, excellent, does that mean it's running stock Android? (ala Google Play Editions) So it was disappointing to find it's just a weird mishmash of specs part way between the Moto G 2015 and the Moto X Style.

    A dual band wifi radio, but no 802.11ac? 1080p in 5.5in? 2GB ram? With Motorola's awful memory 'optimisations' they should be putting 3GB ram in all of their phones, and 1080p would have been an awesome upgrade to the Moto G 2015 at 5".
  • SRPat - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    The Moto X Play is quite disappointing. Other devices such as Xiaomi Mi4i have the Snapdragon 615 and are known to have overheating issues. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 is worse than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 in almost every single metric - worse performance/watt, worse CPU, worse GPU etc. Wouldn't it have been better for Motorola to reuse the Snapdragon 801 from the Moto X 2015. The only upgrade from the X Play and the Moto X is the battery capacity and the camera.

    In my opinion splitting the X line into 2 phablets with a confusing naming scheme was a bad idea. If they were going to split the X line they could have spilt it into a phablet (5.5 inch +) and smartphone (4.7-5.2 inch) line.
  • hans_ober - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    Snapdragon 618 would have been the best :)
  • exmachiner - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - link

    Its not shipping to the vendors yet, is it ?

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