Motorola wowed this week with the launch of the Moto X Style a flagship device with a price of $400, but that was not the only surprise. The Moto X Play was also launched, a new mid-range smartphone that also dazzles as an affordable option with solid specs to boot. In fact, while some specs are different, it is best to see the X Play as an updated version of last year’s Moto X, and considering that its sub $300 price tag is a marvel.
The Moto X Style is a good looking smartphone in the flagship market, but Moto X Play is no slouch either. Not as outwardly stunning maybe, for its price the X Play is pretty enough and will also get Moto Maker to elevate it with your own personal touch. With the pre-purchase suite you can things such as different colors, engravings, and of course numerous materials as back covers. Stading alone, the Moto X Play looks a lot like last year’s Moto X flagship, although slightly updated and easier on the eye.
Motorola has brought 64-bit processing to its mid-ranger thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor under the hood, a chipset that in our experience has always been a very able performer, which is why it has become a standard for mid-range handsets. 2GB of RAM provides the guts for the 615 to deliver optimum performance, while a 5.5-inch 1080p screen should not be too much of a drain on performance while still offering Full HD resolution in a device below $300.
There are 16GB and 32GB storage versions of the Moto X Play, and Motorola has included a micro SD card slot for expansion up to 128GB, going against a growing trend of ignoring this feature. A fairly huge 3630 mAh battery should give a lot of juice considering the lower specs of the Play, and indeed Motorola says that the device should be a barnstormer in terms of battery life and last for 48 hours with mixed usage.
Motorola hasn’t cut many corners and in fact surprised in some areas, such as cameras. The Play gets the same configuration as the Moto X Style, which means a 21MP rear snapper with LED flash, and a more than competent 5MP front facer.
Android 5.1 Lollipop provides the software, with Motorola again offering as close to a stock Android experience as makes no difference. The company is tight with Google’s OS and we expect Android M to makes its way to the Moto X Play very quickly after it launches.
The Moto X Style made jaws drop at $389, and Motorola has hit a home run twice at the same event by announcing that the Moto X Play will cost in the region of $300. The exact price has not been given, although Motorola revealed the Play will cost $400 less than normal flagships, which could actually mean as low as $280.