Motorola Moto X Play now official – the "no-compromise" midranger
Design and body
The X Play borrows from the X Style's design language, but its lines are much more straight, giving it a "simpler" look. This is in no way bad, as the phone's overall design looks minimalistic, but not dull. In true Motorola spirit, the Moto X Play is still customizable via Moto Maker with various colors, metal frames, and engravings. Additionally, Motorola offers its Moto Shells and Moto Flip Shells as cases to both keep your phone protected and to give you some options for different fresh looks on-the-fly.
In terms of camera, the device packs impressive specs – its main snapper rocks a 21 MP sensor with F2.0 aperture and a dual-tone LED flash, while the frontal cam has a 5 MP sensor. The phone supports the same Quick Capture gestures as the Moto X Style and Moto G – flick your wrist to activate camera app, flick again for selfie shot.
Motorola's UI philosophy is along the lines of “the lighter – the better”. Moto X and Moto G phones have always packed almost-stock Android, with only a few user experience-enhancing features added – such as the Moto Voice, which will make an appearance on the Moto X Play in its full glory. That being said, the midranger comes with Android 5.1.1 installed out-of-the-box and offers it in its vanilla form.
Price and availability
The Moto X Play should launch some time in August. The only pointer we have right now for price is “$300 - $400 less than competitors' flagships”, which should mean a price-tag of around $300 – we assume it depends on the level of customization and the internal storage variant you pick.
What do you think of the Moto X Play?