Motorola Moto X Play now official – the "no-compromise" midranger


Well, folks, after unveiling its flagship for the year – the Moto X Style – Motorola has also announced a midranger that bears the Moto X name – the Moto X Play. A less pristine-looking handset that still bears an understated elegance with its ergonomic shape and colorful, decorated back panels.

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.

Hardware


The Moto X Play will be a step down from the Style in terms of hardware – it will rock a 64-bit, 1.7 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 – a midrange SoC, which we've found to be quite adequate in our experience. The phone is equipped with 2 GB of RAM and has 16 GB / 32 GB storage variants. Both are expandable via microSD of up to 128 GB. The display has a 5.5” diagonal with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and the Play doesn't have the stereo speakers, which adorn the front of the Style. The battery that keeps the lights on has an impressive capacity of 3,630 mAh and Motorola promises up to 48 hours of “mixed usage” and turbo charging.

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.

User Interface


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?

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