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.


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?



1. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Why wouldn't they include a set of stereo speakers? How hard is that?

26. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Maybe it's possible. Someone at XDA hacked the Z1 to output stereo sound.

2. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 2011


12. aksa123

Posts: 367; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

MEEE TOOO !! I hope the competitor flagships mentioned isn't the new $1000 iphone tho >_>

20. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Haha true that would put it out of our range xD But living in Pakistan means I gotta pay more than it's actual retail price ;_; Hopefully some cousin of mine will come in September so i can order it through them OwO

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I feel like selling my G4 right now. DAMN THAT BATTERY SIZE

3. kabiluddin

Posts: 277; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Snapdragon 615 has overheating issue. I wish they would use Snapdragon 610. Nonetheless this seems to be an excellent midrange device.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7423; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Bull on the SD 615 overheating issue.

18. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I wish ppl would stop the overheating propaganda its so lame.

23. Shocky unregistered

Xiaomi reported overheating issues with the Mi4i, they released an update that had more aggressive thermal throttling to fix the issue. Snapdragon 615 has not received a lot of attention yet but it will now, true or not we will all soon know if this is another fail from Qualcomm.

29. TechNerd

Posts: 66; Member since: May 03, 2014

Though it's true, both snapdragon 615 and 810 has lots of issues with overheating.

4. carlemillward unregistered

Wonder what is the difference in price from Moto G to this.

5. sadiqahmed

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

That battery!

6. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I guess it would start from $300, $200 is for moto g.

7. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

2015 was looking so depressing for everything other than the high end. Now there's hope! I'm going to call it right now, the LG G4 will move to match the price of the Moto X Style. They're basically the same phone at this point.

8. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Pure android on moto x is better, as moto x style has imx230, lets see who wins in camera now.

11. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Oh yeah, totally. Let the competition begin. Finally I feel like 2015 opened up some midrange value.

19. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Moto camera software always suck so picture should not be impressive. Pure android is better i agree. SD 808 beat the crap out the 615 on others hand...

27. Plutonium239

Posts: 1230; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The Lumia 640 XL seems to be a decent mid range phone.

9. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

its not stereo?...what the ,... so it shouldn't be PLAY,..

15. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Where does it say there is lack of stereo speakers?

13. Dark-Ice

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

The only con is the lack of stereo speaker, otherwise this is exactly what I was looking for, I just said a few minutes ago that I was really disapointed with the new Moto G, and now I see this. I'm really exited now! :D

14. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

The only con for me is that it won't be released in the US.

17. DroidMystic

Posts: 91; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

This phone is a winner. You can have your GS6, Edge, Note 5 but with Moto X Play, I don't care. With that 401ppi, more than 3000 battery, camera 21/5 camera MP and that target price? No I am fully into this the phone with style and beautiful no. Let me say Hello Moto!

21. Benalys

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

This big battery phone can not purchased in US. The reason that Moto does not sell big battery phones in US other than Verizon is probably that the agreement between Motorola and Verizon: Motorola makes Droid series exclusive to Verizon with big battery, and Motorola agrees not to sell the big battery non-Verizon phones in the US. With this agreement, anyone wants a Motorola big battery phone must buy it from Verizon. I am just wondering when this agreement will get expired.

22. Benalys

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

And its LTE bands are not made for the use in USA.

24. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Take my money!

25. Technosquid

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

An unlocked 5.5" 1080p phone with a Snapdragon 615 , 2GB RAM. Sounds like it's directly competing with the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, which normally sells for $249.99, but has been seen as low as $199.99. There are a few differences... the Alcatel is much thinner, while the Moto X Play has a larger battery. The Moto X Play has 32GB storage while the Alcatel has 16GB. The Moto X Play has a 21MP camera where the Alcatel has 13MP. Still, it might be a tough sell if they plan on charging more than $279.99 for this thing. The Asus ZenFone 2 is another similar option for even cheaper. I hope Motorola isn't pricing itself out of this increasingly crowded market. Tinfoil hat time -- My theory is this was originally meant to be the new Nexus 5, still in the pipeline from when Google owned Motorola. That's why they call it the "Play," like "Google Play Edition." In the past the Nexus line has sometimes been a slightly stripped down version of a manufacturer's flagship, like the Nexus 5 was to the LG G2.

28. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Anyone else agree that this is the best looking Motorola phone to date?

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