Motorola Moto X Style hands-on

What a morning it was for Motorola, now a Lenovo company! For a good while there, we were curious about what direction the company would be undertake after being picked up by the Chinese company. The competition in the landscape has been fierce, and now that we’re well into the second half of 2015, it’s undoubtedly only going to get tougher as we approach the crucial holiday season.

Today marks a memorable event for Motorola, as the company announced not just one, two, but three brand new phones. Out of the trio, the Moto X Style is undoubtedly the undisputed high-end offering out of the bunch. Naturally, it’s an evolutionary upgrade over last year’s model – boasting an impressive specs sheet to die for, while still retaining its customizable design. We’re eager to see what this new phone is made of, so let’s dive in and find out!


By no means are there any sort of drastic changes to the Moto X Style, which is a good thing because it strikes that balance of being stylish and premium at the same time. What’s most apparent, though, is that this year’s model is more of handful to operate – due to the larger sized screen it’s packing around this time. Beyond that, it features the charismatic design language of the series, so that includes a metal trim border with a slightly curved rear casing.

Thanks to Moto Maker, it’ll continue to be treated to various case finishes, metal trim colors, and much more – to make it unique and different from your default finish. And that’s the beauty of the Moto X Style, it simply looks good and feel good. Actually, the aesthetics reminds us of the Nexus 6’s design, seeing that it’s similar in overall size – though, it’s not as heavy, thankfully.


Apparently people want big phones! Therefore, it seems like Motorola is responding accordingly by fashioning the Moto X Style with a phablet-esque sized 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 display. In bringing up the phone to Quad-HD resolution, it means that it has the detail and sharpness to match its highly esteemed rivals in the market already. And it looks good in our cursory inspection, as details are meticulously produced, it brightness output it potent at the highest brightness setting, and viewing angles are maintained. Colors, too, are quite poppy and vibrant in tone, but more importantly, there’s barely much distortion at wide viewing angles.


The beauty of Motorola’s Android smartphones is that they run a mostly vanilla Android experience, so that’s something that’ll delight purists. Visually, we can’t complain because it’s nearly stock, but it’s obviously accompanied with Motorola’s enhancements, which continue to be meaningful to the experience – as opposed to redundant and overwhelming like some customized experiences. What we have here is Android 5.1 Lollipop right now, but we can only imagine that updating to the latest version won’t be lengthy.

And you know what? It has multi-user support in tow, which might not be a big deal for some, but it’s nonetheless something noteworthy to point out because it’s a Lollipop feature that has been omitted in many other customized experience. Seeing it here, of course, means that Motorola is having a firm commitment in giving users the most faithful experience – and we like it!

Processor and Memory

The combination of mostly stock Android and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC with a 1.8GHz maximum clock speed and 3GB of RAM ensures that everything is smooth, snappy, and responsive. There’s barely any hiccups in our quick run through, so we can sleep knowing that it’ll handle the most processor intensive tasks without much fluff. In addition, the SoC is backed by the so-called Natural Language Processor and Contextual Computing Processor, which enable some of the phone's unique, always-on gesture and voice interaction features.

Available in two storage options, 32GB and 64GB, Motorola does justice by offering a microSD card slot to give users the power to supplement its capacity. Needless to say, it’s a comforting gesture that we adore! From the looks of it, the slot itself is combined with the SIM slot.


One of the most disappointing parts of last year’s Moto X was its camera performance, it was just underwhelming in light of the other flagships at the time. Well folks, they listened and claim that the Moto X Style’s new 21-megapixel rear camera will deliver astounding results – including in low light situations. Gone though is the ring flash, replaced instead by a dual two-toned LED flash beneath the senor, and of course, it’s enabled for UHD video recording. The love gets extended to the front-facing camera as well, which is a 5-megapixel one with an inconspicuous LED flash next to it.

Motorola made sure to spend quite a bit talking big about its performance, but we’re still skeptical about it. Well, that’s until it can get our hands on a model and check out its quality. However, we should point out that it’s running a similar interface with its camera app, which means that there’s no manual mode to be found with this. Booooo!


The specs sheet is incredible, the design is stylish as it can be, but the best part about the Moto X Style is its ambitious price of $399.99 when it launches in September. That’s really taking it to the competition, as the aggressive approach is undeniably attractive – more so when other similarly spec’d phones fetch for more than $600. Better yet, there’s also Moto Maker to give consumers control in how their phone is designed. Not surprisingly, the base model will start at $399.99, but it can increase when storage options and premium finishes are applied (that’s not a surprise at all).

All told, Motorola made one impression today during its event. The Moto X Style is a premium device without the premium price, which alone is commendable on so many levels. Still, we’ll have to experience it fully to really know if it can stir things up and eclipse already remarkable phones like the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4, and Apple iPhone 6. Time will tell!

Related phones

Moto X Style
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Motorola really got this right. And they included full Verizon support. How OnePlus dropped the ball on that one is just hard to believe!

10. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014


12. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Motorola has trusted devices and Android lollipop now offers smart lock. So you don't have to worry about using your finger print to unlock your device. As far as the battery is concerned it is using a 3000 mha battery this time around.

16. HonchoRyanC

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

No one cares about removable batteries.. go away

23. Calm_down_mon

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Hey look it's the guy that complains about the same things every time.

35. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

No, he usually complains about NO SD CARD = FAIL but had to re-tune for this week's episode. That in itself is commendable!

63. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I don't trust fingerprint scanners. People are just so willing to give up their biometrics these days just to save a second when opening up their phone. I always preferred removable batteries, but I like the added security of sealed batteries. I can set my phone up so that it can't be turned off from the lock screen, and a potential thief will not be able to pull the battery to turn it off. That can give me extra time to locate it. What I don't like is how freaking big it is. And I don't want to hear that I could choose the Play instead, because that's just a mid-range phone and doesn't compare to this, and it won't even be available in the US.

64. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Is the iPhone's or Galaxy S6's battery removable? Oh OK.....

38. pocketdrummer

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I couldn't DISAGREE more. They've completely gone back on their own philosophy of what makes a phone good. Now it's just another phablet flagship that cares more about the spec sheet than how it operates. I guess I'll have to give Samsung a look. I never thought I'd be jumping ship on Motorola to go to Samsung because the phone's too damn big, but here we are.

2. MisterQ

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Does it have an AMOLED Display?

3. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Lcd display.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

All previous Moto X's were AMOLED. Even the Motorola Nexus 6 is AMOLED. Besides Moto Display you would have to have an AMOLED display. Putting an LCD display turns on the entire display, even if you only want to display 1 pixel. AMOLED is far superior and better for power consumption. So it is still AMOLED. Thank God its not LCD.

24. DeDex

Posts: 121; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Erm... Nope. Motorola website says "5.7” TFT LCD". (source : This makes no sense becauses it nullifies the point of Moto Display, but it is fact. They ditched AMOLED there. You made a mistake when you tried to guess the answer using logic and common sense :)

68. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Your last line, "You made a mistake when you tried to guess the answer using logic and common sense", is awesome and pretty much sums up how we all feel about the switch to LCD. I'm moderately alright with lack of Moto Display, I really care most about the image quality of the display. I hope it delivers on that front.

4. Centerprince

Posts: 8; Member since: May 21, 2014

No AMOLED no buy. simple as that.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And no OIS. No buy indeed.

19. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

No OIS but still best camera next to S6.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yeah right. Keep smoking that pipe dream.

27. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Says the guy who has zero hands on experience with the device.

46. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Kinda hard to have hands on experience with an unreleased device.

57. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It doesn't stop you from trash talking it.

65. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Backtracking is a sign of getting owned.

67. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You're such an imbecile, how am I backtracking? I'm saying you had no right to criticize something you've never had the chance to try, wait, what the f@#k am I doing? I'm arguing with the dumbest person on the internet, moving on...

32. Shocky unregistered

Based on what? The megapixel rating? lol

34. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Try checking out the link that Ruturaj provided in post 28. It's an incredibly detailed report about the quality of the phone's camera.

36. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I guess Shocky, thinking you are smart is not the problem thinking everyone else is dumb is the problem. Scott93274 I don't think he will even understand or bother to read detailed report.

47. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Someone is in denial.

48. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Sounds like you are. Here are your very words, unedited: "No dual front facing speakers like the Nexus 6, a better camera, and a better battery would be fail". The Moto X Pure Editions has front facing stereo speakers, a much larger display, and a camera that places it above a majority of the competition. Though it's no surprise that you'd puss out and not accept reality like you have on so many other occasions.

53. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

His a born troll what did you expect?

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