Motorola Moto X Style is announced: a stylish Android flagship at an exceptional price


As if the day wasn't exciting enough, Motorola just took the wraps off its latest and greatest smartphones, among which is the Motorola Moto X Style. Here to succeed the 2014-edition Moto X, this new Android-powered Moto smartphone is built to impress with its exquisite design and customization flexibility, all while delivering a near-pure Lollipop experience at an exceptional price. 

Design and display


In true Motorola fashion, personalization is one of the Moto X Style's key selling points. Buyers may tailor the phone's appearance to their liking via the Moto Maker service, which allows them to choose between a number of back plates, materials, and accent colors. The back cover, in particular, comes in a multitude of varieties, including several natural wood designs and premium genuine leather options. And for those who'd rather go for something a bit more colorful, Motorola is also offering the Moto X Style with a soft silicon rubber back. The material is treated to a special coating that prevents the bright, vivid colors from fading out over time, we're told. It must be pointed out that the Moto Maker service will be available in a limited number of markets, as usual. 


While the phone is not entirely sealed against water ingress, the Moto X Style is designed to be splash-resistant. That's a rating of IP52, in case you're wondering. The two speakers at the front produce stereo sound when you're watching videos or listening to music.

Since it packs a large, 5.7-inch display, the Motorola Moto X Style isn't exactly small, but it isn't humongous either. As a matter of fact, it boasts one of the highest screen-to-size ratios in the industry – 76% of its front is occupied by the screen. Furthermore, the screen packs 1440 by 2560 pixels of resolution, commonly known as QHD – also an industry-leading figure. Like it or not, the screen is of the TFT LCD variety. Your guess as to why Motorola switched from AMOLED to LCD for its newest Moto X is as good as ours.

Processor, memory, software


Inside the Motorola Moto X Style ticks a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC with a 1.8GHz maximum clock speed. Yup, turns out that the rumors of the phone packing an SD 810 were incorrect. But while not the fastest SoC in Qualcomm's stable, the Snapdragon 808 is still powerful enough to deliver a smooth experience, especially when it is accompanied by 3GB of RAM and with near-stock Android running on it. 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.

The 32GB of built-in storage should be plenty for most users' needs, but for those who need extra gigs, a 64GB Moto X Style model will be available as well. And speaking of storage, we're glad to see that Motorola has added a microSD card slot to its Moto X line-up. This will let you add up to 128GB of storage to your Moto X Style.

In terms of software, the Motorola Moto X Style will ship running a near-stock version of Android 5.1 Lollipop. Goodies we know from previous Moto X generations, including Moto Voice, Moto Assist, Moto Display, and Moto Actions, are all baked in. Given the nature of the software, timely software updates are expected.

Camera


Turn the Moto X Style around and you'll find a 21MP camera with F2.0, phase-detection autofocus, and dual-tone LED flash. Motorola is bragging about equipping the Moto X Style with one of the best cameras it could source, and the images shown off during the phone's introduction did look impressive. The lack of optical image stabilization, however, is a tad disappointing. For those into videos, the Moto X Style captures standard and HDR footage at up to 4K resolution, as well as slow-motion videos.  

On the front of the Moto X Style we see a 5MP front-facing camera backed up by... an LED flash. Yup, no more dark selfies! Plus, the wide-angle lens lets more of your buddies fit in the frame, while the f2.0 aperture and 1.4um pixels promise satisfactory low light performance. 


Battery life


Motorola has equipped the Moto X Style with a 3000mAh battery, which is supposed to get us through a full day of mixed usage, according to the phone's maker. Better yet, the phone supports Motorola's Turbo Charging technology, which is claimed to be the fastest of its kind. Motorola estimates that 15 minutes of charging is enough to provide you with up to 10 hours of mixed usage. As long as the stock Turbo Charger is used, of course.

Price and release date


When can you get one? Motorola is going to launch the Moto X Style in September, although exact market availability dates might vary from one market to another. But in any case, the phone is going to be between $200 and $300 cheaper compared to flagship smartphones from Motorola's competitors. In the U.S., Motorola will launch the phone as the Moto X Style Pure Edition. Priced at $399, it will be unlocked and compatible with all four major U.S. carriers' networks. 


source: Motorola

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67 Comments

1. nazyr1803

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

come to Malaysia with reasonable price and it will be mine!!!!

5. Kumar123 unregistered

I think this will be my first android phone since 2013. I'll probably get the white-gold version. I just hope they deliver the camera they promised.

29. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

That white and gold combination looks very nice. I'm excited about the battery and turbo charging, and that QHD screen looks beautiful with the small bezels.

65. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

As great as the phone physically looks, I'm disappointed that they went to TFT instead of cleaning up their AMOLED the way Samsung did.

45. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I take this over a 1+ 2 but the note 5 or edge + kill them both doa, but not in price, good price for the motto x The 1+2 is junk, very bad buy, cheap crap

54. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well if the picture they shown here are thereal deal i am not impressed.. Washed colors and bad exposure on all those pic.

2. Limbopope

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

R.I.P. OnePlus 2 (Maybe) Twitter says 400 dollars

13. MySchizoBuddy

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

The company says $329. listen to the company not twitter

22. Limbopope

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I mean the Moto X Style is reported to be $399. Although it'll probably be more to match the 64GB storage of the $389 OnePlus 2. Not sure who is buying the $329 16GB OnePlus 2 model :-S

62. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Plus, you'd have a MicroSD card slot with Moto! The only thing left is if this one actually delivers. We all know OnePlus ain't joking with flagship killer. Hope this one isn't too.

3. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I want the x-play battery on x-style

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Me too! But 3000 mAh is more than enough to last me through the day. That and quick charging features make this an awesome phone for people on the go.

24. Glottis

Posts: 18; Member since: May 22, 2015

I want x-play battery and resolution on X-style. lol

4. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Yeah screw the 1+2. Moto X Style and Play is where its at.

6. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Which one has the 3600 mAh?

9. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

The Moto X Play.

17. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

I thought so at first until I watched the official promotional video.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b98BFCqOvQ

7. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

OnePlus 2, 2̶0̶1̶6̶ ̶F̶l̶a̶g̶s̶h̶i̶p̶ July 27th, 2015 Flagship Killer

42. TyrionLannister unregistered

Meh. The oneplus two never stood a chance against the S6 and the G4 anyway. This one destroys the 1+2 though.

53. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The Lumia 950 and 950xl will destroy the 1+2 as well.

10. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

I'm disappointed with Motorola, they should have stuck with one Moto X phone and gave some at least exciting features instead of the same spec bump we see every year.

14. NIK01

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

I miss a new Mini. We have 100 5.5-devices but not a single 4.3

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Moto Assist appears to be much more customizable than before, but I will agree with you, I would have liked to see something new. Still though, for us still using the 2013 Moto X, there's a lot to get excited about.

11. carlemillward unregistered

Just when 5.2inch was the sweet spot Motorola jumps on board with LG at 5.5inch and rumor that Sony Z5 will too. :(

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

That's the trend, larger and larger phones... I for one don't mind it, but I think that they would have done better to provide a larger gap in screen size between the Style and Play to accommodate those that prefer a smaller device.

28. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

pretty much this. Personally, I like the larger screen real-estate, but for the people who prefer the 5.2" screen, it's got to be a bit disappointing unless Moto manages to keep the phone dimensions identical.

43. gdbw

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 18, 2009

yeah I stopped reading once I got to the 5.7" screen. Way too big for me, that's why the nexus 6 was the first Nexus I didn't buy. Price had nothing to do with it for me. 5.2" is the max I'll go, otherwise it's just a pain in the A** to fit in your pocket and use with one hand.

58. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I'm with you here. I don't want a phablet. It's uncomfortable to hold, to put in pocket, everything.

55. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Personally i would prefere between 4.5 and 5 inch.

27. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Thats why most of people go Apple, they know a huge number of people want a great phone with small reasonable screen.

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