Motorola unveils larger Moto X Style and Moto X Play phones, updates Moto G

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in General Discussion edited July 2015
Motorola on Thursday announced three new Android smartphones, including the flagship Moto X Style, a device that will compete head-on with Apple iPhones expected to launch this fall.




The Style has a 5.7-inch, quad-HD screen, leaping ahead of the 5.2-inch 1080p display on last year's Moto X. Inside is a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3 gigabytes of RAM, and a 21-megapixel rear camera paired with a 5-megapixel front module, both of which have flash. The phone also has front-facing stereo speakers, and like its predecessor can be customized with different metal accents and back materials, among them new new silicon options.

Moto X Style
Moto X Style


A 3,000 milliamp-hour battery should supply up to 30 hours of "mixed use," according to Motorola, and offer a feature called TurboCharge that can restore 10 hours of battery life with a 15-minute charge. 16, 32, and 64-gigabyte storage options will be available -- owners will also be able to insert micro SD cards sized up to 128 gigabytes.

Motorola has yet to reveal pricing or a firm release date for the standard edition, but promised that the device will be "$200 to $300 less" than competing Apple and Samsung phones, and run Android Lollipop 5.1.1 with OS additions such as Moto Assist and Moto Display. In September shoppers will be able to pick up a Pure Edition, starting at $399, unlocked for all U.S. carriers and without any Motorola add-ons.

The Moto X Play scales back to a 5.5-inch, 1080p screen with a Snapdragon 615 processor and 2 gigabytes of RAM. It does however have a water-repellant body, and a 3,630 milliamp-hour battery which should let the phone run up to two days. Internal storage is limited to 16 to 32 gigabytes, expandable via micro SD.

Moto X Play
Moto X Play


The Play is launching in August, but only in Canada, Europe, and Latin America. In the U.K. it should start at ?299 ($467).

Finally, the budget-oriented Moto G has been upgraded with a waterproof shell, Moto Maker body customization, a 2,470 milliamp-hour battery, and a Snapdragon 410 processor paired with a vanilla version of Android 5.1.1. The rear camera now uses the same 13-megapixel module from the Nexus 6.

Moto G
Moto G


The phone has 1 gigabyte of RAM by default, upgradeable to 2. The device is otherwise unchanged, with a 5-inch 720p screen and 8 gigabytes of internal storage, though that can be supplemented by micro SD.

The base model of the Moto G goes on sale today for $180 in the U.S., or ?160 in the United Kingdom. Moto Maker, however, pushes prices up to $220 and ?180.
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  • Reply 1 of 76
    satchmosatchmo Posts: 2,699member

    Frankly, the Moto G is a pretty good phone at $180 USD.

    Nothing mind blowing but a decent looking smartphone that does the job at 1/3 the cost of an iPhone.

  • Reply 2 of 76
    macvictamacvicta Posts: 346member
    How awesome would the iPhone be with 3 gigs of RAM? That's probably what it takes just for Android to run somewhat smoothly. On an Apple device it'd be like heaven. I guess we'll get to 3 gigs with iPhone 7.
  • Reply 3 of 76
    Awesome. "[S]Samsung[/S] Apple needs competition."
  • Reply 4 of 76
    poksipoksi Posts: 481member
    Gee, I'll throw my iPhone away and cut my veins... How is that news here?
  • Reply 5 of 76
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,741member
    SO WHAT.

    Wrong site. Lol

    And really, it's just more Android fluff to add to the Great Google Trash Heap.

    (But still better than an article about Apple's activism in which people complain mindlessly about Apple's activism.)

    ;)
  • Reply 6 of 76
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    poksi wrote: »
    Gee, I'll throw my iPhone away and cut my veins... How is that news here?

    Well supposedly the camera in the new Moto X is quite good.
  • Reply 7 of 76
    mj webmj web Posts: 918member
    I'm wondering is the "Stagefright" hack is already installed or if you have to DL it?
    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33689399
  • Reply 8 of 76
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post





    Well supposedly the camera in the new Moto X is quite good.



    It always seemed to make sense to put the camera lens closer to the center of the device. I occasionally get my fingers in the shot with the iPhone because the lens is so close to the edge where I'm holding the device.

  • Reply 9 of 76
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,700member

    If I had to buy an Android phone for some reason, this'd be it. Especially since Motorola is no longer owned by Google.

  • Reply 10 of 76
    radarthekatradarthekat Posts: 2,525moderator
    Let me know when it runs iOS. That's all there needs to be said.
  • Reply 11 of 76
    konqerrorkonqerror Posts: 685member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mstone View Post

     



    It always seemed to make sense to put the camera lens closer to the center of the device. I occasionally get my fingers in the shot with the iPhone because the lens is so close to the edge where I'm holding the device.


     

    The problem is when you're holding the phone, your fingers end up near the center. That's what that dimple with the Motorola logo is for, to guide your finger away from the lens when you're holding the phone to your ear. (No it's not necessarily for a fingerprint reader since the G has it, and LG puts buttons in that position)

  • Reply 12 of 76
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post



    Well supposedly the camera in the new Moto X is quite good.

     

    But does it... protrude?

  • Reply 13 of 76
    19831983 Posts: 1,081member

    The Moto X Style has a good spec for the price, the other two are rather middling by comparison though. If I was in that market I would consider it. From what I've read elsewhere the Style also has a nano-particle coated water repellent body like the Play too...that might be a feature worth having on future iPhone's I think, just wonder how durable such coatings are though?

  • Reply 14 of 76

    The device "....will compete head-on with Apple's iPhone"? Really?

     

    What a stupid assertion, AI.

  • Reply 15 of 76
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 29,748member

    In other, more important news:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/intel-micron-claim-memory-chip-breakthrough-1438099234

     

    Intel and Micron announced today a memory chip 1,000 times faster than current NAND flash memory chips.

  • Reply 16 of 76
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,957member
    The device "....will compete head-on with Apple's iPhone"? <span style="line-height:1.4em;">Really?</span>


    What a stupid assertion, AI.

    Agreed, it's meant to compete with the other Android OEMs than with the iPhone.
  • Reply 17 of 76
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    Anyone here actually care about this cheap knockoff??
  • Reply 18 of 76
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    The device "....will compete head-on with Apple's iPhone"? <span style="line-height:1.4em;">Really?</span>


    What a stupid assertion, AI.

    No kidding. This device mostly competes with Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei, and Xiaomi.
  • Reply 19 of 76
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,957member
    sog35 wrote: »
    Funny no one is raising hell that these phones start with 16 GB...........

    Maybe because the memory is expandable for a fraction of the cost.
  • Reply 20 of 76
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,957member
    sog35 wrote: »
    dasanman69 wrote: »
    Maybe because the memory is expandable for a fraction of the cost.

    expandable memory is not the same as onboard.  anyone who knows anything knows this.

    It's not exactly the same but it does allow one to have all their media, and some apps on it.
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