How Moto X Style and Moto X Play stack up against rival flagships
Motorola today announced two new additions to its flagship Moto X lineup in the Moto X Style and the Moto X Play. Both handsets deliver flagship specifications and high-end designs that are customizable through Moto Maker, and they cost a lot less than their rivals off-contract.
But how exactly do Motorola’s new devices stack up against those rivals? Find out in our handy comparison chart below.
The Style and Play are big improvements over last year’s Moto X. They both feature a “best-in-class” 21-megapixel camera, fast-charging technology, and refined designs that are fully customizable. The Style also offers a larger, sharper Quad HD display and Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 808 processor.
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|Moto X Style||Moto X Play||OnePlus 2||Galaxy S6/S6 edge||HTC One M9||LG G4||iPhone 6||iPhone 6 Plus||Xperia Z3+|
|Operating System||Android 5.1.1 Lollipop||Android 5.1.1 Lollipop||Android 5.1.1 Lollipop||Android 5.1.1 Lollipop||Android 5.1 Lollipop||Android 5.1 Lollipop||iOS 8.4||iOS 8.4||Android 5.1.1 Lollipop|
|Display||5.7-inch LCD (2560 x 1440)||5.5-inch LCD (1920 x 1080)||5.5-inch LCD (1920 x 1080)||5.1-inch Super AMOLED (2560 x 1440)||5-inch Super LCD3 (1920 x 1080)||5.5-inch LCD (2560 x 1440)||4.7-inch Retina HD (1334 x 750)||5.5-inch Retina HD (1920 x 1080)||5.2-inch LCD (1920 x 1080)|
|Processor||Hexa-core Snapdragon 808||Octa-core Snapdragon 615||Octa-core Snapdragon 810||Octa-core Exynos 7420||Octa-core Snapdragon 810||Hexa-core Snapdragon 808||Dual-core Apple A8||Dual-core Apple A8||Octa-core Snapdragon 810|
|Storage||32GB, 64GB + microSD||32GB, 64GB + microSD||16GB, 64GB||32GB, 64GB, 128GB||32GB + microSD card slot (up to 128GB)||32GB + microSD card slot (up to 128GB)||16GB, 64GB, 128GB||16GB, 64GB, 128GB||32GB + microSD card slot (up to 128GB)|
|Camera(s)||21MP (rear) + 5MP (front)||21MP (rear) + 5MP (front)||13MP (rear) + 5MP (front)||16MP (rear) + 5MP (front)||20MP (rear) + 4MP (front)||16MP (rear) + 8MP (front)||8MP(rear) + 1.2MP (front)||8MP(rear) + 1.2MP (front)||20.7MP (rear) + 5.1MP (front)|
|Other||IP52 water-repellant nano-coating, stereo speakers, Moto Maker||IP52 water-repellant nano-coating, stereo speakers, Moto Maker||Fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C, interchangeable covers||Fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, IR remote, wireless charging||BoomSound speakers, IR remote||Laser auto-focus, wireless charging, IR remote||Touch ID, Lightning, Apple Pay||Touch ID, Lightning, Apple Pay||Water-resistant, front-facing stereo speakers|
|Dimensions||153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06mm||148 x 75 x 10.9mm||151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85mm||143.5 x 70.6 x 6.9mm||146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2mm||148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8mm||138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm||158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm||146 x 72 x 6.9mm|
|Price (MSRP, off-contract)||From $399||From $299||From $329||From $679||$649||$649||From $649||From $749||$599|
On paper, the Qualcomm chips packed into Motorola’s latest devices don’t look as good as the high-end Snapdragon 810 featured in handsets like the HTC One M9 and the Xperia Z3+. But we can’t ignore the overheating issues that have plagued the latter since it made its debut.
If you’re looking to avoid that, then, choosing another Qualcomm chip, or going with Samsung’s Exynos 7420 in the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, is going to be your best option. There’s another reason why you should consider Motorola’s handsets over pretty much everything else.
Moto X Style Gallery
Motorola uses near-pure Android firmware, which is free from third-party user interfaces and bloatware. The company does pack in some additional features, like Moto Voice and Moto Display, but they’re welcome ones, and other than that, its software is exactly what you would find on a Nexus.
The only other handset here that offers that is the OnePlus 2, but again, it’s got that Snapdragon 810 chip, and a lesser camera. The OnePlus 2 is considerably cheaper, though, so that could make it a winner depending on your budget.