Motorola has released its new Moto lineup for 2015. There are three new devices, X Style, X Play and G.
Moto X Style is the new flagship for most of the markets. It packs a 5.7″ QHD LCD display, Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB of RAM and 16/32/64GB of storage. Camera is now 21MP but only F/2.0. Front facing camera has 5MP and front facing flash. Batterywise Motorola has stepped up their game with a 3000mAh battery and TurboPower charging that gives up to 10 hours of use with just a 15min charge. Moto X Pure Edition is the same device but unlocked and with no carrier bloatware.
Moto X Play is a more affordable version and it’ll not be available in the States. Screen is 5.5″ and 1080p. SoC is Snapdragon 615 with 2GB of RAM and storage is limited to 16GB or 32GB. The Play version has a bigger battery than its big brother. The 3630mAh battery promises a two day battery life.
The 3rd generation Moto G is the most affordable option with under $200 price tag. Unfortunately specs are not as good as we were hoping. 5″ display is only 720p, Snapdragon is only 410, not 600 series as we would have wanted and there’s still only 1GB of RAM in the 8GB model. Luckily at least the 16GB variant has 2GB of RAM. Cameras are 13MP and 5MP and battery is 2470mAh. Whole package is IPX7 certified and it’ll survive being submerged in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes.
All three models support expandable storage via microSD card up to 128GB. Moto X models have all the usual suspects when it comes to Moto features. Moto Voice, Moto Assist, Moto Display and Moto Actions are all in. There’s also a new Chop Twice to quickly turn on the flashlight Quick Capture to take a screenshot. Some of these features are not available for the Moto G due to the not so capable hardware.
It’s hard to estimate the importance of this launch. The Moto X is now huge. It’s a little bit smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus or Nexus 6 but much bigger than the last years Moto X. Success of these devices depends on many things. Samsung and Apple are launching their new flagships soon and if new Motos can’t get to the stores before them, it’s game over. If Moto X was smaller, it’d have better changes to fight for the market share against the very best phablets.
Moto X Play is not going to be available in the States but it might still be significant launch as it has the huge battery. Many people want better battery life and the Play version is perfect for them. Pricing and availability is still a mystery so we don’t know how competitive the device will be.
Moto G was a disappointment for us. Hardware is still fine but just fine. Moto G has mostly kept its specs same since the first generation and at the same time Asus and Alcatel are pushing out some serious specs with just a little bit more money. Pro for the Moto G is surely the software. Motorola has been good at keeping its UI clean and stock, and updates have been really fast. Moto G is going to be available soon.