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Motorola Moto X Play UK release date, price and specs: Moto X Play available now, Moto X Style to come later this year

Jim Martin | Aug. 24, 2015
Following on from the excellent second-generation Moto X are not one but two phones: the Moto X Style and Moto X Play.

Following on from the excellent second-generation Moto X are not one but two phones: the Moto X Style and Moto X Play.

The leaks prior to the launch at the end of the July were almost right - they even pointed to multiple phones. Of course, there are plenty of other new phones to be excited about but although it has never enjoyed the popularity of flagship phones from other manufacturers, we've always like the Moto X. It was the first phone that allowed you to customise it before buying, and was extremely well built. It never had a microSD slot, but now it does! 

Moto X Style + Moto X Play: UK release date

The Moto X Play is available to buy in the UK now, slightly earlier than expected. You can buy the Moto X Play from Motorola here.

The Moto X Style should go on sale in September.

Moto X Style + Moto X Play: UK price

The Moto X Play will cost £279 on Moto Maker, and that's for the base 16GB model with a standard back. If you buy an off-the-shelf version, you'll save £20 as it costs £279. The base Moto X Style will cost £359 on Moto Maker, and may well be available for £339 off the shelf.

Moto X Style + Moto X Play: UK specifications

Both new models retain the signature curved back and metal frame of previous Moto X phones. They'll also be customisable via Moto Maker. Both get the new 21Mp camera that we're itching to test out to see how it compares to the current best phone cameras.

Motorola says it has faster focus, more light, faster capture and better colour reproduction. Want the tech details? The camera has an f/2.0 aperture and phase-detection autofocus. Stabilisation details are thin on the ground, but only the Moto X Style seems to have stabilisation and only for video. Because there's no mention of OIS, we're assuming it's done in software. We've asked Motorola to clarify.

Each phone has a dual-LED colour balancing flash and a wide-angle selfie lens on the front camera, which has a 5Mp sensor. Photo modes include:

Panorama
Slow motion
Burst
Night
Auto HDR

And thanks to what Motorola is calling 'turbo charging' the phones recharge faster, too. In just 15 minutes, they will charge up to one-third, offering around 10 hours of use.

What's missing is a fingerprint scanner, meaning that unless Motorola simply hasn't mentioned it, the new Moto Xs probably won't work with Google Pay. We say probably as there's no confirmation yet that the service will require a fingerprint scanner for authentication. There was also no mention of a dual-SIM model.

 

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