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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.

Most disappointing for some is the absence of AMOLED displays. The new Moto X models have IPS LCD screens.

Here's how the Style and Play models differ:

Moto X Style

The Style has the larger screen. At 5.7in the display is larger than an iPhone 6 Plus' yet in a physically smaller body. Motorola says the Syle has a 76 percent screen-to-body ratio, and the phone still has front-facing stereo speakers.

One of the rear coverings is a new coated silicon soft-grip rubber. It's specially formulated to resist discolouration. Leather and wooden backs are offered once again at a higher cost. There's now a choice between three different machined metal frames - something not on offer with the Moto X Play.

The new coating is certified as IP52, meaning it's water repellant and can withstand the odd splash, spill or "light rain." It can't - unlike the new Moto G - be submersed in water.

The camera is also better than the Play's (in a similar way to the difference between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus). The Style can shoot stabilised video in 4K at 30fps, and also does HDR video at 1080p and 4K.

Here are the key specs:

OS: Android 5.1.1
Screen: 5.7in Quad HD 2560x1440, 520ppi
Processor: 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 (hexacore)
Graphics: Adreno 418
RAM: 3GB
Storage: 32GB or 64GB, with up to 128GB via microSD
Cameras: 21Mp rear, 5Mp front
Video capture: 1080p (60fps); 4K (30fps)
Battery: 3000mAh
Dimensions: 154x76x11mm
Weight: 179g
SIM: Nano-SIM
Bluetooth 4.1
802.11a/g/b/n/ac + MIMO
NFC, GPS

Moto X Play

This is where the leaked info of a 3630mAh battery comes in. The Play model has a non-removable battery that should easily last two full days between charges. It's 42 percent more capacity than the Samsung Galaxy S6.

It has a smaller 5.5in Full HD screen, as well as a less-powerful processor. In fact, it's a lesser phone all round, discounting the battery. Internal storage is smaller, there's no support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi and only a single front-facing speaker.

There's still a choice of 14 different backs (four fewer than the Style) and the same seven accent colours. Base models consist of black with black back or white with winter white back.

Here are the key specs:

OS: Android 5.1.1
Screen: 5.5in Full HD 1920x1080, 403ppi
Processor: 1.7GHz Snapdragon 615 (octacore)
Graphics: Adreno 405
RAM: 2GB
Storage: 16GB or 32GB, with up to 128GB via microSD
Cameras: 21Mp rear, 5Mp front
Video capture: 1080p HD, 30fps (MPEG4, H.264)
Battery: 3630mAh
Dimensions: 148x75x11mm
Weight: 169g
SIM: Nano-SIM
Bluetooth 4.0
802.11a/g/b/n (dual band)
NFC, GPS

 

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