Motorola intros three new Android phones: Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and Moto G

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Motorola held a big event this morning and took the wraps off of three, count ‘em, three, new Android phones. As you’d expect, there’s a lot of stuff to cover here, so let’s dive right in.

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The Moto X Style is the biggest of the bunch, packing a 5.7-inch 2560×1440 display. Flanking either side of that screen are front-facing speakers, and the front of the Style is also home to a 5-megapixel wide angle camera with flash. Around back is a 21-megapixel camera with dual tone flash and an f/2.0 aperture. Motorola has caught some flak for its Moto X cameras in the past, so hopefully this one is as improved as they say it is.

Packed inside of the Moto X Style’s body is a 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB of storage, a microSD slot, a 3000mAh battery, Turbo Power fast charging, and NFC. The Moto X Style supports LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 25, 28, 40, and 41.

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Moving on down the line, we’ve got the Moto X Play, which you can think of as the Moto X Style’s little sibling. Only it’s not really all that small, offering a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 display. The Moto X Play’s also got a 21-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter.

Rounding out the Moto X Play’s spec list is a 1.7GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage, a microSD slot for more space, and a whopping 3630mAh battery. There’s also LTE support for bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 19, 20, 28, 38, and 41.

Finally, we’ve got the new Moto G. This phone has a 5-inch 1280×720 display and a 5-megapixel camera on its face, as well as a 13-megapixel shooter around back that’s actually the same camera that’s in the Nexus 6.

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Inside of the Moto G’s IPX7 water resistant body lives a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 1/2GB of RAM, 8/16GB of storage, a microSD slot, and support for LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, and 17 on the GSM model. Finally, the Moto G will also support Moto Maker, meaning that you’ll be able to customize the phone to fit your personality.

So what about availability? Well! The Moto X Style will launch for $399 in September, and that’s for the unlocked Pure Edition that runs Android 5.1.1. The Moto X Play — which also runs Android 5.1.1 — will cost around £299 ($467) in the UK, and it’ll launch in 55 countries starting in August. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the Play will be making its way to the US. Finally, the new Moto G is available with Android 5.1.1 starting today from Motorola, Best Buy, and Amazon’s web stores at a price of $179.99 for the 1GB/8GB model. You’ll be able to upgrade to the 2GB/16GB model in Motorola’s web shop.

So there’s Motorola’s new hardware. The flagship Moto X Style looks pretty nice, offering a big ol’ screen and a hopefully-improved camera for under $400 unlocked. And while the Moto X Play may not be all that smaller, it does offer a huge battery, so it’s kind of a bummer that it won’t come stateside. And with the addition of Moto Maker and a better camera, the new Moto G ought to follow in its predecessors’ footsteps of being one of the best affordable Android phones that you can get.

What do you think of Motorola’s new phones?

Source: Motorola

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  • besweeet

    Snagged the new Moto G (black front, white back, red accents, 8GB storage, 1GB RAM). Looking forward to using it for a while. I loved the first-gen Moto G LTE, so this should be even better for the price.

  • VG

    Doesn’t look like the Play model supports T-Mobile and AT&T LTE bands, so unless a different version comes out with US LTE band support, this won’t work so well.

    • The X Play is not slated for sale in the US. :-(

  • Rirruto

    No USB-C?

    • yankeesusa

      What do you need this for? It’s not mainstream yet. It’s better to have fast charging than usb c.

      • Medion

        It’s not an either-or proposition. You can also have fast charging with USB-C. USB-C also enabled a lot of functionality, such as host charging, video out, etc.

        My next phone will have a fingerprint scanner and USB-C. I don’t mind waiting.

  • Acdc1a

    $219 for the 2GB/16GB Moto G isn’t exactly a steal.

    • steveb944

      It’s near Vanilla and you’re guaranteed support/updates, has a last year’s flagship camera, and you can customize it. No one else offers that.

      • Acdc1a

        The updates are the only real benefit that I see. For $19 less in some instances and $30 more in others you get much more phone for the money.

        Either way it’s nice to see mid-range phones are now more than adequate for the vast majority of users.

  • thepanttherlady

    Hmmmm…..think I might take the X Style for a spin.

    • Alex Wagner

      Agreed, I’m liking the X Style. I just hope that its camera is as good as Motorola is touting it to be.

      • thepanttherlady

        Still waiting on a new Xperia Z Ultra but I need to dust off my Motorola credit anyway. :)

        • bisayan

          u seemed to like bigger phones there Lady.. the bigger the better? lol

        • thepanttherlady

          Guilty as charged! LOL

  • confused

    The new Moto G has 1/2GB of RAM. That’s a bit confusing. What does that mean exactly?

    • Alex Wagner

      It means that there are two versions: one with 1GB of RAM and and another with 2GB of RAM.

      • confused

        Thanks.

  • Tim O. Towers

    Will T-mobile sell any of these? Or are they just unlocked?

    P.S. I know the Moto X Play wont work on T-mobile.

    • MJ

      Yes, I hope tmo carries the Moto X Style so I can JUMP to it! Right now there almost nothing worth jumping to.

      Any word on that, Alex W.?

      • yankeesusa

        So far it will only be wold through online retailers like amazon and best buy which means they may carry in store. And motorola said this will only be pure edition which means that tmobile may not carry it since they can’t add their bloat to it.

    • yankeesusa

      Your’e better off buying from moto. Just like the pure edition it is unlocked and works perfectly with tmobile, it even comes with a tmobile sim card.

      • dtam

        as long as there is VOLTE and wifi calling support…

      • Paul Rivers

        “works perfectly with tmobile”

        They’ve never worked “perfectly” with tmobile. They’ve lacked wifi calling, you can’t test the phone out in the store, you can’t do any warranty exchange with tmobile directly, you can’t get the phone through any of tmobile’s programs (like Jump On Demand).

        No telling about VoLte, or RCS (new more reliable text messaging protocol) either.

        I would love to see tmobile selling these directly. If that doesn’t happen, the phones at least supporting all of the above (VoLte, Wifi Calling, RCS Messaging). Otherwise though it’s a complete no-go for me.

        • yankeesusa

          Works perfect for me. Just because it doesn’t have wifi calling doesn’t mean it’s not a phone that works well. It’s just missing a feature. I got 92mbps on it the other day. Also not everyone wants to use jump and if they sold it, it would not be the pure edition which means slow to no updates versus getting it directly from motorola. Hopefully moto x goes the route of the nexus 6 and updates the unlocked phones with wifi calling.

        • Paul Rivers

          “Works perfect for me. Just because it doesn’t have wifi calling doesn’t mean it’s not a phone that works well. It’s just missing a feature.”

          My car with no engine works perfect for me. You can’t say my car isn’t perfect just because it can’t move! I like looking at it sitting in the garage not moving. So it’s the perfect car, and way cheaper than everyone else’s car. Everyone should buy one!

          /s

        • yankeesusa

          Ok. Compare it anyway you like, it still works perfect for me. Hope you find a phone that works for you.

        • janil

          Its’a tradeoff, isn’t it?

          T-Mobile supported phones usually only get software updates for the first year. Even if there is an update after that time, you won’t get it.

          I’m very likely to get Android M on my 2014 Moto X. If it was sold by T-Mobile? Probably not.

        • Walt Lonsdale

          Could be a deal breaker for some though.

        • Mschmal

          IMHO WiFi calling is becoming less and less important. T-Mo coverage is getting better all the time. AND you can always use Google Hangouts.

        • Walt Lonsdale

          Hangouts isn’t quite the same thing.

  • It’s too bad that the X Play, similar to the outgoing X, won’t be sold stateside. The X Style, sold in the US as X Pure, is a phablet. The G is rather low end, thought it does the work.

    Kudos for making the X Style able to connect to LTE networks virtually anywhere in the world. Hopefully this will become the norm not only for expensive phones.

    • HeatFan786

      Why won’t the X Play not being in the U.S. is sad and unbelievable because it’s a missed opportunity for Moto sales?

    • Mschmal

      You are assuming that the Moto G will not perform well because of the lower specs. Give it a chance. Keep in mind all of the CRAP it won’t have because it will be an Android Pure phone with no skin.

      • I didn’t mean to dismiss the G. I do think that it gets the job done. It’s specs are not too different from my aging Nexus 5. And at a more than fair price.

    • Medion

      The outgoing X has been sold stateside. What are you talking about? You’ve made this claim numerous times,

      • “Moto X Play is not made for the US” (bit .ly/1I9iKAK)

        • Medion

          Augustine, you stated:

          “It’s too bad that the X Play, similar to the outgoing X, won’t be sold stateside.”

          I agree that the X Play isn’t being sold stateside. The outgoing X (2014), however, has been and currently is sold stateside. THAT is where you’re incorrect.

        • Your reading comprehension is incorrect.

        • Medion

          So you’re saying that the X Play and 2014 X are similar phones? What’s similar? The 5.2″ vs. 5.5″ display? The Snapdragon 805 vs 615? They’re not similar. Well, they are both made by Motorola…

          You used a poor choice of words, and regardless of which position you are trying to hide behind, you’re wrong. If you are insinuating that the 2014 Moto X wasn’t sold in the US, you’re wrong. If you’re insinuating that the 2014 Moto X and this year’s Moto X Play are similar phones, you’re also wrong.

          Try again.

        • Your reading comprehension and your soap box are wrong.

        • Medion

          Can’t back up your wild claims? Tell the other person they’re wrong, and provide no extra explanation!

          Still waiting on you to back up your claims, but we both know that won’t happen :)

        • Those claims that exist only in your head due to your failure to comprehend what you read?

        • Medion

          Keep avoiding the question :)

        • You can’t get a clue, can you? You’re embarrassing yourself.

        • thepanttherlady

          This conversation doesn’t appear to be going anywhere so let’s call this done.

  • Michael Tran

    Any confirmation on band 12 support and wifi calling for T-mo yet?

    • yankeesusa

      It will have band 12 but i haven’t seen anything on wifi calling.

    • thepanttherlady

      Supported bands are listed in the article.

      • Michael Tran

        dang my chink eyes. how did i miss that? THANKS!

  • yankeesusa

    Will this support tmobile wifi calling?

  • dtam

    it’s tempting but I wish they would come out with a phone that’s closer to 5 inches than 6 inches. you know…there’s people who like using high powered phones that aren’t phablets…

    • huh? They have 3 sizes.. 5.o, 5.5, and 5.7…so I don’t understand your comment.

      • dtam

        5.5 is not for the US market. and the 5″ phone is entry-mid level. I want a premium phone that fits in one hand comfortably

        • steveb944

          Sony or the upcoming Samsung Mini are your only options. Supply and demand.

        • dtam

          or S6, S6 Edge, Nexus 5, HTC One M9

          the $400 price for the style is very attractive though along with vanilla android. the Nexus line has been creeping up in price…

        • Walt Lonsdale

          There are other carriers that have those sizes.

      • The 5″ G is low end. The 5.5″ X Play, similar to the 5.2″ 2014 X, will not be sold in the US. The 5.7″ X Stylus/Pure is closer to 6″.

        • I can read, and I watched the event. No need to flood this place with the same comment.

        • dtam

          then your above comment makes no sense

        • Sure it does, you are the one here that seems to be griping out loud about something you know can’t happen with this current offering of this lineup.

        • Medion

          “The 5.5″ X Play, similar to the 5.2″ 2014 X, will not be sold in the US.”

          Just pointing out again, the 5.2″ 2014 Moto X was, and currently is, sold in the US.

      • The smaller the size, the lower the specs. I think @dtam was saying that a Moto X Style in a smaller form factor….

  • Every time a new device is launched, all the nay sayers come out and start trying to pick apart the offerings lol. It’s funny. People complain about what they are not getting in a device, and most never buy. Everyone wants a super phone for $100, well it won’t happen. These threads get more and more interesting to read, because most you that complain are just window shoppers. No credit, no cash, and no value added. The same stuff every time,lol.

    Will it have wifi calling?
    Does it support VoLTE?
    Does it have NFC?
    Why didn’t they put an Octa core in it?
    They should have done this or that.
    I’m gonna wait until the next version comes out.
    No USB-C?
    Stop it, just stop it. lol
    Face it, you are just talking to talk, and you know you will not buy this or anything else that pops up. But you will flood the threads with pointless comments, that add no value. Even in this thread, people are asking does it support band 12? Why didn’t they make a phone closer to 5 inches on the screen? What??? Read the article…lol. Sad!

    • Chris

      lol agree, I personally like the X Style and plan on getting it. especially with it starting from $399. I’m guessing if they went with their old building format. 64GB would cost me $499. :) which is pretty good deal considering what it packs.

    • randypower

      Some of us *do* but these things. What makes you think we don’t?

      I really like what Motorola has been doing lately. These phones look like a good range across the cost spectrum, though the Play is not for us in the U.S. Anyway, great price points in these offerings. I would seriously look at the big X if I had not just bought something 3 months ago. I will likely upgrade soon-ish to get LTE band 12.

  • Faslane

    Nice to see not everyone is killing of ExtSD! The “X-Style” looks VERY nice and great specs

  • Bryck

    I’m definitely considering picking up the X Style to replace the Note 4.

    • ummduh

      You’re not the only one. I’m seriously considering it. I’m getting pretty sick of samsung.

      • Mschmal

        I made the move from Sammy to the X 2014. No regrets. This phone has no hardware gimmicks and no skin lag. The Moto Actions can be turned off if they annoy you. Moto has already pushed out Lollipop 5.1. The only shortcomings are no SD, and mediocre camera and it looks like the new model fixes those. Also, if you don’t have a phone with Turbo Charging, I can’t emphasise enough how awesome it is. Its just a bummer that the chargers are so expensive. I have one at work and one in my car. I just need one more for home.

        • ummduh

          Well I just ordered my son a G 16/2. Once the X is available I decided I’m going for it.

  • Ascertion

    Too big! I know there’s a market for the bigger phones, but why must they always gimp the compact versions? If the X Play had a SD 808, it’d be perfect…

    • randypower

      Well, plus tmo LTE bands…

  • FILA

    Love the look it just has 2 major problems. 5.7 inches!!!! and no USB C port. Forget it. Nexus 2015 please! Way to ruin yet another model Moto, jesus christ

    • Chris

      I don’t mind not having USB C though. The price isn’t as high as competition, so it’s at the lower high end range.

  • EndlessIke

    5.7 inches is what keeps me on an iPhone. This is more and more ridiculous.

    • TMOTECH

      The frame is actually smaller than the iPhone 6plus

      • Rod

        The Note 4 is smaller than the 6+

      • EndlessIke

        “Slightly smaller than an absurdly large abomination” is not a great selling point. I’m still on a 5S, and would like something in that general form.

    • JMF_mobile

      Even the 4.7″ screen on iPhone 6 has a bezel that’s too big and makes overall size too big / comparable to the android 5.2″ + models.

      • EndlessIke

        I agree. I’m still on a 5S, but there’s not even that many 5.1-5.2 inch android flagships coming out anymore.

        The size fetish is absurd.

        • Logan S

          Unfortunately, the only new 5.2 is S6 (a downgrade from S5 IMO) and Z3+.

          If I could enable B12 on the Z3+, that’d be my choice. Too bad.

        • Walt Lonsdale

          No fetish. Some people like the bigger screen because of text size.

  • TMOTECH

    What about the X pure edition

    • thepanttherlady

      The Style is the pure edition:

      http://motorola-blog.blogspot.com/2015/07/find-your-perfect-moto-match-with-all.html#

      In the US, it will be available as a Pure Edition because you are getting an end-to-end Moto experience that hasn’t been possible until now. With universal banding, you can now use the same phone on any US carrier. Plus, buying directly from Motorola means you get a cleaner version of Android, without clutter and bloatware.

  • Faisal Afzal

    This is rediculous. I got original Moto X because it was designed for human hands in mind. Then it got bigger in 2014 and now 5.7??? I’m not going for it…

  • steveb944

    September? By then I’ll probably have the Oneplus Two in hand…I hope.

    • Julio

      Nope you will probably have your invite in September then you will be able to buy it and wait for it to be delivered.

  • Will

    Will it support T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi calling?

    • williejackbrainer

      T-Mobile branded should have WiFi calling.

      • Medion

        There is no T-Mobile branded version of either of these phones. There has never been a T-Mobile branded X, G, or E, and currently, none of the existing models support Wi-Fi calling.

        Hopefully this one bucks the trend, but I won’t get my hopes up.

        • JMF_mobile

          Medion, you’re wrong on this one. :) I have the 2013 Moto X and though it does not have T-Mobiles WiFi calling app, Google’s Hangouts Dialer available free on the Play Store works just fine if you want or need to make WiFi calls.

        • Medion

          Apps like Hangouts are completely different than carrier integrated WiFi calling. So no, I wasn’t wrong in what I was discussing, but I apologize if I was unclear.

        • JMF_mobile

          I’ve had both and to me they both worked and worked pretty much the same. I rarely need it personally but for some people it may be a deal breaker if a phone doesn’t have WiFi calling capability. Just simply pointing out that there is an alternative the would probably meet their needs. On a side note, I could never figure out why T-Mobiles doesn’t sell the Moto’s on their website.

        • Medion

          I appreciate you pointing out alternatives, just please understand that apps like Hangouts work differently than native carrier WiFi calling. For example, native carrier WiFi calling works with your actual phone number, and can generally handoff from WiFi to cellular. Hangouts does neither.

        • JMF_mobile

          Ah, that makes sense. Though, when I had the native carrier WiFi from T-Mobile on my 2012 HTC it couldn’t handoff. Seems they’re both improved since then.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          Carrier supported WiFi calling works just the same as if your connected to a cell tower – when people call your regular phone number, it rings just like it normally would. When you want to make a call, you go to your regular dialer. Using voice apps like hangouts is completely different. As far as hand off, WiFi calling will hand a call off to LTE (thanks to VoLTE) making the experience even more seamless

    • williejackbrainer

      Or you could use Hangouts to make Wi-Fi calls.

  • fencepost

    I’ve started to view phones more as commodities so I may not bother with the X Style but there’s a pretty fair chance that I’ll jump on the G with 2GB/16GB at some point.

  • JMF_mobile

    Ugh, this is terrible news all the way around. Love my 2013 Moto X. Bought it largely because of the 4.7″ screen. Could probably live with a 5″ or 5.2″ max next time but 5.7″ and 5.5″ for the two Moto X models? What kind of differentiator is that? Why bother making 2 models? And then the nicely sized Moto G at 5.0″ still has a crappy 1/2 gb of ram. A total dud on all 3 models. Not everybody carries a purse or wants a phablet in their pocket and shouldn’t have to settle for a bottom feeder smart phone to get a smaller size. IPhone 6 not much of an option either with it’s 4.7″ screen due to its huge bezel that still makes overall size too big. Guess my next phone won’t be another Moto and I’ll have very few options.

    • sd

      im in the same boat. Want to replace my moto x 2013. Was dissapointed with the oneplus2 size. Now moto x is out of the picture. Only hope now is nexus 5.

      • williejackbrainer

        I think the Nexus 5 will have the same screen size as the LG G2. The screen size was perfect. Pissed that I dropped it and smashed the screen.

    • Medion

      It was poorly labeled. It’s not 1/2 (half) GB of RAM. t’s 1GB for the $179 model, and 2GB for the $219 model.

      • JMF_mobile

        Thanks for clearing that up. That does make a big difference. :)

  • HeatFan786

    Does the Moto G have a 64 bit processor? What’s the best phone for $200-$250 that runs android and has good software support? Anyone have the Zenfone 2 4gb of RAM model too?

  • zx6guy

    After the Nexus 6 you’d think they’d learn their lesson about the size. I’ll probably look at the Nexus 5 or the moto g instead.

    • williejackbrainer

      The Nexus 6 is big, I agreed. However, I got use to mine and I love the dual front facing speakers along with the screen size for watching movies.

      • zx6guy

        I’m sure many love it but its bigger better screen, bigger battery, faster processor, ect are not what caused lower sales. Not everyone wants a two handed device.

        • williejackbrainer

          Agreed, I was a bit shocked with the screen size. However, when I broke my LG G2 there was no other phone I was interested in. Honestly, I was not impressed with last year’s release of the Nexus 6. 5.2 is the perfect size for my hands.

        • AS118

          The 5.2″ on the G2 feels so much smaller because they reduced the bezel so much by moving the buttons to the back.

          It’s smaller than many 5″ phones.

        • williejackbrainer

          I’m torn. Not sure if I should give up my Nexus 6 for the X Style or the Nexus 5 2015.

        • Logan S

          5.2 FTW.

    • Walt Lonsdale

      I love big phones!

  • Desertbears

    I like the phone, just waiting on ifixit.com teardown, to see how difficult it is to replace things like the battery.

  • AS118

    I wish they’d kept a model with the original Moto X’s one-hand friendly 4.7″ size and shape. Big phones just aren’t doing it for me.

    • robertkoa

      Me neither I loved the size of the original Moto 2013 and the HTC One M7 was a nice size too….

      Waiting for something around those sizes that is stronger than my Alpha….or even an S6 with a bigger battery…not pushbuttons like a Blender ( S6 Active).

  • Loco Mole

    The phone size comparison on Phone Arena (http://www.phonearena.com/phones/size) shows how large the X Style is compared to others. If they could minimize the top and bottom bezels, that would make this phone more welcoming to more people.

  • robertkoa

    Bands look really good on Axon- hope they do well and come out with a Compact Flagship as well…

  • RefarmAllPCSandDeploy700Anow

    PSA!!!! Motorola has updated its webpage for Moto g 3rd gen and it looks like the model XT1540 is NOT shipping with band 12 enabled.

    Remember that they did the same with Moto E 2015 but after the 5.1.1 update. The influence of T-Mobile on Motorola for “mandating” the removal band 12 in still active.

    This pisses the hell out of me and I hate T-Mobile and Motorola for this stupid nonsense. I hope this is not true since T-Mobile is not doing the same with Alcatel and Very Kool.

    As of not I could not cancel my order and had to wait for the arrival before I can return it.

    I don’t have howardforums, reddit, twitter, or motorola forum accounts to tell them. But if you can help me spread it, it would be nice. Thanks.

  • taxandspend

    Too bad there is no band 12/VoLTE (for the G anyway). Not sure why any T-Mobile customer would buy this device.

  • bydavidrosen

    Would I be able to get the Moto X Style through the Jump program? Thinking about doing this over the Note 5…

    • dtam

      nope. you won’t be able to get the x style at all (wrong band support)

      also, you can only jump from phones you buy at tmobile. i think these are going to be sold directly from moto