Motorola has announced that they are releasing three brand new mobile phones that will replace the Motorola Moto X and Motorola Moto G handsets. The surprise from the announcement was that they are offering not one, but two Moto X models.
Their previous flagship phone the Moto X that was released in 2014 is to be replaced by a new model, the Moto X Style. This phone looks very similar to last years flagship, which is a good thing as it was one of the better designed phones of 2014. The 2015 model brings a couple of cosmetic changes, it’s slightly bigger and size wise fits somewhere in between last year’s Moto X and the Nexus 6 which is also made by Motorola. The back panel has also had a design re-fresh.
Spec wise, all components have been upgraded. The phone now has a larger 5.7 inch LCD screen coupled with front facing Stereo speakers (only a Mono speaker on the 2014 model) which should provide an immersive media playback experience. A faster processor and more RAM have been included for better performance and they have now included a microSD card slot which will make many people very happy so you can add up to 128GB of additional storage. Motorola boast that this is the fastest charging phones in the world and you can get 10 hours use from only 15 minutes of charging which is pretty impressive. They have also given more attention to the cameras, stating that it has one of the best cameras in the industry with its 21 Mega Pixel camera. That’s a pretty big statement to make and we’ll have to see if this is true nearer it’s final release. There is also a front facing wide angle 5 Mega Pixel camera that now includes a flash for your selfies in those low light situations. The phone can also be customised by Moto Maker on the Motorola website as you could with the previous model.
For those who like to know the full specs, here are the highlights:
- Google Android 5.1.1 Operating System
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 1.8GHz hexa-core processor
- 3GB RAM
- 32 or 64GB Storage with optional microSD card slot (up to 128GB)
- 5.7 inch TFT LCD 1440p (1440×2560) Display
- 21MP f2.0 aperture rear camera
- 5MP f.20 aperture wide-angle lens front camera with flash
- Front facing Stereo speakers with Smartboost
- 3000 mAh battery with Turbo Charging
- Weighs 179g
We can expect the release of the Moto X Style in September 2015 for $399 in the US and a UK price is yet to be confirmed.
As well as the Moto X Style, it also gets a little brother in the form of the Moto X Play which on paper seems similar to last years model. This phone has a slightly lower spec and has a slightly modified design compared to the Style model. The main differences are the screen with a slightly smaller 5.5 inch 1080p display, single front facing speaker, 2GB RAM and a Snapdragon 615 1.7GHz processor. It also has a standard 5MP front camera but doesn’t include a front flash. It does however keep the 21MP front camera from the Moto X Style. The Moto X Play goes on sale in August, competitively priced at £299 in the UK.
The final phone to be announced, the Moto G, seen as the affordable all rounder has also been much improved. Highlights include IPX7 water resistance, a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera and a choice of 8GB or 16GB storage (16GB also comes with 2GB RAM instead of 1GB) and a Snapdragon 410 1.4 processor. For the first time, the Moto G can now also be fully customised through Moto Maker which was only previously available on the Moto X. The 2015 Moto G is now available everywhere and like the older model, still retains a very reasonable pricing and starts at £179 in the UK, $179.99 in the US.
All the phones will run a near stock Android 5.1.1 experience. This means no bloatware, unwanted apps or skins to slow the phones down and it also means quicker system updates to the phones once they are released by Google. It’s a safe bet that you can count on these handsets getting Android M, the next version Android shortly after Google’s Nexus stock Android devices receive it.
From what I can see the Moto G will sustain it’s popularity, further serving those on a budget or those not needing all the gizmos while the two new Moto X models gives us the consumer more choice to suit our different needs. I for one can’t wait to get hold of a Moto X Style!