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Motorola Outs Water-resistant, Mid-range Moto X Play

Moto X Play

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Motorola also announced a smaller, mid-range handset alongside the bigger Moto X Style. Dubbed the Moto X Play, the new device is a water-resistant phone aimed at the mid-range market that want a durable, colorful devices that’s capable of tackling the rigors of everyday life.

Motorola Moto X Play specs

  • 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 405 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch full HD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 1920 x 1080
  • 16/32GB of storage, expandable via microSD
  • 21-megapixel rear camera, f/2.0 aperture, LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, NFC, water resistant
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 3630mAh battery


Motorola says that the Moto X Play should last around two days on a single charge, which is more than we can say about their previous Moto X (you’ll hear more about this in our full review). Just like Motorola’s other phones, the Moto X Play ships with bare-bones Android 5.1 Lollipop, with a promised update to Android M later this year. The Moto X Play will also be customizable via Motorola’s Moto Maker service in territories where it’s offered.

The phone is slated to be released in Europe, Latin America, and Canada in August, and no word yet when the new device will make its way to Asia. Interestingly, US customers are left out in the cold when it goes on sale in August.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

10 Comments

  1. nice to know the motorola brand lives on! what a great battery capacity and expandable external storage! witwiw!

    now the main questions is @JohnNieves will this be available in the PH this year or the next few years? LOL.

  2. So excited for this! Enough power and premium-ness for a budget. Crossing my fingers that this will reach our shores along with the Moto G and X Style soon.

  3. IMHO Moto XPlay is the biggest threat to Asus Zenfone2 4GB+64GB rule in the mid range category. Specifically the camera and battery, which is the usual gripes of Asus ZF2 users.

    1. They’ve shifted focus, Lenovo is promoting their own brand for the Asian region and Motorola for the Western hemisphere.

      Enoigh said 🙂

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