Motorola has launched the new Moto X Play in India, one of the two new Moto X models that were recently announced. The phone is priced at INR 18,499 ($278) for the 16GB model and INR 19,999 ($301) for the 32GB model.
One of the biggest selling points of the Moto X Play is the battery 3,630mAh, which Motorola promises will last two days on a single charge, even when using 4G LTE and other battery-intensive features.
It also includes Motorola’s Turbo Charge technology, which the company claims is the fastest quick-charging tech on the market, giving the Moto X eight hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging.


Specifications:

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Moto X Play video walkthrough


Features

Hardware

The Moto X Play is a plastic smartphone. As the high end of the spectrum has becomes dominated by ever more exotic materials, we increasingly expect to see phones adorned with metal and glass at other price points as well. That’s not the case with the Moto X Play, which sticks with a traditional polycarbonate body and a removable soft-touch rear.
The Moto X Play’s sides have a reflective, metallic look to them, and extend some way around the back of the device. That means most of the contact points are somewhere on this faux chrome trim, as opposed to the largely decorative soft-touch back panel. And this, combined with their squared-off sides, makes the phone easy to grip with one hand. That removable panel is purely decorative, by the way — there’s nothing functional back there, as the SIM and SD trays are combined into one slot, which lives along the top edge.

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Display

The Moto X Play is the cheaper and smaller screen version of the Moto X Style. It comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD screen at 403 ppi with Gorilla Glass 3, Snapdragon 615 Octa-core CPU clocked at 1.7 GHz with Adreno 405 @ 550 MHz GPU. The Moto X Style, on the other hand, has a 5.7-inch Quad HD display at a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels.
Motorola has switched to IPS display tech this year, which would usually mean that colors don’t have that AMOLED punch that last year’s X does, but the company has implemented a software trick to combat that. By default, the display is set to “vivid,” which does a decent job of boosting saturation, if that’s your thing. Viewing angles are top-notch, and the screen is also super bright and readable even in direct sunlight.

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Battery Life

The non-removable 3,630 mAh cell is bigger than almost every similarly sized device on the market, including the Galaxy S6 Edge+, Note 5, iPhone 6 Plus and OnePlus 2.
Motorola says in the real world the X Play gives you “up to 48 hours” of “mixed use,”
It also includes Motorola’s Turbo Charge technology, which the company claims is the fastest quick-charging tech on the market, giving the Moto X eight hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging.

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Camera

Motorola has also fitted the new Moto X Play with a 21 megapixel camera, a hefty pixel boost that (on paper) puts the Moto X Play’s snapper in the same league as the one found on the Sony Xperia Z3+.The front camera is 5 megapixel.

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The software experience is similar to any stock Android phone, which is to say you just tap on the screen to take a photo. That means it’s super quick to boot up, even from the lock screen, and takes photos in the blink of an eye. The spartan layout is great for beginners, and there’s an HDR setting and a focus and exposure tool for those looking to get a little more creative with their shots.

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Software

As we’ve come to expect from Motorola, the X Play offers an uncluttered take on Android 5.1.1, with little in the way of additions.
For the past several years, the highlight of the company’s smartphones has been the “pure Android” experience — i.e. Android with the Google look and feel, augmented with Moto’s useful software additions.
For that reason there’s not a whole lot to say about software on the Moto X Play. If you’ve used a Motorola phone in the past year you’ll know what to expect. The Play runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with the Google Now Launcher is front and center, just like on a Nexus phone, and the main “Moto” features — Moto Display, Moto Voice, Moto Assist and Moto Actions are handled by the app of the same name.

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Additional Features
Some additional software bits to note:
1) Moto’s FM Radio app is preloaded, as is the on-device Help app and Moto Migrate (for importing content from your old phone)

2) Moto’s Phone app is very close to what’s offered on Nexus devices, but doesn’t come with the Caller ID by Google feature that helps you track down unknown incoming callers.

3) There’s little functional difference between Moto’s Messaging app and Google’s Messenger (found on the Play Store.) Both work perfectly well; Google’s arguably looks a bit more Materialy.

4) Whatever it is that’s making this phone perform slightly slower than we’d expect, it’s certainly not bloatware. There are no superfluous apps to be found on our European Moto X Play.


Pros

Fantastic display
Durable build
Detailed camera
No ugly skins
Cons

Poor low-light photos
Minor performance issues
Turbo charger not included


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