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Motorola Moto X Play

Specifications

Motorola Moto X Play
Motorola Moto X Play (Moto Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, 16 M colors, Gorilla Glass 3, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 11 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo audio jack, Card Reader: micro-SD max. 128GB, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: motion sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor, compass
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GSM (850/900/1800/1900), UMTS (850/900/1800/1900/2100), LTE (B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B19/B20/B28/B38/B41); bandwidth LTE (download/upload): 150Mbps/50Mbps; SAR-rate: 0.494W (head), 0.682W/kg (body), LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.9 x 148 x 75 ( = 0.43 x 5.83 x 2.95 in)
Battery
14 Wh Lithium-Ion, 3630 mAh, non-removable, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 48 h
Operating System
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Camera
Webcam: 5.0MP (front); 21.0MP, AF, dual LED flash, videos @1080p/30fps (rear)
Additional features
Speakers: front-facing stereo speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, USB cable, power supply, SIM tool, Motorola Connect, Migrate, Motorola Moto, 24 Months Warranty, NFC, GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, splash-waterproof, SIM size: nano-SIM, fanless
Weight
169 g ( = 5.96 oz / 0.37 pounds), Power Supply: 59 g ( = 2.08 oz / 0.13 pounds)
Price
379 Euro

 

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Average Score: 80.68% - good
Average of 22 scores (from 30 reviews)
price: 85%, performance: 67%, features: 71%, display: 85% mobility: 89%, workmanship: 75%, ergonomy: 84%, emissions: 75%

Reviews for the Motorola Moto X Play

84% Motorola Moto X Play Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Mingling in the mid-range. Motorola has pitched its mid-range Moto X Play phone to compete against price-performance whoppers such as OnePlus' One. The buyer gets a gigantic battery, plenty of performance and a high-resolution camera for under 400 Euros (~$454). Find out whether this is the new mid-range champion.
Where mid-range devices shine
Source: Laptop Media English
Whether it’s because of the stock Android experience or the reliable CPU, we were pleasantly impressed by the snappy operation of this smartphone. Transition between menus, shots, etc. is instantaneous. You also get a 5.5-inch Full HD display that not only brings very good detail but is also not a problem for the battery, which offers a surprisingly long battery life after a single charge. What puts the icing on the cake is the 21MP rear camera with Sony IMX230 Exmor RS sensor that brings image quality similar to that of high-end models.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/06/2016
68% Motorola Moto X Play review
Source: GSM Arena English
The Moto X Play came with a lot of promise to push the boundaries of what a mid-ranger can offer, within a restricted budget and in a lot of ways, it delivered on that promise. For just under $300, you get a quite sensibly cut-back version of the Moto X Style, which, in our opinion, offers a perfect scale-down in performance, without really disturbing any of the other crucial features of the handset.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/10/2016
Rating: Total score: 68% performance: 50% display: 90% mobility: 100% workmanship: 60% emissions: 60%
80% Moto X Play
Source: It Pro English
Available for under £300 SIM-free, the Moto X Play is a great deal. It’s not the most impressive phone on the market, but what it lacks in pizzazz, it makes up for in well-rounded value. The only other Android phones worth considering at this price are the OnePlus 2 and the Honor 7. The OnePlus 2 has similar customisation options, but has an annoying purchasing system.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/20/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
Motorola Moto X Play review
Source: GSM Arena English
All things considered, the Motorola Moto X Play turned out as compelling in reality as it is on paper. The midranger with some flagship aspirations has a lot to offer for just $300. And you would think some serious compromises must have been made, but in fact the Moto X Play has no area where it really disappoints.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/16/2015
80% Does most things right and lasts long while at it
Source: Tech2.in.com English
Motorola Moto X Play builds upon the legacy that has been set up by the Moto X family. The great overall user experience, good camera, good battery life and a wonderful display; clearly make this phone one to consider if you have a Rs 20,000 budget. The Moto X Play is priced at Rs 18,499 for the 16GB variant and Rs 19,999 for the 32GB variant, which is very sensible pricing for the performance you are getting.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/13/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 75% features: 70% display: 80% mobility: 85% workmanship: 80%
Big-battery beauty
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Moto X Play is a headset that appears to have one primary focus: long-lasting battery life. If you want an endurance champion, then the Moto X Play could well be the handset for you. There are other positives too. The design can be personalised, the camera experience is improved over the last generation, and the minimal bloatware on board makes for a solid handset with slick performance as mid-range handsets go.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/12/2015
80% A battery to beat: Motorola’s X Play reviewed
Source: Gadgetguy English
There are certainly some good things going for the Moto X Play, and battery life is chief among them, bringing some of the longest lasting performance we’ve seen out of any phone this year, especially one that isn’t technically considered a phablet. Granted, to get this life you need to resort to something thicker than the standard flagship, and something a little bulky, too, as that’s part of how Motorola gets the life going long. With a big battery and some finely tuned Android, the Moto X Play does offer enough life to not only let you play the day, it could handle an entire weekend, too.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/06/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 60%
72% Moto X Play
Source: Think Digit English
The Moto X Play is not a power user’s smartphone, given the lacklustre processor performance, but it’s a well balanced smartphone that not many make today and Motorola has for long been known for. The company’s service support, though not the best, is improving by the day, and in the sub-20k segment, this phone may be the best for anyone but a power user.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/24/2015
Rating: Total score: 72%
80% Moto X Play review
Source: V3.co.uk English
It's hard to fault the Moto X Play. We lauded Motorola's latest Moto G as the best sub-£200 handset, and it's hard to think of a better sub-£300 phone than the Play. Sure, the low-light camera performance disappointed and the screen isn't the best on the market, but for £269 the Moto X Play offers a premium design, smooth performance, bloat-free Android and an excellent battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/22/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Moto X Play review
Source: Techradar English
There's a lot going for the Moto X Play, but not quite enough when you compare it to its more impressive stablemate. It's still a very good smartphone, and it's pretty good value given the spec list, but it feels a bit like a phone that doesn't know quite what it wants to be. Motorola should have gone the whole hog with this phone, and made it a durable masterpiece that offered high-end specs, plus a durable yet customisable design. And it should be waterproof, not 'water resistant' – and ideally blood, sweat and tear-proof too.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/18/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Great battery life, great price
Source: PC Pro English
However, a reasonable price and great battery life give it an edge against other phones in the increasingly crowded mid-range smartphone market. Squeezed between the Moto G and the Moto X Style, the Moto X Play is a more-than-decent mid-range smartphone; if you can’t get an invite for the OnePlus 2, it’s an excellent alternative.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/18/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Boringly Good
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
The Moto X Play is a solid if unspectacular performer, with no real feature that stands out - as is evident from our ratings. It has a massive battery and an improved camera, both of which perform adequately in the real world, but not significantly better than its peers to make the Play an undisputed pick in its price bracket. On the flip side, the phone doesn't significantly lack in any department either.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/15/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
70% Motorola’s latest midrange smartphone
Source: IT Pro Portal English
On a day-to-day level it’s easy to use thanks to some clever design, it has a clean, simple version of Android, and daylight camera results are excellent. The screen although it’s ‘only’ 1080p is perfectly acceptable.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/13/2015
Rating: Total score: 70%
79% An unexciting phone with a huge battery
Source: Engadget English
Once you take the epic battery life into consideration, the X Play starts to make a little more sense. You get a lot of the benefits of Motorola's flagship; you save a little money; and you never need to carry your charger with you again. Even so, I can't help but feel that most people would be happy with the budget Moto G.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/02/2015
Rating: Total score: 79%
Motorola Moto X Play review
Source: Stuff TV English
The Mototola Moto X Play is one of the best phones to consider if you want a quality phone without paying a high-end price. It maxes out the camera and battery while offering a nice big screen that isn’t shown up too badly by any phone, anywhere.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/28/2015
80% Motorola Moto X Play review
Source: Gadget Show English
The Moto X Play slots solidly in the middle between the Moto G and the upcoming Moto X Style, and if it's any indication of what to expect from the Style, we should be in for a treat with the top of the range model. That's not to say the Play is bad at all - anything but, and you get a decent phone that's as close to stock Android as you could wish for; battery life is astounding; and it sports Motorola's best camera to date. It's well worth a look, but if you want something with even more power, wait for the Moto X Style.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/28/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Too many corners cut to compete with the OnePlus 2
Source: PC Advisor English
Overall, the Moto X Play is a decent mid-range phone. But, it's not the great upgrade which Moto X owners were looking for. The camera is good, as is the screen, but performance could be better - as could battery life. Had Motorola offered the dual-SIM version in the UK and made the phone waterproof, it would have had enough to be a decent alternative to the OnePlus 2. For many, this more powerful rival will be more appealing. It's also cheaper and has optical stabilisation and the option to shoot 4K video.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/27/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 70% features: 80% workmanship: 70%
80% Moto X Play review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
If you want a well built smartphone with a fantastic display, great daylight camera and true all-day battery the Moto X Play is a fine choice. It just makes the package even sweeter that it can be had for £279. Motorola has continued its impressive run and with the Moto G setting new standards for the low-end, I think the Moto X Play can do exactly the same for the mid-range.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/26/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 70% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
100% Motorola Moto X Play review
Source: Expert Reviews English
It's these small touches that elevate the Moto X Play above the rest of the competition and make it a much better buy than other £200-300 phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy A5, Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, EE Harrier and HTC Desire 820. It's more expensive on contract, with prices starting at £22-per-month, but compared to the £19-per-month Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, for instance, you're getting a lot more phone for your money, including a Full HD screen, a superior camera and more storage. While we've yet to try out the Moto X Style, the Moto X Play is still a great value handset in its own right and its excellent screen, camera and battery life punch well above its weight.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/26/2015
Rating: Total score: 100%
Motorola Moto X Play review: The perfect battery champion?
Source: Androidbeat English
Calling the Moto X Play ‘disappointing’ does it a disservice – it’s patently an extremely capable Android smartphone in every department and the price is quite reasonable. It’s just that, having loved the Nexus 6 aside from the size, I keep hoping for more or less the same device but smaller, and somehow Motorola never quite delivers this, whatever the glossy photos might suggest. The single, mono speaker and the broken camera HDR being the main offenders.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/25/2015
90% Motorola Moto X Play Review: In Depth
Source: Recombu English
The Moto X Play isn’t the Motorola flagship that we’re excited to see, but it’s a very good handset for the price and a solid rival to the OnePlus 2. The spacious, vibrant screen and expandable storage make it a media monster, while amateur photographers and gamers will appreciate the capable camera and smooth performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/24/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
Hands on Moto X Play review: Motorola's new handset wants to bring the fun
Source: T3 English
All in all the Moto X Play is shaping up to be an excellent smartphone with a great screen and even better camera. If battery life lives up to its promises we could have a very compelling device on our hands, especially considering the competitive price that Motorola has slapped on it.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/28/2015

Foreign Reviews

80% Preiswerte Mittelklasse
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 93% performance: 85% features: 58% display: 97% mobility: 84%
Motorola Moto X Play
Source: SFT - Heft 8/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/01/2016
Motorola Moto X Play
Source: MobiFlip German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/06/2015
89% Moto X Play im Test: Lange Laufzeiten im Alltag
Source: Mobi-Test German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/13/2015
Rating: Total score: 89% features: 87% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 87%
Der neue Maßstab in der Mittelklasse?
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/12/2015
82% Android-Smartphone mit XXL-Akku
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/14/2015
Rating: Total score: 82% features: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
90% Motorola Moto X Play
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/26/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
71% Recenzja Motorola Moto X Play: Średniak z klasą
Source: Teleguru Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/09/2016
Rating: Total score: 71% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 70%

Comment

Model: The Motorola X Play edition is Motorola’s latest phone in the market aimed to consumers looking for a mid-range phone. However, this does not mean that it is lacking of power. It comes with a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 octa core architecture consisting of 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex A53 and 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex 43 CPUs, 2 GB of RAM and an Adreno 405 GPU. The Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop) is used as operating system. But, this should not be a problem, since Motorola is one of the few brands or companies that gets updates to Android earlier than the rest. The 5.5 inch display features a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.

The 21 MP camera features a resolution of 5248 x 3936 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and records videos at [email protected], while the front selfie camera is just a mere 5 MP shooter. Despite 21 MP resolution, the image quality is not as good as other phones' in the market, but the dual tone flash will help with the white balance. Thus, pictures will look more natural and more true to color. The internal memory is 16 GB or 32 GB. And storage capacity can be expanded with a microSD by up to 128GB. The non-removal battery rated at 3630 mAh features fast charging. Motorola claims a battery life of 48 hours.

Qualcomm Adreno 405: Integrated graphics card for ARM based SoCs. Depending on the used SoC the clock rate is around 500 MHz and features 48 unified shaders. Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
615 MSM8939:

Mid-range ARM SoC with 8 CPU cores (Cortex-A53, 64-bit capable) and an Adreno 405 GPU. Manufactured in a 28 nm LP process.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
5.5":

This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.169 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


Motorola: The original company Motorola Inc was split in 2011. Motorola Mobility got the smartphone range and was taken over by Google in 2012 and by Lenovo in 2014. The Motorola smartphone brand continues for the time being. There are still a lot of reviews on Motorola Mobiles with average ratings.
80.68%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2015-08-16)