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So Motorola have just unveiled their latest offerings in the smartphone arena and we’re extremely impressed by what’s on show. With a live multi-city launch presentation, Motorola really wanted to send the message that they’re all about personality and customisation while still having the cutting edge specs for those die-hard tech fans. Here is a breakdown of the phones that were announced.

Moto 2015 Family Portrait[1]

Moto X Style

Seen as Motorola’s new flagship phone, the Moto X Style is quite a beast of a device. Here is a breakdown of its specs:

Display5.7-inch TFT LCD, 2560×1440 resolution (520 ppi)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
OSAndroid 5.1.1 Lollipop
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core @ 1.8GHz
Adreno 418 GPU
Natural Language Processor, Contextual Computing Processor
Storage16, 32 or 64GB, SD card up to 128GB
Rear camera21MP f/2.0, phase detect auto-focus, dual color correlated temperature flash
4K video at 30fps, slow motion video, HDR video
Front camera5MP f/2.0, wide-angle lens, night mode, flash
Battery3000 mAh non-removable, Turbo Charging, Micro USB port
Connectivity802.11ac + MIMO Wifi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, NFC, GPS
SpeakersFront-facing stereo speakers with Smartboost
Dimensions153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm
Water resistantWater repellent nano-coating
ColorsBlack lens, dark gray frame and accents, black back
White lens, silver frame and accents, bamboo back
Moto Maker support with 17 different backs and 7 different accents available

The Moto X Style can been seen as direct competition to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (and soon to be released Note 5) along with the iPhone 6 Plus in the phablet market. Motorola made sure to highlight just how good the new camera is in the Style but we have to wait a little longer to get our hands on one to test it out. At 179g, the Style definitely isn’t a light phone but I guess all that cutting edge tech encased in a smartphone chassis comes at a price.

The Moto X Style also sees the welcomed return of the customisable backs (see below) options along with the Moto Maker online design choices to allow your creativity run wild. Unfortunately, the Moto Maker isn’t available in Ireland but that might chance with the release of these new phones. 

The Moto X Style is expected the launch in September and it has a rumoured RRP of €499 for the entry model. We’ll update this section once we get more info.

Moto X Play

Now this is the handset that got most of the guys here in the office excited. The Moto X Play again has some extremely impressive specs which you can see a breakdown of below:

Display5.5-inch, 1920×1080 resolution (403 ppi), Corning Gorilla Glass 3
OSAndroid 5.1.1 Lollipop
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core @ 1.7GHz
Adreno 405 GPU @ 550MHz
Natural Language Processor, Contextual Computing Processor
Storage16GB or 32GB, SD card up to 128GB
Rear camera21MP f/2.0, quick capture, burst mode, night mode, auto HDR
1080p video at 30fps, slow motion video
Front camera5MP
Battery3630 mAh non-removable
30 hours mixed usage
Micro USB port
Connectivity802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, GPS
SpeakersFront-ported speaker
Dimensions148 x 75 x 10.9 mm, 169g
Water resistantWater repellent nano-coating
ColorsBlack with black back
White with winter white back
Choice of 14 different backs, 7 accent colors

Out of all the above specs, the most impressive one and the one that will make the biggest difference in your day to day life is the battery size. Coming in at a whopping 3630mAh, the Moto X Play has one of the biggest smartphone batteries on the market today.

To put this into context, the iPhone 6’s battery is just 1810mAh so the Moto X Play’s battery is actually more than double the size! Again, the Moto X Play has the same camera as the X Style that we heard so much about so again, we’ll hold off judgement until we get to test one of the units ourselves.


The Moto X Play is set to release here at the end of August, early September and it has a rumoured RRP of €349 for the entry model.

Finally, the last phone announced was the 2015 edition of the Moto G which is Motorola’s entry level phone. An extremely popular handset in the developing countries, the Moto G’s specs are understandably toned down in comparison to the Moto X phones and to keep costs down, here are the official specs:


5-inch, 1280×720 resolution (294 ppi), Corning Gorilla Glass 3


Android 5.1.1 Lollipop


Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core @ 1.4GHz Adreno 306 GPU @ 400MHz


8GB or 16GB, SD card up to 32GB


1GB or 2GB

Rear camera

13MP f/2.0, dual color correlated temperature flash, auto focus, burst mode, auto HDR, active viewfinder 1080p video at 30fps

Front camera

5MP f/2.2, display flash, auto HDR, burst mode


2470 mAh non-removable 24 hours mixed usage

Cellular (CDMA prepaid XT1548)

GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz CDMA 800, 850, 1900MHz HSPA+ 850, 1700, 1900MHz TD-LTE Band 41 TD2500 LTE Band 2/4/5/12/17/25/26 Micro SIM


802.11n Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS + GLONASS


Accelerometer (2), ambient light, proximity


Earpiece, loudspeaker, dual microphones


142.1 x 74.4 x 11.6 mm, 155g

Water resistant



Black, white Shells (sold separately): Black, Navy, Cabernet, Golden Yellow, Lime, Cherry, Blue, Turqouise, Raspberry, Chalk Flip Shells (sold separately): Turquoise with Dark Teal, Blue with Navy, Raspberry with Cabernet, Crimson with Cherry, Licorice with Charcoal

Out of all the above specs, one of the newest and most welcome additions is the IPX7 waterproofing the phone now has. Shown off with the (now overused) stunt of dropping the phone into a fish tank, the Moto G was still working fine after it was removed.

The Moto G also boasted having the same camera optics as the Nexus 6 which a very nice addition for such a well priced handset.


The Moto G will be available in Ireland from the first week of August with an RRP of €179 Pre Pay or from free Bill Pay from Three Ireland, Meteor and Tesco stores.

John Reilly

John is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheEffect.Net. His favourite gaming series is Uncharted and his favourite film is Interstellar. He is also known to quote 'Father Ted' and Keith Lemon more than is normal.

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