This is the new Moto X Style. Instead of calling it the Moto X (2015) and instead of making only one Moto x, Motorola decided to make two new Moto Xs. The flagship of the two is called the Moto X Style, which is the third generation of the Moto X. it’s bigger, more powerful and apparently has a best in class camera. Let’s take a deeper dive into the Moto X’s new flagship, the Moto X Style.
Motorola is set on a mission to deliver great specs, a great experience and most importantly, a solid device for an incredible price tag. And when you look at the spec sheet of the X Style, you sort of have to believe them. The Moto X Style has been made bigger, now housing a 5.7-inch Quad HD display—that means 520ppi. The display has also been changed out for an LCD panel, which means the colors are much more accurate and they’re no more yellow-white. But the overall footprint of the Moto X Style is fairly large and when compared to the second generation Moto X, it’s kind of big. It’s not a whole lot bigger in the width of the phone but definitely in the length. But thankfully, it’s nowhere close to the behemoth of the Nexus 6.
Inside, the specs have been upgraded to meet the standards of 2015. First off is the new Snapdragon 808 processor, like the one found in the HTC One M9. It’s a six-core processor comprised of one 1.8GHz dual-core chip and one 1.4GHz quad-core processor. It also runs the Adreno 418 GPU chipset and houses 3GB of RAM. The microSD card slot remains present on the 3rd generation X, something the recently announced OnePlus 2 does not have and the phone will be available in 16/32/64GB configurations.
Flip the Moto X to the back and you’ll find a slightly revised design. The Moto logo is no longer a huge holdback but now a dimple very similar to the original Moto X. the camera placement has been moved down slightly and the flash is an ordinary flash instead of the crazy fancy ring flash found on the 2nd generation X.
Speaking of cameras, the Moto X Style has a 21MP sensor that comes with high claim. Motorola says their camera is best in class but we’ll have to wait until we get our hands on a review unit to decide whether that claim is hot air or not.
Lastly, the battery inside the new Moto X is rated at 3000mAh and that’s a fairly healthy amount of battery juice but is it enough to power six-cores and a Quad HD panel for all day? Again, that’s a question still left unanswered and will have to be answered in future videos.
Next up is the software. Like the previous Moto X devices, Motorola likes to stick to their former parent. It’s running an almost pure version of stock Android Lollipop 5.1.1. The only deviation is in form of Moto Assist, Moto Actions, Moto Display and Moto Voice. These features are carried over from the previous generations of Moto X and still prove very useful and helpful to this day. We’ll definitely have a lot more on the software in future videos after we spend a little bit more time with the new device.
Now my first overall impression of the new Moto X Style is: it’s pretty big. It’s a lot bigger in the hand than the Moto X (2014) and a million times bigger than say the original Moto X. the screen is definitely sharper and more clear and it seems to run very smoothly. I have three main concerns though: one is the camera, two is the battery life, and three is the sheer size of this whole phone.
The Moto X Style will be available in September with a price tag starting at $399. That’s basically OnePlus 2 territory and you get an extra .2 inches of screen real estate, more pixels and a pure Android experience. Putting those two against each other should be very interesting.
I want to hear from you on your thoughts on the new Moto X Style. Do you like the size? Do you like the design? Do you like the name? Make sure to leave those answers in the comments below.