The Moto X Play is powered by snapdragon 1.7GHz 64 Bit octa core processor running Lollipop with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. The X Play comes with 21MP primary camera and a 3630 mAh non-removable battery.
Is it worth for the price? We will try to find out in this Moto X Play review.
X Play Unboxing
Inside the box you will find the handset, quick start guide in English and Hindi language options, warranty information, data cable, travel charger (5V ~ 1.15A), SIM ejector Pin and standard quality earphone. SAR value : 0.80 W/Kg head and 1.23 W/kg body.
Design and Display
The handset design is just like the other Moto E, Moto G and Moto X smartphones. However there are some minor changes. The side have got a metallic finishing that look like metal, but it in fact is made of plastic. It’s a curvy design bulkier in the center and gets slimmer towards the edges. Weight with battery is 167 grams and dimensions are 75.04 x 148.18 x 11.10mm.
The back panel can be removed and there is nothing really inside, battery is built in. The reason why the company has given the option to remove the back panel is that users can buy extra (colorful) panels and change the look as and when they want. I bought the black colour version for the review. The rear panel looks cool thanks to the textures, it gives a good grip and a premium feel.
Power button and volume rocker are on the right side, Micro USB port is at the bottom and audio jack on the top along with SIM tray. This is a dual SIM handset you need 2 x nano SIM and you can also use a micro SD card – so you can use dual SIM + micro SD, check image below.
Moto X Play sports a 5.5 inch screen with corning gorilla glass 3 protection and supporting 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. There are no dedicated navigation buttons and hence some area on the screen will be used for on screen navigational buttons.
Colour reproduction, viewing angles and touch response are very good. If you run your finger on the edge of the screen you will not feel the frame, it is that smooth.
There is no LED notification and native video calling is not supported. There are following sensors – accelerometer, light, proximity, hall and magnetic. It is not clearly mentioned on official site if the handset comes with dual mic, also there is no option in settings (call) to enable noise cancellation.
Memory, Storage and OS
There is 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and micro SD card support. On the first boot you will get around 10 GB free internal space and 1.1GB free RAM. OTG is supported but you will need to download the file manger app from google play if needed, as that does not come pre-installed. Apps are getting installed on internal storage and there is an option to move to external storage.
X Play is running Android 5.1.1 32 bit OS.
Performance and battery life
You don’t expect a smartphone at this price to struggle with everyday tasks, and, mercifully, the Moto X Play didn’t prove to be aberration. The smartphone comes with the quad octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC along with 2GB of RAM, and we didn’t experience any lags with our unit. Games like Asphalt 8 ran smoothly without any problems.
We received a 32GB unit of the Moto X Play, which had 25.45GB of user-accessible storage. There’s a lower priced 16GB variant as well, but given the minimal price difference between the two, you’d be better off opting for the one with more built-in storage. If you can’t, worry not as the Moto X Play supports both microSD (up to 128GB) and USB OTG storage expansion options.
We didn’t experience any heating issues during a 20 minute session playing Asphalt 8 or while shooting multiple 2 to 3 minute videos in quick succession. However, the Moto X Play does tend to get a little warm during everyday use – not enough to be unconformable, but it’s something you are likely to notice.
The Moto X Play comes with a massive 3630mAh battery, one of the standout specifications of the smartphone in addition to its 21-megapixel rear camera. In real-world usage, our Moto X Play managed to last a day of use, but we were down to the last dregs of the battery’s capacity come end-of-day, like most other smartphones. This was a bit of surprise given the size of the battery and the real world experience of other users.
I installed Asphalt 8, on internal storage. The game play was smooth in high visual quality mode. This hardware is good enough for heavy games.
The Moto X Play key attraction is the 21MP primary camera. The front camera is of 5MP resolution. The camera picture quality is excellent, however the focusing is not that great, at times it is not able to focus close subjects properly and output is not that sharp. Long shots and low light (street light) turned out pretty impressive. Camera quality in general in above average.
The camera interface is different and as seen on other Moto handsets. You need to move the rectangle on the subject you want to focus and there is option to control the exposure. This handset can shoot FHD videos. Do check the sample images and videos at the end of this review.
Sound is very loud and clear. In-call sound is also pretty good. 4G worked on both the SIM slots. No issues with WiFi, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth.
There is no double tap to wake up option, however the handset supports voice command, and it’s always active, Just say ‘Okay Moto X Play’ and then say the command, it works even in standby mode. Plus there is the Moto screen, that shows the notification (quick glance) when you pick your phone without having to press the power button (as seen on most Moto smartphones). This is a very good option when you are driving, you can use this and let the handset read out text messages.
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.
The Moto X Play lacks the bells and whistles that might make you want to consider it over other companies’ flagships, but then it’s not positioned as a flagship – the Moto X Style can worry about that. On paper, the Moto X Play is similar to the Yu Yureka Plus, which is a very good phone that sells for half this price, but as we keep telling you, there’s more to a phone than just specifications and the Yureka Plus is let down by question marks over its long-term reliability and complaints about Yu’s poor service.
Motorola has a much better record in terms of support as well as software updates, which make any comparisons with Yu a non-starter. No surprise then that the Moto X Play has the likes of the OnePlus 2 in sight. If you are confused between the two, we would give the Moto a slight edge, not least because you can buy it without any hassle and still have some cash to spare.