Motorola has launched the Moto X Play at a price of Rs 18,499 for the 16GB and Rs 19,999 for the 32GB edition in India, and will be sold exclusively on Flipkart starting midnight today. The company has been consistently coming up with game changing devices, be it the uber affordable Moto G, the entry level Moto E or the affordable high end Moto X series. Until recently Motorola’s devices have been eclipsed by the more powerful and lesser priced Chinese rivals, especially in emerging markets. Motorola had marked a new beginning with the Moto G 2015 which we reviewed recently and found it to be a great smartphone in the sub 15k price range.

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The newly launched Moto X Play, which just like the other Motorola phones will offer a near stock Android experience added with the first update promise. The Moto X Play is all set to be a a performance packed mid-range device which is aimed to fit in between the Moto G 2015 and Moto X Style, which will be coming soon to India.

The Moto X-Play is fitted with a 5.5-inch FHD, 403 ppi display along with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The device will draw its power from the familiar octa core Snapdragon 615 clocked at 1.7GHz and paired with a 2GB of RAM. On the storage front the Moto X Play will retail in two variants a 16GB variant and a 32GB variant, just like the Moto G 2015 (8/16 GB).

Imaging department is managed by a staggering 21-Megapixel f/2.0 primary sensor and a 5-Megapixel secondary sensor. The camera app comes with features like, tap anywhere to capture, closed loop processing, quick launch instant on, Color Correlated Temperature with dual LEDs and drag to focus and exposure.

Moto X Play will run on the stock Android Lollipop 5.1 with no overlay whatsoever, the device is backed up by a mammoth 3630mAh battery pack but lacks the Motorola’s water repellent feature that we saw on Moto G 2015. On the connectivity front, the Moto X Play will feature the regular bunch of connectivity options including 4G LTE, Dual SIM, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS and Wi-Fi.

That being said, Motorola is expected to launch the Moto X Style before the festive season of Diwali and it carries better hardware than the Moto X Play, so in all likelihood you might like to wait for the Moto X Style and then take your pick. Check our first impressions of Moto X Play, and wait for a full review in coming days.


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Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. Also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and the non-edible silicon chips.