In an interesting move that no one probably had guessed, Motorola has announced three new phones, being the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and the 3rd generation Moto G.
The Moto X Style (which will go by Moto X Pure Edition in the US) is Motorola’s top-tier flagship for 2015, with some of the best specs lately, yet at a price far below other flagships such as the LG G4 or Galaxy S6, as it starts at $399 unlocked.
The Moto X Play will be available for countries that are not the US and Motorola says it will cost between $400-$500. Meanwhile, the Moto G will be available globally and start at just $179. Here is a full breakdown of the three devices.
Moto X Style
This is Motorola’s top-tier flagship, at least for the US. It has universal support for all four of the major US carriers, meaning it can do LTE on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and even Verizon. It has a 5.7″ 5.7″ QHD display, a 21MP rear shooter, a Snapdragon 808 processor, and 3 GB of RAM.
The device also has a 3,000mAh non-removable battery, up to 64 GB of onboard storage, and support for a microSD card up to 128GB in size. The device runs near-stock Android, with just apps like Moto Assist onboard. The front-facing camera is 5MP and there is also a front-mounted flash. NFC is onboard, for those of you that will be using Android Pay when it launches later this year. Turbo charging is onboard as well, and Motorola claims that the Style charges faster than the S6.
The Moto X Style will be available directly from Motorola, Best Buy, and Amazon. There will be no carrier involvement, so once you buy the device from Motorola, it has been paid and all you will need is a SIM card. The Moto X Style (Pure Edition in the US) will cost $399 and will be available in September.
Moto X Play
This device is a mid-ranger by the specs, but it has excellent ones. It has a 5.5″ 1080p display, a 21MP rear-facing camera, a microSD card slot, and 4G LTE connectivity. All this is running atop a Snapdragon 615 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 3,630mAh battery.
The Moto X Play also features water resistance, meaning it can take a splash, but should not be submerged for very long. While this device is not coming to the US, Motorola has said that more choices will be available to US consumers in the fall, which is most likely new Droids.
Moto G (3rd Generation)
Once again, Motorola has improved on their cheapest handset. The new device has a 5″ 720p HD display, a Snapdragon 410 processor, 13MP rear-facing camera, a 2,470mAh battery, and IPX7 water resistance. For the first time, the Moto G also has support for certain LTE networks, letting you get faster data. Motorola will also be offering Moto Maker for the Moto G for the first time, letting anyone change the style of the device.
The new Moto G is available starting today at just $179 unlocked and will be available at Best Buy starting August 2nd. This is one of the best cheap phones you can get, and can make a great first-time smartphone or be an excellent gift.
With all of these devices and new ones coming, Motorola will probably have a pretty good quarter. It remains to be seen if the lack of selling the devices through carriers will hurt the devices, but at the prices, they’re hard to beat.