Following hot on the heels of the OnePlus 2 launch earlier this morning, Motorola held a simultaneous keynote in 3 locations around the world to talk about their three (YES THREE) new phones that they would be unveiling on the world today.
First up is the worst kept secret of the bunch, the Moto G. It is Motorola’s best-selling phone ever, and unlike the release of its second generation offering, this new 3rd generation version has had some pretty good upgrades under the hood. It will still have a 5” 720p screen, with 8GB storage, however the processor has been upgraded to a quad core Snapdragon 410 which is now 64 bit.
As standard it will come with 1GB Ram, but now it has Moto Maker support, where not only will you be able to customise the rear of the phone and metal accents, but you can also get a version that comes with 16GB storage and 2GB Ram, which raises it above it’s budget-minded status. It’s biggest featured upgrade is a massive upgrade in it’s camera. It now shares a similar camera to that of the Nexus 6, coming in at 13MP with f/2.0, along with a 5MP front facer. In addition to all this, it comes with speedy 4G LTE as standard, as well as IPX7 certification, meaning it can withstand being in up to 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes, and still function absolutely fine. The Moto G will retail for £179, and is on sale in 60 countries NOW.
Next up, we have the biggest surprise of the event, the unveiling of a MIDRANGE Moto X; The Moto Play, but it’s not precisely what you’re thinking. This is designed with the main features that many of us have been begging for in a smart phone as a matter of practicality. As standard, it will come with a 5.5” full 1080p HD display, a 64 bit 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-core processor, 2GB Ram 4G LTE, a massive 21MP f/2.0 main camera, MicroSD expansion up to 128GB, and an even huger 3630mAh battery, which Motorola say will give you 2 days of mixed usage.
It will come with ‘turbo charging’, as well as all the regular favourites from the previous gen Moto X, which includes Moto Voice, Moto Assist, Moto Display, and Moto Maker customisation. There are 16GB and 32GB options, and it should cost under £250 once it’s out in August for 55 countries.
Lastly, Motorola unveiled 2 versions of it’s Moto X flagship, and were quite secretive on it’s internals in their unveiling, but they confirmed some very interesting things about it. Firstly, it will be their biggest Moto X with a 5.7” quad-HD (1440p) screen, and they’ve shaved the bezels to make it even smaller than an iPhone 6 plus, and only slightly larger than the 5.1” Samsung Galaxy S6. The features largely resemble the midrange Moto X Play, however in addition to that 21MP camera it shares with the Play, it’ll have a 64 bit 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor which places it near the top end of the flagships, 3GB RAM as standard, and 32GB or 64GB options as standard. It’ll also have a wide angled 5MP selfie cam, a faster processor, and full IP52 water resistant certification, but a smaller battery of around 3000mAh, which Motorola say will last about 30 hours. It will come with metal accents, and in two main variations which they’ve named as Moto X Style, and Moto X Pure edition.
The Style edition will be the fully customised version (from Moto Maker) which will include silicon, leather and wooden backings as options. The Pure edition will retail in stores like Best Buy and Amazon, and boasts at having a pure Android experience, with an off contract price of around £300, and have universal LTE, meaning it should work for you Worldwide. It will be out to buy in September.
I am personally very excited for the Moto X Play, as I have been an advocate a larger battery for ages now, and nobody has quite delivered on it very well (yet). Also the camera changes in all phones will really shake up what competitors are likely to offer going forward. It’s nice to know that one of the most relied upon features is no longer being skimped on going forward. News on this is still forthcoming, so once we are aware of any further details, we will update where possible. Stay tuned, and tell us what you think below!