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At a press event earlier this morning, handset maker Motorola unveiled a pair of new would-be iPhone killers, the larger-screened Moto X Style and the Moto X Play.

Additionally, the firm has refreshed its budget-minded Moto G handset, which now has a waterproof shell.

The 5.5-inch Moto X Style looks to one-up the latest iPhones with better hardware and will expectedly take on Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ refreshes, which are expected to launch this fall.

The 5.5-inch Play, on the other hand, was designed to match most of the iPhone 6 Plus’s innards. Both the Style and the Play blow iPhones out of the water with more advanced imaging features.

Moto X Style

The Moto X Style was designed to compete with Apple’s latest large-screened handsets.

Featuring a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge quad-HD 1440p display at 2,560-by-1,440 pixels, the phone has front-facing stereo speakers and is powered by Qualcomm’s 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor with Adreno 418 graphics and three gigabytes of RAM.

The Style supports Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11an Wi-Fi and 4G LTE Category 6 for up to twice as fast 300Mbps cellular data transfer, a feature forthcoming iPhones should include as well.

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The Style has a powerful back-facing camera with a whopping 21 megapixel resolution and 1080p video capture at 60 frames per second. The front-facing camera is five megapixels with a wide angle lens. Both front and back cameras have flash.

The phone can be customized with a variety of backplate colors and metal accents, including all-new Saffiano leather, real wood with unique grains and new silicon options. And if you buy it straight from Motorola, you’ll get pure Android Lollipop 5.1.1 experience without carrier junkware and bloatware.

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A 3,000 mAh battery provides up to 30 hours of “mixed use,” according to Motorola, with a fast-charging feature called TurboCharge capable of providing ten hours of power in just fifteen minutes of charging.

The device will be offered in 16/32/64GB tiers, but the storage can be upgraded to 128 gigabytes by way of micro SD memory cards. Pricing and release dates are yet to be revealed though Motorola hinted that the standard edition of the Style will cost “$200 to $300 less” than competing Apple and Samsung phones.

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The Style will be available in markets across Europe, Latin America and North America starting in September. Beginning in September, shoppers in the United States will be able to pick up a Pure Edition starting at $399 and unlocked for all carriers.

The company has pledged to announce availability for Asia Pacific, including more on China and India, later this year.

Moto X Play

Featuring a 3,630 mAh 30-hour battery which should let it run up to two days on a single charge, plus a water-resistant body, the new Moto X Play “is ready for anything.” The front of the device is dominated by a 5.5-inch 1080p screen which maxes out at 1,920-by-1,080 pixels, just like Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.

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The Play is driven by a 1.6GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor with Adreno 450 graphics and has two gigabytes of RAM. Connectivity capabilities include built-in NFC for contactless payments, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11an Wi-Fi and 4G LTE.

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Just like the Style, the Play too can be customized to fit your style using Motorola’s Moto Maker tool. In addition, more than a dozen interchangeable backs with seven different accent colors are available across all markets.

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Like the Style, the Play has a a five-megapixel shooter out the front and a back-facing 21-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second. It comes in 16/32GB tiers, expandable via micro SD, and will be available starting in August in “various countries” across Europe, Latin America and Canada.

The Play, however, won’t be available in the United States. “We’ll have more choices for you all later this year,” according to Motorola.

Updated Moto G

Motorola has only slightly revised its budget-focused Moto G this year.

For starters, the handset now offers waterproof design (IPX7-rated, like the Apple Watch) and runs a 1.4GHz quad-core with Adreno 306 graphics and 1GB RAM. The 4G LTE device supports Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11an Wi-Fi and lacks NFC.

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Interestingly, the RAM can be upgraded to two gigabytes. The eight gigabytes of built-in storage can be expanded with removable storage that supports up to 32 GB micro SD card. This device, too, can be personalized with Moto Maker body customization.

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The new Moto G has a 2,470 mAh battery and the same five-inch 720p screen as its predecessor. In terms of imaging, there’s a five-megapixel front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel quick capture camera on the back with 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second, essentially the same module Motorola used on the Nexus 6.

The new Moto G is available today in more than 60 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, marking Motorola’s biggest Moto G launch yet. It starts at $179.99.

Plus, a pair of new headphones

In addition to the new phones, Motorola today released a pair of iOS-compatible wireless headphones with Bluetooth 4.1 support: the $59.99 Moto pulse on-ear headphones and the $69.99 waterproof and sweat proof Moto surround in-ear earbuds aimed at sports fans.

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Both products come with a companion iOS app for easy pairing with up to two devices simultaneously, receiving notifications when the battery gets low and finding your lost audio accessory by locating the last location it was connected on a world map.

Source: Motorola

  • Dan

    solid offerings imo, good pricing too

    • Maxim∑

      only way for them to compete is to reduce the price… kind of sad..
      great for us though

      • Dan

        Never know, might push Apple to reduce theirs (yeah right lol)
        Too bad for Motorola, they actually make quality products.

      • Shinonuke

        Google owns Motorola. Quality is there. At least folks who get the Moto will get updates on time

      • Michael Stair

        Google sold Motorola to Lenovo

      • Shinonuke

        Oops, I didn’t know that.

  • Stake

    Motorola fails yet again with trio of new handsets lol… jokes aside the wooden back one looks FRESH.

    • dudeimmexican

      You like wood, eh?

      • Digitalfeind
  • Chindavon

    Looks nice and great specs, but it’s lacking a fingerprint scanner. I can’t imaging using a phone without one.

    • Disasterpiece

      “imaging” should be “imagine”… 😉

      • Chindavon

        Sign me up for the next Spelling Bee.

      • Disasterpiece

        What’s the point? They don’t allow autocorrect

      • Micrones

        Actually you are wrong Mr
        Imagine is the right word to use or imagining

      • Disasterpiece

        If you read the original comment, it was “imaging” not “imagine.,” which can throw what he/she was trying to say. It has since been edited. You were late to the party. Have a seat.

      • f96lrs

        call the spelling police

  • Disasterpiece

    Definitely good phones, but why are the upscale ones both 5.5″ inchers, Moto?? Not everyone wants a large phone. Should’ve kept the 5.2″ or made a 5″ at least. Plus no fingerprint scanner??? wow, lost me there

    • Benedict

      You need a button for a fingerprint sensor. These phones don’t have any. I got the S6 and I don’t like to unlock it with the sensor. You can’t unlock the phone from different angles when it’s lying somewhere and you always have to press the button below which results in almost dropping the phone. It is not essential though. I used to lock my phone with a paired device like my smartwatch. When I’m out of range it locks itself. Otherwise it’s unlocked and immediately ready for use.

      • Disasterpiece

        With that being said, the OnePlus 2 kill these phones IMHO. The 5.7″ incher almost has the same chassis as the 6″ Nexus 6. LG G3 is a smaller 5.5″ than Moto’s. I don’t understand where does Moto put there design $$ at… It’s like they don’t care at all about the look and feel. (And Moto maker doesn’t count)
        With Google acknowledging Android M will support fingerprint sensors, Moto should’ve at least made it an option since they introduced more than one phone.

      • Benedict

        True, but the OnePlus 2 has other lacks like missing NFC and no wireless charging. Would have been nice if the Moto X would have had a fingerprint sensor but for that price it is still very interesting.

      • Disasterpiece

        According to OnePlus’s CEO, nobody uses NFC. IDK, but tech geeks love to rave about having options.
        As far as wireless charging, I used it once on my S5, but since the phone wasn’t connected to anything I had the propensity to not leave it on its charging plate. Besides, something is always connected to a wire, either the phone or the charging pad

      • George

        One plus is dumb as hell, the reason why nfc is important in 2015/2016 is because of android M and android pay, they basically made it so android pay wouldn’t work.

      • Than I’m sorry but OnePlus’s CEO is really dumb.

  • n0ahcruz3

    i would choose (pre-lenovo)motorola phone over any android, i still have my first gen moto and damn that thing is durable as nokia 3310! It’s updated to Lollipop now its laggy. Still not bad as a backup phone for 179$.

    • Shadowelite123

      Get the OnePlus Two the phone is beast. Their first gen was pretty beast too.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Yes i know lol u can’t really compare a 179$ phone with a 329$

    • Shinonuke

      You can get last year’s flagship phones for half price: Lg G3 or flex2. Or go with oneplus two that will be making its offering soon. I prefer the oneplus one because it doesn’t have a protruding home button that my thigh can accidentally press (I don’t have big thighs either, only 165lb). Bad experience with accidental thigh pressing the home button on Samsung S4 and Amazon Fire phone.

  • tirooz

    “takes on apple”? did they mention or compare their product with an iPhone in any of there ads? are we in that delusional world where everyone is not taking on the competition but specifically apple?

    • ديف فرانكو

      Well people claim that apple is at the top of the food chain as far as handsets are concerned and nothing else. But he did mention apple and Samsung. But there are more than 2 manufacturers that make good quality phones. They just happen to be the top 2

      • Rowan09

        It’s not a claim they are the top selling world wide. I thought they made some mention of Apple (Motorola) but they just released some new phones. To be honest I’ve never seen anyone with a Motorola Android here in NY, it’s either Samsung, HTC or LG.

  • Martynet

    Pure Android experience put me off… Otherwise, nice devices 🙂

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      What? Vanilla Android is so much better that skinned versions with bloated softwares and slow performance.

      • Martynet

        I ment android…like android.

  • Damn Motorola they have been killing it this year

  • Benedict

    Now what’s the reason not to buy one of those?!

    • Dan

      blind devotion?

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