The Moto X Play establishes a new category in the Motorola smartphone lineup and slots in below the new flagship Moto X Style. In the camera module it offers the same 1/2.4-inch Sony IMX230 21MP BSI CMOS sensor and F2.0 aperture as its top-end cousin, but Motorola says the image processing is not identical. A dual-LED flash is on board as well and in video mode the Moto X Play can capture 1080p footage at 30 frames per second or 720p slow-motion video.

At the front there's a 5MP camera module. It doesn't come with the same front flash as the Moto X Style but, as on the new Moto G, the display brightness can briefly be cranked up during image capture to provide some additional illumination in low light. Like the other new Motorola models, Moto X Style and Moto G, the Moto X Play camera app has a new Night Mode that increases the ISO for a reduced risk of image blur and brighter exposures in very dark conditions. At the same time, image resolution is reduced in order to average out noise and other artifacts.

Images can be viewed on a 5.5-inch 1080p display and Android 5.1 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with 1.7 GHZ Octa­core CPUs and 2GB RAM. Users can choose between versions with 16 or 32GB of storage and a microSD-slot allows storage expansion by up to 128GB. A 3630mAh battery should provide plenty of power and Motorola's TurboPower quick charging mode is available as well.

The Motorola Moto X Play will be available in black or white starting in August in 60 countries across Europe, Latin America, and Canada but not the US. No information on pricing has been released yet. 

Key Specifications:

  • 1/2.3-inch Sony IMX230 21MP BSI CMOS sensor
  • F2.0 aperture
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 1080p video
  • 540p slow-motion video at 120 fps
  • 5MP front cam
  • 1080p 5.5-inch display (403ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with 1.7 GHZ Octa­core CPUs
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB storage
  • MicroSD support up to 128GB
  • 3630mAh battery
  • Quick charging mode

Preview samples

Like with the Moto X Style and Moto G we've had a chance to play with the Moto X Play just before launch and have taken the opportunity to shoot a few image samples in varying light conditions. As you can see below with its high-resolution sensor the Moto X Play is capable of resolving good detail in bright light and the fast lens helps keep the sensor sensitivity at low levels when shooting indoors or at night. Motorola seems to have found a good balance between noise reduction and detail retention in low light and overall these first samples look promising. We are looking forward to some more comprehensive testing of the new device.

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