Motorola has launched the Moto X Style which takes over from the 2014 Moto X as the manufacturer's new flagship smartphone. In the camera department the new model has received a complete overhaul and now comes with a Sony IMX 230 1/2.3-inch 21MP BSI CMOS sensor and a dual-LED flash. As on its predecessor, the camera offers an F2.0 aperture and 4K video recording. 

Another new camera feature can be found at the front of the device where the 5MP wide-angle front camera is now assisted by a dedicated flash. This should help capture usable self-portraits even in very dark conditions. On the software side of things there is a new user-activated night mode, which raises sensitivity to better expose very dark scenes, freeze motion and reduce the risk of image blur in low light. It also reduces image size to 5MP.

Images can be viewed and composed on a 5.7-inch display with Quad-HD (1440p) resolution and the front-facing stereo speakers should come in handy when watching video. Additionally, the Moto X Style offers a quick charging mode that Motorola calls TurboPower. According to the manufacturer it gets you 10 hours of use out of only 10 minutes of charging. Like the previous model the new Moto X Style is running an almost pure version of Android 5.1 that is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 1.8 GHz hexa-core CPUs and 3GB of RAM. Internal storage is 16, 32 or 64GB and can be expanded by up to 128GB via a microSD slot.

The device shell comes with a metal frame and, as before, the back can be customized with real wood or leather via the Moto Maker website. Advanced nano-coating technology is used to make the Moto X Style water repellent. It is protected against accidental spills, splashes or light rain but not designed to be submerged in water. Motorola has not provided any detailed pricing information yet but says the new Moto X Style will cost $200-$300 less than the latest phones from brands like Apple and Samsung which should make it a very appealing option for budget-minded mobile photographers.

We have had a chance to play with the new model prior to launch and have shot a comprehensive selection of image samples, including some of the special modes, that you can find in our preview article. We have also already published a full DxoMark Mobile image quality report for the Motorola Moto X Style and will follow up with a full preview soon.

Key Specifications:

  • Sony IMX 230 1/2.4-inch 21MP BSI CMOS sensor
  • F2.0 aperture
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 4K-video
  • 720p slow motion video
  • 5MP front camera with flash
  • 5.7-inch Quad-HD display (1440p)
  • Android 5.1
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 1.8 GHz hexa-core CPUs
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16/32/64GB storage version
  • MicroSD support up to 128GB
  • Water protection
  • Quick charging mode