Design & Hardware

The slightly curved back gives the Moto X Style an elegant appearance.

With a 5.7-inch display the Moto X Style is quite a bit larger than the Moto X from 2014 that came with a 5.2-inch screen but the overall design language has been maintained. The device shell has a metal frame and, as before, the curved back with its characteristic Motorola dimple can be customized with real wood or leather via the Moto Maker website. Overall the phone has a very solid and premium feel to it. Nano-coating technology is new on the Moto X Style though. It is used to make the device water repellent which means it is protected against accidental spills, splashes or light rain. It is not, however, designed to be submerged in water. Nevertheless, photography in slightly adverse weather conditions is less risky with the new model than it was with the original Moto X.

The 5.7-inch Quad-HD screen is sharp and bright.
On the back you'll find the 21MP camera module with dual-LED flash and the characteristic Motorola dimple.

Images are composed and reviewed on a 5.7-inch display with Quad-HD (1440p) resolution. It is very sharp and, although visibility drops, still offers good usability in bright sunlight. Resolution and brightness are very good and make the X Style screen a pleasure to frame and view images on. In addition the front-facing stereo speakers are very useful when playing back video.  The Moto X Style's almost pure version of Android 5.1 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. 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.

The front camera is located in the top right and accompanied by an LED-flash.
SIM and SD-cards are inserted via a slot in the top edge. As on the predecessor the camera end is slightly bulkier than the bottom of the device.

The camera module in the Moto X Style is all new compared to the predecessor. A Sony IMX 230 1/2.4-inch 21MP BSI CMOS sensor is combined with an F2.0 aperture lens and a dual-LED flash. The camera is capable of 4K video recording and the 5MP wide-angle front camera is assisted by a dedicated flash to improve self-portraits in dark conditions. 

Optionally the Moto X Style is available with bamboo or leather covered  backs.