Motorola announced the release of its new smartphone Moto X Style with some more added style features on July 2015. Moto has always been a forerunner in having an innovative design and robust performance. Motorola always comes up with its attractive looks and impressive specifications. In the phablet series of smartphones, Moto has also entered the gadget market with a massive 5.7-inches screen sized smartphone. Moto X Style, as the name suggests, is a stylish and trendy smartphone with its iconic design language. Moto has worked very hard to fix some of the loopholes among its earlier smartphones. So, this time, Moto X Style comes up with the spacious storage facility which was lacking among its predecessors. This phone features some innovative design feature like water repellant Nano-coating, fast charging ability, latest processor with super fast speed, latest Android OS and great display and irresistibly good camera functions. This new gadget is one of the most attractive smartphones in the market now truly describable with the Moto tag-line for it “Moto X Style- Beautiful inside and out”.
Let’s see if the Moto X Style manages to win the heart of Android lovers-
Design and Look: Motorola has stuck with its ironic design language, especially its curved back that makes Moto X Style instantly recognizable. The phone also resembles Moto G 3rd generation in most of its design features. The phone feels premium when you hold it probably because of its big screen size and metal frame. The rubber-back at its rear feels very smooth and hence, it is very comfortable to hold. There are some high-end sensors for the Moto-oriented features like Moto Display, Moto Migrate, etc. This phone is a bit heavier weighing 179g and also fatter in comparison to other Moto smartphones.
Touch and Display: This phone has an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a massive growth in its screen size from 5.2inches to directly 5.7inches giving it a 74.9 percent screen to body ratio. The screen resolution is now quad HD, i.e., 1440x2560pixels and a pixel density of 520ppi. This phone is also resistant to dust and water just like Moto G Turbo. Motorola has made many improvements in the display design and has also tried something new replacing its AMOLED panel with a TFT layout. The show of the phone is impressive concerning brightness levels and color saturation, but people would undergo a new experience in some aspects. Hope that the Android purists appreciate it.
Software: Android lovers are going to love this phone for its latest Android 5.1.1 that comes with a guaranteed update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. In many respect, Moto X Style resembles Nexus, especially in its software features. The Motorola Moto X Style features the latest Qualcomm’s flagship standard Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with a Hexa-core chip of which two are ARM Cortex-A53 cores, and the remaining two are ARM Cortex-A57 cores. It has 3GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of internal storage. The storage is expandable up to 128GB achievable by inserting a micro-SD card. It is a new additional feature in a Motorola smartphone because Moto did not support expandable storage in past. The other software specifications include 4G LTE Band-40, NFC, USB OTG, etc. Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth connectivity are supported like any other smartphone, but Wireless charging and FM radio are absent.
Camera: This phone has best of the camera specifications provided in the market presently. The rear camera provides a 21-megapixel sensor whereas the front one stands at 5-megapixel. The rear camera supports phase-detect autofocus and dual-color correlated temperature flash. It also provides 4X digital zoom and various modes to compliment the captured images. The camera specifications seem to be perfect, but it doesn’t live up to its standards when properly analyzed. It is strictly average when compared to other flagship standard smartphones. The images seem to look bright at first sight but reveal a lot of missing details when zoomed. The front camera delivers good selfies and for the video, we have 4K along with 1080p and 720p slow motion.
Battery Life: The battery life is not very impressive probably due to its power hungry SoC and the QHD screen. It has a powerful 3000mAh battery, but the performance is not so good. Its battery life is lesser than what Moto X 2nd Generation provides. While the phone is on with gaming along with some video recording and other daily purposes, then the battery discharges very quickly draining out the whole of its charge in about 7 hours. Nonetheless, the phone comes with the fast charging ability that Motorola has given the name ‘Turbo Charging’ which gives 10 hours of battery life from 15 minutes charge.
Phone accessories in the box: Inside the fancy retail box you will find Moto X Style with a charger, headset, SIM ejector tool, a clear plastic bumper case and the warranty card and instruction guide.
Price: The Moto X Style had arrived the Indian market at a cost of 31,999 INR, but now it has lowered down to 26,999 INR. The price may vary according to the online stores and the retailers from where you are purchasing the gadget.
A Closer look at Moto X Style: Moto X Style comes with a great look, a pact power processor, expandable storage facility, dust, and water resistant facility, and much more but somehow it fails to impress the mass with its excellent specifications. This stylish gadget falls to provide a flagship standard quality when compared to other smartphones at its price. Motorola’s very own Google Nexus 6 gives a tough competition to this phone in every respect. Though Moto has the expandable storage facility compared to Nexus, the latter has a more powerful processor, better battery life, wireless charging and optical image stabilization. The pros and cons of Moto X Style are listed below:
Pros: It has expandable storage, good display, latest Android that can be further upgraded to Marshmallow.
Cons: It has a lower battery life and average camera performance.
Going roughly the same amount when we have a better option like Google Nexus 6 then it is a bit tougher task to recommend Moto X Style at this cost. But still if you go into its pure Android experience and expandable storage then this phone might not disappoint you to that extent.