Motorola Moto X Play

7.5/10 AVG.
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Specs summary


The Motorola Moto X Play's screen is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 7.1.1 Nougat) operating system (OS).

20+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 20+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3630 mAh battery.

With best-in-show battery life around and solid features, the X Play is the workhorse phone you’ll want.

- Ted Kritsonis , Digital Trends 

Reviews summary

Based on 28 reviews

What's good  

  • Good display with accurate colors and two different modes – Normal and Vibrant
  • Excellent battery life
  • Great picture quality in decent lighting situations

What's bad  

  • Some lag during normal tasks
  • Poor detail and blurriness in photos in low-lighting situations
  • Not fully waterproof
  • Lack of attention to detail in overall design

In an effort to attract as many customers as possible, Motorola has rolled the Moto X Play – a more "active" version of their flagship phone. Interestingly, Motorola did not opt for a water proof certification, instead offering only water resistance. While this means the X Play can survive a splash, it is not rated to survive and actual fall into a pool or toilet. For many reviewers, this seemed like a missed chance for the Moto X Play as many other phones geared towards the active crowd at least offer an IP67 waterproof rating among other things.

Besides the lack of waterproofing, they also were let down by the overall design. Engadget calls it, "..the least attractive iteration…" pointing out the poorly aligned dual speakers and front camera and all-plastic build as examples. While it might not be the most elegant smartphone, critics were impressed with how comfortable it was to hold thanks to its textured soft plastic back. As well, for a fairly large device (5.8 inches), most had no issues using it one-handed.

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The 5.5-inch, 1080p resolution display might not stack up against quad-HD panels, but reviewers were still satisfied sharpness, viewing angles and overall brightness of the panel. Surprisingly, Motorola has moved away from AMOLED in favor of LCD for the X Play. Experts point out that while colors were not as vibrant they were more accurate and not oversaturated. For those that do miss the vibrancy, Motorola has added two different screen modes – Normal for more realistic colors and Vibrant for more vibrancy and color saturation.

Inside the X Play are an octa-core processor (four clocked at 1.0 GHz and the other four 1.7 GHz) and 2GB of RAM. It also comes equipped with either 16 or 32GB of internal storage and an expandable microSD slot. Experts describe performance as perfectly satisfactory during basic tasks and slightly more demanding tasks. Still, they did run into some lag when opening up certain menus and apps. Gaming-wise, they were able to play graphically demanding games without any issues with lag or frame drops. The biggest draw of the X Play is not its processor or display. It is the battery life. The non-removable 3,630mAh battery is larger than many others on the market. This combined with the less demanding display and slightly lower processor power allowed experts to get two days of moderate use and a full day of heavy use.

The main shooter for the X Play comes with a 21MP rear sensor and f/2.0 aperture to help with low-light situations. Beneath the camera is a color correlated temperature (CCT) two-tone flash for more natural skin tones. When put to the test, experts found focusing very accurate and fast despite not coming with any sort of auto-focus system. It does also comes with auto HDR mode, which switches between modes automatically based on the surroundings. In good lighting situations, critics were able to capture images full of detail with excellent color accuracy and saturation. Things took a turn for the worse when shooting moving subjects as they discovered the camera could not focus properly. Low-light shooting disappointed experts even further as images lacked detail and often came out blurry and grainy.

Despite some drawbacks, most reviewers describe it as a decent mid-tier smartphone choice. Trusted Reviews states, "With a fantastic display, detailed camera and a battery that can last all day, the Moto X Play continues Motorola's impressive run of smartphones." PC Advisor is a bit more restrained in their verdict saying, "…the Moto X Play is a decent mid-range phone. But it's not the great upgrade Moto X owners were looking for. The camera is good, as is the screen, but performance could be better."


Reviews (7.5/10 Avg. rating)


Slick and smooth experience

from APC
While the Play may not be the fastest phone around, it offers up a good mix of features at this price point — and it can certainly still go the distance in terms of battery life... Full review
Digital Trends

Banishes battery anxiety with almost supernatural endurance

from Digital Trends
The Droid Maxx 2 is exactly what the Honda Accord is for automobiles. You get rock-solid performance with a near luxurious experience for a lot less money.If you’re looking for a new phone that won’t break the bank and is built to last, you can’t go wrong with the Droid Maxx 2. .. Full review
Phone Scoop

Excellent build quality and a battery that delivers on Motorola's promises

from Phone Scoop

The Motorola Droid Maxx 2 is a bargain. It may lack the Turbo 2's impressive break-proof screen, but it performs at nearly the same high level in every other way.

The Maxx 2 clearly comes from Motorola's design team and is an attractive phone with great materials and build quality. Toss in the interchangeable rear shells and you can add just a bit of personality. The display doesn't boast Motorola's ShatterShield, but it is brighter and more attractive to the eye. Signal performance was excellent, though voice calls left me disappointed.

The battery is crazy good. The... Full review

Droid Life

Features a few mid range to high-end specs

from Droid Life
In closing, while the DROID Maxx 2 is a neat little package, it just doesn’t do it for me. Performance is extremely sluggish at times, the camera is a major step backwards from other devices, and frankly, there are much better options currently on the market. For almost $400, sorry, I expect better. I can get a Moto X Pure Edition for that price. With the DROID Maxx 2, you will have good battery life, but you may never know when to expect an Android update thanks to Verizon’s “certification process,” and that’s never a good thing for Android owners... Full review

Easily one of the best in its class

from PhoneArena

The DROID MAXX 2’s $384 off-contract price is enough to gain attention from cost conscious consumers who might feel a bit apprehensive about the DROID Turbo 2’s higher $624 price. That’s some serious savings, considering they closely look similar to one another and offer the same experience. The difference, naturally, relates to the DROID MAXX 2’s subdued specs sheet and non-customizable design – so it makes perfect sense why it’s priced less.

Before writing out the DROID MAXX 2 from memory, there’s just one single noteworthy thing that p... Full review

The Mobile Indian

Undoubtedly a front runner

from The Mobile Indian
The Motorola Moto X Play has a good balance of features and performance. It isn't spectacular on paper as compared to its competitors but in real life it delivers what it promises. If you aren't crazy about specs and desire a not-too-flashy phone that can do the job, go for it... Full review

Crowd pleaser

from GSMArena
A wonderful display, solid battery longevity, and a great camera make for arguably the best possible trifecta one could hope for in a smartphone. Add to that a near stock Android with no bloatware and a promise for timely updates. And then build your own, personally specced shell around it. And pay only $300. Now, there are rivals, but show us the one, which can beat all of the above?.. Full review
The Telegraph

A battery powerhouse

from The Telegraph
Overall, this is a good device for the price. It lacks some of the more flashy features of higher-end devices like a fingerprint reader and wireless charging, but it is a robust phone offering a pleasingly clean Android experience and exceptional battery life. Plus it offers the fun factor of being customisable.The performance issues and frustrating camera experience prevent it from fulfilling its full potential, but with a bit of tweaking, and an upgrade to Android Marshmallow later this year, this could arguably be the best sub-£300 smartphone on the market... Full review

Big battery beauty

from Pocket-lint
The Moto X Play is a headset that appears to have one primary focus: long-lasting battery life. If you want an endurance champion, then the Moto X Play could well be the handset for you. There are other positives too. The design can be personalised, the camera experience is improved over the last generation, and the minimal bloatware on board makes for a solid handset with slick performance as mid-range handsets go... Full review
Android Authority

A great phone at a great price

from Android Authority
The Moto X Play is a solid smartphone at a cheap price. The camera is great, the screen is crisp, and Motorola's added software features provide just the right amount of functionality without getting in the way. If you can get past the poor speaker quality and lack of included Turbo Charger, you might want to consider picking up a Moto X Play for yourself... Full review

Its Gorilla Glass is not good

Moto X play claims Its using Gorilla Glass but its questionable, it just fell from my shirt pocket on floor ad its totally damaged, Motorola is week over here and when we go to service center they say it is not covered under warranty and cost of screen is 6300 by some other center and 8000 by some o... More
Moto X play claims Its using Gorilla Glass but its questionable, it just fell from my shirt pocket on floor ad its totally damaged, Motorola is week over here and when we go to service center they say it is not covered under warranty and cost of screen is 6300 by some other center and 8000 by some other center . And availability is also the issue for screen, really dishearten after purchasing it Less

After marshmellow update phone getting heat unexpectly and lagging during use. Battery drains faster than before.

After marshmellow update phone getting heat unexpectly and lagging during use. Battery drains faster than before.
After marshmellow update phone getting heat unexpectly and lagging during use. Battery drains faster than before. Less

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Full Specs

Release date August 24, 2015
Regions available Canada, United Kingdom, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
700/2100/800/850 /900/1800/2600 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 7.1.1 Nougat)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Octa core 1.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 32 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.8 W/kg
Body: 1.07 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3630 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 780 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.7 x 7.4 x 1.1 cm
(5.8 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 169 grams
(6 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Yes
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 20+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Burst mode, HDR
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Droid Maxx 2

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