First impressions of Motorola Moto X Play – Full HD display, 21MP camera and Android 6.0

Even though it was officially announced last year, the Motorola Moto X Play is currently one of the best offers in the upper mid-range. We have made plans for a review of this model in the few days to come. Before that, however, we want to share the first impressions we got immediately after the unboxing of the device.

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We were impressed by the appearance of the device as soon as we laid our hands on it. The front side has the traditional looks, but what is more intresting here is the presence of the loudspeaker. In this case, there is only one loudspeaker which is very similar to the earpiece.

The silver line around the edges of the device is clearly noticeable even with the back side turned up. What’s more interesting is the texture of the back. It is matte and grippy, which allows safer manipulation with your hand. Furthermore, fingerprints are rarely to be found on this device. Once again, you can observe the chamfered sides that Motorla uses quite a lot, and which also contribute to the comfortable grip. In this way, you get a sense of a really thin device, despite the fact that it is 10.9 mm thick.



You can easily remove the back lid for the sole purpose of changing it with another one, because the battery is not replaceable and the microSD and SIM card slots are located elsewhere. They are positioned at the top of the smartphone and are accessible with the help of a tool provided in the package.

With the first powering of the device you get Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Pure Android experience without any custom UI. We need not mention that it is snappy and the transition between apps is instantaneous. You can learn more about the capabilities of Android 6.0 in our review. You will be also fascinated by the available Moto assistant, reacting to motion and voice, and thus providing some useful additional functions. It must be borne in mind that the OS occupies exactly 5GB of the internal storage.


We should also pay attention to the main 21MP camera, coming with a dual LED flash, fast autofocus and a maximum aperture value of f/2.0. You won’t be able to find a rich menu with a lot of modes or manual settings, but what is more important here is that the photos you take with the Moto X Play are really decent, as you shall soon observe in the full review.

The octa-core Snapdragon 615 takes care of the smartphone’s productivity, and we shall soon tests its power and to what extent it leads to temperature rise, after being loaded for significant amounts of time. For now, howevere, we can say only good words about it and we hope that it won’t disappoint us in the future. We shall also have a look at the 5.5-inch Full HD display and the endurance of the 3630 mAh battery – all this in the upcoming review, of course.


Specs sheet

OSAndroid 6.0 (Marshmallow)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 (4-core, 1.70GHz, Cortex-A53 & 4-core,1.00GHz, Cortex-A53)
GPUAdreno 405
Display5.5-inch IPS LCD multitouch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and 1920 x 1080 resolution
ConnectivityBluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, А-GPS
Cameras21MP with autofocus and dual LED flash at the back, 5MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • MicroSD card slot, supports up to 128GB
  • MicroUSB v2.0 port
  • Integrated speaker
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • FM radio
  • Geo-tagging, touch to focus, face recognition, panorama, auto-HDR camera capabilities
  • IP52 certificate (water-resistant nano-coating)
Battery3630 mAh
Dimensions75 x 148 x 10.9 mm
Weight169 grams

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