With the amount of phone news this week, you’d be excused for thinking this week is mobile madness, and Motorola is adding to it, letting GadgetGuy go hands on with three upcoming models.
How’s that old phone of yours going? Is it feeling like we just said — old — and do you think it’s right about now that you might want to upgrade?
If you’re on that frame of mind, you already know how good your choices are, because really we’re all spoiled when it comes to picking a new phone.
That selection is about to get bigger by three, but depending on how much you want to spend and the sort of features you’re going after, it might be a little different.
In fact, with the three new phones on the way from Motorola, the additions aren’t just about what the company can do to compete with others, but what it can do to make you stand out, providing handsets that look, feel, and act a little differently from others.
For starters, there’s the Moto X Style, the top of the line model that Motorola will be bringing to the table in September and replacing last year’s Moto X.
This phone will bring in a 5.7 inch Quad HD display that goes practically edge-to-edge, allowing you to feel like you’re holding merely a display with a backing plate and hardware, and it’s that hardware that Motorola wants to talk about.
High-end would be the name of the game, with the same six-core processor from the LG G4, 3GB RAM, and 32GB of storage plus a microSD card slot (finally!) to expand that.
That’s a fair amount of power packed with a high-end display, and this puts it on the same playing field as other similarly high-end devices out in Australia today, so Motorola hopes to separate it from the pack with a 21 megapixel camera on the back and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera, each arriving with their own flash.
A 3000mAh battery is also provided, providing what should be all-day battery life for the big phone, and there’s support for a TurboPower fast charge option capable of delivering up to 10 hours of battery life from a 15 minute charge.
There’s also a slightly different look and feel to this phone, because while you can get it in black plastic, Australians will also get the opportunity to buy the Moto X Style in wood, with real bamboo on the back.
In the hands, this is a lovely feeling phone, with a slight curve to the back that sits nicely in the palm of your hand, but doesn’t feel like it would wobble too much when you lay it down on a table, which is the feeling you get with some other phones.
The screen looked lovely from our brief play, and the wood is a nice little feature that makes the X Style truly unique, especially as more manufacturers work to metal and glass these days.