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Finding a smartphone is hard enough these days, and companies don’t make it easier with the ridiculous amount of choices offered, but if you need a flagship and are thinking of going for Motorola this year, you’ll only have to choose between two.

Announced alongside Motorola’s update to the mid-range G series device were two new editions of the X, Motorola’s top tier smartphone that generally turns the heads.


First there’s the Moto X Play, the a 5.5 inch Full HD smartphone offering up a Snapdragon 615 eight-core processor, 2GB RAM, either 16 or 32GB storage, and support for a microSD slot, something Motorola has never graced an X series phone with before.

High-speed 4G LTE technology is offered here, as is a 21 megapixel camera on the back and a 5 megapixel camera up front, and the phone even sports a bit of water repellant design, though it doesn’t appear to be the IPX7 rating on the Motorola G, so make sure not to drown the phone in a pint of beer.


One thing of note is the size, and this one appears to be a little chunkier than most flagships, offering a curved thickness of between 8.9 and 10.9mm, thanks in part to a 3630mAh battery.

That’s a fairly sizeable battery for a smartphone, which Motorola suggests as much as two days of life is possible from, which should attract people keen to get a lot of use out of their phone on.


Worth noting, however, is that the Moto X Play isn’t the real flagship. Rather, it’s like the baby flagship, the not-quite-flagship, or the little-flagship-that-could.

If you’re after a real flagship, you want to turn your attention to the Moto X Style, which is also going by the name Moto X Pure.


This model is the one to look at if you want the best of the best from Motorola, with a 1.8GHz six-core Snapdragon 808 processor designed to be a little more grunty than even the eight-core found in the Play edition of the handset.


The screen is a little bigger again, jumping up to a 5.7 inch 1440p screen which is higher definition and better for your eyes, with a pixel clarity of roughly 520 pixels per inch, almost 200 higher than the iPhone 6 and around 100 higher than the similarly sized iPhone 6 Plus.