A day of ordinary: Motorola's flagship X Style reviewed
4.1Overall Score

Price (RRP): $TBA; No outright price yet - available only on plan from Vodafone
Manufacturer: Motorola

This year, Motorola has not one, but two smartphones it wants to call flagship, offering a choice between solid battery life in the X Play or solid specs and looks in the X Style, but does this last model live up to its namesake?

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The second flagship for Motorola this year, the X Style takes Motorola’s design used on other handsets we’ve seen thus far, stretches it, and applies the latest and greatest technology for the true flagship.

Does it have the goods to be Motorola’s best yet?

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Inside the handset, you’ll find one of Qualcomm’s six-core processors, the Snapdragon 808, clocked at 1.8GHz and paired with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, and offering upgradeable storage via a microSD card slot found at the very top of the unit.

Google’s Android 5.1 arrives on this phone out of the box, meaning you get “Lollipop”, and you get it mostly without the bloat, as per the stock experience Motorola normally provides.

Cameras are offered here, too, providing a 21 megapixel rear camera with phase detection auto focus and 4K video capture, while the front camera provides a 5 megapixel camera when you need that selfie.

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Connections are fairly normal for a flagship phone, providing 802.11a/b/g/n and 802.11ac network connectivity, Bluetooth 4.1 with support for Low Energy (LE), GPS, and Near-Field Communication (NFC). Mobile connectivity also caters for Category 6 4G LTE, essentially providing download speeds maxing out at 300Mbps, while upload maxes at 50Mbps, network dependent, of course.

All of this sits under a 5.7 inch Quad HD display, providing a resolution of 2560×1440 under a layer of Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3.

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Ports and connections are fairly limited on this phone, with only one pin ejectable tray mechanism up top, providing both nanoSIM and microSD on the same tray, while the remaining ports include a 3.5mm headset jack at the very top and a microUSB data transfer and charge port at the very bottom.

Buttons are small in number too, with a power button and volume rocker on the right edge, while all other buttons are on screen and digital.

The battery is rated at 3000mAh and is not removable.

A bumper is included in the box to protect the edges of the phone.