Motorola Moto X Play Hands On : First Impressions


At the Lenovo event last night in Berlin, we were able to go hands on with one of the new Moto X smartphones – the Moto X Play. The Moto X Play is a device with lesser power as compared to the Moto X Style but it comes with a 21 Megapixel camera sensor as well as a beefy 3630 mAH battery.



From the front, the Moto X Play looks identical to a Nexus 6. Perhaps a shruken version of the Nexus 6 to be specific. There is a large 5.5″ 1080p display up front that was very bright and offered good contrast and rich colours. The sharpness too was quite good and the screen didn’t seem to be very reflective.

The device is notably thicker than most of the smartphones we see nowadays and that’s primarily due to the large 3630mAH battery that is powering the phone. Motorola claims that the phone can last you upto 48 hours and when you run out of juice, there is a Moto Turbo charge to fill it back up quickly for you.


Despite the thicker waistline, the device actually feels quite good to hold and handle. The curved design at the back fits easily into your palms and the leatherish texture of the back panel feels good to hold and provides good grip as well. We aren’t sure if there will be colour bleeding onto the back panel material when put in jeans etc particularly on the white variant, but the phone does look very appealing. Our only complain would’ve been the chrome bezel at the back which seems a bit out of place or perhaps because it is too big. A slightly thinner bezel would’ve made the phone look even classier.

There is a 21 Megapixel camera at the back which seems to take good photos even under low light conditions, the refresh rate and shutter speed also seemed to be quite fast. The dimpled Motorola logo is a good place to rest your finger upon in order to support the phone when in use.


Overall the phone seemed quite nice and the performance from the Snapdragon 615 seemed snappy. We are looking forward to trying the phone in length once we get a review unit and we will be sure to let you know more about the phone then.

Author: Sandeep Sarma

Sandeep Sarma is a blogger and a freelance photographer. Apart from gadgets and phones, he also has a passion for movies and cars. He currently uses the S7 Edge as his main phone. Catch him on twitter at @sandeep9sarma