Amidst a lot of fan fare Lenovo owned Motorola finally shed the light to their next generation Motorola G (2015) at three events held in New York, Sao Paolo and New Delhi. But we were in for a surprise in the New York event. Here as expected Moto I produced their next generation Moto X. But they did something different this time.
Instead of launching a Moto X (2015) they decided to launch two devices under the Moto X banner. Meet the Moto X Play and the Moto Style. While the Moto X Play is aimed at mid range buyers with a Snapdragon 615 inside, the Moto X Style is the 'Moto X (2015)' we were expecting.
The device packs flagship specs and aims to give a tough competition with the flagships of 2015. So we decided to pit it up against the OnePlus 2, that was also launched the last day. Has Motorola really made a device that can battle it out with these flagships of Chinese OEMs? Let's find out.
Build and Design
Just like any Moto device the Moto X Style comes with rock solid build quality. The rubberised back provides a good grip. It has metal on the side thereby giving it a classy look. Plus it also features the Moto maker which means one can change the back cover of the device as an when required. The company will be providing a number of exhangable back covers including a wooden back.
The OnePlus One the other hand features a slim metal profile with a plastic on the back. It has the same Sandstone finished back cover which came with the first gen of the device, albeit an improved one. The camera has been now brought down from the top of the device to the centre of the devices, thereby giving it a look of those camera centric Lumia devices. Nevertheless the Taiwanese company will be selling changeable back covers like the Moto. Personally I like the look of the Moto X Style more, but at the end of the day this is one such category where opinions will always vary.
Here the Moto X has a significant edge over the OnePlus 2 in having a 5.7 inch Quad HD display where the latter comes with only a Full HD panel. Though it's true that a 5.5 inch 1080p panel on the OnePlus can meet all your requirements and we don't need a Quad HD display, but having one will really give a competitive advantage to the device. Evne all present day flagships like the LG G4 or even the Samsung Galaxy S6 feature a 4K panel.
Nevertheless both display have excellent color reproduction with viewing angles,albeit the things will appear a little sharper on the Moto X
This is an area where OnePlus wins hands down, at least on paper. It features a Qualcomm octacore 810 SoC with an Adreno 430 GPU. The Moto X on the other hand sports a hexacore Snapdragon 808 inside - same as the one inside the LG G4.
Despite the fact that Qualcomm 810 has been severly criticised before, OnePlus claims to have used an improved 2nd gen of the chip which curbs down the heating issues. The first gen chip had severe throttling issues too. So we are quite hopeful that the new gen SoC will perform better.
Moto X Style features a 3GB of RAM with 16GB/32GB/64GB storage options. On the contrary the OnePlus 2 comes in two variants. One sports a 16GB storage with 3GB of RAM and the other a 64GB storage and 4GB of RAM.
On paper at least Moto X Style has a clear advantage. It features a 21MP f2.0 rear camera with dual tone LED flash. It can shoot 4K video at 30fps. The company even claims that this is one of the best camera found on a smartphones - we have to wait and watch though, to certify this claim!
On the other hand OnePlus 2 features the same 13MP rear camera from its predecessor, albeit with improved genetics. It also features a PDAF or Laser Autofocus Technology for faster focusing times.
The front units on both are 5MP units.
The Moto X Stlye comes with a 3000 mah unit while the OnePlus sports a 3300mah unit.The higher battery life from the OnePlus was expected considering the fact that the device features a battery hogging SD810 under the hood.
Both the devices features 4G LTE support. Moto X Style is not available in India though as of now. So are yet to know which LTE Bands it will support.
The NFC is another features that goes missing in the OnePlus. But it's present in the Moto X. On the other hand OnePlus 2 features a Fingerprint Touch ID on the home button which can store fingerprint of five person! It even works as fast as the sensor on the iPhone 6. Plus the OnePlus has bundled in an unconventional Mute slider on the side of the device.For audiophiles Moto X just like the Moto G comes with dual front facing speakers.
So far it seems that both devices are evenly matched. OnePlus 2 is definitely one decnet package considering the fact that the 16GB variant will sell for Rs 22999. Moto hasn't revealed the price of the Moto X Style though - but the company claims that they will keep the price by $200-300 less than the likes of Samsung Galaxy S6.Hence I would leave the verdict on hold as of now.