According to Motorola, the Moto X Play is a new kind of smartphone. It is a cross of Moto X Style and Moto G (2015). This phone has been specifically aimed at people who want a great battery life and great camera. There is a very big group of this kind of people, making the phone a successor to the Moto X (2014).
Moto X Play vs. Moto X (2014) Design and Build Quality
Generally, the Moto X Play has a better looks than the Moto X (2014). This is because it is less slippery and feels more ergonomic than its bamboo-backed predecessor. Although the metal-effect plastic in Moto X Play doesn’t feel as great as the Moto X (2014). Whereas the phone is not ugly, it is not anything that you can sit and as well stroke lovingly for many hours on end.
The Moto X Play is easily customizable via Moto Maker, something that isn’t available with the Moto X (2014). It is easy to customize and engrave boot screen messages, have custom accent and back covers colors, and as well have custom back and front colors. Regardless of the color that you will go for, the Moto X Play will come with a protective seal that will offer it with protection from water splashes. Always remember that it is not water-resistant nor waterproof and, therefore, never make the mistake of taking it to the swimming pool.
The 5.5-inch Moto X Play display is bigger than the Moto X (2014) 5.2-inch. Although both the two phones delivers the same resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels from the full HD AMOLED screen for Moto X (2014) and LCD screen from Moto X Play. The Moto X (2014) offers this resolution at 423 ppi while the Moto X Play at 401 ppi. This implies that there is less color saturation in the latter.
Moto Processor and Storage
Moto X (2014) runs on a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor that clocks @ 2.5 GHz. This is backed up with 16 or 32 GB of internal storage and 2 GB of RAM. The Moto X Play runs on an Octa-core Snapdragon processor that clocks at 1.7 GHz, which have been backed with similar RAM and internal storage like the Moto X (2014). The latter lacks an expandable microSD card slot that is present in the Moto X Play.
The Moto X Play has got a very impressive 21 MP rear camera apart from its 5 MP front camera. It also has got the familiar dual-LED flash. This is a very big upgrade from the 13 MP rear camera in the Moto X (2014). With the f/2.0 aperture in the Moto X Play, you will get a better low light performance, unlike the f/2.25 in the Moto X (2014).
Both the Two phones came with Android Lollipop operating systems. Although the Moto X Play comes with Lollipop 5.1.1 while the Moto X (2014) comes with 5.1.
The Moto X Play has a very huge battery with 3630mAh as compared to the 2300mAh power pack of Moto X (2014).