“The Moto X Style is a gorgeous blend of design and power. We went hands on at IFA 2015”
This year, Motorola was expected to launch the third-gen Moto X, but instead the company surprised us all by launching not one, but two smartphones – the Moto X Style and Moto X Play. While the Moto X Play is a mid-range smartphone, the Moto X Style is a premium flagship that’s loaded to the gills. At IFA 2015 in Berlin, we got a chance to go hands on with the devices. Here’s our first impressions of the Moto X Style.
Motorola’s smartphones have always scored brownie points in the design department, and the Moto X Style is no exception. Featuring the trademark curved Motorola rear, the Style also features a sturdy metal frame. While the smartphone isn’t the thinnest available – it measures 11.1mm around the waist and weighs a hefty 179g – that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The extra bulk makes it feel very sturdy to hold, and the curved back panel ensures it fits snugly in the hand.
Motorola is offering the Style with a range of rear panel finishes. Apart from a few natural wood back panels, you’ll also be able to pick up the smartphone with a Horween leather finish, as well as coated silicon rubber in a bunch of colours. The Style does away with the flash ring seen on the 2nd-gen Moto X, and instead opts for a metal strip that incorporates the rear 21MP camera and dual LED flash, the same unit seen on the Moto Turbo (review). A smaller version of the dimpled Motorola logo also fits into the strip.
As always, the Moto X Style runs an almost vanilla iteration of Android Lollipop, in this case v.5.1.1. You do get the usual Moto enhancements like Moto Display, Moto Voice and Moto Actions, but these add to the stock Android experience rather than take away from it in our experience. Fuelling the smartphone is a meaty 3,000mAh battery. Accounting for the battery guzzling tendencies of a 2K display, Motorola has equipped the Style with a TurboPower 25 charger, which the company says is among the fastest in the world. As far as the connectivity options go, the Moto X Style features support for universal 4G LTE bands, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS and GLONASS.
The Moto X Style has been priced at $399 for the 16GB edition in the US, which roughly translates to Rs 25,700. If priced below Rs 30,000 in India, the device would make a compelling option in India’s flagship space, which has been widely divided between affordable flagships from the likes of Xiaomi and Honor on one hand, and ultra premium offerings from Samsung, LG and HTC on the other. Motorola has been teasing the launch of a new device on its social media channels for a few days now, and we expect both the Moto X Style and Moto X Play to be launched next week on Flipkart. We’ll update you with the price and availability details when we have them.
Disclosure: This writer attended IFA 2015 in Berlin on Lenovo’s invitation, the company which now owns Motorola.