Moto X smartphones: Motorola Moto X Play vs Moto X Pure Edition

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It’s the season of Motorola, as the Lenovo-owned company has released its new line of the third generation of Motorola Moto X smartphones. But, which tops which? Regardless of the model name (as it changes from region to region of release), the hardware stays the same.

Which Moto X 3<sup>rd Gen model is a better fit? Take into consideration the Moto X Pure Edition and the Moto X Play.

The Moto X Pure Edition sports a 5.7″ TFT LCD display, with a stunning 1440p Quad HD (1440×2560) resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The phone is equipped with an IP52 certified water repellant Nano-coating.

The Moto X Play, as it was originally called when it was launched, sports a 5.5-inch display with 1080p Full HD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and an IP52 certified water repellent nano-coating. It runs under an octa-core Snapdragon 615 chip, with two quad-core CPUs clocking in at 1.7GHZ and 1.0GHZ each. As for the graphics, it has an Adreno 405 GPU.

The Moto X Pure Edition, on the other hand, runs under a more powerful hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor.

The Moto X Play packs 2GB worth of RAM inside, with options between 16GB and 32GB worth of built-in internal storage, and support of an external microSD expansion.

There are three variants available for the Moto X Pure Editionchoices between 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB of built-in internal memory, all of them coming with a bigger 3 GB worth of RAM, and support for microSD expansion of up to 128GB.

The Moto X Pure Edition has a feature-rich 21 megapixels rear camera–which can record videos of up to 4K resolution, has Phase Detect Auto-Focus (PDAF), and more. A Wide-Angle lens 5 megapixels front snapper is available for selfies and video calling. The device is powered by an All Day Battery of 3000mAh capacity, boasting to give 10 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging time with its fast TurboPower charging feature. It boots on stock Android Lollipop 5.1.1.

As for the camera of the Moto X Play, it has a 21 megapixels rear camera with 5248 x 3936 resolution, and a 5 megapixels front-facing camera for selfies and video calling.