Motorola promises bigger batteries, better cameras and lower prices with its three new smartphones
Motorola overnight announced three new smartphones: a 2015 update to the Moto G, the mid-range Moto X Play, and the high-end Moto X Style (pictured above).
The Moto X Style is Motorola's new flagship smartphone, and stretches out last year's Moto X to a phablet-esque 5.7-inches. Despite the increase in-size and bump to Quad HD resolution, Motorola says the new handset has a 76% screen-to-body ratio - one of the highest in the industry. Because of this, the Moto X Style is still smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus, which only has a 5.5-inch screen.
Motorola flagged the Moto X Style's 21MP camera as one of the handset's key features, listening to the criticisms made of last year's Moto X. The company says it's had several independent publications say it's one of the top three smartphone cameras in the world, based on pre-announcement tests.
Turbo Charging is another of the Moto X Style's new inclusions; Motorola says that a 15 minute charge will provide as much as 10 hours of battery life.
Other key bits of hardware include a six-core 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, a minimum of 16GB of expandable storage, and a 3000mAh battery.
Internationally, the Moto X Style starts at USD$399.99, approximately AUD$544.39 (before taxes).
One step down is the Moto X Play (pictured above), a 5.5-inch smartphone with a 1080p screen. While the Moto X Play's internals are decidedly more mid-range than the Moto X Style, it features the same 21MP cameras the Style, and a massive 3,630mAh battery said to provide two full days of usage. The Moto X Play also features Turbo Charging, albeit slightly slower; 15 minutes will provide an additional eight hours of battery life.
Other specifications include an eight-core Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, and a minimum of 16GB of expandable storage.
Motorola has yet to confirm pricing for the Moto X Play, which is due to launch in 55 countries in August. It is not clear whether Australia is one of these.
Both the Moto X Play and Moto X Style will ship with a mostly unmodified version of Android 5.1
Motorola's new budget smartphone, the 2015 version of the Moto G (pictured above) almost stole the show. The new Moto G is a 4G-enabled, 5-inch handset with a 720p screen. In terms of hardware, it packs a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, a 2470mAh battery, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. A second configuration with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage will also be available.
Motorola says the Moto G has the same 13MP rear camera it used in the Nexus 6, in addition to a 5MP front-facing shooter. The handset runs an almost stock version of Android 5.1, and is rated IPX7 for water-proofing.
The new Moto G marks the first time Motorola has allowed users to customise one of its budget phones through its Moto Maker program. As with the Moto X, users are able to choose different colours for the new phone's front, back and accents. It is not clear if this functionality will be available when the phone launches in Australia, but Motorola previously confirmed that it will be launching Moto Maker locally later this year.
Internationally, the Moto G starts at USD$179.99, approximately AUD$245.
Australia pricing and availability for all three phones has yet to be confirmed.