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Motorola July 28th 2015 Event: Everything you need to know

Motorola made a couple of announcements at their event on July 28th 2015. They announced a new Moto G and two new versions of the Moto X for 2015.

For those who missed Motorola’s event, you can watch it here:

Moto G (2015)


The updated Moto G for 2015, now has a 5″ HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and 294 ppi with Coring Gorilla Glass 3 to protect it. It is being powered by the1.4 Ghz quad-cord Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor.

Depending on which storage size you get, you can choose between 8GB of storage with 1GB of RAM or double that to 16GB of storage with 2GB of RAM.  There  will also be a micro SD card slot with support for up to 32GB.

You’ll be able to take some great photos with the 13 megapixel rear-camera which has dual-LED flash (this is the same camera that is found on the Nexus 6). However you’ll only be able to record up to 1080p HD video with this camera (unlike the 4K recording on the Nexus 6).

It will be running Android 5.1.1 and will have support for LTE right out of the box.

Also new for this year is the ability to customize your Moto G with Moto Maker. The Moto G will be available in black or white and you can customize the front colour of the phone, back colour of the phone, the accents, how much storage/RAM you want.

There will also be Shell and Flip covers available for purchase separately. The Motorola Shell will be available in Black, Navy, Cabernet, Golden Yellow, Lime, Cherry, Blue, Turquoise, Raspberry and Chalk. The Motorola Flip Shells will be available in Turquoise with Dark Teal, Blue with Navy, Raspberry with Cabernet, Crimson with Cherry and Licorice with Charcoal.

The Moto G (2015) is available today and for those int he US, it will cost $179 for 8GB of storage & 1GB of RAM or $219 for 16GB of storage & 2GB of RAM.

Here are the full specs for the Moto G (2015) 3rd Gen

  • 5″, 720p HD (1280 x 720), 294 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor with 1.4 GHz quad-core CPU
  • Adreno 306 with 400 MHz GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage with up to 32 GB microSD card support
  • 13 MP Rear Camera with f/ 2.0 Aperture, Field of view (FOV) 76 degrees and CCT dual-LED flash
    • Auto focus
    • Quick Capture (twist wrist to launch camera)
    • Tap anywhere to capture
    • 4X digital zoom (drag to zoom in/out)
    • Slow motion video
    • Burst mode
    • Auto HDR
    • Panorama
    • Video iHDR
    • Manual focus and exposure controls
    • Timer
    • Active viewfinder (recognizes QR codes and barcodes)
  • 5MP Front Camera with f/2.2 Aperture, Field of view (FOV) 72 degrees and Display flash
    • Fixed focus
    • Tap anywhere to capture
    • 4X digital zoom
    • Slow motion video
    • Burst mode
    • Auto HDR
    • Tap to focus
    • Quick Capture
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
    • NO NFC
      • GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
      • UMTS/HSPA+ (900, 2100, 850 MHz)
      • LTE (1, 3, 7, 8, 28,40)
    • IPX7 water resistant – Immersion up to 1m
    • 2470 mAh, mixed usage up to 24 hours
    • Android 5.1.1
    • 142.1× 72.4 xCurve: 6.1-11.6mm @ 155 grams

Moto X Play (2015)


Motorola is trying to address the three biggest concerns of smartphone customers: battery, camera and cost. The Moto X Play is going to address these.

In terms of battery life, the Moto X Play has 3,630 aAh battery which will give at least 48 hours of mixed use. And when your Moto X Play is out of juice, you can easily use the Turbo Charger to charge your device to get up to 8 hours of battery life just by charging  your phone for 15 minutes.

The camera on the Moto X Play is 21 megapixels and has the same dual-LED flash as the Moto X Style (which we’ll get to in a moment). Motorola claims that the camera is the “best in class” and that could be because of the f/2.25 aperture on the Moto X Play. The front-facing camera is 5 megapixels.

The Moto X Play is geared towards the more budget oriented customers. No official pricing has been announced for the Moto X Play but Motorola did say that it would cost $300-400 less than other devices.

The Moto X Play has a splash resistance coating but that means that it is only water resistance not water proof. This means that the Moto X Play can withstand accidental spills, splashes or light rain.

The Moto X Play will be available in 55 countries, including Canada, although the US isn’t one of them. It will be available in August and come in either black or white.

Here is the full specs of the Moto X Play (2015)

  • 5.5” 1080p Full HD (1920×1080) resolution, 403 ppi display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with 1.7 GHZ Octa-core CPUs
  • Adreno 405 GPU
  • 2GB
  • 16GB/32GB, Micro SD Card support (up to 128GB)
  • 21 MP Rear Camera with f /2.25 aperture and Dual LED Flash
    • Quick Capture
    • Tap anywhere to capture
    • 1080p HD video (30 fps)
    • Slow motion video
    • 4X digital zoom
    • Burst mode
    • Night mode
    • Night mode
    • Night mode
    • Auto HDR
    • Panorama
    • Drag to focus & exposure
  • 5 MP Front Camera
  • Dual Band Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/b/n, Bluetooth version 4.0 LE, NFC, GPS
  • Front Speaker
  • Radios:
    • GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
    • UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    • 4G LTE (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 19, 20, 28, 38, 41)
  • Android 5.1.1
  • 3630 mAh battery giving Mixed usage up to 30 hours
  • 148.0×75.0xCurve: 8.9-10.9mm @ 169 grams

Moto X Style (2015)


The Moto X Style is the true successor to the Moto X (2014). The 2015 flagship now has a 5.7″ Quad-HD display. It also has a curved back with a coated silicon rubber soft-touch backing. It make the device more appealing and some warmth. It will also ensure that any of the colour(s) that you choose, won’t wear out over time.

Just like the previous Moto X devices, you can customize the Moto X Style to your liking. You can either use standard materials or wood and leather finishes.

Motorola says that the Moto X Style now has a 76% screen-to-body ratio. Motorola has also managed to fit two front-facing speakers on the Moto X Style into the remaining space on the front of the device.

The Moto X Style comes with a 21 megapixel rear-facing camera with dual LED flash. The front-camera is 5 megapixels.

Powering the Moto X Style is a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM. Along with a 3,000 mAh battery which Motorola says is good for 30 hours of mixed use. You’ll also be able to Turbo Charge your device and Motorola says that the Moto X Style is the fastest charging phone to date.

In terms of software, the Moto X Style will be running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop along with Motorola’s Moto Voice, Moto Assist, Moto Display and Moto Actions.

The Moto X Style will also be water-resistant because of its IP52 rating. That means that it would be able to withstand a couple of splashes here and there but nothing to extreme.

The Moto X Style will be available in September but no Canadian availability has been announced yet, only US detail have been announced today. Motorola will be selling the Moto X Style as a Moto X Style Pure Edition. That means that it is unlocked and you could use it on any of the four major US carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon).

In terms of cost, the Moto X Style Pure Edition will start at $399 USD and will be available this fall.

Here are the specs for the Moto X Style (2015 aka Moto X 3rd gen)

  • 5.7” TFT LCD 1440p Quad HD (1440×2560) 520 ppi display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Motorola Mobile Computing System including a 1.8GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 808 with hexa-core CPU (MSM8992)
  • Adreno 418 GPU
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB with Micro SD Card support (up to 128GB)
  • 21 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, Dual Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) flash
    • Phase Detect Auto-Focus (PDAF)
    • Closed loop processing
    • Quick Launch Instant On
    • Tap (anywhere) to capture
    • 4X digital zoom
    • Burst mode
    • Night Mode
    • Auto HDR
    • Panorama
    • Drag to focus & exposure
    • Video Stabilization
    • 1080p HD video (60 fps)
    • 4K video (30fps)
    • Slow Motion video
    • Video HDR (1080p and 4K)
  • 5 MP Front Camera with f/2.0 aperture and Wide-Angle lens
    • 1.4um pixel for better low light
    • Night mode
    • Flash
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/b/n/ac + MIMO, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS, NFC
  • Radios:
    • UMTS GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
    • UMTS/HSPA+ (800, 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    • 4G LTE (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 25, 28, 40, 41)
  • IP52 certified
  • 3000 mAh, mixed usage
  • Android™ 5.1.1
  • 153.9×76.2xCurve: 6.1 – 11.06 mm @ 179 grams

Source: Motorola

By Sachin Bahal

Sachin is the editor-in-chief of TheCanadianTechie, a site he started in 2012 to become the ultimate, independent source for tech enthusiasts or “techies”. He is a versatile writer with a passion for technology and loves to write about gaming, entertainment, tech and more.

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