Motorola Moto X Style, Moto X Play & Moto G: Australian pricing and specifications
Motorola's latest trio of smartphones will launch in Australia "soon", with two handsets as carrier exclusives to Vodafone.
The top end of Motorola's 2015 line is the Moto X Style, a 5.7 inch Android 5.1 ("Lollipop") smartphone with a choice of either grippy black silicon or bamboo finishes on the back. The bamboo finish isn't a veneer, but actual bamboo wood.
It's part of Motorola's "Moto Maker" initiative that allows consumers to design the finish of specific Motorola smartphones. Unfortunately there's no Moto Maker option in Australian for the Moto X Style, which means you only get the option of the black or bamboo finishes, and not the leather back available overseas. It's a fixed back, so you can't change it once purchased.
The mid-range Motorola option is the Moto X Play, a phone that will be available either through Vodafone as a single SIM phone, or outright from retailers in a dual-SIM version. It's a little less powerful than the Moto X Play but packs a larger battery into its slightly lighter frame, with removable backs to allow for style changes.
Finally there's an upgrade to the entry level Moto G with the third generation device upgrading the camera and adding IPX7 certification, meaning it's capable of surviving up to 30 minutes in up to 1 metre of fresh water. Note: we're also only getting the smaller storage capacities (32GB for the X Style, 16GB for the others).
|Device||Motorola Moto X Style||Motorola Moto X Play||Motorola Moto G (3rd Generation)|
|Display Size||5.7 Inch 1440x2560 LCD||5.5 Inch 1080p LCD||5 Inch 1280x720 LCD|
|Processor||1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808||1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615||1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410|
|Camera||21MP Rear, 5MP Front||21MP Rear, 5MP Front||13MP Rear, 5MP Front|
|Micro SD Expandable?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|RRP||Contract Only||Contract or $569 outright||$369|
When can I get one?
All three handsets are due to launch in Australia in "early September". The Moto X Style will only be available on Vodafone's network, and only on a 24 month contract basis at launch. Vodafone will similarly offer the Moto X Play in early September on a contract basis, with the dual SIM variant available "at a later date" according to Motorola. The third generation Moto G will only be an outright retail purchase phone, again making its Australian debut in early September.