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8.3/10
Informr score
The Motorola Moto X Style currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 30 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Customizable design through Moto Maker
  • Connects to 14 different LTE bands
  • Excellent camera quality in outdoors lighting
  • Very crisp display

What's bad

  • Some slowdown when navigating homepage and playing 3D games
  • Mixed photo quality in low light settings
  • Missing vibrancy and deep blacks of AMOLED displays
  • Horrible battery life

The Moto X Style, known in the US as the Moto X Pure, is Motorola's third iteration in its Moto X flagship lineup. The original Moto X impressed reviewers with its sleek design and Android experience, but does the Moto X Style live up to its predecessors? For most, the answer is yes. One of the biggest selling points of the Moto X Style is its price and ability to connect to 14 different LTE bands. Rather than purchase from a carrier, you order directly from Motorola's site. From there you can use the Moto Maker to customize the phone as much as you like. While you can customize the basic look of the phone, the actual build is similar to the second-gen Moto X. Motorola has taken a "if it ain't broke don't fix it" stance with the design. For some, the phone was comfortable, but for others they found that despite the ergonomically sloped back it was still a bit awkward and difficult to use one-handed. Still, they admit that the comfort depends on hand size so those with larger hands might find it more comfortable than those with smaller ones.

Adorning the front of the phone is a 5.7-inch quad HD (1,440 x 2,560 pixels) LCD display. With a pixel density of 520 pixels per inch, reviewers had no issues with fuzziness or blurriness of text, icons or images. They were a bit disappointed with the move to LCD, however. Although they admit their complaints are more of nit-pick, they found blacks were not very deep and colors not as vibrant as AMOLED displays. The Verge sums it up by saying, "…it's not eye-popping or class leading by any stretch…it doesn't encourage you to stare at it and appreciate its beauty." On the plus side, experts were able to easily view the screen in sunlight as the maximum brightness level was quite bright. On the opposite end, the minimum brightness was also dim, making it much easier for them to avoid eye strain when using their device in the dark.

The Moto X Style comes equipped with a 1.8GHz hexa-core (6-core) processor and 3GB of RAM. When compared to flagship phones of its competitors, critics did notice the Moto X Style was slightly slower even when swiping through the homepage. The lack of power became more noticeable when they played more graphics heavy tasks like 3D games. Still, they note that while it isn't as fast as the likes of the Note 5 or OnePlus 2, it was fast enough for most consumers for years to come. The battery life was the biggest disappointment in terms of internal hardware. While Motorola boasted the 3,000mAh battery would last a full day, most critics were barely able to eke that out with moderate usage with it lasting a little over 5 hours during battery draining tests. Unfortunately the battery is also non-removable so you cannot simply swap out a freshly charged one. With that said, the X Style does come with quick-charging technology and critics were able to get the battery fully charged in less than an hour.

One of the biggest upgrades Motorola made to the X Style is its camera. Rather than a 13MP main camera, it sports a 21MP camera. It also bumped the lens to an f/2.0 aperture, which basically means it captures more light even in low light situations. When put to the test, reviewers were able to get nicely detailed and accurately colored photos in daylight situations. Droid-life notes, "In outdoor situations, this camera might be the best I have ever used" though they add low-light settings often produced mixed results. Other experts had similar results, but overall had few complaints regarding the quality of photos and ease of use.

Although it might be a bit slower than other flagship phones, reviewers fully stand behind the Moto X Style. Bright Hand states, "We like just about everything about it. It's 'just right,' a basic but exception Android smartphone." CNET adds, "All in all, [it's] a reliable and quality-built device…"


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.8 GHz
Screen Size
5.7"
Camera
20+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Talk Android

Motorola’s Moto X Pure Edition is the perfect phone for you as long as you’re not seeking a flashy package. If you’re seeking something off-contract and high-end, the Moto X Pure Edition has to be the choice.

- Justin Herrick, Talk Android
APC

You get a device that’s blazing fast for general OS tasks and things like switching between apps — like the Nexuses, the Moto X Style really does showcase Android at its best.

- Dan Gardiner, APC
The Inquirer

If it wasn't for the Moto X Style's disappointing battery life, it would be near impossible to criticise. At £399, the handset is £150 cheaper than many of its big name rivals, including the Galaxy S6 Edge and iPhone 6S, yet managed to compete with these devices when it comes to screen q...

- Carly Page, The Inquirer
Notebookcheck

With Motorola's Moto X Style, the buyer opts for a good smartphone that we can recommend despite minor shortcomings. The device is pleasant to hold despite its size, and can be personalized like no other. The high-resolution screen convinces with its color accuracy, but shows weaknesses in sunlight....

- Daniel Schmidt, Notebookcheck
Digit

The Moto X Style can be considered as the big screen alternative to the Nexus 5X, given there similar pricing. That said, the phone provides lesser performance and battery life, which means that the Nexus is the better choice, unless you want a bigger display.

- Prasid Banerjee, Digit


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Screen Size
5.7"

The Motorola Moto X Style's screen size is 5.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 Hexa core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
20+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 20+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery.

Moto X Style Specs

Overview
Release date September 30, 2015
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 Hexa core 1.8 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32/64 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black Lens, Dark Gray, White Lens, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.4 x 7.6 x 1.1 cm (6.1 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 179 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 52
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 520 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
20+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Burst mode, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Night mode, Front camera flash
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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