Motorola's Moto X Play is all about battery life

— 1:43 PM on July 28, 2015

Say hello to the Moto X Play. Fitting between the refreshed Moto G and the Moto X Style, this mid-range handset looks to offer plenty of battery life in a more affordable package than the flagship Style.

The main selling point for the Moto X Play is its large battery, a 3,3630 mAh unit that promises up to 30 hours of mixed usage. The handset is also TurboPower-enabled: with an optional fast charger, Motorola claims that one can get 8 hours of usage from only 15 minutes of charging time.

A Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC powers the Moto X Play. This chip features an octa-core CPU running at 1.7GHz and an Adreno 405 GPU clocked at 550 MHz. Motorola backs the SoC with 2GB of RAM. The handset can be had with either 16 or 32GB of storage, and it includes a microSD slot with support for cards up to 128GB. Wireless connectivity is provided by dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, and 4G LTE. NFC is also onboard. Android 5.1.1 ties this extensive feature list together.

The Play's rear camera boasts a 21-megapixel sensor with an f/2 lens and a dual-tone LED flash. The snapper can capture video at resolutions up to 1080p at 30 frames per second, and it can also capture slow-motion video (though neither resolution nor frame-rate specs are available.) A five-megapixel selfie shooter sits around front. 

Because of the large 5.5" 1920x1080 display, the handset is relatively large, at 5.8" long by 3" wide by .4" thick (148 mm by 76 mm by 11 mm), and it weighs in at 169 grams. 

Motorola says the Moto X Play will be "between $300-400 cheaper" than other premium devices, and buyers can purchase customized versions through Moto Maker. Custom options include the color of the device's metal accents, the swappable back, and the front bezel (though that's only available in black or white.)

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