The Moto X Play won’t launch in the US

Motorola’s new flagship phone with a two-day battery life is launching everywhere but the United States


The Moto X Play was a surprise announcement at yesterday’s Motorola launch event, which also saw the launch of the Moto X Style and the third generation of the popular Moto G. The Moto X Play is cheaper than the Style, but still offers impressive specs including 48-hours of battery life, a 21MP camera and pre-purchase customisation using Moto Maker. However, while the Moto X Play will be launching across the world in August, it has been confirmed the budget device is not coming to the United States.

“Moto X Play will be available starting in August in various countries across Europe, Latin America and Canada,” Motorola’s press spokesperson told Little Green Robot, adding “sorry, it won’t be available in the US, but we’ll have more choices in the US later this year.”

The Moto X Style and Moto G will both be avaialble in the US as well as the wider world, though the Style will be called the Moto X Pure Edition in America . The Style/Pure Edition will launch in September and the Moto G (2015) is available to buy today. The Moto G (2015) costs £179/$179 SIM-free from Motorola (though you can get it for just £159.99 if you shop around) and is available O2 in the UK from £14.50 a month, while the Moto X Style/ Pure Edition will retail at £359/$399.99 SIM-free. The Moto X Play happily sits in the middle with a price point between both these devices, available next month for £279 SIM-free.

The Moto X Play has a 21MP rear camera, the same as the more expensive Moto X Style

The Moto X Play is powered by a gigantic 3,630mAh battery that Motorola says will last two days and is much larger than the more expensive Style’s 3,000mAh power cell. The Play also emplys ‘TurboPower’ technology for quick-charging. It’s powered by a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, with 2GB RAM, and the choice of 32GB or 64GB storage. If that’s not enough, it also has support for a 128GB microSD card. Both devices also have 21MP rear cameras with a /f2.0 aperture and 5MP selfie camera. Like the Moto X Style and new Moto G, you will also be able to hand-pick the look of your Moto X Play and even engrave before you buy it using Motorola’s Moto Maker program.

However, the Moto X Style does have some features the Play doesn’t. The Style has a 5.7-inch qHD display, while the Play has a slightly smaller 5.5-inch full HD screen. While the Play also has a splashproof case like the Style, neither is as waterproof as the new Moto G (2015), which can be submerged under water for 30 minutes up to a depth of 1 metre.

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