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Moto X 2014 vs Moto X Pure Edition – Which X is Better?

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The Moto X 2014 is still one of the most appreciated phones, being the point of inspiration for the Nexus 6 in terms of design. But it’s old, and since last year, many have changed, new processors with more cores and higher clock speeds made their way to the new phones, so the Moto X Pure Edition, which will arrive next month, easily wins this round. Let’s see how different these devices are.

Designs and displays

On the front side, they’re almost identical, as they feature two horizontal bars placed at the top and at the bottom, but they are shorter on the Pure Edition. They have curved backs and metallic frames, but the Moto X 2014 is simpler, because it lacks the silver vertical strip that stretches from the rear camera to the logo. Besides, through the Moto Maker website, you can customize the appearance of the Pure Editions, being able to choose a different color for its backing, strip and even for the anodized frame.

Both models are water resistant, but a higher level of protection was applied to the Moto X Pure Edition.

As for the dimensions, the older handset measures 140.8×72.4×10 mm and has a 5.2inches AMOLED screen which supports Full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with 424ppi, while the Moto X Pure Edition is way bigger, having the sizes of an extra large phablet that measures 153.9×76.2×11.1 mm and which features a 5.7inches TFT LCD screen with QHD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels at 520ppi.

Performance

On the Moto X 2014 was included a 32bit Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset that is powered by a quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 400 processor which pairs with Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM and there are three variants of internal options with capacities of 16 and 32GB, while the 64GB model is available through AT&T and T-Mobile. The Pure Edition features a microSD card slot for expansion up to 128GB and offers the same storage options, but its hardware components are way more advanced. The processor is formed by a dual core 1.8GHz Cortex-A57 CPU and a quad core 1.44GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, sitting on a 64bit Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 along with Adreno 418 graphics and 3GB of RAM.

Cameras

Until now, Motorola has neglected the camera department, focusing more on the performance of its devices, but it seems that the new Pure Edition can stand up in front of its siblings and brag itself about its rear camera with a resolution of 21MP, which is packed with lots of features, including 4K video recording at 30fps, slow motion video recording, dual-LED flash and 4K digital zoom, but the aperture is normal, f/2.0. The front camera is 5MP and Motorola equipped it with LED flash.

The Moto X 2014 has a reasonable rear camera of 13MP that features dual-LED flash, HDR and video recording at 2160p@30fps with HDR, but the front camera isn’t extraordinary at 2MP.

Batteries

The Moto X 2014 features a small non-removable battery of 2300mAh, which can be charged faster with the Turbo Charger feature, which is also available for the Moto X Pure Edition, whose battery is a lot bigger at 3000mAh.

Prices

Currently, the Moto X 2014 costs $450 without a contract, or $50 on a two year contract with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. The Moto X Pure Edition will be released with a price of $400 for the 16GB variant.