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Motorola Moto G 2015 vs. Moto X Pure Edition – A Flagship Vs A Mid-Range Motorola Smartphone

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Motorola has been very prolific this year, changing its style, but everyone was surprised when the Moto X 2015 was released in two variants: the high-tier “Style” (known as the Pure Edition in the US) and the slightly weaker “Play”. We’ll compare the first model with the 2015 version of the Moto G, putting their specs side by side.

Designs

The Pure Edition is the phablet version which measures 153.9×76.2×11.1 mm, it has the same curved backing made of a textured plastic with a dip at the top, but in the middle, on the vertical, was placed a metal strip that houses the dimple with the M logo, the rear camera and the LED flash. Likewise its predecessor, it can be customized via the Moto Maker website, so you can order a different color for the back, the metal frame and strip etc. The phone has front-facing stereo speakers with Smartboost and it’s water resistant, benefiting from IP52 certification.

The Moto G 2015 has a similar design, only that it’s smaller, measuring 142.1×72.4×11.6 mm and it’s also waterproof.

Displays

The Moto X Pure Edition sports a 5.7-inch IPS TFT LCD screen which replaces AMOLED, and it’s capable to support a QHD resolution 1440x2560pixels that gives a pixel density of 520ppi.

The Moto G 2015 features a smaller 5-inch IPS LCD screen with a lower resolution of 720x1280pixels, which results in a very low pixel density of 294ppi.

Hardware

The Moto X Pure Edition is, currently, Motorola’s best phone, but it’s not the most powerful device from the market. It’s fitted with a hexa core Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chipset that couples with Adreno 418 graphics and 3GB of RAM. It can easily beat the Moto G 2015 in performance, because this device features a much weaker quad core Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410, which is paired with Adreno 306 graphics and 1GB of RAM/8GB of storage or 2GB of RAM/16GB of storage. The Moto X Pure Edition has variants of 16/32/64 GB, which support expansion up to 128GB, while the Moto G allows you to increase the capacity of its internal memory only up to 32GB.

Cameras

The flagship has a main camera of 21MP with phase detection autofocus, dual-LED, auto-HDR and 2160p capture at 30fps, while the mid-range device takes photos with a 13MP back camera also with dual-LED and auto-HDR, but which has simple autofocus and 1080p video capture at 30fps. However, both devices have a 5MP camera on the front side, but only the Moto X Pure Edition was equipped with LED flash to take better quality selfies at night.

Batteries

The Moto G is settling for a battery of 2470mAh, which stacks against Moto X’s 3000mAh battery. However, only the flagship has a Turbo Charger mode which provides 10 hours of use if you charge the phone within 15 minutes.