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Moto X Play vs. HTC One E9+ – Two Phablets With Excellent Cameras

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Everyone was waiting for a new Moto X flagship, but instead, Motorola brought two versions of it: the top-tier Moto X Style and the slightly weaker Moto X Play, which is a phablet. We’ll compare the latter version with the One E9+, a HTC phone with the sharpest screen.

Designs and Displays

Moto X Play has a robust body, featuring a curved back with a rubberized material which is easy to grip, but if you don’t like the default color, you can change it via the Moto Maker website. The device is water repellent, not exactly very resistant to water, so don’t throw it in deep water and don’t keep it there for too long, because you’ll damage it. The Moto X Play is almost as thick as the Nexus 6, measuring 10.9mm, but the metal frame has a width of 8.9mm, which means that the phone is comfortable to hold. The screen measures 5.5-inch, it’s 1080p Full HD with 403 ppi and it’s protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

One E9+ is also fitted with a 5.5-inch screen, but it supports QHD resolution up to 534ppi, which is the highest pixel density ever obtained on a HTC phone. It looks a lot like the M9 flagship, but the back is made of plastic and it’s surrounded by a slim metal frame. The phone has a thickness of 7.5mm and the front has the usual BoomSound speakers with Dolby Audio.

Hardware

HTC equipped the One E9+ with a 64bit Mediatek MT6795M Helio X10 SoC which supports display refresh rates of up to 120Hz. The processor has eight cores and it runs at a speed of 2GHz, while it’s backed by 3GB of RAM and a PowerVR G6200. A microSD card slot was added in order to expand the internal memory of 32GB up to 128GB.

The Moto X Play uses a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 SoC which is powered by a pair of quad core processors – 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 and 1 GHz Cortex-A53, which are backed by 2GB of RAM and they are paired with older Adreno 405 graphics. Motorola offers two variants of internal memories with capacities of 16 and 32GB, and both can be expanded up to 128GB, as well.

Cameras

One E9+ has a 20MP rear camera with standard features which include LED flash, autofocus, HDR, touch focus, panorama and video capture at a resolution of 2160p at 30 fps. Depending on the market/region, the phone is shipped with a 13MP or 4MP Ultrapixel front camera.

Moto X Play has a 21MP with an f/2.0 aperture, slow motion video recording (supported by the X10 SoC), phase detect autofocus, 4X digital zoom, auto HDR etc., while the front camera is 5MP.

Batteries

Moto X Play is equipped with a 3630 mAh battery which lasts up to 48 hours under mixed usage, while the One E9+ is powered by a much smaller 2800 mAh battery which offers over 14 hours of talking time over 3G.