Motorola is evolving and this can be easily demonstrated when looking at the numbers on paper – bigger screen, higher resolution, better cameras, more powerful processor etc. The new Moto X is a masterpiece, regardless if we’re talking about the high-tier version called Pure Edition or the weaker Play. Compared to the Moto X 2014, both models are larger in size and have awesome specs. We’ll focus on the Pure Edition and we’ll analyze its changes.
Size Does Matter
While the design hasn’t suffered many changes – the body has the same form, featuring a curved back made of plastic (with diagonal lines) and a metal frame running around the sides. Motorola hasn’t ditched the famous dip, but in addition, it placed a vertical strip on the back and it houses the camera and the dimple with the M logo engraved inside. Likewise the predecessor, the new model can be customized on the Moto Maker websites, where there are other color options or materials to choose from, such as wood or leather.
The new model is also water resistant, but it gained many mm in size, measuring now 153.9 x 76.2 x 11.1 mm instead of 140.8 x 72.4 x 10 mm and it weights 179 grams, with 35 grams more than the Moto X 2014. If you like phablets, then you will love the Pure Edition, because it’s not difficult to operate on it. That’s because the bezels are thin and the edges are curved, making it very easy to hold.
The screen was increased from 5.2-inch to 5.7-inch and it was made the transition from AMOLED to LCD, resulting in less yellowy whites, but the colors are no longer vibrant. This is a good thing, because the battery no longer drains very fast, despite of the increase of resolution, from Full HD to QHD.
The last year model was powered by a 32bit Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 quad core processor clocked at 2.5GHz, which was backed by 2GB of RAM. Without a doubt, the 64bit Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 hexa core (consisting of a Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU and a quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU) does a better job, offering a significant performance improvement. Motorola has increased the RAM capacity, as well, adding 1GB, while the internal memory can be expanded up to 128GB. This privilege wasn’t offered to the Moto X 2014.
The previous Moto X came with a 13MP back camera and a 2MP front camera, but the images didn’t have the best quality because of the poor software. Meanwhile, Motorola increased the resolution to 21MP and 5MP respectively, and worked n the color reproduction, losing less final details. The photos look slightly better in low light, but they’re not exceptional.
Faster Turbo Charge
The battery has been upgraded from 2300mAh to 3000mAh and it supports Quick Charge, but the system is faster than on the previous model.