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Nextbit will announce, begin accepting orders for its upcoming smartphone on September 1


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26 min ago

Moto X Play review

Moto X Play

The most affordable Moto X yet aims to dominate the competitive new mid-range market — but falls short in an important area ...

The quick take

Launching around the £270 mark, the Moto X Play delivers a great deal for the money — a great screen, a decent camera and solid battery life, not to mention Moto's excellent software experience. But nagging performance and multitasking issues hamper what might otherwise have been the perfect Android mid-ranger.

The good

  • Fantastic display and impressive speaker
  • Solid construction and ergonomic design
  • Pure Android UI with Moto software goodness
  • Capable camera — at least in most conditions

The bad

  • Low-light camera performance is patchy
  • Stuttery animations and frequent performance hiccups
  • 16GB base storage doesn't leave much breathing room
Width Height Thickness 5.83 in
2.95 in
0.43 in
  • Display:
    • 5.5-inch Full HD
    • LCD Display
    • 1920x1080 resolution (400ppi)
  • Camera:
    • 21MP, ƒ/2.0 lens
    • 5MP front-facing camera
  • Battery:
    • 3630mAh capacity
    • Quick Charge 2.0
  • Chips:
    • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor
    • 4x1.6GHz A53 cores + 4x1.1GHz A53 cores
    • 2GB RAM
    • 16GB internal storage
    • microSD slot

Moto X Play Full Review

The second half of 2015 is a great time to be buying a smartphone. You've never been able to get so much phone for your money, especially in the new mid-range space, which has brought forth really capable devices like the Zenfone 2 and Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3. Motorola has a strong history of targeting key price points with laser accuracy through its Moto G series, so it was no surprise to see a mid-range Moto X — the Moto X Play — emerging alongside the higher-end Style-slash-Pure-Edition.

On paper the Moto X Play is a tantalizing proposition — for £270 SIM-free, you get a handset with a great display, an enormous battery and the prospect of the first really good Moto camera. In reality, the Play delivers on a many of those promises, but falls short in other areas. And in the past week of using the phone as a daily driver, we've been more surprised by what it's bad at than what it's good at.

Read on to find out all one of 2015's most intriguing mid-range phones.

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1 hour ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 tips and tricks

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Get the most out of your new Note with these tips.

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1 hour ago

LG G Pad X 10.1 coming to AT&T on September 4, DIRECTV in tow


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2 hours ago

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2 hours ago

Android Wear gets official support for the iPhone


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8 hours ago

LG's new smart sensor will turn your old appliances into connected gadgets


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11 hours ago

T-Mobile going after data 'thieves' who abuse unlimited data


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15 hours ago

LG adorns the Watch Urbane with 23-karat gold, puts a price tag of $1,200


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18 hours ago

Why one well-intentioned Android Auto safety feature may drive users to their old ways


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But there's one issue — aside from weird connection issues some folks in our forums have been experiencing — that still has me scratching my head. It's a safety feature, actually — and one that may well do more harm than good.

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