The first Moto X flagship was one of the most affordable flagships. Motorola did a good job with its design, it equipped it with high end specs and the fans were very pleased with this handset. Then, the successor came with small improvements and Google teamed up with Motorola, to create the next Nexus 6 phablet, which has the same design as the Moto X 2014.
In 2015, the American manufacturer teased its fans with two versions of the upcoming Moto X 2015, and one of them is high-tier. We’ll compare the Moto X Style with the Moto X 2014.
Design and dimensions
Both phones have a similar body shape, featuring a curved back with a metal frame and the covers can be customized via the Moto Maker website. However, the Moto X Style has a new metal strip on the back, which can be customized as well (you can change its color), and its role is to house the rear camera, the flash and branding.
The Moto X Style is 9% taller and 12% thicker than the Moto X, measuring 153.9×76.2×11.1 mm compared to 140.8×72.4×10 mm and it weights 179grams, with 35grams more than the older model. In addition, both phones are water resistant, but not certified, and they have front facing speakers.
The Moto X Style is a phablet larger than most of the other rivals, featuring a 5.7inches TFT LCD screen with QHD resolution of 1440×2560 pixels, which results in a pixel density of 520ppi. The Moto X 2014 has an average screen size of 5.2inches and the technology is AMOLED, from Samsung, which is specialized in offering very accurate and vibrant images. But the resolution is Full HD of 1080×1920 pixels and the pixel density is much lower at 424ppi.
Both handsets are using a Qualcomm processor, and normally, the older model has weaker specs. And the Moto X 2014 came with a quad core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, which is easily outperformed by the hexa core Snapdragon 808 that is formed by a dual core CPU clocked at 1.8GHz and a quad core CPU running at 1.4GHz. Plus, the Moto X Style has bigger RAM – 3GB, opposed to 2GB, so you should notice the difference in terms of performance.
Another advantage of the Moto X Style is the microSD card slot, which allows you to increase the internal memory (16/32/64 GB) up to 128GB. The Moto X 2014 has also three variants of storage, but the third one is available only though AT&T and T-Mobile. And, yes, there’s no slot for expansion.
The Moto X 2014 came with a decent 13MP shooter on the back, which has standard features, such as dual-LED flash, autofocus and HDR, and the other camera is 2MP. The new Moto X Style wins out here with a 21MP back camera with a ƒ/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and auto HDR, while its front camera is 5MP and features LED flash.
None of the handsets have removable batteries, and their capacities are: 2300 mAh on the Moto X 2014 and 3000mAh on the Moto X Style.
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