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Motorola did something unexpected: instead of launching the Moto X 2015, the company brought two versions of it: the high-tier Moto X Pure Edition and the mid-range Moto X Play, which has a smaller display, but which is big enough to make it a phablet. We decided to compare the Moto X Play with Samsung’s Galaxy J7, with which it has many specs in common.

Designs and Displays

The Moto X Play is identical to the X Pure Edition, featuring a plastic body (curved and with diagonal lines), it benefits from the Moto Maker program, but you’re allowed to change only the color of the backplate and the faux metal band which is placed on the vertical. Also, there are two available colors for the front panel: white and black, so you need to think twice before matching it with a colorful back. Also, the device has a water repellant nano-coating, so it won’t be damaged if it falls in the water. If you don’t mind its thickness (10.9mm), then you will buy the Moto X Play for its large screen of 5.5-inch, which is a TFT LCD which supports a Full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at 403 ppi.

The Galaxy J7 has the same screen size, but it’s a Super AMLED display, with more vibrant colors, but it’s not as sharp as the Moto X Pure, because the resolution is lower at 720×1280 pixels, resulting in a poor pixel density of 267ppi. The back is made of plastic with glossy finish (in case you missed the cheap-looking old Samsung phones), but it has a metal frame and a thickness of only 7.5mm.


Apparently, the X Play device outperforms its rival again, although it houses the same Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chip with two quad core processors. They have four Cortex-A53 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores, but Motorola increased the speed of the Cortex-A53 processor up to 1.7GHz and the RAM capacity is also higher at 2GB, while the Galaxy J7 is limited to a speed of 1.4GHz and supports only 1.5gigs of RAM. However, there’s a secondary variant of the J7 which uses Samsung’s Exynos 7580 octa core processor, which is clocked at 1.5GHz.

Both phones come with a microSD card slot, which supports additional storage of up to 128GB. But while the Galaxy J7 has one variant of 16GB of internal memory, the Moto X Play has another variant with a double capacity.

Cameras and Batteries

Both front cameras have a resolution of 5MP, but Samsung placed a LED flash in order to take high quality selfies at night. The rear camera of the Moto X Play has a higher resolution of 21MP but it can’t record 4K videos and slow motion videos likewise the Moto X Pure Edition. It has some useful features such as dual-LED flash, auto-HDR and autofocus, but they don’t influence the quality of the images, and Motorola isn’t famous for offering the best camera software. The Galaxy J7 handset has a 13MP rear camera with usual features: autofocus, LED flash and 1080p video capture @30fps.

Motorola equipped the X Play with a gigantic non-removable battery of 3630 mAh, but the battery of the Galaxy J7 isn’t very small either, and we consider 3000mAh a reasonable capacity.