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Motorola finds its place among the popular smartphone manufacturers and is primarily sought after for its wide range of low to medium budget range of devices.

Among the manufacturer’s latest releases, the Moto X Play and the Moto G (3rd Gen) are two such gadgets with non-removable batteries. Both smartphones were released in July 2015 at the start of the second half of the year. With a considerable price difference, the Moto X smartphone is the more expensive deal. To know what makes this smartphone costlier than its Moto G counterpart, read on for a comparative study on some of the offerings of these two new Motorola handsets.

Dimensions, Weight, Body Material and SIM

Comparing the size, the difference is practically negligible. While the Motorola Moto X Play features dimensions of 148 x 75 x 10.9 mm, the Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) is not far behind starting at 142 x 72 x 11.6 mm. In other words, the Moto X Play is taller and wider while the Moto G (3rd Gen) is thicker. Weighing 169 g, the Moto X device is slightly heavier than the 155 g Moto G device.

The Motorola Moto X Play houses a metal frame with a plastic back, as against the Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) with an all plastic body and textured finish. Interestingly, the former is only splash resistant in contrast to the latter that is more water resistant with IPX7 rating and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 scratch resistant glass. Even as the Moto X Play works with a nano SIM, the Moto G sticks on to the micro SIM.

Verdict: If looks is your cup of tea, then the Motorola Moto X is most likely to be what you would desire more. On the other hand, if you are looking out for durability, then you better consider the Motorola Moto G as it shows more resistance to water.

Screen Display and Resolution

The Moto X Play houses a screen size of 5.5 inches, whilst the Moto G (3rd Gen) utilizes a 5-inch screen. They both incorporate the IPS LCD display technology. While the screen size by itself does not make much of a difference, the screen resolution and pixel density surely do. The Moto X device exhibits a screen resolution and pixel density of 1920 x 1080 and 403ppi contrasting the 1280 x 720 screen resolution and 294ppi pixel density in the Moto G device. Both display screens are made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 scratch-resistant glass.

Verdict: The big and additional features definitely make the Moto X Play stand out as a clear winner. Images, text and videos definitely appear crisper, sharper and brighter.


The Motorola Moto X Play sports a 21MP rear camera with dual CCT flash compared to the Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) 13 MP rear snapper with autofocus and dual CCT flash. They can both record 1080p videos @ 30 fps. Whilst the Moto X Play specializes in panorama and night mode, the Moto G (3rd Gen) camera is noted for touch to focus, geo tagging, touch to focus and panorama. The front snapper in each device is a 5MP camera. However, the Moto X Play has an additional front facing flash integrated to its snapper. In addition, the Moto X handset camera features an absorptive blue glass IR filter in place of the multi-layer IR filter in the Moto G handset’s camera.

Verdict: With about 61% extra pixels, the shots and videos captured by the rear camera in the Motorola Moto X Play is more promising with enhanced picture quality.


The Moto X Play incorporates an octa-core 1.7 GHz processor and an Adreno 405 graphics processor. Contrastingly, the Moto G (3rd Gen) sports a quad core 1.4 GHz processor coupled with an Adreno 306 processor. Both smartphones come with the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop loaded. They are available in two variants with 16GB and 32GB ROM options and 2GB RAM for the Motorola Moto X Play. The Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) comes with a choice of 8GB or 16GB ROM and 2GB RAM. As against the maximum external storage expansion capability of 128GB in the Moto X device, the memory can be expanded externally by a maximum of 32GB in the Moto G device.

The Moto X Play houses a 3630 mAh Li-Ion battery in place of the 2470 mAh Li-Ion battery in the Moto G (3rd Gen).

Verdict: The more advanced processors definitely make the Moto X Play a faster and more streamlined device. Also, the additional storage option allows you to store more of your favorite stuff on the Moto X device. Apart from these two features, the more powerful battery ensures that when your smartphone is fully charged, the battery lasts longer.