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The growing dominance of Motorola in the entry-level smartphone segment cannot be more aptly demonstrated than by the amazing popularity enjoyed by the Motorola third-generation Moto G and the latest Moto X Play.

These phones have come out in the space of a few months and have already generated tremendous interest. This has been largely known for the quality of the predecessors. Motorola has managed to add more value by introducing some new features into these devices as well.

Design and Display

The Moto G (3rd gen) enjoys a familiar look that has made it a cult hero in the entry-level smartphone segment. Compared with some of the high-end devices today, it may not be the slimmest in the market at 11.6 mm. It is also heavy at 155 g, but the quality of construction leaves little to be desired. The Moto X Play is slightly better in terms of thickness – but not by a huge margin – and it weighs 169 g. This may be slightly heavier than the Moto G (3rd gen) but being almost 1 mm thinner pays dividends.

The display is the biggest difference between the two devices with the cheaper Moto G (3rd gen) opting for the 720p display that measures 5 inches in size. The more expensive Moto X Play has to come with a 1080p screen to stand out from the competition. The added pixels allow the display to measure 5.5 inches without compensating on the level of detail. The full HD screen adds more than 100 PPI to the 294 PPI on the Moto G (3rd gen) screen.


Water resistance is seen as a desirable feature nowadays. The Moto G (3rd gen) can remain submerged in water for more than 30 minutes due to its IPX7 certification. This is seen as one of the primary reasons for the added weight of the phone since Motorola has had to add a lot of beefing to the device to prevent water from entering. The Moto X Play comes with a much more subtle water resistance feature. It cannot be submerged in water, but it can withstand the liquid to conditions like splashes.


A big difference between the Moto X Play and Moto G (3rd gen) arises in terms of performance with the former being substantially better due to the Snapdragon 615 range processors. The latter uses the entry-level Snapdragon 410 processors. It may be entry-level, but it still packs quite a punch due to its quad-core 1.4 GHz speed. The Moto X Play has twice the number of cores and RAM (in the case of the 8 GB Moto G) over the cheaper model, and it certainly makes a difference concerning running Android. Prices of the basic Moto G (3rd gen) are at $180 while the base Moto X Play with 16 GB of storage costs around $400.

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