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Since Motorola was no longer invited to work on another Nexus device, the company focused on its own products and brought two variants for the Moto X flagship. Both are phablets, but the Pure Edition has a larger display and better specs, while the Play version has an identical design, but a smaller body and weaker specs. This year, Google collaborated again with LG, who created the Nexus 5X, while Huawei was in charge to build the phablet version, the Nexus 6P. In this article we’ll tell you more about the Moto X Play and the Nexus 5X.

Designs and Displays

The Moto X Play is made of plastic and the back features some diagonal lines which make the device grippy. The edges are covered with a plastic trim which looks like metal, and even the vertical band which contains the camera and dimple is made of faux metal. You can choose a different color for the back, front (white or black), frame and vertical strip, by going to the Moto Maker website, the Moto X Play weights 169grams, its dimensions are 148x75x10.9mm and the screen is an IPS LCD measuring 5.5-inch, but it supports a Full HD resolution with 403ppi. Besides, you don’t need to worry about dropping your phone to the water because it’s IP52 certified, meaning that the water won’t get inside it you’re taking the device out immediately.

The Nexus 5X has now a rectangular shape, but it’s still made of plastic with a matte effect. The novelty is the fingerprint scanner placed below the rear camera and the larger screen which measures now 5.2-inch. Unfortunately, it’s stuck with the previous Full HD resolution and its pixel density has been decreased to 424ppi, this model weights 136grams and the new dimensions are 147×72.6×7.9mm.


Both devices support 2GB of RAM and have two variants of internal memories of 16GB and 32GB, but only the Moto X Play provides a microSD card slot for expansion up to 128GB.

The Nexus 5X has a newer Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 hexa core processor (four cores run at 1.44GHz and two cores are clocked at 1.82GHz) which is coupled with better Adreno 418 graphics, while the Moto X Play features a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 octa core processor (four cores clocked at 1.7GHz and four cores run at 1GHz), which is paired with an Adreno 405 GPU.

Cameras and Batteries

While both front cameras are identical and support 5MP, the rear camera of the Moto X Play has a higher resolution of 21MP and its features include an f/2.0 aperture, Full HD video recording, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. The Nexus 5X has a 12.3MP Sony sensor with laser autofocus and dual-LED flash, which takes average quality photos and records 2160p videos @30fps.

The Moto X Play is powered by a massive 3630 mAh battery which comes with TurboPower charging and lasts around two days, the Nexus 5X has a 2700mAh battery which can be charged via the new Type-C connector.