Moto X Play debuts with giant 3630mAh battery

That “XGX” on the invitations for today’s Motorola event is finally starting to make sense. We wondered if we’d be seeing the launch of two new Moto X phones in addition to the new Moto G, and Motorola’s already made it clear that it’s doing things a little differently this year, announcing the 5.7-inch Moto X Style. Well that’s one X; what about the other? This year Motorola has two new Moto X models for us, and in addition to the Moto X Style, it’s introducing the Moto X Play.

Remember those rumors about a Moto X with killer battery life? The Moto X Play promises up to two days of operation on a single charge, thanks to its gigantic 3630mAh battery.

This is more than a one-trick pony, and beyond that big battery we also see the arrival of a high-performance camera, as the Moto X Play picks up a big 21MP sensor. Up front you’ll find a 5MP selfie cam.

Instead of a 5.7-inch quad HD screen, the Moto X Play gets a slightly more conservative 5.5-inch 1080p panel. The phone will be available in either 16GB or 32GB storage configurations, each with microSD expansion. The handset gets 2GB of RAM, runs a Snapdragon 615, and has a water-repellent coating.

While the Moto X Style is already positioned to be an affordable smartphone, the Moto X Play should be even more so, priced about $100 less than its sibling.

Sales of the Moto X Play are set to get started in Europe, Latin America, and Canada during August. Interestingly, Motorola is not planning to bring the handset to US shoppers – at least not now. While the company hints that something will happen later on (maybe carrier-exclusive versions of the Play?), it’s not saying what just yet.

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