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Motorola’s third-gen Moto X Play is finally official

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Motorola has announced the third-generation of its flagship Moto X Play smartphone.

The new handset was finally unveiled today alongside the Moto X Style at an event in London, after months of rumours and leaks.

Motorola Moto X 2015 features

So what’s new about the third-gen Moto X Play? For starters, the display is bigger this time around with a 5.5-inch display.

That’s the same size as Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus and the LG G4, but bigger than the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6.

The screen resolution has, however, remained stagnant at Full HD 1080p.

Processing heft is handled by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.6GHz paired with 2GB of RAM.

The processor is a step down from the flagship – and much-maligned – Snapdragon 810 chip, but nevertheless the 808 is formidable, more battery efficient, and has been well-reviewed as featured on the LG G4.

When it comes to photography, the Moto X Play is kitted out with a large 21-megapixel image sensor on the back, with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera handling selfies.

The device comes in two storage variants – 16GB and 32GB – but there’s a microSD slot on board for further capacity expansion.

The Moto X Play is powered by a sizable 3,630mAh battery, which should keep the handset ticking for at least one day’s usage.

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Topping off the spec sheet is confirmation that the Moto X Play will offer 4G/LTE support and will run on Google’s latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS.

Don’t forget that the Moto X Play falls under Motorola’s Moto Maker scheme, which lets buyers customise the phone’s front and rear aesthetics.

A UK release has been confirmed – 55 countries from August. Pricing starts at £299 – not bad.

If the launch has got you hankering for a new handset, check out our smartphone group test video below:

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