Just a few days ago, Motorola Canada tweeted that the new Moto X Play would debut August 21 and sure enough today, the carriers started to make their announcements with pricing. It looks like pricing for the Moto X Player is very similar to the 2014 Moto X, which it is better in some respects and worse in others. It will be interesting to see if the carriers will sell them both at the same time. The Moto X Play is only being sold in black, except on Koodo, which ships with a teal back.
The pricing for the Moto X Play is a little different depending where you purchase the device – at Telus, it will cost you $50 on a two-year term and $420 outright and Koodo is charging $0 on Tab and $410 outright. Videotron is $0 on a two-year term 4GB plan, $49.99 on a two-year term with a 2GB plan and $399.95 outright. SaskTel will cost you $99.99 on a two-year term, $349.99 on a one-year term and $399.99 outright and Wind Mobile has not yet listed the device or pricing.
As a reminder, the new Moto X Play is mid-range device with a 5.5-inch LCD FHD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 403 pixels-per-inch (PPI). Motorola kept their relationship with Qualcomm and plucked the 64-bit Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 1.0GHz and four cores clocked at 1.7GHz. It packs 2GB of RAM and comes with 16GB of internal storage with a 128GB expansion via a microSD card slot. It uses a large non-removable 3,630 mAh battery and should get you through 48 hours of usage. The Moto X Play can use the new TurboPower 15 Charger for quickly charging the battery.
Motorola put in a huge 21MP main camera with an aperture of f/2.0, auto focus and a dual-tone LED flash – for the front-facing camera (FFC) they used a large 5MP for great selfies and video chatting. Motorola added water resistance, a microUSB port for charging and data transfer, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC capability, LTE and ready for Android Pay. It is running Lollipop 5.1.1 and with Motorola you can be sure of getting fast software upgrades. The device measures 148 x 75 x 8.9-10.9 mm and weighs in at 169 grams.