Under the hood, Motorola houses an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset on the X Play. This chipset has been used in a number of devices launched in the past six months. Although it gave decent performance on these devices, the smartphones were reported to get warm quickly. In this case though, the phone does not warm up faster than the usual. The Snapdragon 615 brings eight processing cores clocked at 1.7GHz.
The Adreno 405 GPU, which takes care of the graphics, is clocked at 550MHz. Apart from the CPU and GPU components, Motorola packs a Natural Language Processor which enables the Touchless Control feature. With this feature enabled through the Moto Voice app, the phone allows faster, intuitive, and more personal interaction via voice, all without touching the device.
That apart, there is also a Contextual Computing Processor which basically takes charge of the display, touch interface and the sensors. When the phone is in standby mode, the Contextual Computing Processor, that has been used only in the Moto X series so far, jumps into action and displays the notifications as well as other information on the screen.
Furthermore, Motorola packs an older generation 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM, which has relatively narrow memory bandwidth to handle data compared to the LPDD4 that is found in phones such as OnePlus 2, that has 4GB of RAM. We believe that a faster and greater amount of RAM provides more headroom for better performance, especially with respect to future updates. By default, the phone comes in two versions: 16GB and 32GB of on-board storage option. Ours was a 32GB unit that had 25GB of available storage. Thankfully, the microSD card slot can hold a microSD card of up to 128GB of storage space, and we recommend that you use a Class 10 standard card.
While, the dual-band capable Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) support ensures faster app and file download, the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy option lets you transfer files between devices and connect them with compatible accessories. It also comes with NFC support that allows you to connect the device to supporting gadgets and cameras. The GPS chip along with A-GPS, helps get accurate location positioning on the Google Maps.
While the Moto G (3rd Generation) drew everyone’s attention away from its specifications and more to its other aspects, there are similar expectations with the Moto X Play. Although the Moto X Play is indeed a good package, it is quite likely that people are going to think about other options like OnePlus 2 and the Gionee Elife S7.