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Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto G 2015: Australian Price, Release

Want some more Motorola goodness in your life? The company’s best line-up yet hits Australian shores real soon, and we’ve got your pricing and where you can get it.

Moto X Style

The Moto X Style is Motorola’s new top of the line smartphone with a 5.7-inch Quad HD display (515 ppi) and a body built from machined aluminium. It comes with Moto X’s proprietary fast-charging technology that’s allegedly quicker than what other companies like Samsung offer. A few more bits of awesomeness include 3GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 808 processor and a 21 megapixel camera.

The thing about the Style is that it lives up to its name in every way: it’s gorgeous. Australia doesn’t get the Moto Maker software just yet (we still have to wait for retail partners to agree on it), so we won’t get to choose exactly what we want our phones to look like from the myriad of options, instead we have two to choose from. Australia gets to choose from the bamboo back cover or the black rubbery textured back cover. Take it from me: go for the bamboo.

The Moto X Style will only be available on contract, and only through Vodafone. It’ll run you an extra $3 per month on the $80 Red Plan, which includes infinite standard national calls, unlimited text within Australia and to overseas, 300 minutes of international calling and 4GB of data on a 24 month contract. That brings it to $83 per month in total.

We’ve been told Vodafone will sell the phone outright, but be aware that outright stock may be limited. We’ve not been given an outright RRP.

The Moto X Style will also be Category 6 capable in Australia, meaning it’s going to run all the new, fast networks being deployed by Telstra and Optus if you decide to buy it from the carrier and use your own SIM.

You can expect it to appear in Vodafone stores by September.

Moto X Play

The Moto X Play and it is all about the battery — an absolutely monstrous 3630 mAh battery. Couple that with an updated processor (a Snapdragon 808) and less power-hungry 5.5-inch full HD display, and we could be talking about two-day battery life, the Holy Grail number for current smartphones.

Both the Moto X Style and Play come with Motorola’s suite of apps that we’ve said many times only enhances stock Android with features like Moto Assist, Moto Display, and Moto Voice.

The Moto X Play is around half the price of the Style at an additional $5 per month on the $40 Red Plan. That plan includes $400 of included call and text value and 500MB of data over 24 months.

The Moto X Play will also be sold in an outright version later on with dual-SIM capabilities which will cost you $569. Whether you want it on contract or outright, you’ll be looking at an early-September release.

Moto G (2015)

The Moto G is one of those “cheap” phones that defies the definition. It runs stock Android with Motorola’s excellent software additions and some other impressive specs: 5-inch 1280 x 720 screen, 2470 mAh battery, IPX7 waterproofing, 13-megapixel camera.

The Moto G will sell outright only for $369 in Australia, which is awesome for those looking for a replacement to a potentially busted Nexus 5! You’ll be getting it from retail stores like JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman from early-September.


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