Since its introduction in 2013, the Moto X line has provided a great balance between specs and price point, while offering a stock Android experience. The company has changed things up a little with the third iteration, with the new handset – known as the Moto X Style or Pure Edition depending on your region – taking a step into phablet territory. Read on as Gizmag compares Motorola's 2014 and 2015 flagship handsets.
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The Moto X Style is 9 percent taller than the 2014 device, but it's also 12 percent thicker.
It's a similar story on the scales, with the 2015 handset weighing in a full 24 percent heavier than last year's model.
Both of Motorola's smartphones feature metal frames.
One of the big selling points of the Moto line, both handsets are available with a selection of different back cover materials.
This year's Style release features a much larger display than the second generation Moto X. You'll get 20 percent more screen real estate with the newer smartphone.
It's not just screen size that's increased, but also resolution, with the Moto X Style offering 23 percent more pixels per inch than its predecessor.
We're used to seeing AMOLED displays in Motorola's flagship smartphones, but the company opted for a TFT panel with this year's model – a possible cost-saving measure.
Fingerprint sensors are a standard feature on Apple and Samsung's recent flagship smartphones, but Motorola is yet to bring it to the Moto X.
The new handset offers a higher capacity, 64 GB storage option.
The 2015 model's microSD is a first for the Moto X lineup.
The 2014 device's chip was great for when the handset hit shelves, but the Moto X Style's processor is the more up-to-date of the two, offering 64-bit processing and a greater number of cores.
The Moto X Style packs an extra gigabyte of RAM over the 2014 model.
Given that the newer smartphone is fitted with a much larger display than its predecessor, and offers beefier internals, it's no surprise that there's a bigger battery on board.
Neither handset lets you swap out its battery.
There's a big jump in megapixel count between the two generations of Moto X.
The newer device wins out here, offering a larger ƒ/2.0 aperture.
Both smartphones offer dual LED flashes with their main cameras, but the 2015 handset sweetens the deal with a front-facing flash.
The Moto X Style is set to hit shelves next month, one full year after the 2014 handset was released.
Starting price (full retail)
The second generation Moto X is currently priced at US$299 on Motorola's website, while the Style is set to go on sale for $100 more next month.
For more on the Moto X Style (Pure Edition), look out for our full review. Interested in the smaller-framed 2014 model? You can always check out our review from last year.View gallery - 21 images