It remains unclear if the US-targeted counterpart of the international Moto X Style will debut on September 3.
Besides the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Sony Xperia Z5 and LG G4 Pro, there are two more smartphones power users may want to look into this holiday season. They’re already official, with decidedly respectable specifications in tow and, most importantly, economical price points.
Unfortunately, the upper mid-range Moto X Play isn’t headed stateside, leaving stamina fans pining for that massive 3,630 mAh battery. Meanwhile, the high-end X Style is priced at $400 and up for America, and called Moto X Pure Edition in the uber-competitive nation for some reason.
Upon the 5.7 incher’s formal introduction, we only heard a cryptic “fall” ETA bandied about. But Motorola just clarified things, via a straightforward tweet, which unfortunately vanished into thin air, suggesting the September 3 deadline wasn’t supposed to come out yet. Or that it’s not factual.
We’re obviously rooting for the former, and expecting the 2015 X Pure Edition in stores in three weeks. Odds are the GNote 5 and S6 Edge+ will start selling earlier, though in all fairness, the stock Android 5.1 Lollipop-running phablet doesn’t have what it takes to contend the two anyway.
Instead, its direct rival is probably the $329 OnePlus 2. Slightly cheaper and USB Type C-compatible, the 5.5 incher will likely be even harder to come by, not to mention it sports a lower-res screen and mediocre 13 MP camera.
The Moto X Pure Edition, aka X Style, stands out with a Quad HD panel, 3 GB RAM, microSD support, 21 megapixel photographic unit, 3,000 mAh battery and water-repellant coating. The hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor inside is perhaps not the fastest in the biz, but it’s stable and cool, which goes a long way.
Bottom line, you have every reason to look forward to September 3.