Motorola Moto X Play vs Motorola Moto G 3rd-gen: comparing the best Motorola mid-range and high-end smartphones

India is one of the most important smartphone markets for Motorola. The brand made a comeback in the country in 2015 with the launch of the Motorola Moto G smartphone, which has been one of the bestselling phones for the brand till date in emerging markets like India and Brazil. The company recently unveiled the third-gen edition of the Moto G in India, which also appears to be off to a good star in the country.

Soon after the launching the Moto G 3rd-gen in India, the brand unveiled the Moto X Play in simultaneous events in London and New York. It is the company’s latest smartphone to compete against the flagship offerings from Samsung, Sony, LG, and other vendors. If you are planning to purchase the Moto G or Moto X Play, let’s compare their features and price in this post to find out more.

Motorola Moto X Play vs Motorola Moto G 2015: battle of the mid-range Motorola phones


Design-wise, the Motorola Moto X Play sports metallic accents, and comes with replaceable colour and flip rear panels. The phone measures 10.9mm around the waist, and weighs 169 grams. The Moto G 3rd-gen is a tad thick offering with an 11.6mm body, and weighs a bit lower at 155 grams. Overall, the Motorola Moto X Play looks better than the Moto G 3rd-gen.

Display and Software

The Moto G 3rd-gen offers a 5-inch HD IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 294ppi. The Moto X Play on the other hand sports a much bigger 5.5-inch full HD IPS LCD display, resulting into a pixel density of 401ppi. Overall, the Moto X Play offers better media viewing experience than the Moto G 2015. Software-wise, both smartphones run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box along with the Motorola’s specific features.


As far as the performance is concerned, the Motorola Moto G 3rd-gen is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, aided by an Adreno 306 GPU. The Moto X Play utilises a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, coupled with an Adreno 405 GPU. Both smartphones offer 4GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, which can be further increased via microSD cards.


Talking about the camera, the Motorola Moto G and Moto X Play, both offer 5-megapixel front-facing snappers. The Moto G 2015 offers a 13MP autofocus rear snapper with a dual-colour LED flash, while the Moto X Play offers a much better 21MP autofocus rear shooter with a dual-colour LED flash. Overall, the Moto X Play offer better camera features than the Moto G 2015.

Connectivity and Battery

In terms of connectivity, the Moto G 3rd-gen and Moto X Play offer 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and micro-USB. The former is a dual-SIM offering, while the latter offers only a single-SIM slot. The Moto X Play is fuelled by a 3,630mAh battery, while the Moto G 2015 is backed by a 2,470mAh battery.


The Moto X Play is a premium offering with a full HD display, a big battery, better camera features, and will be available for around Rs 25,000. The Motorola Moto G 3rd-gen is being offered at a starting point of Rs 11,999, and impresses the users with small hands. So, which one you are going for? Or you have any other phone on your mind? Share with us all in the comments below.