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Faceoff: Motorola Moto X Play vs Samsung Galaxy A5

Can the slim Samsung bridge the gap?

With all the discounts and offers that are available from e-commerce sites this festive season, a number of great phones are being sold at discounted prices. Two such phones are the newly launched Motorola Moto X Play, priced at Rs 18,499, and the Samsung Galaxy A5, which is available for under Rs 16,000 currently.

Design

The Samsung Galaxy A5 looks very mature. The A5 is a large but slim device and thankfully does not seem to have large bezels on the side. 139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm. The Samsung Galaxy A5 is a fairly light phone weighing in at only 123 grams. The edges of the device have the volume rocker, power button, and the SIM card and memory card slots. The edges are well rounded, and the phone looks pretty sharp too.
Motorola Moto X Play vs Samsung Galaxy A5
The Motorola Moto X Play’s best looks are found on the rear, with its lovely half-honeycomb like the design, the back panel is surely one of the most attractive we have seen at this price point. The rear edge also has a metallic surround to add rigidity. The front too is nice looking with the prominent speaker and microphone dull aluminium slats at either sides with very thin bezels. The Motorola Moto X Play measures 148 x 75 x 10.9 mm and weighs 169 grams. It isn’t small and light package, but the since the phone has a curved back panel, it doesn’t feel awkward to hold at all.
Motorola Moto X Play vs Samsung Galaxy A5
Both these phones are the epitomes of their brand’s design language, and they are great looking either way you look at it. The Motorola might win it for some of you who are bored with Samsung’s over simplified design which is used from every phone from Rs 5,000 to 55,000.

Display

The Motorola Moto X Play has a 5.5 inch full HD (1080 x 1920) IPS display. The pixel density is superb at 403 ppi. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Samsung Galaxy A5 has a 5 inch HD (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED display. The Super AMOLED display means that even 294 ppi is enough for great colours and images. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

The larger and higher resolution of the Motorola Moto X Play is definitely the winner here. Regardless of what kind of screen protection your phone has, we recommend that you invest in a tempered glass protector.

Processor and Memory

The Samsung Galaxy A5 runs a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 processor which runs with 2 GB of RAM. The internal memory stands at 16 GB to which you can add another 64 GB via a microSD card.

The Motorola Moto X Play is armed with an octa-core Snapdragon 615 which is clocked at 1.7 GHZ. The phone has 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage, to which you can add another 128 GB via a microSD card.

The Motorola Moto X Play is miles ahead of the Samsung Galaxy A5, as it runs a mid-range processor instead of a budget one.

Software

The Motorola Moto X Play runs Android Lollipop, with an upgrade to Android M expected for this phone. The Android experience on Motorola phones is very close to the stock experience.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 comes with Android 4.4 (KitKat), and naturally, has Samsung’s famed UI, TouchWiz. We believe an OTA update to Lollipop is available.

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy A5 has a non-removable battery of 2300 mAh. It is claimed to provide a talk time of 15 hours. The Motorola Moto X Play too has a non-removable battery, but with 3630 mAh.

While Motorola hasn’t stated how long the battery will last, you can be certain that it will have the better backup.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy A5 has a 13 megapixel primary camera, with auto-focus, flash, face detection, panorama, geo-tagging, and video recording capability of 1080p at 30 fps. The front has a 5 megapixel camera for video calling and selfie taking, etc.

The Motorola Moto X Play is armed with a 21 megapixel unit with an aperture of f/2.0, auto-focus, LED flash, HDR, panorama, and video recording at 1080p at 30 fps. The front has a 5 megapixel selfie shooter as well.

Connectivity

The Samsung Galaxy A5 is a dual-SIM device, equipped with 4G, GPS (A-GPS and GLONASS), Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and even NFC.

The Motorola Moto X Play too is a dual-SIM device with 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS (A-GPS and GLONASS), WiFi, and NFC.

Wrapping up

The Motorola Moto X Play is better looking (largely down to your choice), has the better display, better processing ability, higher storage (overall), a larger battery, and a higher resolution primary camera too. Is there any reason to not for this phone? It is a huge step up for an investment of Rs 2,500 extra.

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