HTC One (M8) vs. Moto X Play: Moto X Play wins on hardware front while One (M8) has superior design

(HTC/Motorola)HTC One (M8) (left) vs Moto X Play (right)

Motorola, along with its flagship smartphone, recently released a cheaper and smaller device in the form of the Moto X Play. Here is how it compares to the premium metal-bodied HTC One (M8), which was released last year.


There is very little similarity between the two devices. The One (M8) comes with an aluminum body and a remarkable polish. Its premium build materials are highlighted further by its rounded edges. It comes in three colors, gunmetal gray, silver and gold. As for the Moto X Play, the only metal in its build is its frame, but users who would want a unique device would find the smartphone to be a good option as it can be customized on the Moto Maker website. Users can pick from several materials including leather, silicone and wood for the back panel and even choose from a wide range of colors for its metal accents and lenses.


The Moto X Play comes with a bigger 5.5 inch capacitive screen and it has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a density of 403 pixels per inch while the One (M8) has a 5 inch super LCD3 screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a density of 441 pixels per inch.


When it comes to hardware, the Moto X Play is again ahead as it has a better Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset along with an octa-core CPU with four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.0 GHz and an Adreno 405 GPU. In the One (M8) is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, a Krait 400 CPU with four cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU.


Both devices have similar memory slots and each allows for the addition of up to 128 GB of external storage. As for RAM, the Moto X Play and its competitor each have 2 GB on board.


The Moto X Play is expected to be priced at around $300 in its unlocked form while the HTC One (M8) costs $199 with a two-year contract.

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