Following on from the excellent second-generation Moto X are not one but two phones: the Moto X Style and Moto X Play. Here are all the release date, price and specs details you need for the Moto X Play and Moto X Style. Also see: Moto X4 latest rumours

The leaks prior to the launch at the end of the July were almost right - they even pointed to multiple phones. Of course, there are plenty of other new phones to be excited about but although it has never enjoyed the popularity of flagship phones from other manufacturers, we've always like the Moto X. It was the first phone that allowed you to customise it before buying, and was extremely well built. It never had a microSD slot, but now it does! Read our 2nd-gen Moto X review

Here you can watch the Motorola launch as it happened. See also: Motorola Moto G 2015 hands-on review and Motorola Moto X Style review: Hands-on with the Moto X Style mid-range phone.

Moto X Style + Moto X Play: UK release date

The Moto X Play is available to buy in the UK now, slightly earlier than expected. You can buy the Moto X Play from Motorola here

The Moto X Style will go on sale in September and is now available to pre-order on the Moto Maker. Adding to cart will give you an estimated delivery and a plain white model says 6 October for us while a bit of customisation (a wooden rear cover and accent colour) push this to 9 October. However, the firm has said the Moto X Style will be available from Carphone Warehouse on 25 September.

Update 24 September: Official pricing for the Moto X Style is £399 for 32GB and £434 for 64GB. However, Unlocked-Mobiles is selling the Moto X Style for £359.

Moto X Style + Moto X Play: UK price

The Moto X Play will cost £279 on Moto Maker, and that's for the base 16GB model with a standard back. If you buy an off-the-shelf version, you'll save £20 as it costs £279.

The base Moto X Style will may well be available for £339 off the shelf. On Moto Maker it starts at £399 and you'll need to add £35 for the 64GB model.

Moto X Style + Moto X Play: UK specifications

Both new models retain the signature curved back and metal frame of previous Moto X phones. They'll also be customisable via Moto Maker. Both get the new 21Mp camera that we're itching to test out to see how it compares to the current best phone cameras.

Motorola says it has faster focus, more light, faster capture and better colour reproduction. Want the tech details? The camera has an f/2.0 aperture and phase-detection autofocus. Stabilisation details are thin on the ground, but only the Moto X Style seems to have stabilisation and only for video. Because there's no mention of OIS, we're assuming it's done in software. We've asked Motorola to clarify.

Each phone has a dual-LED colour balancing flash and a wide-angle selfie lens on the front camera, which has a 5Mp sensor. Photo modes include:

  • Panorama
  • Slow motion
  • Burst
  • Night
  • Auto HDR

Moto X Play release date, price, specs

And thanks to what Motorola is calling 'tubo charging' the phones recharge faster, too. In just 15 minutes, they will charge up to one-third, offering around 10 hours of use.

What's missing is a fingerprint scanner, meaning that unless Motorola simply hasn't mentioned it, the new Moto Xs probably won't work with Google Pay. We say probably as there's no confirmation yet that the service will require a fingerprint scanner for authentication. There was also no mention of a dual-SIM model.

Most disappointing for some is the absence of AMOLED displays. The new Moto X models have IPS LCD screens.

Here's how the Style and Play models differ:

Moto X Style

The Style has the larger screen. At 5.7in the display is larger than an iPhone 6 Plus' yet in a physically smaller body. Motorola says the Syle has a 76 percent screen-to-body ratio, and the phone still has front-facing stereo speakers.

Moto X Style release date, price, specs

One of the rear coverings is a new coated silicon soft-grip rubber. It's specially formulated to resist discolouration. Leather and wooden backs are offered once again at a higher cost. There's now a choice between three different machined metal frames - something not on offer with the Moto X Play.

The new coating is certified as IP52, meaning it's water repellant and can withstand the odd splash, spill or "light rain". It can't - unlike the new Moto G - be submersed in water.

The camera is also better than the Play's (in a similar way to the difference between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus). The Style can shoot stabilised video in 4K at 30fps, and also does HDR video at 1080p and 4K.

Here are the key specs:

  • OS: Android 5.1.1
  • Screen: 5.7in Quad HD 2560x1440, 520ppi
  • Processor: 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 (hexacore)
  • Graphics: Adreno 418
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB or 64GB, with up to 128GB via microSD
  • Cameras: 21Mp rear, 5Mp front
  • Video capture: 1080p (60fps); 4K (30fps)
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Dimensions: 154x76x11mm
  • Weight: 179g
  • SIM: Nano-SIM
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 802.11a/g/b/n/ac + MIMO
  • NFC, GPS

Moto X Play

This is where the leaked info of a 3630mAh battery comes in. The Play model has a non-removable battery that should easily last two full days between charges. It's 42 percent more capacity than the Samsung Galaxy S6.

It has a smaller 5.5in Full HD screen, as well as a less-powerful processor. In fact, it's a lesser phone all round, discounting the battery. Internal storage is smaller, there's no support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi and only a single front-facing speaker.

Moto X Play release date, price, specs

There's still a choice of 14 different backs (four fewer than the Style) and the same seven accent colours. Base models consist of black with black back or white with winter white back.

Here are the key specs:

  • OS: Android 5.1.1
  • Screen: 5.5in Full HD 1920x1080, 403ppi
  • Processor: 1.7GHz Snapdragon 615 (octacore)
  • Graphics: Adreno 405
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB or 32GB, with up to 128GB via microSD
  • Cameras: 21Mp rear, 5Mp front
  • Video capture: 1080p HD, 30fps (MPEG4, H.264)
  • Battery: 3630mAh
  • Dimensions: 148x75x11mm
  • Weight: 169g
  • SIM: Nano-SIM
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 802.11a/g/b/n (dual band)
  • NFC, GPS