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Moto X Play not coming to the U.S.

by Brandon Russell | July 28, 2015July 28, 2015 7:15 am PST

Consumers looking for style, power, affordability and great battery life found a perfect device in the Moto X Play. Unfortunately, the device isn’t headed to the U.S.—though it is coming to Latin America, Europe and Canada—which means folks will only have the Moto G and Moto X Pure Edition to choose from.

It’s unclear why Motorola decided not to bring the middle brother of the new trio to the U.S., though it sounds like an alternative is coming down the road. According to Motorola, it’ll have “more choices for you all later this year.” That could just mean a carrier specific flagship, like another DROID or some such.

That’s a huge bummer for folks in the U.S., because the Moto X Play sounds like a terrific device. Not only does it promise 48-hours of battery life, but it offers a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3630mAh battery, expandable storage, 21-megapixel camera, and a Snapdragon 615 processor, which should be more than enough to handle demanding mobile tasks.

Even better, it sports pure Android with some of Motorola’s best tweaks on top. Granted, U.S. fans will still have the Moto G and Moto X Pure Edition to choose from, but the Play just won’t be an option. Perhaps Motorola just didn’t see an audience here in America; whatever the case, U.S.-based buyers won’t get that water-repellent goodness.

Motorola says the Moto X Play will be available in August for $300-$400 less than some of today’s biggest flagships.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.