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Motorola Moto G vs. Moto X Play and Moto X Pure Edition: What's the difference?

CNET breaks down the differences between Motorola's new line of Moto smartphones, which include the Moto G, the Moto X Play and the Moto X Pure Edition (also known as the X Style).

From left to right: The Motorola Moto G, X Play, and X Pure Edition/Style. Sarah Tew/CNET

Gs, Xs and Pures, oh my.

If you're confused about the trio of new handsets Motorola announced during today's events in New York and London, you're not alone. Not only do the Moto G , X Play and X Pure Edition (which is globally known as the X Style) have similar names, both to each other and totheir respective predecessors, but they also can look quite alike cosmetically.

But these devices do have their differences in size and hardware, as well as some unique features that make them distinct. The Moto G, for example, is the most affordable of the three and struts midlevel specs, while the X Pure Edition/X Style is higher-end and has a Snapdragon 808 processor. To see what specific specs define each Moto, check out the chart below.

Motorola Moto 2015 lineup

Motorola Moto G Motorola Moto X Play Motorola X Pure Edition (or X Style)
Display 5-inch with 1,280x720-pixel resolution 5.5-inch with 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution 5.7-inch with 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution
Pixel density 294ppi 403ppi 520ppi
Dimensions 5.59x2.85x0.48 inches (142.1x72.4x11.6mm) 5.8x2.9x0.43 inches (148.0x75.0x10.9mm) 6.06x3.0x0.44 inches (153.9x76.2x11.06mm)
Weight 5.47 ounces (155g) 5.96 ounces (169g) 6.31 ounces (179g)
Mobile operating system Android 5.1.1 Android 5.1.1 Android 5.1.1
Network capabilities GSM/GPRS/EDGE; UMTS/HSPA+; and 4G LTE (as well as CDMA in the US) GSM/GPRS/EDGE; UMTS/HSPA+; and 4G LTE GSM/EDGE; WCDMA; and LTE cat. 6 (as well as EV-DO and CDMA/TD-SCDMA in US and AU)
NFC No Yes Yes
Camera, video 13-megapixel can record 1,080p HD video 21-megapixel can record 1,080p HD video 21-megapixel can record 4K video
Front-facing camera 5-megapixel 5-megapixel 5-megapixel with wide angle lens
Processor 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 with 400MHz Adreno 306 GPU 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 with 500MHz Adreno 405 GPU 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with Adreno 418 GPU
Storage 8GB or 16GB 16GB or 32GB 16GB, 32GB or 64GB
RAM 1GB or 2GB 2GB 3GB
Expandable storage Up to 32GB Up to 128GB Up to 128GB
Battery 2,470mAh 3,630mAh 3,000mAh
Distinguishing features Rated IPX7 water resistant (can survive in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes) Water repellent Water repellent; single device can be used on any US carrier
Price Starts at $179.99, £179.99 and AU$369 TBA Starts at $399.99 (UK pricing TBA, Vodafone exclusive in AU)
Availability Available in the US and globally today Not available in the US; global launch in August 2015 Available in the US and globally September 2015