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Moto X Style review

Motorola's latest flagship packs a sizable punch

Moto X Style
Moto X Style

The Moto X Style comes with a sizable 3000mAh battery, which sounds impressive on paper but unfortunately it doesn't perform overly well in practise.

Considering the size of the handset I was a little surprised Motorola hadn't managed to squeeze in an even bigger power pack to deal with the power hungry 5.7-inch QHD display.

It's comfortably thicker than both the LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, but matches both when it comes to battery capacity.

You can't remove the battery in the X Style, as is the trend for most phone manufacturers these days, but it does boast TurboPower - Motorola's fast charging tech.

Motorola Moto X Style review

Plug the Moto X Style in and it can regain 10 hours of use from just 15 minutes of charging - an impressive, and useful party trick.

And thank goodness TurboPower exists, because if you're planning a night out you'll need to give the Moto X Style a top up before hitting the town.

I used the Moto X Style for over a week during the review period, and everyday the power saving mode kicked in when the battery hit 15% at around 7pm and 9pm each evening.

My daily usage tended to consist of an hour of so of Spotify streaming, an hour of gaming, multiple texts and social messages, a few phone calls and some web browsing and email action.

Motorola Moto X Style review

Heading into the battery settings there's no surprise as to what is the main culprit for the battery drain - that hefty 5.7-inch display.

By the time I got into bed the battery percentage was down to single figures, and a couple of times it had completely died. Needless to say, if you're a moderate to high user you'll be plugging the Moto X Style in every night for a charge.

I ran the techradar battery test which involves playing a 90 minute HD video on full brightness with accounts syncing in the background. After the 90 minutes were up the X Style had lost 30% of its life - which is quite a significant chunk.

Motorola Moto X Style review

The smaller screened LG G4 and Moto X Play both lost 15% in the same test. the 5.5-inch iPhone 6S Plus saw a drop of 22% and even the 5.7-inch QHD Galaxy S6 Edge+ lost just 23%.

Motorola's claim of all-day battery then is a little misleading, especially if you find yourself with the screen on a lot of the time.