GPU & NAND Performance
While we generally saw decent CPU performance compared to other flagship contenders, the Snapdragon 808 falls behind the Exynos 7420 and Snapdragon 810 in GPU-heavy benchmarks. The OnePlus 2 was 43% faster in this respect, a lead that extended to 146% when factoring in the resolution reduction from 1440p to 1080p. The Note 5 was 28% faster in GPU benchmarks with the same 1440p display, and the G4 equalled the X Style’s performance as expected.
Compared to the 2014 Moto X, the Moto X Style recorded 15% better raw GPU performance, although in on-screen tests it fell behind by 19% due to the jump from 1080p to 1440p.
While the Style does fall behind the last-gen Moto X and several other flagships in GPU tests, the phone is still a great performer in general, delivering solid performance around the OS and in games. One demanding game I did test (Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath) was somewhat janky on maximum settings, but I didn’t find a single game that was completely unplayable on the Style.
NAND performance from the Moto X Style was good without being great, recording speeds above last-generation devices, but behind the best phones on the market. With that said, the Style was the best performer in 4 kB random writes of the devices I’ve tested, despite falling behind in sequential writes.