Moto M: Midrange Smartphone from Motorola hard-reset.net


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Lenovo had launched their Budget end
smartphone K6 Power just couple of weeks back and now Motorola (acquired by
Lenovo) has launched a new midrange smartphone Moto M. Lenovo post acquisition
have emerged as a strong competitor to the likes of Xiaomi, Le Eco and other
established brands. The acquisition has not only helped Lenovo to grab
considerable market share but also their in-house products have gained in terms
of quality and value.

Moto M is a midrange smartphone which will
compete with the devices priced between Rs 15,000/- to Rs 20,000/-. The phone
is available exclusively on Flipkart bearing a price tag of Rs 15,999/- (3GB
Ram/32 GB Internal Storage) for the base variant and Rs 17,999/- (4GB Ram/64 GB
Internal Storage) for the premium variant. Motorola did a great job with Moto
G4 Plus but one really failed to understand the need to launch series of G4
variant in the same price segment. Coming to Moto M, it seems to be a decent
device but I feel Motorola could have been a bit more aggressive with the
pricing of this device. 

Build and
Display:
Moto
M comes with all metal unibody design which is quite different from the
previous editions of the Moto phones. The device is relatively light for its
5.5 inch display size. The IPS LCD display is decent with images appearing
crisp and good viewing angles. The fingerprint scanner is provided at the back,
placed just below the camera. The build and ergonomics of the device makes it
comfortable to hold, although single hand use is not possible on this device. 

Hardware Specifications: The phone is sporting the Mediatek
Helios P15 Chispset which is an upgrade from P10 but in my opinion Snapdragon
625 would have been an ideal option. The Octa Processor A53 Processor is
clocked at 2.2 Ghz and 1.8 Ghz respectively.

Ram
provided on this phone is 3/4 GB which is pretty much the standard for most of
the phones these days. The specs seem decent for a midrange device which
promises lag free experience. The GPU used on this device is Mali- T860MP2
which is expected to perform reasonably well under normal usage with light
gaming but may not be an ideal device for graphic intensive games.

Moto
M comes with 32GB and 64 GB internal storage with Hybrid micro SD slot which
will support additional storage upto 128 GB on both the variants. 

Battery Life: Moto M is provided with 3050 mah
battery which is expected to last through a day under normal use while heavy
users may be required to charge it twice. However, the phone supports turbo
charging which makes up for a slightly smaller battery. 

Software and
Features: 
Motorola phones are known for stock
android OS experience and this device will be no different. Out of the box it
comes Android Marshmallow and is expected to get the Nougat update.

Motorola
has not skimped on the sensors and the fingerprint scanner is placed at the
back. The phone does not have the IR Blaster support. 

Camera: The camera on the device is mediocre which
is normally associated with midrange smartphones. The rear camera does well in
the day light condition although detailing could have been better and Optical
Image Stabilization (OIS) would have helped.

The
front camera is decent and capable of taking decent selfies.

Network: The phone does support 4G LTE out of
the box. The network reception and cellular quality is normally good on the
Moto devices. 

Overall Verdict: The device will face stiff competition
from the parent brand Lenovo, apart from Xiaomi and Asus which offer competitive
devices within the same price range. Also the fact that it uses a Mediatek
chipset might not encourage many to consider this device. Overall, it is a
decent smartphone with slightly higher price tag but people looking for
midrange smartphone from top tier brand may consider Moto M. 

Key Specifications are given below:-

Processor

Mediatek Helio P15 Chipset, Octa Core Processor (4 Cores
A53 clocked @ 2.2 Ghz and 4 Cores clocked @1.8Ghz)

Storage

32/64
GB (HybridSD Card Support)

Operating
System

Android
Marshmallow (Upgradeable to Android Nougat)

Rear
Camera

16
mp/HD Video Recording

Front
Camera

8mp
/HD Video Recording

Ram

3/4
GB

GPU

Mali- T860MP2

Battery

3050
Mah

Display

5.5
inch (Corning Gorilla Glass )

Type
Sim

Hybrid
Dual Sim (Nano)/GSM 4G Support

Resolution

1080*1920(401ppi)

Touchscreen
Type

Capacitive

Dimension(mm)/Weight(gms)

151.35 x 75.35x 7.9 mm/163

 

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