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Moto M Unboxing and Hands On

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Motorola, now part of Lenovo, has recently launched the Moto M to the local market. During the launc, we were able to play around with the Moto M for a few minutes and we are definitely impressed with its build. Now we have the device for review. Time to unbox it!

Moto M

  • 2.2GHz octa core Mediatek Helio P15 processor
  • Mali T860 MP2 graphics
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB
  • 5.5-inch full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Dolby ATMOS audio enhancement
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with PDAF and LED flash
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, Fingerprint Scanner, USB Type C
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,050 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Price: P14,999

What’s inside the box?

  • Moto M unit
  • USB 3.0 cable
  • Wall adapter
  • SIM card ejector
  • free hard plastic case
  • free screen protector

Before we go the phone itself, we would like to commend Motorola for putting freebies like the hard case and a screen protector on the package. This means you don’t need to shell out extra cash for accessories.

Now, let’s check out the phone. The Moto M is a beautiful piece of hardware. It is the first Moto midrange we’ve seen wrapped in a unibody metal design. It does look elegant and more expensive than its price tag. You won’t be ashamed placing this device beside an iPhone or a Galaxy.  The phone feels smaller despite housing a big 5.5-inch display thanks to its trimmed top and bottom bezels.

Ports and buttons:

  • Top – 3.5mm audio jack and noise cancelling microphone
  • Bottom – speaker, microphone and USB 3.0 charging port
  • Left – dual SIM card/microSD card tray
  • Right – power button and volume rockers
  • Back – 16 megapixel camera with flash and fingerprint scanner
  • Front – 5.5-inch display, 8 megapixel camera, earpiece and sensors

On the software side, Moto continues to sport a vanilla stock Android UI and no bloatwares which we really love. Overall performance has been smooth based on our first 24 hours with it. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow but we have no idea if Motorola is keen on updating it to Android 7.0 Nougat.

As for the price (P14,999), we believe its a bit steep as it faces competition with the Huawei GR5 2017 which is relatively cheaper, with better processor and a dual rear camera. It also faces tough pricing competition with the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime, OPPO F1s and Vivo V5.

We hope you could wait for our review so we can help you decide better. We will be taking the Moto M for a spin for two weeks as we test its performance, cameras, and battery. 🙂