After all the leaks and rumors coming out of China over the past few weeks, the Lenovo Moto M is here. Even though the final announcement from Lenovo, which owns Motorola brand, is still awaited. The Moto M has been listed at the TMall, an online retail portal in China, for 1,999 Yuan ($295) and all its specifications as well as images have been shared on the website. The formal announcement of the Moto M is expected today.
There’s no word currently on whether the device will ever see a wider release outside of China, but earlier rumors had pointed at a global model that might be launched in the U.S. and some other international markets at some stage in the future.
The 4GB of RAM, 16-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and phase detection auto-focus (PDAF) and P2i hydrophobic coating are nice, but the eight-core MediaTek Helio P15 processor seems weirdly out of place on a Motorola device. Other specs, at least on the China version, include a 1080p screen, dual SIMs, 32GB of storage and Dolby Atmos sound. An 8-megapixel front-facing camera is expected to take care of the selfies and video chats.
With the Moto M – where M apparently stands for metal – Motorola is finally moving towards a slightly different design compared to what we have seen from the company in the last one odd year. Although it uses a design similar to that of the Moto G4, with even thickness all around unlike the earlier pebble-shaped trademark Moto designs, the new Moto M also has a fingerprint sensor on the back and not under the screen. Compared to the design of the Moto G4 Plus and the Moto Z Play, this is a welcome change because the fingerprint sensor on the back cover is more convenient and is a more elegant design.
Although it looks quite nice, the Moto M does seem to lack some of the personality that phones like the Moto Z have. The Moto M is also water and dust proof, bringing the popular feature back after Motorola axed it in the Moto G4 series.
The specs aren’t bad overall, but the device has serious competition now, especially in China. For the same price, you can get the Xiaomi Mi 5s, for instance, which comes with the latest Snapdragon 821 CPU and a front, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Perhaps the Moto M will have a better chance outside of China. A variant powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 is rumored to be in the pipelines, and if Lenovo does decide to take its Moto M line outside of it home country, that might just be the device to get the nod.