Motorola is at its third generation Moto G handset, which comes with small improvements to the design and a slightly more powerful processor and better cameras. In August, Asus has released another mid-range smartphone which is a director competitor to Motorola’s Moto G 2015. You’ll notice that there are many similarities between them, especially related to the internal parts.
Designs, Displays and Dimensions
The design of the Moto G 2015 suffered only a few modifications. The successor kept the curved plastic back with the familiar dip at the top, but now, it has a diagonal-line pattern which is less slippery. Motorola brought a metal plate design around the camera port, which contains also the famous dimple with the M logo engraved inside, but its color can be selected on the Moto Maker website. This program allows also the customization of the back plate, but there’s no option to choose another material such as wood or genuine leather. The sides have a metallic accent, but they make the device feel cheap. The good news is that the body is resistant to water, as it is IPX7 certified, but it’s kind of thick at 11.6mm, while it has a height of 142.1mm and a width of 72.4mm. The screen is an IPS LCD and supports an average resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, which gives a pixel density of 294ppi.
The Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) has the same face as the Zenfone 2, meaning that it features a brushed metal band located below the screen and on the back is found the volume rocker, exactly below the rear camera. It has a matte plastic back panel with curved edges, which can be replaced in case it gets damaged, which means that the battery is also removable. The device has a thickness of 10.5mm, it’s 143.7mm tall and 71.5mm wide and the screen is identical to that of the Moto G, so it’s equally shap and has reasonable colors and brightness.
The Moto G third generation will be upgraded to Android v6.0 (Marshmallow) soon. Motorola equipped it with a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chip which houses a quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 processor and an Adreno 306, but it has two variants of memories: the storage with a capacity of 8GB is coupled with 1GB of RAM, while the other variant has a double internal memory and RAM. But, the users are able to add a microSD card and expand the memory up to 32GB, It’s not much, but it’s very helpful for those who take lots of photos.
The ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop with 2GB of RAM and has the same two variants of internal memories, but they support expansion up to 128GB, while the processor, which is also a quad-core Cortex-A53, it has a lower clock speed of 1.2 GHz.
Cameras and Batteries
Both pairs of cameras have resolutions of 13MP and 5MP and they share similar features such as dual-LED flash, but the Moto G supports auto-HDR, while the ZenFone 2 Laser has a faster autofocus – the phone was strategically named “Laser”, because it has a laser-powered autofocus system.
As for the batteries, while the ZenFone 2 Laser supports a cell with a capacity of 2400mAh, Motorola added 40mAh of juice to power the Moto G.
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