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After months of nothing but rumors, Motorola has finally unveiled its latest phone in China. Many expected to be launched together with the Lenovo Vibe P2, but it came out earlier. There are lots of claims, however, that the wait may not be all that worth it. Apparently, it has lackluster features and the Moto G4 might prove a better option. But is there really truth in this?

The smartphone sports a metal unibody design in gold and silver color options. It has antenna bands placed on top and at the bottom of the phone. Its 5.5-inch display boasts of a full HD Super AMOLED display at 401 ppi. One of its best features is splash/rain resistance and a waterproof coating that makes it less vulnerable to moisture and liquid, but not entirely waterproof.

Under the metal unibody

  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6755 Helio P15
  • GPU: Mali-T860MP2
  • Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB
  • Internal: 32 GB, 4 GB RAM
  • Primary Camera: 16 MP
  • Secondary Camera:  8 MP

Looking at the specs you will notice that there’s really nothing out of the ordinary, with the exception of the Mediatek CPU that replaced the Qualcomm chip. So replacing your old Motorola phone based on hardware specifications, may not make much of a difference. Its battery capacity is larger than that of the Moto Z, but smaller than the Moto Z Play at 3060 mAh.

The fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear of the mobile device, which isn’t exactly a seamless operation, because you’ll have to flip the phone back and forth to unlock and then access its features. It’s a minor inconvenience, but an inconvenience nonetheless.

For a phone that is supposed to be the latest offering from Motorola, the Moto M doesn’t ship with Android 7.0 or 7.1 Nougat, but with the older OS of Android 6.0.1.

The good news is they got it right with the 32 GB expandable storage and 4GB of RAM. Combined with the 8-core CPU, it provides you with a decent performance. The 16MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus, LED flash and f/2.0 aperture is also another feature that makes the Moto M better than the Moto G4 and at par with the Moto G Plus.

What exactly does the Moto M has to boast about? Better CPU, rear camera, splash/rain resistance, and a metal unibody. Is it enough to want to own one? If not for its resistance from splash and rain, the Moto M is just another smartphone option on the market. No reason to be excited about.

It’s not exactly all that bad. But it is clear that the Moto M is designed for the Chinese market, so it is unlikely that it will make its way to the UK or North America. Under the circumstances, you might want to check out what Motorola Moto G4 has to offer and do a specs and features comparison against Moto M. Who knows? It could be a better choice.