Moto phones have been doing well in India, and the Lenovo company keeps consolidating its mid-range portfolio. The Moto M is the first metal body phone from Motorola and it is also the first Moto phone with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Based on its current positioning in Motorola, it can be seen as an extension of much-praised Moto G4 Plus. The new phone is creating a lot of buzz on the street with its two variants. We have received a lot of queries related to Moto M so we decided to write this FAQ post on based on our initial usage experience.

Moto M Specs and Features

Model Moto M
Display 5.5-inch, Full HD, IPS LCD display
Processor 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P15
RAM 3GB/ 4GB
Internal Storage 32GB/64GB, Expandable
Software Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Primary Camera 16MP sensor, dual-tone LED Flash
Secondary Camera 8MP
Battery 3050mAh
Others 4G LTE, Fingerprint reader
Price 15,999 INR/ 17,999 INR

Design and Display

Question: How is the Moto M design and build quality?

Answer: As mentioned above, Moto M is the first full Metal Moto branded smartphone. On the front, sits a notification light, earpiece, sensor, and selfie camera followed by a 5.5-inch display layered with a 2.5D glass. The Moto branding helps avoid the chin below the display look superfluous. On the rear side, it sports a 16-megapixel camera with dual tone LED flash, fingerprint sensor, and Moto insignia at the bottom.moto-m-1

On the right edge, one can find a power button and a volume rocker which are firm and offer decent tactic feedback. On the opposite side, it has a hybrid SIM tray. At the bottom edge, there is a Type-C USB port which is sandwiched between dual loudspeaker grills. Up top, it has a 3.5mm audio jack and a noise cancellation mic.

The Moto M looks and feels quite premium, just as you would have expected. The phone fits well in the palm and despite its 7.9mm thickness and 165 grams weight, it doesn’t feel all that heavy. Overall, we think Moto M is one of the better-built smartphones in this budget.

Question: Does it have capacitive buttons or on-screen buttons?

Answer: The Moto M comes with on-screen buttons.

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Question: What’s your opinion on Lenovo Moto M Display?

Answer: The Lenovo Moto M comes with a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with full HD resolution and 401ppi pixel density. The display on the phone renders close to natural colors (lacks AMOLED punch though) and the contrast ratio is also decent. Text and pictures appear sharp and viewing angles are also far from disappointing. Overall, Moto M has a good display which is similar to what we have witnessed in the Moto G4 family.

Question: How is the outdoor visibility? Does the Moto M has the option for automatic brightness?

Answer: The Moto M outdoor legibility is good enough. Text and Images are visible in the scorching sunlight.

Question: Does the Moto M display has gorilla glass protection?

Answer: The Moto M does come with a Gorilla Glass Protection but the company hasn’t confirmed the exact version that it’s using.

Performance and Storage

Question: How much internal storage space is free on Lenovo Moto M?

Answer: Approx. 56GB user space is available on the phone.

Question: What’s your opinion on Moto M Power RAM Management process?

Answer: The Moto M RAM Management process is moderate and it manages to keep 6-8 apps running in the background.

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Question: How Moto M performances in day-to-day usage? How was the gaming performance of Moto M?

Answer: The Moto M is powered by a MediaTek Helio P15 octa-core chipset clocked up to 2.2GHz, coupled with Mali-T860MP2 GPU. In our day-to-day usage, the Moto M handled most tasks with ease. However, gaming session wasn’t that smooth. While playing graphic intensive games like modern combat and Asphalt 8 we noticed few frame drops and slight lag. Though it manages to hold pretty well while playing average GPU taxing games.

Question: Does Moto M has heating issues?

Answer: The phone get slightly warm when pushed to extreme levels but the temperature remained below 40-degree celsius.

Camera

Question: How is the Moto M camera quality?

Answer: The Moto M employs a 16-megapixel  primary camera with phase-detect autofocus, f/2.0 aperture, and a dual tone flash. In proper light, the Moto M camera manages to click some decent shots. It manages to capture a decent amount of details which is further sharpened by the camera software. The dynamic range of the phone is at par with Moto G4 Plus, which in our opinion has got the best camera in smartphones under Rs. 15,000.

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On the downside, it lacks laser autofocus, therefore, it takes that extra fraction of second to lock focus, color reproduction is also a bit patchy. Some images appear over saturated and at times they appear washed out. In dark conditions, the details in the images take a toll as the noise creeps in.

On the other hand, the 8-megapixel selfie camera manages to capture sharp images with accurate colors.

Question: Is there a dedicated camera shutter button on the Moto M?

Answer: There is no physical shutter button on Moto M.

Question: Does it have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)?

Answer: Unlike the Moto G4 Plus, Moto M camera lacks Optical Image Stabilization.

Question: Is HDR mode present in Motorola Moto M camera?

Answer: Yes, HDR mode is there in Moto M default camera app.

Question: Can you record slow-motion videos on Motorola Moto M?

Answer: No, it can’t record slo-mo videos on Moto M but is sort of a disappointment for Moto fans.

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Question: How to shot panorama with Moto M?

Answer: Well, Moto M default camera app doesn’t come with a panorama mode. So to capture panorama you will need to use a third party app.

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Software

Question: Tell us about Motorola Moto M Software?

Answer: The Moto M is running closer to stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow based OS out of the box. The software side of the phone is more inclined towards Lenovo’s UI than to what we have come to associate with Moto phones. The UI is still light and fast, though. So, we don’t have much to complain about here.

It comes pre-loaded with the Microsoft suite as bloatware, which is the case with most Lenovo phones. The icons and widgets are also identical to what we have seen in Note and K series phones.

Question: Does the Motorola Moto M offer Gestures support?

Answer: It lacks Moto’s signature gestures which we have seen in Moto G4 family and other recently launched Moto phones.

Miscellaneous

Question: Does Moto M support USB OTG?

Answer: Yes, it does support USB OTG.

Question: Does it has dedicated microSD card slot? What type of sim card it accepts?

Answer: It comes with a hybrid SIM tray which can hold either two nano SIMs or one nano SIM and one microSD card.

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Question: Does it feature a fingerprint sensor?

Answer: The Moto M comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It’s the first moto branded phone that comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

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Question: Does Moto M come with a Gyroscope sensor?

Answer: Yes, Gyroscope is present in the phone and thus you won’t have any problem indulging with VR apps.

Question: What are the Moto M color options available in India?

Answer: The Moto M comes in Gold and Silver color options.

Question: How’s the calling experience on Moto M? Does it support Reliance Jio VoLTE?

Answer: Our calling experience on Moto M has been satisfactory. We didn’t notice any network fluctuations in our area. It supports VoLTE and Reliance Jio network.

Question: How is the Moto M battery backup?

Answer: So far, Moto M battery has performed well for us. With moderate to heavy usage it manages offer about 4 to 4.5 hours of screen on time on a single charge. However, it doesn’t come bundled with a

Even though the turbo-charger isn’t bundled in the box, charging is pretty fast. its takes just about 2 hours to refill battery from zero to hundred percent.

Question: What are the contents of the box?

Answer: Handset, 5.2W Charger, Type-C USB Cable, Earphone, SIM ejector tool, user manual and film back cover.

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Reason To Buy:

  • Premium Design
  • Excellent Display
  • No Heating Issues
  • Good Cameras
  • Dolby Atmos Speakers

Reasons To Not Buy:

  • Hybrid SIM Slot
  • Missing Moto Gestures
  • Gaming Performance

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