We unbox the Moto C!
Last year Lenovo’s strategy with the brand they acquired from Google, Motorola, was pretty straightforward – Moto phones are supposed to be aimed at the mid-range and high-end segment of the market (with a few outliers here and there) while their main brand will be focused on entry-level to mid-range phones.
Imagine our surprise when a bunch of affordable Motorola phones materialized out of nowhere. While we’re happy that we’re seeing more Moto-branded phones in the market, their sudden apperance may signal a shift in how Lenovo uses the Moto brand moving forward to compete with their domestic rivals.
Lenovo Moto C specs
- 1.1GHz MediaTek MT6737M quad-core processor
- ARM Mali-T720 MP2 graphics unit
- 1GB RAM
- 5-inch FWVGA TFT display, 854 x 480 resolution
- 8GB/16GB expandable storage, up to 32GB via microSD
- 5-megapixel rear camera, fixed focus, with LED flash
- 2-megapixel front camera, with LED flash
- Dual SIM – 3G, 4G LTE
- WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
- 2350mAh battery, removable
- Android 7.0 Nougat
Packaging and contents:
Being a budget phone, the Moto C comes in a modest, yet colorful box.
Nothing fancy here – once you open the box you’ll see the phone, USB cable, headphones, the removable battery plus a the USB charger.
Initial impressions: Moto design in an affordable package
The Moto C is the brand’s most affordable smartphone yet, and while it uses a primarily plastic body, the phone still has a big of the brand’s design cues. The rounded corners plus the rear camera module is reminiscent of the brand’s more expensive offerings.
That won’t distract you from the fact that the Moto C is a budget phone, and the materials used will attest to that fact – the entire body is made from plastic, and the rear of the phone has a textured finish which tries to spice up the matte black coloration of its backside.
Much like most budget phones, the Moto C’s back is removable – taking it off reveals the two SIM slots on the rear, as well as the microSD expansion slot.
The volume and power keys are on the right of the phone, while the 3.5mm jack and USB port are both on the top.
The 5-inch display on the front is a TFT deal, and has a display resolution of 854 x 480, which is FWVGA, for those curious. Like any TFT display there’s a significant amount of color shifting if you view the panel from an odd angle, though that’s not a big issue if you’re holding the phone properly and looking at it dead on.
The Moto C is powered by a 1.1GHz MediaTek MT6737M quad-core process, paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. That’s to be expected with a phone such as this – it’s a entry-level device meant to compete with the offerings of other brands, specifically local players like Cherry Mobile and their ilk. The phone comes with Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box.
That’s pretty much it for our hands-on, we’ll be taking the Moto C for a spin to see if its Php 3,699/$74 asking price is worth it.