If you’re searching for a smartphone with improved processing power that’s packed in a polished and premium body, leading mobile-device manufacturer Lenovo is offering its latest handset under the reenergized Motorola, or Moto, brand: the metal-encased Moto M.
Launched in Bonifacio Global City in late February, the Moto M—nestled between the Moto G series and the high-end Moto Z series— fuses form and function in a way that permits users, particularly millennials, to look and perform at their personal and professional best without breaking their budget limits.
This midrange mobile phone can be called a metal marvel, because of its gleaming metal unibody with pleasing curved edges that fits comfortably in one hand. That sleek body frames a brilliant 5.5’’ full high-definition (HD) (1920×1080) display that makes movies and photos glow with life on screen. Powered by a 64-bit MTK Helio P15 octa-core 2.2 gigahertz (GHz) processor, the Moto M runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system that can be upgraded later to Android 7.0 Nougat.
The smartphone has up to 4 gigabytes (GB) of random access memory (RAM) and 32 GB of internal storage (expandable up to 128 GB with a microSD card) that allows users to share pictures, surf the web, and enjoy games quickly and easily, as well as store these safely. It also has two nano-subscriber identity module (SIM) card slots, the second of which can double as a microSD card slot.
The Moto M is fueled by a 3,050-milliampere (mAh) lithium polymer built-in battery that can be charged to full power in more than an hour with its 10-watt rapid charger. This means reduced waiting time to play videos and songs, which are significantly enhanced by the Dolby Atmos rear speakers installed in the handset and found at the bottom.
For those who love snapping selfies and scenes, the Moto M possesses a 16-megapixel (MP) rear camera and 8 MP fixed-focus front camera that allow them to take photos and record videos of quality that’s quite impressive in its range. Unlike many devices, colors and skin tones captured by the Moto M are neither overly bright or dark. They look as natural as those of their real-life subjects, thanks to its correlated color temperature (CCT) dual light-emitting diode (LED) flash.
Users with more than a passing interest in smartphone photography can take delight in the Moto M four modes: Art Nightscape, Effects, Panorama, and Pro. The last one gives users manual control over the rear camera’s settings—white balance, manual focus, shutter speed, ISO, and exposure composition—to snap pictures that mirror those they posted on their Instagram accounts or those taken by their parents or grandparents in their youth.
Not only that, the front camera boasts of a beautification mode and several filters that would make it impossible for users not to take great selfies.
Securing the Moto M from unwelcome hands is no problem. Besides its password-protect and pattern-lock features, the handset also features a lightning-quick and sensitive fingerprint sensor on the rear. Users can just touch it to wake up and unlock the mobile device. Accidental spills and splashes are no problem for the Moto M, for its water-repellent—not water-proof—nano-coating prevents these from harming it.
The smartphone has a width of 75.35 millimeters, height of 151.35 mm, and a depth of 7.85 mm. It weighs 165 grams and comes in fine gold and dark gray. ALVIN I. DACANAY
The Moto M is on sale at Moto stores in SM Megamall and SM North Edsa, select MemoXpress branches, and Silicon Valley outlets, as well as on Lazada for only P14,999. For more information, visit www.moto.com/ph/.