Moto M Unboxing and First Impressions

The Moto M is the latest device to come out of Motorola-Lenovo partnership, and its their entry to the highly competitive mid-range smartphone market. Launched in our market on early January 2017, it carries a price tag of RM1199.


The packaging of the Moto M is well sized and colourful. The phone is presented on the top once you cut off the seal and lift the top cover off. Lifting the tray that the phone sits on, you do get the usual accessories to get you started, including a USB wall adapter, a USB Type C cable for charging and data transfer, a pair of earphones, a SIM tray ejector as well as some usual documentations. As an added bonus, you do get a transparent hard case and a screen protector.

First Impressions

At first glance, the Moto M already looks way more premium than the price suggests. When you pick up the device, its even better. The solid build quality, matte aluminium finish and premium front glass makes the Moto M feels more like a flagship device rather than a mid-ranger.

Since 5.5-inch seems to be a sweet spot for mobile displays these days, the Moto M has that checked, with Full HD resolution (1920 X 1080) and an IPS panel, all under the 2.5D side curved front glass. Since there’s lots of other devices out there with similar display setup, the number 401 pixels-per-inch is a familiar number, signifying its pixel density. The front is pretty clean and largely dominated by the display. The front-facing 8-megapixel camera lives on the top along with a couple of sensors and the earpiece. All Android navigation controls are on-screen.

It’s unibody, non-removable back cover design calls for a removable tray which is located on the left. Like most phones these days, it does come with 2 slots, but choices had to be made for the secondary slot on whether you would like it to run a second SIM card or use it as storage expansion, where it will take microSD cards up to 128GB. The volume and power buttons are conveniently located on the right.

The 3.5-mm is located on the top for external audio output, while the USB-C lives at the bottom. The holes on either sides do look like stereo speakers, but in reality, only the right holes is where the mono speaker live.

The rear is where the phone looks the best. It immediately screams premium at first glance. It’s not free of antenna lines, but they do blend in very well. The 16-megapixel rear facing camera is located on the middle, and the design of the lens does suggest that it has dual-lens setup, but in reality, that’s not the case. On the upside, there is a two-tone LED flash. Below the lens is a fingerprint reader with matte finish. There is no button or added functionality to the fingerprint sensor.


Powering the Moto M is MediaTek’s MT6755 processor, which is a surprise since Moto had never turned to MediaTek for help in the processor department before. Nontheless, all 8-cores of the 64-bit processor are clocked at 2.2GHz. 4GB of RAM are thrown in as well, along with 32GB of internal storage, with microSD storage expansion up to 128GB. Like other Motorolas, the Moto M comes with a vanilla version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow software. 2 colours are available: gold and grey.

Stay tuned to for upcoming full review of this device!


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