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The Moto M is here, featuring 4GB of RAM, 16MP camera, and lackluster processor

The new Moto M is decent for the price, but specs lag behind the competition

Well folks, the Motorola Moto M is finally here, and unfortunately it’s a little unimpressive. The highly-anticipated device was touted as being the Motorola flagship for those who don’t want to shell out the cash for the Moto Z.

Some of the rumors surrounding the phone ended up being false — for example, it does not come with a huge 5,100mAh battery, which would put most other flagship phones to shame.

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Apart from the battery, the device boasts 4GB of RAM and a hefty 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, which are both pretty top-tier specs. The octa-core MediaTek Helio P15, however, shows that this phone isn’t the high performer that some were hoping for, and it seems a little out of place in a lineup of phones with Qualcomm chips. On the Chinese version of the phone, you’ll also get a 1080p display and 32GB of storage. It’s not yet known if those specs will be exactly the same on the U.S. version.


When it comes to the design, the phone looks pretty nice, but it’s not groundbreaking in any way. The gold color on the phone is a nice touch, but it’s not known if it will be available in other colors.

Sure, those specs aren’t bad, but they leave a little to be desired. The device was released through a listing on China’s Tmall, which is the country’s Amazon equivalent. It comes with a price tag of $295, which isn’t a bad price, but is a little lackluster compared to the likes of the LeEco Le Pro 3 and Xiaomi Mi 5s, which both come with the top-tier Snapdragon 821 processor and other high-end specs.

Article originally published in August. Updated on 11-07-2016 by Christian de Looper: Added official release information.