Motorola Moto M: Hands-on & First Impression

On: December 13, 2016

Motorola’s made an all metal phone? Yes! It’s called the Moto M and is now officially available in India. Moto has been teasing this phone for quite a while now and has finally launched it for Rs 15,999. So how is the new phone? I got to spend some time with the Moto M and here are my first impressions of the device.


The M is unlike any other Moto phone launched before, yet has something in common. The metal unibody is unique to it and makes it stand out among its siblings. The Z series and the M showcase a new path that Motorola has taken towards premium smartphones. “What’s common then?”, you’d ask. Well, the M still shares brilliant build quality  — it feels well built and does not feel cheap by any means.

Moto M Metal Back

The phone has rounded edges that make it comfortable to hold. It doesn’t seem too big either. The Moto M has a 5.5-inch display with 2.5D glass and a resolution of 1920 x1080 pixels. The display is pleasant to look at and was bright enough when I used it indoors. Sadly, there is no mention of any kind of protection on the glass.

The Moto M has the power button and the volume rockers on the right side. The power button has grooves on it that make it easy to distinguish it from the volume buttons. The buttons are placed well and are easy to reach. The phone has a USB Type-C port on the bottom and speaker grills on either sides. Only the right grill has a functional speaker while the left one houses a microphone. I would’ve liked a dual speaker setup because the Moto M has Dolby Atmos built in! That said, the single speaker unit is loud enough but is also easy to mute it accidentally because of its placement.

Powering the phone is a MediaTek Helio P15 processor, an octa-core chip clocked at 2.2GHz. Motorola has launched the phone in two variants, one with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage and the other with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. I was using the 4GB variant and the phone performed flawlessly. Even while multitasking between several pre-loaded apps it had close to 2GB of RAM free. However, I’ll reserve my comments on performance and everyday usability till we thoroughly test it during a full review.

The Moto M sports a 16-megapixel camera with PDAF(Phase Detection Autofocus) and dual-tone LED flash. It sadly misses out on laser autofocus which is available on the cheaper Moto G4 Plus.

The camera software is slightly different and looks more Lenovo than Moto. The camera is quick to focus and click; it is also capable of recording video at 1080p resolution. On the front, it has an 8-megapixel selfie camera which clicks good selfies.

Moto M Stock Android

The software on Motorola phones has always been close to stock Android, just like Google intended. The Moto M is pretty much stock with a few additions from the manufacturer. The phone still runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow but Moto will be updating it to Nougat soon after launch.

The M is a dual SIM phone and has support for 4G and VoLTE available right out of the box. It packs in a 3050mAh battery and is equipped with Motorola’s Turbo Charging tech.

Its price puts it against the Vivo V5, Oppo F1s and the Samsung J7 Prime. While the initial impressions of the phone do feel good, we’ll give it a good shakedown soon.

Aditya Shenoy

Deputy Editor at A management graduate, passionate about gadgets and automobiles. Likes to be up to date about the latest things in the tech industry. An avid Android user who Lives to Drive.

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