Motorola took the wraps off a new smartphone for China, Moto M, a mid-tier device which features design differences to the company’s existing products.
TechRadar noted that the fingerprint scanner for the device has shifted from under the screen on the front to below the camera module on the rear – the positioning used by Huawei. It has a metal unibody with antenna bands at the top and bottom, again resembling some designs of the Chinese player (and others).
Of course, the Chinese smartphone market is a tough one, thanks to the presence of aggressive local players such as Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi. Parent company Lenovo has previously admitted weakness in its home market.
Moto M has a mid-tier feature set and CNY1,999 price tag ($295).
It has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (with microSD expansion slot), and is powered by an octacore MediaTek chip. It has a 3050mAh battery, 5.5-inch full-HD screen, 16MP main and 8MP front cameras and Dolby Atmos audio.
Reports also said that the device features a new Vibe UI, which will be common across Motorola and Lenovo branded smartphones in China. Motorola has previously offered devices with a largely stock version of Android.
Moto M is also splash resistant.