Motorola Moto X Quick Review
It has been a long time since Motorola made a presence in the Philippines so it is a bit of a surprise that they made another attempt this year. This time, it brought three of its most popular handsets from last year; among them is the 2nd-generation Moto X.
For many years, Moto fans only had access to the brand’s latest handset thru gray market channels or importing them directly from Hong Kong or the US.
This month marks the first time in more than half a decade that Motorola handsets will be officially offered with customer support and warranty.
The flagship handset will have to be the Moto X — a 5.2-inch handset with full HD AMOLED display and Gorilla Glass 3. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor which was last year’s top CPU. Completing the configuration is 2GB of RAM, a non-expandable 16GB internal storage with LTE and NFC connectivity.
The 13-megapixel rear camera 4K videos while the front camera can also record full HD 1080p clips. The built-in battery has a capacity of only 2,300mAh which could be enough for all-day use unless you are a heavy user.
The Moto X competes with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and LG G3 when it was launched in 2014 and sports the latest Snapdragon 801 processor which was among the best one back then.
The handset is among the nicest looking device and with the availability of the Moto Maker in the US, customers can actually select the colors and materials for a custom order. This made it possible to have that iconic bamboo wood back cover with white trimming to be made available to US customers.
The front panel is completely covered with Gorilla Glass 3 from edge to edge with the corners slightly curved towards the sides. The top and bottom ends are almost symmetrical with a textured metal strip that cuts around the middle.
However, the model that will be released here in the Philippines will only be the black polycarbonate version. This variant comes with a non-removable soft matte back cover with chrome metallic trimmings. The handset is shaped in a slightly curved way to give it a better and more comfortable grip on the hand, much like the way LG did it with the G3 and G4.
One concern with the Moto X is the rather low battery capacity. At 2,300mAh, the device barely lasts the whole day. Using our standard battery bench, we only managed to get around 7 hours of continuous video playback at 50% brightness and 0% volume. PCMark Battery Test gave it a score of 6 hours, 2 minutes. That’s exactly the same results we got from the OPPO N3 but that one has a 3,000mAh battery so the Moto X is still more efficient.
For the purpose of this article, we made a video review instead of the usual content. Check out the video below for a rundown of the features, benchmarks and sample photos of the Moto X:
Camera performance is good as long as there is ample light. However, it degrades pretty fast under low-light conditions and becomes very grainy when there’s very little ambient light.
See sample photos below:
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Performance of the Moto X is still at par with last year’s flagship devices and even with most of this year’s top phones. This is due to the smaller footprint of the OS and the Vanilla UI that is devoid of any skinning and customizations.
As such, benchmark results are quite high even at current standards. Performance is pretty good as the handset runs on a Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor with each core clocking in at 2.5GHz. The handset scored 4,844 on PCMark and 46,096 on Antutu benchmark which are both pretty high even in the current charts.
With a suggested retail price of Php16,999, the Moto X is still within the price range of last year’s contemporaries — Nexus 5 at Php17k, Galaxy S5 Duos at Php18k, Xperia Z2 at Php16.3k and the HTC One M8 at Php18k (all gray market prices, btw). Even the 1st-gen Moto X is sold at Php18k in online stores so that makes the price of the official 2nd-gen Moto X very competitive.
The acquisition of Motorola by Lenovo from Google has made possible the return of Motorola in the Philippines. Lenovo is a strong brand in Asia and ranks between the top 2 to top 5 brands in the country (depends if you measure it by volume or value of sales).
We were told that Motorola Philippines will operate independently of Lenovo despite the acquisition but Motorola will greatly benefit from Lenovo’s strong process manufacturing and logistics in the region. Motorola has also been known to roll out Android updates fairly early, thanks to its previous connection with Google and being a partner in the Nexus program.
It’s still too early to see how the local market will respond to the return of Motorola in the Philippines. We already know that the local market is already very saturated and competition between global and local brands are very fierce so it will be interesting to see how the Moto brand will fare.
Motorola Moto X (2nd-gen) specs:
5.2-inch AMOLED display @ 1920 x 1080, 423ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor
Adreno 330 GPU
16GB internal storage
13MP rear camera with f/2.25 lens and ring flash
4K video recording
2MP front camera
Full HD video recording
4G LTE, 3G HSPA+
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, hotspot
140.8 x 72.4 x 10 mm (dimensions)
144 grams (weight)
The Moto X will be available in black with a suggested retail price of Php16,999. Watch out for our full review of the Moto X in a week or two.
What we liked about it:
* Impressive build and design
* Very good performance
* Great display quality
* Affordably priced
* NFC, LTE support
* Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box
What we did not like:
* Low, non-expandable storage
* Short battery life