So it seems like all the rumors matched the actual events: The midrange Moto M launched in China on November 8, and it looks just like it did in the leaked photos.

No surprises here, but it’s still strange to see a Moto product exclusive to China. There’s no doubt that Lenovo is gradually modifying its sub-brand’s image to favor its home market.

Moto M

Take a look at the modified Android user interface

Don’t get us wrong; we’re not complaining about the Moto M’s release. It strategically fits between the lower-end Moto G and flagship Z series. There’s no support for Moto Mods, but you can purchase the handset for only CNY 1999, which equates to $295.

As expected, the new midranger departs from Moto’s usual design language. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the back for the first time, and the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system isn’t stock, opting instead for an app drawer-less interface similar to every other Chinese smartphone look.

What you get in exchange is a full-metal unibody and minor water resistance — neither of which is enough to protect the phone from long drops or dips underwater. The screen specs are a standard affair: 5.5 inches in size and Full HD in resolution.

Moto M

The fingerprint sensor is located at the back — a first for Moto

More emphasis is placed on the MediaTek Helio P15 chipset, which is fresh off its recent unveiling. It’s not that powerful, but when paired with the 4GB of memory and 32GB of internal storage, processing will be very efficient.

Rounding up the specs is a 3050mAh battery that’s enough for a full day’s use, as well as a 16-megapixel rear camera with an advanced focusing mechanism and a regular 8-megapixel shooter in front.

Nothing really stands out for the Moto M; nothing fortifies it as an innovative Moto product or even an attractive deal. If you must have one, it’ll go on sale in China beginning tomorrow, November 11, with color choices being plain gold or silver.

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Source: Motorola