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Moto C Plus First Impressions Review: New King of Budget Smartphones?

The Moto C Plus seems like a promising addition to the entry-level segment where Xiaomi’s Redmi series already has a strong foothold.

Krishna Sinha Chaudhury | News18.com@krishnaa_tweets

Updated:June 20, 2017, 8:33 AM IST
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Moto C Plus First Impressions Review: New King of Budget Smartphones?
The Moto C Plus seems like a promising addition to the entry-level segment where Xiaomi’s Redmi series already has a strong foothold. (Image: Krishna SinhaChaudhury/News18.com)
Lenovo-owned Motorola has just launched the Moto C Plus in the entry-level segment of Android phones. The Moto C Plus is powered by a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM. A limited period sale of the smartphone opens at 12 noon, June 20 on e-commerce site Flipkart.

Moto C Plus directly competes with the hugely-popular Xiaomi Redmi series. The smartphone has replaced the popular Moto E series and now represents the budget series from Motorola. It is the first smartphone to run Android Nougat out-of-the-box in this segment. It also comes loaded with Google Assistant.

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(Image: Krishna SinhaChaudhury/News18.com)


I spent a few minutes with the Moto C Plus and here is my first impressions of the device.

Moto C Plus has design language similar to the Moto Z2 Play and the Moto G5 Plus with a camera cut-out and the lens on the rear. Below lies the humble ‘M’ logo.

The micro-textured rear cover, when removed, reveals the user-replaceable battery. The beefy 4,000mAh battery makes the Moto C Plus a bit chunkier than its peers. However, that is not a let-down in any form.

The smartphone is great to hold, thanks to the ergonomic design and curved edges. There is a very solid feel to the device despite simple matte plastic back.

Given the low price point, the Moto C Plus is powered by a 64-bit quad-core MediaTek processor coupled with 2GB RAM. There’s 16GB onboard storage that can be expanded via a MicroSD card. Motorola has made great value additions in the form of a dedicated memory card slot and built-in FM radio; the latter has been given a miss by many Android smartphone makers of late.

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The 5-inch HD 720X1280 pixels display is bright and vivid albeit the slight pixelation due to low resolution. There will be more to talk about Moto C Plus’ display once we review it.

The MediTek chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM enabled the smartphone to handle random app switches pretty smoothly.

The Vanilla Android experience that Moto C Plus offers is a delight – it is clean, crisp and had no bloatware.

Moto C Plus has a simple camera setup. The 8-megapixel sensor on the rear camera has an f/2.2 aperture, LED flash, autofocus and 720p video recording. The 2-megapixel front snapper also comes with an LED flash. The camera interface was basic and could take decent images.

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(Image: Krishna SinhaChaudhury/News18.com)


The Moto C Plus seems like a promising addition to the entry-level segment where Xiaomi’s Redmi series already has a strong foothold. With the recent return of Nokia, it will be interesting to see how the Moto C Plus really fares in this segment.

Watch this space to read the full review of Moto C Plus in the coming days.
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