Motorola Moto P30 launches in China with a 6.2-inch notched display and the Snapdragon 636 SoC

Motorola Moto P30 launches in China with a 6.2-inch notched display and the Snapdragon 636 SoC

It’s fair to say that Lenovo-owned Motorola has fallen behind its competitors this year in a few respects. The company launched the budget Moto E5 series and the lower mid-range Moto G6 series in April, but the phones don’t compete particularly well against competitors from the likes of Xiaomi, Asus, Honor, etc. The Motorola Moto Z3 Play was then launched in June with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, but its relatively high $500 price tag made it a tough sell against flagships such as the OnePlus 6. To compound matters even further, Motorola launched its 2018 flagship, the Motorola Moto Z3, in the US this month with a last-generation SoC (the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 instead of the newer Snapdragon 845).

Now, at an event in China, Motorola has launched the Moto P30, a new mid-range phone with an iPhone X-style display notch and the Snapdragon 636 SoC. The company also launched the Moto Z3 and the Moto E5 Plus in the country. Specifications of the Moto P30 are noted below:

Motorola Moto P30 – Specifications

 

Motorola Moto P30

Specifications Motorola Moto P30
Dimensions and weight 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm, 175g
Software Android Oreo with ZUI 4.0
SoC Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (4x 1.8GHz Kryo 260 Performance + 4x 1.8GHz Kryo 260 Efficiency cores); Adreno 509 GPU
RAM and storage 6GB of RAM with 64GB/128GB of storage; microSD card slot
Battery 3,000mAh, 18W fast charging
Display 6.2-inch Full HD+ (2248×1080) IPS LCD with 19:9 aspect ratio
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0
Ports USB Type-C port (USB 2.0), dual nano SIM slots (nano SIM + nano SIM/microSD), 3.5mm headphone jack
Bands GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
WCDMA: 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/2/3/5/7/8
TDD-LTE: Bands 34/38/39/40/41
Rear camera 16MP primary camera with OmniVision sensor, 1.25μm pixels, phase detection autofocus (PDAF), f/1.8 aperture
5MP depth sensing camera with f/2.2 aperture
Video recording up to 1080p at 30fps
Front-facing camera 12MP with AI Portrait mode, f/2.0 aperture, 1.25μm pixels

It’s difficult to deny that the Moto P30 looks like the iPhone X. The display notch is wider than it is on other Android smartphones, the rear camera layout is the same, and even the wallpaper looks very similar. In terms of design, the Moto P30 doesn’t show any originality.

The phone has an aluminium frame and glass on both sides. Motorola has gone with a back-mounted fingerprint sensor, and the phone also supports face unlock. It also has a water-repellent nano coating. The Moto P30 has support for Dolby Atmos.

The Moto P30 will go on sale in China starting September 15th. There is no word yet regarding availability in other regions. It comes in Black, White, and Aurora colors. The 6GB RAM/64GB storage variant will cost CNY 2,099 ($303), while the 6GB RAM/128GB storage variant will be available for CNY 2,499 $361).

Motorola Moto Z3 – Specifications

Specifications Motorola Moto Z3
Dimensions and weight 156.5 x 76.5 x 6.8 mm, 156g
Software Android 8.1 Oreo with ZUI 4.0
SoC Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (4x 2.35GHz Kryo 280 Performance + 4x 1.8GHz Kryo 280 Efficiency cores); Adreno 540 GPU
RAM and storage 4GB/6GB of RAM with 64GB/128GB of storage; microSD card slot
Battery 3,000mAh, 18W fast charging
Display 6.01-inch Full HD+ (2160×1080) AMOLED with 18:9 aspect ratio
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0
Ports USB Type-C port (USB 3.1), dual nano SIM slots
Bands GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
WCDMA: 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20/26/28
TDD-LTE: Bands 38/40/41
Rear camera 12MP RGB camera with 1.25μm pixels, f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus (PDAF) + laser focus
12MP monochrome camera with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) + laser focus
Video recording up to 4K at 30fps
Front-facing camera 8MP with 1.25μm pixels, f/2.0 aperture, 24mm focal length
Video recording up to 1080p at 30fps

At the Moto P3 event, Motorola also launched the Moto Z3 in China. It will be available in China starting tomorrow, and it costs CNY 3,999 ($578).

Motorola Moto E5 Plus – Specifications

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Specifications Motorola Moto E5 Plus (Chinese variant)
Dimensions and weight 160.9 x 75.3 x 9.35 mm (camera bump 0.4mm), 197g
Software Android 8.0 Oreo
SoC Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430/435 (4x ARM Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.4GHz + 4x ARM Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.4GHz); Adreno 505 GPU
RAM and storage 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage, expandable microSD card support up to 128GB
Battery 5,000mAh, 10W charger bundled in the box
Display 6-inch HD+ (1440×720) MaxVision IPS LCD with an 18:9 aspect ratio
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetoth 4.2 EDR + LE
Ports microUSB USB 2.0 port, Dual Nano SIM slots, 3.5mm headphone jack
NFC No
Rear camera 12MP, f/2.0 aperture, 1.25um big pixels, LED flash, PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus), Laser Autofocus, HDR, Panorama, Manual Mode, Burst Shot, Best Shot, QR code/Barcode Scanner, Slo-motion mode, Video Stabilization, 1080p video at 30fps
Front-facing camera 8MP, f/2.2 aperture, 1.12um pixel size, Selfie Flash/Light
Speaker Front-ported speaker, 2-Mics
Network bands 4G LTE (Cat4), UMTS/HSPA+, GSM/EDGE
2G: GSM band 2/3/5/8,
3G: WCDMA band 1/2/5/8,
4G: FDD LTE band 1/3/5/8, TDD LTE band 38/40/41(2535–2655MHz)
Sensors Fingerprint reader, proximity, accelerometer, ambient light, sensor hub, gyroscope, magnetometer (e-Compass)

The last of the three Moto phones launching in China today is the Moto E5 Plus, a phone which has already gone on sale in the US, India, and other markets. In China, the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant costs CNY 1,299 ($188), and the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant costs CNY 1,699 ($246).

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