We have recently had a lot of leaks from Motorola, with a tease of the MOTO X (2017) and the leak of the complete MOTO line-up for the coming year being the most recent. But, the company has silently been hard at work on buffing up its already planned releases, one of which was the MOTO C and the C Plus.

MOTO C and C Plus front MOTO C and C Plus back

The MOTO C is the companies latest addition to their product line-up taking up the place below the MOTO E. The latter was originally the cheapest Motorola device that you could purchase around the ~$120 mark which gave you modest hardware to go along with regular software support. Now that slot is being taken over by the MOTO C series handsets and the MOTO E is more of a premium budget offering.

MOTO C and C Plus — Common but not same

There are a couple of similarities between both the devices in the MOTO C line, those being that both devices have a 5-inch IPS panel display, pack the same MediaTek MT6737M quad-core SoC and out of the box will be running a close-to-stock flavour of Android v.7.0, Nougat. The two devices also share a very common design philosophy, having a polymer chassis with a micro-texture finish on the rear of the device. The rear also holds the now standard camera module design that is reminiscent of all other MOTO devices but with the difference being that the camera and flash units are in two separate housings. Below the camera sits the iconic batwing logo sans any curvature to place your finger. Further below is the large speaker grill at the bottom of the chassis.

Up-front the chassis is dominated by the display with thick bezels all around along with a selfie camera and a flash flanking the earpiece on the forehead and the MOTO logo below. The chin houses capacitive buttons to interact with the device. On the right of the frame, we can see the volume rocker and power buttons with the left side being more or less bare of any features. Up-top the device house the audio jack on the right and the microUSB slot. Both the MOTO C and C Plus will be available in Metallic Cherry, Pearl White, Fine Gold and Starry Black colours.

MOTO C and C Plus back angle
The back of the MOTO C and C Plus, notice the micro-textured back cover and button placement

MOTO C — Get all your Essentials

The MOTO C is an impressive looking device overall but what really sets it apart is what is packed inside. The device features a 5-inch display panel with a 480 x845 resolution coupled with a MediaTek MT6737M quad-core SoC clocked @1.1GHz. This is backed by a GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage which is expandable via microSD card (up to 32 GB). The MOTO C sports a 5-megapixel rear sensor with flash and a 2-megapixel sensor for selfies up-front with a selfie flash. To power all this hardware the MOTO C features a 2350mAh removable battery. The device as stated earlier runs on a lightly skinned flavour of Android v.7.0, Nougat.

The MOTO C would be available in 3G and 4G variants. The 3G variant will be priced ~$100 (~₹6,400) and the 4G variant will be priced ~$110 (~₹7,100). Overall the MOTO C looks to be a thoroughly capable entry-level device for the first time Android user which packs all the necessary essentials with reliable software for ease of use.

MOTO C Plus perspective
The MOTO C Plus in Pearl White

MOTO C Plus — More Power to You

For everyone else who wants more than just the essentials, Motorola is pitching the beefier MOTO C Plus. Carrying the same 5-inch panel but with a bumped up HD (720 x1280) display resolution. Furthermore, the MT6737M SoC has been clocked higher @1.3GHz coupled with a GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage expandable via microSD slot (up to 32 GB). The device also features a more powerful 8-megapixel sensor on the rear coupled with an LED-flash. Selfie duties though are still dispensed by a 2-megapixel up-front with a dedicated selfie flash unit.

The MOTO C Plus will be available only as a 4G device starting ~$130 (~₹8,300). Both devices will be released in the Spring of 2017 in Latin American, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions.

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  • milagroful

    In all honesty these budget phones are probably fine for most users. The average person doesn’t do much outside text, pics and social media.