Motorola silently launched its ultra-affordable Moto C smartphone in India, and it would be the company's first smartphone to be sold offline. With the Moto C, the Lenovo-owned company is making its way to the offline market, and it reportedly made the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus available in the offline market as well. And all the future Motorola smartphones launching in India will be sold offline, including the upcoming Moto Z2 Play scheduled to land in India on June 8.
Motorola priced the device at Rs. 5,999, and it competes with the Xiaomi Redmi 4A in the country, which is also sold offline in the Xiaomi's Mi Home. The Moto C is the cheapest Motorola smartphone till date, whereas the Redmi 4A is Xiaomi's affordable smartphone right now.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4A is undoubtedly the best entry-level smartphone currently with its powerful specifications on paper. Does the Moto C overtake the Redmi 4A and become the best entry-level smartphone in India? Let's find out.
Design and Display
The Redmi 4A and Moto C sports polycarbonate body which is decent for the asking price. Nonetheless, the Redmi 4A looks better than the Moto C with its unique design language. Both the phones have hardware capacitive navigation keys, and they are not backlit either.
Coming to the display aspect, the Redmi 4A is a clear winner as it flaunts an HD panel, whereas the Moto C comes with an FWVGA display with a resolution of 854x480 pixels. The Redmi 4A and Moto C both don't feature a 2.5D curved glass on top, which is an expected thing for the asking price.
Well, the hardware segment also belongs to the Redmi 4A because it's powered by the quad-core Snapdragon 425 chipset, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
The Moto C, on the flip side is fuelled by the MediaTek MT6737M chip with a 1.1GHz quad-core CPU. The chipset is accompanied by just 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
Both the phones support storage expansion via microSD card slot, but the Moto C has a dedicated microSD card slot, whereas the Redmi 4A comes with hybrid card slot.
Xiaomi and Motorola did not add a fingerprint scanner on both the phones. Featuring more RAM and powerful processor, the Redmi 4A wins the hardware race.
Not much should be expected from the camera department, considering the asking price. But Xiaomi has managed to add a 13MP sensor at the back of the Redmi 4A with support for a LED flash. The Moto C has a 5MP rear camera that also has support for LED flash.
The front-facing camera in the Redmi 4A is a 5MP unit with no support for LED flash. The Moto C comes with a 2MP selfie camera that also has support for LED flash. Again, the Redmi 4A wins the race.
Connectivity, Battery, and Software
Connectivity options in both the phones include Wi-Fi 802.11/b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, and micro USB port. Both the phones accept dual-SIM cards and have support for 4G VoLTE as well. They come with USB OTG support.
The Redmi 4A leads the race yet again in the battery segment as it has a 3120mAh cell under-the-hood. The Moto C comes with a smaller 2350mAh unit.
Motorola's big weapon ever since its comeback is the software. The Moto C ships with latest Android 7.1 Nougat with near stock Android UI. The Redmi 4A offers a slew of customisations with MIUI 8 booting on top of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4A is the clear winner on paper, and the Motorola Moto C doesn't come close to the former. However, Motorola is touting the Moto C as designed exclusively for first-time smartphone buyers.
The Moto C is available across all the major offline channels over the country, whereas Redmi 4A is currently being sold via Mi Home in Bangalore and via e-commerce site Amazon India.