Lenovo Moto M arrives at the UAE with stock Android inside; model is compatible with U.S. carriers

Lenovo Moto M arrives at the UAE with stock Android inside; model is compatible with U.S. carriers
The Lenovo Moto M launched slightly over two weeks ago in China with the XT1662 model number. Today, the phone has turned up in the UAE with a model number of XT1664. This variant features a stock version of Android, and Lenovo tell us that the unlocked phone will work with most U.S. carriers including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.

One big difference between the two Moto M units is found under the hood. Instead of the MediaTek Helio P15 SoC that powers the model unveiled in China, the handset announced today happens to have the Snapdragon 617 chipset under the hood. That means that the device has an octa-core 1.5GHz CPU inside, along with the Adreno 405 GPU.

The XT1664 offers a model with 3GB of RAM/32GB of internal storage, along with one sporting the 4GB of RAM/64GB of internal storage found on the XT1662. A 128 capacity microSD slot is available for those seeking additional storage. A hybrid dual nano SIM tray includes one tray that doubles as the microSD slot, and a Type-C USB port is on board.

A16MP rear-facing camera carries an f/2.0 aperture and PDAF auto focus, while the 8MP front-facing snapper comes with beautification software to make your selfies look great. Pictures can be housed for two-years on Google Photos at their original quality. A rear-facing fingerprint scanner allows you to unlock your phone and verify your identity with just a fingertip. The 3050mAh battery offers a rapid recharge system, and P2i's nano-coating protects the Moto M from specs and light rain.

No pricing or availability information was made available. What we can tell you is that when the phone was unveiled in China, it was priced at the equivalent of $295 USD.

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source: Lenovo via TechDroider

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Moto M
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware MediaTek Helio P15, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3050 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat



1. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

I like how Moto/Lenovo have put the fingerprint scanner on the back side of the device similar to the Nexus 5x. I don't like the fingerprint scanner on the front like on some of their newer models. It's ugly, and doesn't act as a home button. This looks better! I'll watch the reviews when they come out for this!

2. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Check the Lenovo P2. The front button acts as a fingerprint, then doubles (triples actually) as Home, Back and Multitasking with touch/press gestures. The phone packs a 5,100 mAh battery too and the efficient SD625.

3. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Does it come with StockUI? Moto has given a very decent option for the one looking for something above G4Plus and this ups the same design to metal and adds more battery and a higher front camera. The Snapdragon shows they know what they are doing. MediaTeks for China for connectivity reasons and Snapdragons everywhere else.

4. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

I think it comes with Vibe UI on top of Marshmallow. You can still use a launcher though. P2 comes with a metal body and all the goodies at a decent price. The camera seems to be slightly above average though, not the best in its class.

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