Motorola P30 goes official as China's latest low-cost iPhone X clone

Motorola P30 goes official as China's latest low-cost iPhone X clone
Even though it’s owned by a local company, Motorola doesn’t exactly sell China’s most popular smartphones. But Lenovo’s subsidiary might want to raise some awareness in the world’s largest market, expanding the Moto Z3 and E5 Plus today, as well as formally unveiling the P30.

No words on P30 Note and P30 Play variants just yet, and although the iPhone X-inspired mid-ranger is branded the Motorola P30 in China, we’re ready to bet the name will be changed to Moto P30 or Motorola One Power when this eventually makes it to the Western Hemisphere.

Bizarrely enough, while the high-end Moto Z3 is scheduled to regionally go on sale tomorrow, August 16, this humbler P30 will only see daylight on September 15. On the bright side, the price definitely feels right, starting at 2,099 yuan ($303) for a 64GB configuration, and going up to CNY 2,499 ($360) with 128 gigs of internal storage space in tow.


Both models offer a generous 6GB RAM, also packing a respectable Snapdragon 636 processor. Since this is a China-first device, Lenovo’s proprietary ZUI 4.0 interface is applied on top of Android 8.0 Oreo, but if the Moto P30 indeed gets morphed into a global Android One phone, a much cleaner software experience is also to be expected.

Speaking of clean, the handset’s design is pretty straightforward... for an affordable iPhone X copycat, with a wide notch helping the P30 adopt an extra-tall 19:9 aspect ratio, a large enough chin to accommodate a company logo, vertically arranged dual rear-facing cameras positioned in the top left corner, and a snazzy, shiny all-glass construction.

The 6.2-inch screen delivers fairly standard 2246 x 1080 resolution, squeezing into a decently compact body, with a relatively small 3,000 mAh battery allowing the Motorola P30 to keep bulk to a minimum, weighing in at less than 170 grams.


The “batwing” logo on the back doubles as a blazing fast fingerprint scanner, and yes, the “notchy” device is also capable of (no doubt basic) facial recognition. The word “AI” (short for artificial intelligence) is used about a hundred times in the P30’s official promotional materials, purportedly boosting everything from the 16 + 5MP performance of the dual rear shooter system to the 12MP selfie cam, overall energy efficiency, as well as CPU, GPU, and memory acceleration.

The Motorola P30 will be available in three snazzy paint jobs, including “bright black”, “ice jade white”, and an exceptionally eye-catching “Aurora” flavor that looks a lot like something Huawei’s been aggressively pushing of late.


source: Motorola

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21 Comments

1. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

No shame. Almost a complete IPhone X and Huawei P10 hybrid.

3. S4NDY

Posts: 232; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

P20* not 10

2. fyah_king unregistered

The back reminds of sharp aquos S2. That's where the x got its inspiration from.

4. ahmadkun

Posts: 562; Member since: May 02, 2016

I'm wondering.. Why don't they just put Apple logo too ..

5. dmdzordilla

Posts: 55; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

Why not use the Motorola brand for phones and tablets, and Lenovo for hybrids-laptops-computers

6. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Do you think they could have found a model any less interested in being a model for a phone?

8. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Lenovo you desperate f***

9. DivyanshRajput

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 15, 2018

note 9

11. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

This is better in all aspects than the newly released note 9, an iPhone running android.

14. Tipus

Posts: 847; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Lmao, sure it is :))

12. dnomadic

Posts: 400; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I actually like it... It is probably the best clone thus far.

13. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Their product line is an absolute mess and simply doesn't make any sense. Their devices just compete against one another in the same space, with nothing really standing out. It's hard to develop any sort of passion or brand loyalty when they haven't worked out their own targets or strategy.

16. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Exactly Moto has gone downhill they need to streamline their phone offerings and come up with a better strategy to boost their sales.

15. Rager722 unregistered

But why would they copy Huawei P series name?

17. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I have one question. Wonder what kind of answers it will draw. Apple sued Samsung claiming their phones look "too much" like iPhone's. Yet several OEM's including Huawei, Motorola (P30) and others manufacturers like GooPhone have all made in some cases exact duplicates of the iPhone down to skinning Android to loo exactly like iOS. Why is Apple not suing these companies who are making phones that look in many cases 99.9% identical to Apple own hardware and software?

18. Rager722 unregistered

Maybe because they're not a threat

20. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Should that matter? And if it does, what does that actually say about Apple and why they actually sued Samsung? How is Samsung any more of a threat than any other OEM? In China where this phone is made, it will cost less than 1/2 the cost of an iPhone. Won't sell much, but think about brands like Huawei who even without the USA, could soon be selling 200M phones. In fact, isn't Huawei already selling more phone than Apple? Also, how can any OEM be a real threat to Apple, without iOS?

21. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

Probably because Apple can't successfully sue these Chinese manufacturers. Doubtful that China will enforce any penalties (or even find for Apple) and these junk phones will sell like hotcakes over there. And worse off, they'll tick off the country that manufactures their phones with near-slave-labor. Don't bite the hand that feeds you. Samsung, on the other hand, is heavily reliant on the US market so Apple can sue the daylights out of them.

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