Motorola is the latest company looking to join the Make in India program. According to Marcus Frost, Senior Marketing Director of Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific at Motorola, the firm is currently evaluating options to set up a production unit in the country.
It would make perfect sense for Motorola to set up a production unit in India seeing as the majority of sales for its budget-friendly smartphones, predominantly the Moto E and Moto G, come from the region. This would enable the Lenovo-owned company to save money when it comes to importing the devices.
At present, nothing has been confirmed, but it’s certainly a feasible option if Motorola wants to cut costs and widen its profit margins.
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So if you’ve ever wished you could get a Nexus 6, but with all the Moto Maker customizations, you’re in luck, cause that’s pretty much what the Moto X Style Pure Edition is. It’s got the same basic shape and design as the Moto X you love, just super-sized to 5.7-inches. At its thickest, the Moto X Style is a surprisingly beefy 11.06mm. That’s not exactly chunky, but it’s certainly thicker than many other super svelte flagships out there. You don’t necessarily notice the extra bulk though, because the edges taper down to a more manageable 6.1mm. What you do notice is the heft. The 179g body feels substantial. But not in a holding a brick way, more in a premium way. The Moto X Style feels like it was made from durable high-end parts and materials, not from cheap flimsy plastic.
What you really want to know about though is those customizable backplates (it’s ok you can admit it, you don’t really care what processor is inside). And let me tell you, Motorola has knocked it out of the park. The new silicon backs are soft and lovely in a way that you don’t come across too often any more on smartphones. They feel difficult to scratch or mark and, at least on the light champagne finish, collected exactly zero fingerprints. Even more impressive was the natural Saffiano leather. Now, obviously this is a matter of personal preference, but I love the feel of the Saffiano leather. Most commonly you find this material on handbags and briefcases. It’s a leather thats stamped with a crosshatch pattern that makes it scratch resistant and offers great grip and texture. It wont age in the same way smoother leathers will, or develop the same type of patina, but it will still gain character as you
beat it up use it.
What about the software? Well, it’s Lollipop. It’s Android. It’s pure as the driven snow. Ok, maybe not that pure, but pretty close. There’s no ugly skin, no carrier bloatware. The only additions to the basic Google package of apps are a few Motorola tools that are actually pretty useful. Moto Assist, Moto Display and Moto Actions are there to add more features to your voice commands and automate things like turning on and off your ringer based on your calendar or location. The boost in processing power, including the dedicated context and language processors, mean that all these features (and the phone in general) zip along with nary a hiccup. (At least until you’ve install a few dozen apps and taken a few hundred photos.)
The one new hardware feature that you can’t avoid noticing is the screen. It’s big. It’s crisp. It’s beautiful… so long as you don’t turn down the brightness too much. When cranked to top brightness the Moto X Style’s display is beautiful. Samsung, Apple and LG hold a bit of an edge in pure quality, but that’s hardly a knock on Moto and more a testament to the insane level of work that goes into those company’s screens. The only issue with the display is that when you drop the brightness too low, the screen takes on an unmistakable blue hue. It hardly ruins the experience of using the phone, but it’s something to be aware of if you’re a stickler for color accuracy. It’s also surprising since Motorola is touting the Style’s photo capabilities. It does take excellent photos, but if you’re trying to save battery by dimming the screen, you’d never know it.
What’s most impressive though, is that you’d never realize this phone only costs $400 when you’re playing with it. It feels and looks better than many phones that would cost $600 or even $700 off contract.
Edgar Alvarez contributed to this report.
If you’re a Motorola fan, you already know that the company is going to reveal a bunch of new stuff today. But did you know that you can watch a live stream of the whole shebang starting at 6AM PST/9AM ET? You can get your first look at the Moto X with its rumored 5.5-inch 1080p display and 21-megapixel camera, and possibly even a Moto X Sport version with a dustproof and waterproof body. You’ll also see the new Moto G and possibly even see a refresh of one of the few Android Wear watches anybody likes, the Moto 360. You can check the live stream video below, but to get the real dirt, be sure to tune in to our live blog as well.
The Moto X is alive and well in 2015. The latest iteration of the highly customizable flagship, dubbed the Moto X Style, has a giant 5.7-inch quad HD screen with the tiniest of bezels. It also has front facing stereo speakers, a 21-megapixel camera and “TurboPower” quick charging technology. But what you really care about is those lovely customizable elements, like the back plate and metallic accents. Those luxurious leather and wood pieces you love are back, of course. But there’s also a new silicon finish for the rear of the device that has a “soft feel” and a “warm look.” Though, we’re reserving judgment until we get to grope it ourselves.
As you’ve come to expect from Motorola devices, there is no skin here. You’re getting as close to vanilla Android as possible, without buying a Nexus device. Of course, you can always buy the Pure Edition of the Moto X Style and get even closer to that Nexus experience. But if you go with the standard version you will get Motorola’s add ons like Moto Assist, Moto Display and Moto Actions, which are actually kind of helpful and minimally intrusive. Oh, and all of this is running on Android Lollipop 5.1.1. No aging and outdated version of Google’s OS here.
Inside is a 3,000 mAh battery that Moto claims will give you 30 hours of “mixed use.” Which we’re going to assume means the average Engadget editor will get about 12 hours from it. Thankfully that TurboCharge feature should get you back to a full charge pretty quickly. Motorola claims its charges 50 percent faster than a Galaxy S6.
There will be 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. But interestingly, the phone will also support Micro SD cards up to 128GB, in case you can’t deal with internal storage only.
As far as price, what we know now is that it will be “$200 to $300 less” than the latest from Apple and Samsung. But what that translates to when purchased at a subsidized price from a carrier isn’t clear just yet. But you can get the Moto X Style Pure Edition from Best Buy, Motorola and Amazon starting at just $399 (seriously) in September. That device will work on any LTE network in the US, is unlocked and has zero carrier bloat. Eventually there will be carrier branded versions, but there’s no info about that right now. Instead Motorola is focusing on direct to consumer online sales and by passing the traditional carrier subsidized model.
Hold on, folks — Motorola’s big event wasn’t done when it unveiled a trio of new smartphones. The company has also launched two sets of Bluetooth headphones, the in-ear Surround (shown above) and over-ear Pulse (below). Besides the form factor, you’re choosing based mostly on longevity. The bigger Pulse lasts a healthy 18 hours on a charge, while the tinier, waterproof Surround will get you a smaller but respectable 12 hours of listening. They’re both available today, starting at $60 for the Pulse and bumping up to $70 for the Surround.
The third-generation Moto G has been one of Motorola’s poorest-kept secrets in recent memory, and things certainly aren’t getting any better this weekend. A Brazilian retailer has inadvertently posted (and promptly pulled) unboxing photos that confirm nearly everything you’d care to know about Moto’s latest budget smartphone. The pics show that the new G will pack a 1.4GHz quad-core processor (up from the current model’s 1.2GHz chip), a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front shooter and colorful shells. It’s also safe to say that at least some models will tout 5-inch 720p screens, 16GB of storage, dual SIM slots and (in Brazil’s case) digital TV tuning.
There are still some unknowns, such as whether or not there will be significant differences between versions — will you get more RAM and storage if you have a little extra cash on hand? Even so, it’s reasonable to say that the G likely to show up at Motorola’s July 28th event will be a welcome but incremental upgrade — it’s the next-gen Moto X that should be the star of the show.
Source: Hellomotohk (Facebook)
2015 is shaping up to be quite interesting as far as Motorola products go. For the past two years, attention largely focused on the flagship Moto X, then shifted focus to the mid-range Moto G, and finally finished off with the entry level Moto E. This year however, seemingly all the talk is touting the features and nuances of the Moto G (2015) due in large part to the substantial leaks that have appeared for the hardware.
Even though we are just days away from the July 28th press event Motorola is planning (presumably) to unveil its new handsets, the leaks just keep on coming. Thanks to a screenshot obtained from a U.S. Cellular inventory management database, we now know what will apparently be the price for the Moto G (2015): $179.99. This is essentially the exact same price last year’s model launched at, which is quite impressive when considering just what the device is said to be packing.
According to leaks to-date, the Moto G will have a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, come with 2GB of RAM, a 1.7GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 610 CPU, 8 or 16GB of storage, may have water resistance, LTE, and come with Android 5.1.1. It will apparently also be sold on Motorola’s website where buyers can make use of Moto Maker, the first for the G-series.
It will be interesting to see how the Moto G fares, along with the X and rumored X Sport that are said to be announced alongside with this device come Tuesday. Given that these will be the first products launched in the company’s post-Google world, Lenovo might try for a more aggressive advertising campaign or promotional angle to try and garner higher sales. Likewise, if the devices prove to be quite popular, it might spur Lenovo to actively get into the smartphone game in Western markets, using the Moto series as a segue.
Make sure to check back again on Tuesday so you can get all the official news and updates about the new Motorola line-up when it lands.
It’s that time of the year when analysts parade out market data for the midpoint of the year, so we can assess who the biggest winners and losers have been in the past twelve months. IDC, one of the big names in market data, has just released its comprehensive breakdown of how the smartphone market stands in Q2 2015.
Starting with the big picture, it is good news for the mobile industry as a whole. Worldwide smartphone shipments have leapt by another 11.6 percent compared with the same time last year. Vendors have shipped a total of 337.2 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2015, compared with 302.1 million units in the same period of 2014.
As you may have guessed, it is a combination of both high-end flagships and competitively priced smartphones that are continuing to drive consumer demand.
Turning to the industry leader, Samsung, we actually see a stagnation in shipments from Q2 2014 to Q2 2014, despite apparently strong demand for its new Galaxy S6 smartphones. The issue for Samsung appears to be that it incorrectly estimated demand for its S6 Edge smartphone. Reports from Korea suggest that the company has been trying to fulfil consumer demand but also has a stock of regular Galaxy S6 handset that it can’t sell. Samsung will likely be pinning hope on the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus to drive sales higher later in the year.
Apple, on the other hand, has seen its shipments increase over the past year, after finally launching a smartphone that caters to consumer demand for larger smartphones. Interestingly, IDC suggest that Apple is also seeing big success in China, as higher earners move from local brands to higher-end models.
The rest of the top five global smartphone vendors are now all Chinese manufacturers, according to ICD. TrendForce awards fifth place to LG. Either way, just like TrendForce’s data from earlier in the week, the consensus is that the most notable shipments gains have come from Chinese brands, such as Huawei and Xiaomi.
Xiaomi has achieved a huge 29.7 percent year-over-year growth in terms of shipments, through a combination of continued growth China and expansion into new territories in India, Asia and Brazil. Huawei has focused its attention on Europe this year, which, combined with strong domestic demand, has seen considerable growth as a result, up a huge 48.1 percent.
Low-cost phones from Asia:
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Xiaomi’s low margin business model is also being adopted by other companies in the Chinese and Asians markets, which is pushing prices down for consumers but making profits tougher to come-by. Xiaomi is gradually turning its attention to the US, in a bid to expand out from the ultra-competitive Asian markets.
Lenovo has seen a more modest jump in its shipments, just 400,000, and has seen its share in China squeezed slightly by other low cost manufacturers. However, sales of Motorola devices, especially the entry level Moto E and G smartphones, have sold well across the globe, from India to the US.
In summary, it has been another good year for most of the world’s smartphone vendors. Some are doing better than others and this year’s biggest winners so far appear to be Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi, while Samsung is still struggling after a lacklustre 2014. With each passing year the competitive environments in both the high-end and entry-level markets are becoming increasingly unforgiving.
These days, comparable hardware can be bought at half the price of expensive flagships from Samsung or Apple, and this is one of the leading reasons for the huge growth from the Asian brands. However, there are signs of growth in the high-end Chinese market as well, which Android brands do not seem to be capitalizing on right now.
Following a tough time with its Galaxy S5, a misjudgement seems to have also cost Samsung with the S6. At the other end, low-cost manufacturers are looking expand away from the Chinese market in search of further growth. There are opportunities to boost sales with low-cost devices in Western markets and whoever gets there first might secure themselves a spot in the top 5 for the coming years.