Motorola announced the Moto C Plus today in India. Priced at Rs 6,999, it is said to be the cheapest Android smartphone coming from the Lenovo-owned brand. The budget contender takes on its contemporaries such as the popular Xiaomi Redmi 4 and the recently launched Micromax Evok Power. Here’s how the Moto C Plus fares against the Xiaomi Redmi 4, Micromax Evok Power and the Coolpad Note 5 Lite in terms of price, specifications and features.
Price and availability
Moto C Plus is priced at Rs 6,999 and there are no variants. The smartphone is exclusive to Flipkart and will go on limited period sale starting tomorrow at 12 PM. The company is also offering a Bluetooth headset and free 4G data along with Reliance Jio Prime subscription on the purchase of Moto C Plus. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 and the Micromax Evok Power are also priced at Rs 6,999. However, the Redmi 4 is available in two more variants : 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM (priced at Rs 8,999) and 4GB of RAM+ 64GB ROM (Rs 10,999). The Coolpad Note 5 Lite is priced slightly higher at Rs 8,199. All these smartphones are available online.
All the four smartphones compared here pack a 5-inch display, however, they vary in terms of the resolution. The Moto C Plus, Micromax Evok Power and the Coolpad Note 5 Lite have an HD display while the Xiaomi Redmi 4 shines out with a full HD display. In addition to that, these smartphones also feature a 2.5D curved glass on top for protection against scratches. So if you go by the display experience alone, then the Redmi 4 remains unchallenged.
Chipset, RAM and storage
Moto C Plus is powered by a 1.35Ghz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. What might come as a disappointment is that storage expansion is restricted only up to 32GB via microSD card.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4, on the other hand, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core SoC clocked at 1.4GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. One can further boost it up to 128GB via microSD card. Micromax Evok Power also packs a MediaTek quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage, with the option to expand further via a microSD slot. ALSO READ: Coolpad Note 5 Lite review
The Coolpad Note 5 Lite runs MediaTek MT6735CP quad-core SoC clocked at 1.0 GHz and paired with 3GB of RAM – highest among the competition- and 16GB of internal storage, which an option to further expand it using microSD card.
On the software front, while all the other smartphones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Moto C Plus runs the newer Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. It is also worth mentioning that Redmi 4 runs custom Android skin MIUI 8 on top of Android Marshmallow for a more personalized experience.
Battery & Connectivity
One of the USPs of the smartphones compared here is their impressive battery capacities. The Moto C Plus packs a 4,000mAh removable battery with Rapid Charger for fast charging. Redmi 4 houses a slightly larger 4,100mAh battery while the Micromax Evok Power and Coolpad Note 5 Lite house 3,950mAh and 2,500mAh battery respectively. With the given battery capacity, both the Moto C Plus and Redmi 4 stand at par with other while the Evok Power comes third, followed by Coolpad Note 5 Lite with the least battery power.
In terms of connectivity, all the smartphones offer dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 4G VoLTE. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi 4 review
Irrespective of the price category, camera specification continues to rule buying decision of some consumers. The Moto C Plus is equipped with an 8-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash. Upfront, there is a 2-megapixel camera with LED flash for brighter selfies.
Redmi 4, on the other hand, packs a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash and PDAF support. Upfront, there is a 5-megapixel camera. Micromax Evok Power also features an 8-megapixel rear camera along with a 5-megapixel front camera. Coolpad Note 5 Lite, on the other hand, packs a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash. For video calling or selfies, there is an 8-megapixel front camera with LED flash support.
In addition to these, the Moto C Plus also competes with the newly launched Nubia L1 Lite which boasts a 5.5-inch HD display and is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery. It is powered by MediaTek 6737 quad-core 1.25GHz SoC paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. There is an 8-megapixel rear camera along with a 5-megapixel front camera. Price of the Nubia L1 Lite is the same as the Moto C Plus at Rs 6,999.
Moto C Plus vs Xiaomi Redmi 4 vs Micromax Evok Power vs Coolpad Note 5 Lite: Comparison table
|Features||Moto C Plus||Xiaomi Redmi 4||Micromax Evok Power||Coolpad Note 5 Lite|
|Display||5-inch HD||5-inch full HD 2.5D curved glass||5-inch HD with 2.5D||5-inch HD with 2.5D|
|Processor||MediaTek MT6737||Snapdragon 435 octa-core 1.4GHz||MediaTek 6737 quad-core 1.3GHz||ediaTek MT6735CP quad-core 1.0 GHz|
|Storage||16GB(expandable up to 32GB)||16GB/32GB/64GB(expandable)||16GB (expandable)||16GB (expandable)|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G VoLTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G VoLTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G VoLTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Android OS||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||Android 6.0 Marshmallow||Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Price||Rs 6,999||Rs 6,999||Rs 6,999||Rs 8,199|