“We pit the recently launched Moto M against the ASUS Zenfone 3 and the Lenovo Z2 Plus”
India has one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the world which accounts for billions of devices sold every year. The fierce competition in this industry has forced brands to offer more layers of categorisation within the same price bracket to stand out from the competition. Therefore, while the Lenovo Z2 Plus (review) is the cheapest smartphone to come with a Snapdragon 820 processor, the similarly priced ASUS Zenfone 3’s (review) looks make it just as appealing an option. Now it looks like Lenovo wants the entire pie for itself as the company recently launched the Moto M in China. So, which device is the best option to go for if you have Rs 20k? Well, let’s find out.
Design and Display
Talking about the design of the smartphones first, both the Lenovo Z2 Plus and the ASUS Zenfone 3 are encrusted in a metal/glass composite. While the materials used to build both the devices are the same, ASUS has clearly put in a lot more work on its smartphone’s aesthetics as the Zenfone 3 looks and feels a lot better than the Lenovo Z2 Plus. The trademark concentric circle design on the ASUS Zenfone 3 makes it stand out from the competition. However, that’s not to say that Lenovo didn’t put any thought to the Z2 Plus’s design which features a roll cage chassis similar to the ones found on the company’s laptops. The roll cage design has the internals of the Z2 Plus resting on a separate frame within the outer shell which gives it an addedprotection in case of falls and drops.
The Z2 Plus comes with a fingerprint sensor upfront on the home button whereas the ASUS Zenfone 3 features one at the back. Shedding some light on the Moto M, the device features a unibody metal design which comes with a double layer of nano-coating protecting it from drizzles, spills, and splashes. The smartphone is also the first in Motorola’s lineup to feature a fingerprint sensor on the back.
All three devices feature full HD displays of different sizes with the Z2 Plus being the most compact of the lot at 5-inches followed by the Zenfone 3 at 5.2-inches and the Moto M at 5.5-inches. Texts and pictures on the Z2 Plus will appear the sharpest owing to its marginally high pixel density. The Super AMOLED technology used to power the display on the Z2 Plus will offer more vivid colours compared to the IPS LCD panels of the Moto M and the ASUS Zenfone 3.
Performance, Storage And Software
Performance is where the Z2 Plus shines the most as the device comes with a Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor. The ASUS Zenfone 3, on the other hand, features a Snapdragon 625 octa-core chip whereas the Moto M relies on a MediaTek Helio P15 octa-core processor to supply it with the horsepower. Both the entrants from Lenovo come equipped with 4 gigs of RAM whereas the ASUS Zenfone 3 features only 3 gigs. Suffice it to say, if you multitask a lot and plan on playing graphically intensive titles on your phone, the Lenovo Z2 Plus should be the smartphone you pick.
In terms of storage, users will be limited to 64GB on the Z2 Plus as the smartphone doesn’t come with support for storage expansion. The Moto M, on the other hand, offers users 32GB of onboard memory with room for expansion up to 128GB via a microSD card. Buyers investing in the ASUS Zenfone 3 will get 32GB of onboard memory, which can be further expanded up to 256GB using a microSD card slot.
In terms of software, the Z2 Plus offers users a near stock Android experience and runs Android Marshmallow whereas the ASUS Zenfone 3 runs its proprietary ZenUI 3.0 on top of Android Marshmallow. The Moto M ships with Android Marshmallow as well, however unlike other Motorola devices, it features a custom skin this time around.
Camera, Battery And Connectivity
In the camera department, the Lenovo Z2 Plus comes bearing a 13MP sensor on the back and an 8MP sensor up front. Both the ASUS Zenfone 3 as well as the Moto M feature bigger 16MP sensors on the back, and 8MP sensors up front. Shutterbugs in the audience might prefer the ASUS Zenfone 3 over the competition as the device also comes with laser autofocus which makes switching between different subjects a breeze.
In terms of battery, the Lenovo Z2 Plus packs the biggest cell of the trio and features a 3,500mAh battery. The Moto M comes second with a 3,050mAh battery with the ASUS Zenfone 3 featuring just a 2,650mAh unit. All three devices come with standard connectivity options and support for 4G.
So where does that leave you, the buyer? Well, if you need a smartphone which can handle heavy apps and has a good battery life, the Lenovo Z2 Plus is your guy. If you need a smartphone which turns heads every time you take it out of your pockets and has a decent camera, go for the ASUS Zenfone 3. And if you need a phone with a metallic build, go for the Moto M.