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Moto e22s review: it’s all about the screen!

Motorola tried to check all the boxes with its Moto e22s smartphone. But did you beat the competition?

If you take a look at budget smartphones from 10 years ago, the major players in the market would show a 3.5-inch or 4-inch screen, a VGA camera, and a processor that could barely handle simple tasks. But that’s not the case anymore, especially with the new Moto e22s. Technology has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade, to the point that many of the features seen in flagship phones at the time, are now essential even in budget smartphones. With that in mind, Motorola has introduced the cheapest smartphone in its lineup, the Moto e22s. But with so many options in the budget smartphone segment, will the Moto e22s stand up to its competitors? I’ve been using the Moto e22s for a few weeks now, and here’s our detailed review.

Moto e22s: display and design

In terms of appearance, the Moto e22s has a similar design to other Moto smartphones such as the Moto G62; With a plastic body. The Moto e22s comes in two colors – Eco Black and Artic Blue, and both variants get a visible pattern on the back. I was given the Eco Black option and although the back has no scratches, it smudges easily; So it is recommended to use a case.

The highlight of the Moto e22s is the 90Hz display which is a very rare sight in this price segment. The screen is a 6.5-inch HD + IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels, which offers decent images and good viewing angles. Despite the relatively low peak brightness of 500 nits, the refresh rate of 90Hz is what makes switching between apps easy. The Moto e22s also comes with WideVine L1 certification to be able to stream OTT content in HD.

Moto e22s: performance

The Moto e22s is powered by a MediaTek Helio G37 octa-core processor, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It’s a fairly capable processor and the Moto e22s cycles between apps very well. You can switch from your social media apps to web browsers without any noticeable delay. I’ve tried a couple of games on the Moto e22s and while it’s not a gaming smartphone, it handles games like Need for Speed ​​Most Wanted without the sweat.

In terms of audio, the Moto e22s gets a single speaker on the bottom and luckily it gets a 3.5mm headphone jack which is a rare sight these days. The smartphone supports dual SIM and also gets a microSD slot that you can use to expand storage up to 1TB.

The phone runs on Android 12 with Motorola’s MyUX layer on top, which is one of the cleanest and most refined interfaces. There is minimal bloatware and the smooth interface paired with a high refresh rate display is a great combination for a smartphone in its price range.

Moto e22s: Camera

Despite having decent camera specs on paper, the Moto e22s is definitely not a camera-focused phone. It gets a dual camera setup on the back with a 16MP fast-focus primary camera and a 2MP depth sensor. It also gets additional camera features like Google Lens Integration, Dual capture photo, HDR, and more. But that’s all on paper. It takes decent photos in a well lit environment but spoils skin tone. However, shooting in low light is disappointing because photos taken in the dark are blurry and lack detail.

An 8MP selfie camera is capable of capturing detailed photos but again spoils the skin tone.

Moto e22s: Battery

The Moto e22s battery is one of its strongest points along with the high refresh rate and great user interface. Motorola has introduced a 5,000mAh battery in this smartphone and it easily lasts a day and a half with moderate use, if not more. Note that when the 90Hz refresh rate is on, the smartphone drains the battery faster. Despite having a good battery, the paired 10W charging unit is disappointing given that it takes a long time to charge the 5,000mAh capacity to its maximum.

Moto e22s: Verdict

At its price of Rs. 8999, the Moto e22s is a great option that has all the bells and whistles among the latest smartphone trends, such as dual cameras, high refresh rate display, great battery and more. The great user interface of the Moto e22s along with a fairly powerful processor provides a smooth user experience in its class. Despite the poor camera performance in low light and the lack of 5G enabled, the Moto e22s is still one of the best options you can look for at sub-Rs. 10000 pcs.

Positives

  • Display 90 Hz
  • Great battery life
  • Smooth user interface

Negatives

  • Poor photography in low light
  • slow charging speed

Determine

  • Show

    6.5 inch HD + IPS LCD

  • battery

    5000 mAh

  • back camera

    16 mega pixel + 2 mega pixel

  • front camera

    8 mega pixel

  • Slices

    MediaTek Helio G37

  • The operating system

    MyUX based on Android 12