Motorola E-series smartphones have been serving the Rs 10,000 segment for quite some time now. The Moto E40 is the newest smartphone in the series, the successor to the Moto E7 Plus and Motor E7 Power in India. This new smartphone has new hardware and features that are not typical for this market segment. Has Motorola just changed its naming strategy, or does the Moto E40 have enough pros to be the de facto choice on a budget? I tested this new smartphone to find out.
Moto E40 price in India
The Moto E40 is priced at Rs. 9,499 in India for its single 4GB RAM and 64GB storage configuration. It is available in two colors: Charcoal Gray and Pink Clay. For this review, I had the first one.
Moto E40 design
The Moto E40 is a budget smartphone, but it’s well designed. It has a large 6.5-inch display with a fairly large camera hole in the center at the top, which can be distracting for some. The bezels are thick but reasonable considering the price of this smartphone. There is a tiny notification LED in the top right corner just above the display. The Moto E40 has a plastic body but doesn’t look flimsy. Motorola has also curved the smartphone at the sides, so it’s easy to hold in your hand.
You will see all the buttons to the right of the Moto E40, making it cluttered. Motorola has positioned the power button in the middle of the bezel and is easy to reach while holding the phone. The volume buttons and a dedicated button for Google Assistant are right above it. When four buttons are in close proximity, finding the one you want can turn into a guessing game. Motorola could move the Google Assistant button to the left side, where there is only a SIM tray. The top has a 3.5mm headphone jack, while the bottom has the main microphone, speaker, and USB Type-C port.
The back of the phone is relatively black with a curved pattern. This phone has a triple camera in the upper left corner, and it doesn’t protrude too much. There is also a fingerprint scanner with the Motorola Batwing logo.
The Moto E40 weighs 198g, which is noticeable over extended periods of use. Comes with a 10W charger. Motorola also ships a transparent case with the phone.
Moto E40 specifications and software
The large 6.5-inch LCD panel has HD + resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. High refresh rate panels are not very common in the budget segment, but you can find several other examples such as the Infinix Hot 11S (Review). The Moto E40 is powered by a Unisoc T700 octa-core processor. This processor is paired with 4GB of RAM, and you also get 64GB of storage and a 5,000mAh battery. Motorola doesn’t offer options with more RAM or storage, but you can expand the storage up to 1TB using a microSD card. The Moto E40 is IP52 certified, which means it must be splash-proof. It supports dual SIM, Dual-VoLTE, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, and six satellite navigation systems.
The Moto E40 runs Android 11 with Motorola’s My UX settings. My testblock had the September Android security patch installed. These settings are minimal, which is why you get almost standard Android on this smartphone. The Moto E40 came with Google and Facebook apps pre-installed, and the latter could be uninstalled. The Moto app that lets you control all Moto functions on other phones is missing, but some shortcuts are still available in the Gestures section of the Settings app. Motorola uses three-button navigation by default, but you can switch to gesture navigation. Overall, I really like the near-standard Android and the fact that there are no spam notifications on the Moto E40.
Performance Moto E40
The Moto E40 handles normal use with ease, so if you use your phone primarily for WhatsApp, phone calls, and a few casual games, this phone will handle it all without worry. The high refresh rate makes scrolling smooth. Motorola has set it to Auto by default, but you can also manually choose between 60Hz and 90Hz.
The display has good viewing angles and the brightness is quite satisfactory indoors. The Moto E40 only has one speaker at the bottom, which sounds shrill at higher volumes. After watching the video for a while, the lower half of the body became slightly warm to the touch. I was able to quickly and easily unlock my smartphone using the rear-mounted fingerprint reader. Multitasking across multiple apps was also easy.
The Moto E40 scored 351 and 1333 points in Geekbench 5 single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. In PCMark Work 3.0, he scored 8,971 points. On AnTuTu, the phone skipped the GPU test but ended up scoring 173,202 points. It also showed 58 and 15 fps in the GFXBench T-rex and Car Chase benchmarks, respectively. The Motorola E40 performed slightly better than the Realme Narzo 50A in most of these tests.
I played Battlegrounds Mobile India on a Moto E40 and it took longer than usual to load. After launch, it defaulted to HD graphics and high frame rates. With these settings, the game could be played without any noticeable stuttering. Played for 26 minutes and noticed a 7 percent drop in battery power. After the game, the top half of the phone was warm to the touch.
The Moto E40 did have a really good battery life, which I easily worked with for over a day and a half. The large 5000mAh battery lasted 15 hours 7 minutes in our HD video test. While the battery life is good, charging is slow. The phone dialed 21% in 30 minutes and up to about 41% in an hour. You will have to wait more than two hours for the battery to fully charge.
Moto E40 cameras
On the Moto E40, you get a triple camera setup consisting of a 48MP main camera, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. The main camera has an aperture of f / 1.79 and pixel-cell photography for 12MP shots by default. For selfies, it has an 8MP camera on the front. The Motorola camera app is very similar to what we’ve seen on previous models, but the functions of this smartphone are limited. You can shoot portraits, and there is a night mode to help you in low light conditions.
The Moto E40 focused pretty quickly, but there were times when it took a second. Daylight photos were average and I had to set HDR to auto as it was turned off by default. Subjects in the distance did not have good detail, and a little grain was visible in the darker areas of scenes.
Close-up shots are well detailed, and the phone has good separation between subject and background. The Moto E40 isn’t the fastest to lock focus, however, and I sometimes had to tap the screen to get it to focus where I wanted. It took about a second or two to process portraits, but the phone could quickly detect faces and let me choose the level of blur. I found the blur to be too aggressive even at medium settings, so you might have to reduce it all the way to make it look natural. Macro shots were good, but not very sharp. In addition, the low resolution limits any possibility of enlarging and cropping images. I would have preferred an ultra wide-angle camera over a macro camera, but that was not possible on such a budget.
Low light photos were below average. The phone managed to hold back the noise, but the photos looked soft and the colors were washed out. In night mode, it takes more than 5 seconds to shoot, and during this time you need to stay still. This mode really helps with a little more sharpness and more light in dark areas.
Selfies taken in daylight were decent, while those taken in low light looked flat. Selfie portraits are good at recognizing edges, but it takes about 1-2 seconds to take a photo.
Video recording peaks at 1080p for both the main and selfie cameras, and this phone doesn’t offer any form of stabilization. In daylight, the footage looked average, and in low light, the phone was able to suppress noise. However, footage is shaky due to the lack of stabilization that you can
The Moto E40 is Motorola’s latest offering in the sub-rupee price bracket. 10,000 market It offers decent hardware and for the average user I see no reason to complain. Unisoc T700 SoC works fine until you start something heavy. Load times exceed ideal for large apps and games. While the near-standard Android interface may please purists, its camera performance won’t impress anyone.
If you like stock Android and are on a tight budget, the Moto E40 is a compelling case for itself. Those looking for alternatives might have a look at the Realme Narzo 30A (Review) or the recently reviewed Infinix Hot 11S (Review).