The latest Motorola flagship, the Moto X40 which has been the talk of the tech town for long is finally here in all its official glory. And the wait might well be worth it after all given that the phone has a lot going for it. That includes crazy specs and prices that can unsettle things for the Xiaomi 13. While it is true the Moto X40 is a late entrant to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC bandwagon, it more than makes up for it with its superb specs and an attractive price tag.
To begin with, and as already stated, the phone is built around the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC and Adreno 740 GPU. It comes in two versions, the base model with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage while the higher version sports the same 8 GB of RAM but double the storage – 256 GB on the top-end version. The base model is priced at 3,400 yuan in China, which comes to around $490. The high-end version is priced at 3,700 yuan which comes to around $573, both prices being highly attractive for a smartphone featuring the flagship Snapdragon chipset.
For display, there is the 6.7-inch OLED panel with a 165 Hz refresh rate. That’s almost insane even by flagship standards given that most high-end phones top out at a 120 Hz refresh rate. For comparison’s sake, the refresh rate matches that of the ROG Phone 6 Pro. That way, Motorola might be targeting even the gaming segment as well with the X40 apart from the flagship space. The display otherwise offers a Full HD+ refresh rate, which is a smart move as anything of the sort of QHD+ displays would have been a battery drainer.
Instead, the combination of SD 8 Gen 2 SoC and Adreno 740 GPU along with a Full HD+ display having a 165 Hz refresh rate can be a killer combination. This will ensure enough processing power while the display would still be good enough to support even advanced gaming without being a bane on battery power. As it is, the X40 comes with a 4,600 mAh battery that might seem a tad bit small but makes up for that with crazy high charging speeds.
In what can be considered another of the phone’s biggest USPs is its 125W fast charging support. Motorola said at that charging speed, the battery can reach 50 percent charge in just 7 mins. Unfortunately, and in what seems to be a cost-cutting move, the wireless charging speed is capped at just 15W. That seems paltry when compared to the wired charging speeds. Even the X30 Pro support 50W fast charging in wireless mode.
Coming to the cameras, there is the triple-lens camera system on the rear. That comprises of the 50 MP primary sensor along with another 50 MP ultra-wide angle lens. Lastly, there is the 12 MP telephone lens having 2X optical zoom. Considering that the Edge 30 Ultra launched in 2021 featured a 200 MP sensor, this has led many to speculate a higher X40 Pro model with higher rated cameras might also be in the pipeline.
As for its availability, the X40 is slated to start shipping in China on December 22. A wider global rollout is expected soon thereafter, likely around early 2023.