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Motorola Moto E22i smartphone review - Special phone for little money

When performance doesn't matter. Motorola is obviously trying to spice up the entry-level class: The Moto E22i looks stylish, is dust-protected and even comes with stereo speakers. Read our review to find out whether the slow SoC spoils the fun of the phone.
Motorola Moto E22i
Motorola Moto E22i (Moto E Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio G37 8 x 1.8 - 2.3 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
6.50 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 270 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 20 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD slot (dedicated, up to 1TB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B38/​B40/​B41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8 x 163.6 x 74.7 ( = 0.31 x 6.44 x 2.94 in)
Battery
4020 mAh Lithium-Ion, 10 Watt charging
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 16 MPix f/​2.2, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, depth of field (Camera 2)
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/​2.4, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speaker, charger, USB cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, IP52 certified, FM radio, SAR: 0.46 W/kg (head), 1.47 W/kg (body), fanless
Weight
169 g ( = 5.96 oz / 0.37 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
130 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Bewertung
Datum
Modell
Gewicht
Laufwerk
Groesse
Aufloesung
Preis ab
75.4 %
10/2022
Motorola Moto E22i
Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320
169 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
75.1 %
09/2022
Motorola Moto E32s
Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320
185 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
76.6 %
07/2022
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
SD 680, Adreno 610
190 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.71"1650x720
74.8 %
07/2022
realme Narzo 50i Prime
T612, Mali-G52 MP1
182 g32 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.50"1600x720

Case and features - Lightweight and rudimentary IP certification

If you do not look closely, it is hard to tell Motorola's inexpensive smartphones apart this year: The Moto E32, E32s and the Moto E22i, which we will test here, all rely on a matte back, a 6.5-inch screen, and very similar dimensions.

However, the Moto E22i is a bit lighter and minimally slimmer. It also has an edgier and, to our taste, more sophisticated-looking camera module. The phone, which costs just under 130 Euros (~$129) ex-works, is available in gray and white.

The phone can hardly be twisted and does not creak, but the front glass does not protect the screen from pressure very well. An IP52 certification does not say much about the water resistance, but at least the phone is quite well protected against dust.

There is currently only one storage variant of the low-priced phone in Europe: 32 GB of mass storage and 2 GB of RAM. Both are very tight even for a low-priced phone in 2022. NFC is also not available, so mobile payment services like Google Pay cannot be used.

At least the microSD card can be inserted into the phone in addition to 2 SIM cards. However, the read and write rates are a bit slower than in comparable smartphones in our test with the reference microSD card Angelbird V60.

Size comparision

169.6 mm / 6.68 inch 76.6 mm / 3.02 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs164.1 mm / 6.46 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 182 g0.4012 lbs164 mm / 6.46 inch 74.9 mm / 2.95 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 185 g0.4079 lbs163.6 mm / 6.44 inch 74.7 mm / 2.94 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 169 g0.3726 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
  (Angelbird V60)
34.9 MB/s ∼100% +141%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10.9 - 59.2, n=120, last 2 years)
25.9 MB/s ∼74% +79%
realme Narzo 50i Prime
  (Angelbird V60)
20.6 MB/s ∼59% +42%
Motorola Moto E32s
  (Angelbird V60)
19.7 MB/s ∼56% +36%
Motorola Moto E22i
  (Angelbird V60)
14.5 MB/s ∼42%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Motorola Moto E22i PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø35.1 (28.7-49.8)
Motorola Moto E32s PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø36.4 (21.4-45.6)
Xiaomi Redmi 10C Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø38.2 (26.4-46.1)
realme Narzo 50i Prime Mali-G52 MP1, T612, 32 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø28.9 (21.1-40.1)
Motorola Moto E22i PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø75.1 (20.2-77.4)
Motorola Moto E32s PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø75.9 (69.7-77.2)
Xiaomi Redmi 10C Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø78.7 (28.6-82.6)
realme Narzo 50i Prime Mali-G52 MP1, T612, 32 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø75.3 (31.8-83.1)

Communication, software and operation - Quick WLAN

We cannot complain about the Wi-Fi module: Fast Wi-Fi 5 is not yet standard for all manufacturers in this price range and the data rates in our test with the router Asus ROG Rapture AXE11000 are very stable and fast.

The Moto E22i is a 4G phone and has all the frequency bands required for Europe. However, you have to check whether mobile Internet access is possible in the destination country on trips further abroad - the selection of frequencies is not particularly large. The Motorola phone is not always convincing in our signal strength tests: It never completely loses contact with the network, but it has a much weaker reception than higher-quality phones.

Android 12 in the Go edition is installed on the smartphone, so the scarce storage space should not be clogged with unnecessary apps. Motorola installs quite pure Android on the smartphone, the security patches are from September 1, 2022 and are thus still reasonably up-to-date at the time of testing.

Since the inexpensive phone has a 90 Hz screen, you can scroll through menus and websites quite smoothly in some cases, but this is occasionally disturbed by jerks due to the SoC's very low performance. The fingerprint sensor is located on the casing's right and integrated into the standy button. The recognition is reliable and quite fast. Interestingly, Motorola does not allow unlocking via facial recognition.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Motorola Moto E22i
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
370 (343min - 388max) MBit/s ∼100%
Motorola Moto E32s
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
329 (293min - 378max) MBit/s ∼89% -11%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
315 (269min - 336max) MBit/s ∼85% -15%
realme Narzo 50i Prime
802.11 b/g/n
62.6 (58min - 74max) MBit/s ∼17% -83%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Motorola Moto E22i
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
340 (322min - 343max) MBit/s ∼100%
Motorola Moto E32s
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
320 (295min - 332max) MBit/s ∼94% -6%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
222 (194min - 242max) MBit/s ∼65% -35%
realme Narzo 50i Prime
802.11 b/g/n
44.3 (22min - 58max) MBit/s ∼13% -87%
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Motorola Moto E22i; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø339 (322-343)
Motorola Moto E22i; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø370 (343-388)

Cameras - The single cam hardly inspires

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

The Moto E22i uses the same camera sensor as the Moto E32s the Hynix 1643 offers 16 megapixels and takes photos with decent dynamics in good lighting conditions, even though bright areas are a bit washed out. The test chart also looks overexposed in the lab. Details also always appear a bit blurry. In low light, the brightening is mediocre at best.

Videos can be recorded with 1080p and 30 fps. The autofocus usually works reliably, but the videos always look a bit blurry, just like the still pictures.

A 5-megapixel camera is found on the front. It barely manages any detail in dark areas and overall the photos look a bit grainy, so you should not enlarge them too much.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main camera FlowerMain camera EnvironmentMain camera Low Light
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ColorChecker
20 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
21.3 ∆E
21 ∆E
17.9 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
22.4 ∆E
17.8 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
16.2 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
19.5 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
1.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Moto E22i: 14.06 ∆E min: 1.87 - max: 22.44 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.4 ∆E
53.3 ∆E
39.6 ∆E
36.3 ∆E
45.1 ∆E
61.9 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
35.2 ∆E
42.3 ∆E
28 ∆E
64.5 ∆E
63.6 ∆E
30.3 ∆E
47.2 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
75.4 ∆E
43.1 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
88.4 ∆E
70.2 ∆E
52 ∆E
37 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Moto E22i: 46.41 ∆E min: 13.46 - max: 88.4 ∆E

Display - few pixels, but 90 Hz

Subpixel recording
Subpixel recording

The display resolves with a class-standard but still low 1,600 x 720 pixels. It supports 60 or 90 Hz frame rates and manages without PWM flickering even at low brightness.

The screen's maximum brightness is relatively low, but the low black value allows for somewhat stronger contrasts and colors. The accuracy of the color reproduction is also better than in comparable smartphones, but we can still detect a slight blue cast in the grayscale.

342
cd/m²
367
cd/m²
350
cd/m²
335
cd/m²
390
cd/m²
352
cd/m²
338
cd/m²
371
cd/m²
353
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 390 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 355.3 cd/m² Minimum: 4.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 390 cd/m²
Contrast: 1625:1 (Black: 0.24 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.81 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.2
ΔE Greyscale 4.9 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
96.3% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.166
Motorola Moto E22i
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Motorola Moto E32s
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
IPS, 1650x720, 6.71
realme Narzo 50i Prime
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Response Times
-8%
-7%
-3%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
34 ?(19, 15)
30 ?(16, 14)
12%
33 ?(17, 16)
3%
34 ?(19, 15)
-0%
Response Time Black / White *
18 ?(10, 8)
23 ?(8, 15)
-28%
21 ?(9, 12)
-17%
19 ?(9.5, 9.5)
-6%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-31%
16%
-25%
Brightness middle
390
346
-11%
511
31%
365
-6%
Brightness
355
330
-7%
478
35%
354
0%
Brightness Distribution
86
90
5%
84
-2%
83
-3%
Black Level *
0.24
0.47
-96%
0.42
-75%
0.45
-88%
Contrast
1625
736
-55%
1217
-25%
811
-50%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.81
5.4
-42%
1.51
60%
4.58
-20%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
7.03
9
-28%
2.53
64%
8.81
-25%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4.9
5.5
-12%
2.9
41%
5.2
-6%
Gamma
2.166 102%
2.874 77%
2.266 97%
2.28 96%
CCT
7727 84%
5971 109%
6443 101%
7929 82%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-20% / -26%
5% / 12%
-14% / -20%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
18 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10 ms rise
↘ 8 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 29 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (22.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 35 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (35.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19454 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - The Helio G37 as bottleneck

The MediaTek Helio G37 has already been installed by Motorola in several smartphones, for example in the Moto G22 or in the Moto E32s. So far, the SoC could not really impress even in inexpensive smartphones; the performance is simply too low. This is also a problem in the Moto E22i, as the benchmarks show the Redmi 10C or realme Narzo 50i Prime are also very inexpensive, but have much more power.

Even on its own, the smartphone is very slow and has almost no performance reserves when running more demanding tasks. Loading times are relatively long, also thanks to the slow memory, and operation often falters. At least the smartphone barely warms up under prolonged load.

Motorola might have scored a coup with the speakers, since stereo speakers are hardly ever found in a phone under 150 Euros (~$148). And indeed, the Moto E22i does not sound exceptionally loud, but overall much more pleasant than comparable phones. Nevertheless, the sound is only really good when headphones or speakers are connected via a 3.5 mm jack or Bluetooth. The codec diversity for wireless transmission is acceptable, for example, aptX HD is available.

The battery is quite small: Motorola only provides 4,020 mAh, which is only enough for a runtime of 12:33 hours in our WLAN test. That is considerably less than comparable phones. Since the smartphone charges with a maximum of 10 watts, a full charge still takes over 2 hours.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=261, last 2 years)
769 Points ∼100% +427%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
377 Points ∼49% +158%
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
347 Points ∼45% +138%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
160 Points ∼21% +10%
Average Mediatek Helio G37
  (146 - 172, n=3)
159.3 Points ∼21% +9%
Motorola Moto E22i
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
146 Points ∼19%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (291 - 5538, n=261, last 2 years)
2472 Points ∼100% +347%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1644 Points ∼67% +197%
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
1326 Points ∼54% +140%
Average Mediatek Helio G37
  (553 - 947, n=3)
719 Points ∼29% +30%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
656 Points ∼27% +19%
Motorola Moto E22i
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
553 Points ∼22%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 19200, n=223, last 2 years)
10352 Points ∼100% +97%
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
7705 Points ∼74% +46%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
5884 Points ∼57% +12%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
5815 Points ∼56% +11%
Average Mediatek Helio G37
  (4922 - 5815, n=3)
5333 Points ∼52% +1%
Motorola Moto E22i
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
5262 Points ∼51%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 18846, n=194, last 2 years)
5819 Points ∼100% +550%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2185 Points ∼38% +144%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
919 Points ∼16% +3%
Average Mediatek Helio G37
  (895 - 921, n=3)
912 Points ∼16% +2%
Motorola Moto E22i
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
895 Points ∼15%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 36343, n=193, last 2 years)
8807 Points ∼100% +951%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2054 Points ∼23% +145%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
853 Points ∼10% +2%
Average Mediatek Helio G37
  (838 - 853, n=3)
847 Points ∼10% +1%
Motorola Moto E22i
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
838 Points ∼10%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Average of class Smartphone
  (651 - 7019, n=192, last 2 years)
3456 Points ∼100% +195%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2810 Points ∼81% +140%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1257 Points ∼36% +7%
Average Mediatek Helio G37
  (1173 - 1292, n=3)
1241 Points ∼36% +6%
Motorola Moto E22i
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1173 Points ∼34%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.5 - 113, n=257, last 2 years)
34.5 fps ∼100% +342%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
17 fps ∼49% +118%
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
10 fps ∼29% +28%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
7.9 fps ∼23% +1%
Motorola Moto E22i
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
7.8 fps ∼23%
Average Mediatek Helio G37
  (7 - 7.9, n=3)
7.57 fps ∼22% -3%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 156, n=258, last 2 years)
43 fps ∼100% +924%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
9.5 fps ∼22% +126%
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
5.3 fps ∼12% +26%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4.2 fps ∼10% 0%
Motorola Moto E22i
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
4.2 fps ∼10%
Average Mediatek Helio G37
  (4 - 4.2, n=3)
4.13 fps ∼10% -2%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.8 - 86, n=258, last 2 years)
24.3 fps ∼100% +396%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
10 fps ∼41% +104%
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
6.4 fps ∼26% +31%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
5 fps ∼21% +2%
Average Mediatek Helio G37
  (4.9 - 5, n=3)
4.97 fps ∼20% +1%
Motorola Moto E22i
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
4.9 fps ∼20%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 61, n=258, last 2 years)
16.5 fps ∼100% +1000%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
3.2 fps ∼19% +113%
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
1.9 fps ∼12% +27%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1.5 fps ∼9% 0%
Motorola Moto E22i
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1.5 fps ∼9%
Average Mediatek Helio G37
  (1.5 - 1.5, n=3)
1.5 fps ∼9% 0%
Motorola Moto E22iMotorola Moto E32sXiaomi Redmi 10Crealme Narzo 50i PrimeAverage 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-5%
227%
209%
-32%
290%
Sequential Read 256KB
263.1
248.6
-6%
927.7
253%
658.2
150%
241 ?(25.8 - 452, n=239)
-8%
1059 ?(90.5 - 3557, n=253, last 2 years)
303%
Sequential Write 256KB
189
184.3
-2%
510.2
170%
445.6
136%
99.4 ?(14.8 - 191.5, n=239)
-47%
625 ?(11.9 - 2834, n=253, last 2 years)
231%
Random Read 4KB
53.6
49.1
-8%
120.2
124%
161.8
202%
42.6 ?(3.59 - 117.2, n=239)
-21%
192.1 ?(13.5 - 543, n=253, last 2 years)
258%
Random Write 4KB
42.3
40
-5%
195.2
361%
189.8
349%
21.3 ?(0.75 - 89.5, n=239)
-50%
197.4 ?(13 - 552, n=254, last 2 years)
367%

Temperature

Max. Load
 38.8 °C
102 F
32.8 °C
91 F
29.6 °C
85 F
 
 38.1 °C
101 F
32.6 °C
91 F
30 °C
86 F
 
 37 °C
99 F
32.1 °C
90 F
29.8 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 38.8 °C = 102 F
Average: 33.4 °C = 92 F
30.3 °C
87 F
33 °C
91 F
38.4 °C
101 F
29.8 °C
86 F
32.7 °C
91 F
40.3 °C
105 F
30.1 °C
86 F
32.7 °C
91 F
39.3 °C
103 F
Maximum: 40.3 °C = 105 F
Average: 34.1 °C = 93 F
Power Supply (max.)  41 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 19.3 °C = 67 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.4 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38.8 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 40.3 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22 °C / 72 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


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Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2041.540.32537.139.83134.428.54032.1335038.936.36327.334.28020.221.410021.122.312518.423.716016.931.920011.833.925013.84331512.549.840012.553.250012.658.363011.361.380012.366100011.87212501270.1160010.468.720008.864.825009.46531509.866.4400010.667.250001166.7630011.767.1800012.467.5100001364.61250013.863.91600014.555.4SPL23.679.2N0.543.5median 12.3median 64.6Delta1.39.739.239.140.338.631.530.730.330.433.73823.725.522.424.722.722.315.519.81927.615.334.514.344.413.951.915.256.215.761.215.363.818.365.417.171.5187414.87114.369.514.268.614.967.915.366.31668.916.962.816.261.917.161.716.262.616.65428.180.6145.6median 15.7median 62.61.110.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMotorola Moto E22iMotorola Moto E32s
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Motorola Moto E22i audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (1.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 27% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 62% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 53% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 39% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Motorola Moto E32s audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 54% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 72% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 21% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Motorola Moto E32s
5000 mAh
972 min ∼37% +29%
realme Narzo 50i Prime
5000 mAh
921 min ∼35% +22%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
5000 mAh
908 min ∼34% +21%
Average of class Smartphone
  (424 - 1953, n=261, last 2 years)
882 min ∼33% +17%
Motorola Moto E22i
4020 mAh
753 min ∼29%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
12h 33min

Pros

+ lightweight chassis
+ Stereo speaker
+ 90 Hz screen without PWM
+ fast WLAN
+ low heating

Cons

- very little power
- scarce and lame memory
- few 4G frequencies
- mediocre signal quality
- comparatively smaller battery

Verdict - It all depends on the requirements

In review: Motorola Moto E22i.
In review: Motorola Moto E22i.

Of course, the Motorola Moto E22i is and remains a very inexpensive phone and you have to lower your expectations. However, it does have its advantages: The phone is light and a bit more compact than comparable phones, and it has a nice design. Stereo speakers that sound quite acceptable are rarely seen in this class, as is a 90 Hz display. However, the latter can only rarely show its advantages because the general system performance is too slow.

Thus, we can only repeat our lament about the SoC, which is also used in some other inexpensive Motorola phones: The Helio G37 does not offer enough performance to run completely smoothly, even for the most basic navigation in the system and the Moto E22i has to deal with the very tight working memory.

So, it depends on your priorities and budget: The slow processor can quickly spoil the fun of the phone, but if you are looking for a really cheap phone with stereo speakers and a fast screen, you can risk a look. However, the small battery and the very slow charging technology are also annoying.

The Motorola Moto E22i brings up the rear in terms of performance, but wants to make up for that with stereo speakers and lightweight construction.

The first alternative comes from their own company: If you do not mind the additional weight, you can get the Moto E32 you get much more power and a faster charging technology. The Xiaomi Redmi 10C goes one better with more power and battery performance, but only has a 60 Hz display.

Price and availability

The phone is available directly from the manufacturer for just under 130 Euros (~$129). If you want to save a few Euros, you can find the inexpensive Motorola phone a bit cheaper on the Internet at the time of testing.

Motorola Moto E22i - 10/24/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
81%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
90%
Connectivity
44 / 70 → 63%
Weight
91%
Battery
89%
Display
84%
Games Performance
5 / 64 → 8%
Application Performance
47 / 86 → 55%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
58 / 90 → 64%
Camera
51%
Average
69%
75%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-10-25 (Update: 2022-10-25)