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Motorola Moto E40 smartphone review - Scrolling smoothly for little money

90 Hz monopolist in the low-cost sector? Motorola offers a smartphone under 150 Euros (~$169) with the Moto E40. If you have always wanted a fast screen in your cell phone on a tight budget, you should pay attention. However, savings had to be made elsewhere...
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Motorola Moto E40 (Moto E Series)
Processor
UNISOC Tiger T700 8 x 1.8 - 1.8 GHz, Cortex-A75 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.50 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 270 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 52 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 1 TB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G, 3G, 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.1 x 165.1 x 75.6 ( = 0.36 x 6.5 x 2.98 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 10 Watt charging
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 48 MPix f/​1.79, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, depth of field (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/​2.0, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, 24 Months Warranty, IP52-certified, notification LED, SAR: 0.34W/kg (head), 1.35W/kg (body), fanless
Weight
198 g ( = 6.98 oz / 0.44 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
140 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
77.1 %
11/2021
Motorola Moto E40
Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2
198 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
78.1 %
07/2021
Motorola Moto G20
Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2
200 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
77.3 %
04/2021
Motorola Moto G10
SD 460, Adreno 610
200 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
72.5 %
03/2021
Samsung Galaxy A02s
SD 450, Adreno 506
196 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
75.3 %
04/2021
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320
194 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.53"1600x720

Case, features and operation - Moto phone with dedicated microSD slot

Since Motorola now also offers very inexpensive smartphones from the G series, such as the Moto G20 or Moto G10, the inexpensive Moto E-series has almost become superfluous. Nevertheless, Motorola keeps it and presents the Moto E40, a 6.5-inch device for just under 140 Euros (~$158).

The casing is of course made of plastic at the back, but it looks very sturdy and is even protected against dust and splash water according to IP52. In terms of design, Motorola has taken its cue from the Moto G10 and also uses a wave pattern for the Moto E40, but it is slightly different. The camera module is also integrated more elegantly into the casing of the Moto E40. Available colors are a medium gray and a rose-gold tone.

64 GB eMMC flash seems to establish itself as a standard even in the cheaper smartphones, and 4 GB of working memory should be sufficient for a less demanding everyday life. However, NFC, as in many competing models in this price range, is not available. Thus, mobile payment services cannot be used, for example.

2 SIMs and a microSD card can be inserted thanks to three slots. The microSD reader achieves decent transfer rates for the price range with our reference microSD Angelbird V60, but is a bit slower than the Moto G20. In terms of Internet, you have to make do with Wi-Fi 4, i.e. 802.11n. The Moto E40 achieves decent transfer rates, but cannot keep up with the Moto G models with Wi-Fi 5.

You will not find 5G here, but at least a medium number of 4G frequencies are supported. When traveling abroad, you should check on the Internet beforehand whether you can use the inexpensive phone in the LTE network there.

A fingerprint sensor is found on the back. It needs a memorial lesson before it unlocks the smartphone, but it works reliably. There is also a Google Assistant button on the right side.

Android 11 is preinstalled, the security patches are from September 2021 and thus older at the time of testing. The smartphone occasionally has problems connecting to the PC and crashes. Motorola should urgently improve this.

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Size comparison

165.2 mm / 6.5 inch 75.7 mm / 2.98 inch 9.2 mm / 0.3622 inch 200 g0.4409 lbs165.1 mm / 6.5 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 9.1 mm / 0.3583 inch 198 g0.4365 lbs165 mm / 6.5 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 200 g0.4409 lbs165 mm / 6.5 inch 77 mm / 3.03 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 194 g0.4277 lbs164.2 mm / 6.46 inch 75.9 mm / 2.99 inch 9.1 mm / 0.3583 inch 196 g0.4321 lbs
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SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Average of class Smartphone
  (11.8 - 55.3, n=43, last 2 years)
25.6 MB/s ∼100% +117%
Motorola Moto G20
  (Angelbird V60)
14.3 MB/s ∼56% +21%
Motorola Moto E40
  (Angelbird V60)
11.8 MB/s ∼46%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Motorola Moto E40 Mali-G52 MP2, Tiger T700, 64 GB eMMC Flash; Sequential write; Angelbird V60: Ø24.6 (14.6-35.2)
Motorola Moto G20 Mali-G52 MP2, Tiger T700, 64 GB eMMC Flash; Sequential write: Ø32.6 (26-44.2)
Motorola Moto E40 Mali-G52 MP2, Tiger T700, 64 GB eMMC Flash; Sequential read; Angelbird V60: Ø77.2 (42-85.8)
Motorola Moto G20 Mali-G52 MP2, Tiger T700, 64 GB eMMC Flash; Sequential read: Ø77.1 (51-82.4)
Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Motorola Moto G20
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
317 (305min - 328max) MBit/s ∼100% +265%
Motorola Moto G10
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
282 (205min - 328max) MBit/s ∼89% +225%
Motorola Moto E40
802.11 b/g/n
86.9 (78min - 93max) MBit/s ∼27%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
802.11 b/g/n
46.4 (21min - 78max) MBit/s ∼15% -47%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
802.11 b/g/n
5.59 (1min - 31max) MBit/s ∼2% -94%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Motorola Moto G20
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
323 (203min - 333max) MBit/s ∼100% +270%
Motorola Moto G10
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
276 (176min - 335max) MBit/s ∼85% +217%
Motorola Moto E40
802.11 b/g/n
87.2 (46min - 105max) MBit/s ∼27%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
802.11 b/g/n
52.6 (24min - 74max) MBit/s ∼16% -40%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
802.11 b/g/n
15.5 (12min - 47max) MBit/s ∼5% -82%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø87.2 (46-105)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø86.9 (78-93)

Cameras - Moto E40 without wide-angle camera

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

The camera equipment of the Moto E40 differs from the Moto G models in few, but essential areas: The Moto E40 does not have a wide-angle camera and the main camera is a bit slower. In return, the front-facing camera has a slightly wider aperture, so it captures more light.

The main camera also has a resolution of 48 megapixels in the Moto E40, but mostly takes 12-megapixel pictures: For even more light sensitivity, 4 pixels each are simply contracted to one. The main camera thus takes decent pictures for the price range, but naturally does not brighten as well as more expensive lenses. However, the sharpness is still good for such an inexpensive smartphone in very low light.

In the lab in very good light, the camera is slightly pale and the details are somewhat unclean, but the color reproduction is acceptable. At least some image content is still recognizable in 1 lux illumination, which is quite a good performance for a lower mid-range smartphone.

Videos can be recorded in a maximum of 1080p and at 30 fps. Exposure changes and autofocus work quite quickly and reasonably reliably.

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 PlantMain camera EnvironmentMain camera Low Light
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ColorChecker
14 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
11 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
8 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Moto E40: 9.83 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 15.4 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.7 ∆E
49.6 ∆E
38.3 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
43.9 ∆E
57.7 ∆E
49.6 ∆E
34 ∆E
37 ∆E
27.1 ∆E
59.2 ∆E
60.2 ∆E
30.5 ∆E
45.9 ∆E
33.6 ∆E
68 ∆E
41.3 ∆E
42.9 ∆E
66.7 ∆E
65.5 ∆E
49.5 ∆E
36.5 ∆E
24 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Moto E40: 43.3 ∆E min: 13.46 - max: 68.03 ∆E

Display - Fast and bright

Subpixel recording
Subpixel recording

Similarly priced smartphones from Samsung or Xiaomi cannot offer a 90 Hz display; Motorola currently has a near-monopoly here. Fortunately, the manufacturer even lets us choose whether we always want 90 Hz, 60 Hz or an automatic adjustment by the AI.

The 720p screen is even a bit brighter than other models in this price range in our tests with the CalMAN software and the spectrophotometer, but the black value is also quite high, so the contrast suffers and colors look quite pale on the screen. A slight blue cast is visible, but overall the color reproduction is not that bad for such an inexpensive device.

We did not notice any PWM, but the response times are probably too slow for demanding users.

434
cd/m²
437
cd/m²
409
cd/m²
444
cd/m²
452
cd/m²
416
cd/m²
443
cd/m²
426
cd/m²
420
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 452 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 431.2 cd/m² Minimum: 3.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 452 cd/m²
Contrast: 983:1 (Black: 0.46 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.15 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 4 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
92.1% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.157
Motorola Moto E40
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Samsung Galaxy A02s
PLS, 1600x720, 6.50
Motorola Moto G20
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Motorola Moto G10
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
IPS LCD , 1600x720, 6.53
Response Times
5%
14%
-51%
-19%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
44 ?(23, 21)
48 ?(25, 23)
-9%
40 ?(19, 21)
9%
67 ?(35, 32)
-52%
55 ?(31, 24)
-25%
Response Time Black / White *
32 ?(15, 17)
26 ?(11, 15)
19%
26 ?(13, 13)
19%
48 ?(29, 19)
-50%
36 ?(19, 17)
-13%
PWM Frequency
53760 ?(15)
Screen
-10%
12%
12%
-15%
Brightness middle
452
482
7%
389
-14%
359
-21%
374
-17%
Brightness
431
460
7%
352
-18%
347
-19%
345
-20%
Brightness Distribution
90
92
2%
83
-8%
95
6%
85
-6%
Black Level *
0.46
0.44
4%
0.29
37%
0.18
61%
0.46
-0%
Contrast
983
1095
11%
1341
36%
1994
103%
813
-17%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.15
5.52
-33%
3.35
19%
4.89
-18%
3.86
7%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6.47
7.78
-20%
6.29
3%
8.13
-26%
8.07
-25%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4
6.3
-58%
2.3
42%
3.7
7%
5.7
-43%
Gamma
2.157 102%
2.54 87%
2.29 96%
2.292 96%
2.307 95%
CCT
7557 86%
7882 82%
6923 94%
7462 87%
6932 94%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-3% / -7%
13% / 13%
-20% / -1%
-17% / -16%

* ... 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
32 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 81 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
44 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 64 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (37.6 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: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21103 (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 - No throttling with good runtimes

The Motorola Moto E40 is equipped with the Unisoc T700 an unusual SoC, but it offers a lot of performance for the price range: The Moto E40 is significantly faster than the Xiaomi Redmi 9AT or the Samsung Galaxy A02s.

The internal eMMC storage on the other hand is relatively slow. The speed is sufficient for everyday use, but you will notice significant differences to higher-quality smartphones when copying or loading.

The maximum heating is harmless and from our tests with the Moto G20 we also know that the SoC usually does not tend to throttle.

The small speaker on the bottom edge gets reasonably loud and is not that bad in terms of sound: Sure, you should not expect basses, but the trebles are not unpleasantly overemphasized and you can definitely listen to a song. Bluetooth or the 3.5 mm jack are used to connect external audio devices.

The Moto E40 gets 16:35 hours of runtime out of the 5000 mAh battery in our WLAN test. That should be enough for more than one workday as long as the phone is only loaded moderately, e.g. surfing the Internet. At the same time, we also have to mention that the runtimes of all comparison devices were even longer. The smartphone can be charged with a maximum of 10 watts. It then sometimes takes over 2 hours until the large battery is full again.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
356 Points ∼58%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
347 Points ∼57% -3%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
246 Points ∼40% -31%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
131 Points ∼22% -63%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
132 Points ∼22% -63%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (347 - 356, n=2)
352 Points ∼58% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=256, last 2 years)
609 Points ∼100% +71%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1393 Points ∼68%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1291 Points ∼63% -7%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1135 Points ∼55% -19%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
493 Points ∼24% -65%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
466 Points ∼23% -67%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (1291 - 1393, n=2)
1342 Points ∼65% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=256, last 2 years)
2059 Points ∼100% +48%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8743 Points ∼87%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8746 Points ∼87% 0%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (8743 - 8746, n=2)
8745 Points ∼87% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 17085, n=73, last 2 years)
10103 Points ∼100% +16%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2202 Points ∼51%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2142 Points ∼50% -3%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1414 Points ∼33% -36%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
820 Points ∼19% -63%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
808 Points ∼19% -63%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (2142 - 2202, n=2)
2172 Points ∼51% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=252, last 2 years)
4279 Points ∼100% +94%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2052 Points ∼37%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2001 Points ∼36% -2%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1309 Points ∼24% -36%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
711 Points ∼13% -65%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
774 Points ∼14% -62%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (2001 - 2052, n=2)
2027 Points ∼37% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=252, last 2 years)
5511 Points ∼100% +169%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2961 Points ∼98%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2844 Points ∼94% -4%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1963 Points ∼65% -34%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
1766 Points ∼58% -40%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
987 Points ∼33% -67%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (2844 - 2961, n=2)
2903 Points ∼96% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (640 - 5784, n=250, last 2 years)
3034 Points ∼100% +2%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1486 Points ∼55%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1459 Points ∼54% -2%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
857 Points ∼32% -42%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
441 Points ∼16% -70%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
413 Points ∼15% -72%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (1459 - 1486, n=2)
1473 Points ∼55% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=225, last 2 years)
2683 Points ∼100% +81%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1309 Points ∼46%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1290 Points ∼45% -1%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
733 Points ∼26% -44%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
362 Points ∼13% -72%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
354 Points ∼12% -73%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (1290 - 1309, n=2)
1300 Points ∼46% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=225, last 2 years)
2841 Points ∼100% +117%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2821 Points ∼99%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2698 Points ∼95% -4%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
2108 Points ∼74% -25%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
1860 Points ∼66% -34%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1125 Points ∼40% -60%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (2698 - 2821, n=2)
2760 Points ∼97% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=225, last 2 years)
2836 Points ∼100% +1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1554 Points ∼44%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1516 Points ∼43% -2%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
849 Points ∼24% -45%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
489 Points ∼14% -69%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
456 Points ∼13% -71%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (1516 - 1554, n=2)
1535 Points ∼44% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9839, n=254, last 2 years)
3513 Points ∼100% +126%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1368 Points ∼33%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1339 Points ∼33% -2%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
731 Points ∼18% -47%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
405 Points ∼10% -70%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
409 Points ∼10% -70%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (1339 - 1368, n=2)
1354 Points ∼33% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 16221, n=254, last 2 years)
4099 Points ∼100% +200%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2961 Points ∼96%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2815 Points ∼92% -5%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1953 Points ∼64% -34%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
1798 Points ∼59% -39%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
956 Points ∼31% -68%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (2815 - 2961, n=2)
2888 Points ∼94% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (626 - 5793, n=254, last 2 years)
3069 Points ∼100% +4%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
729 Points ∼24%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
719 Points ∼24% -1%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
254 Points ∼8% -65%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
Points ∼0% -100%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (719 - 729, n=2)
724 Points ∼24% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (153 - 9680, n=119, last 2 years)
3011 Points ∼100% +313%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
722 Points ∼23%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
716 Points ∼23% -1%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
247 Points ∼8% -66%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
Points ∼0% -100%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (716 - 722, n=2)
719 Points ∼23% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (174 - 11700, n=116, last 2 years)
3129 Points ∼100% +333%
Wild Life Stress Test Stability (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
99.4 (716min - 720max) % ∼100%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
98.8 % ∼99%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
% ∼0%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
 
99.4 % ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (26.6 - 99.8, n=108, last 2 years)
90 % ∼91%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
184 Points ∼19%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
184 Points ∼19% 0%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (184 - 184, n=2)
184 Points ∼19% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102 - 3080, n=67, last 2 years)
969 Points ∼100% +427%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
183 Points ∼18%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
181 Points ∼18% -1%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (181 - 183, n=2)
182 Points ∼18% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 4236, n=66, last 2 years)
998 Points ∼100% +445%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
99.5 (183min - 184max) % ∼100%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
 
99.5 % ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (38.6 - 100, n=61, last 2 years)
90.5 % ∼91%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
19 fps ∼77%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
19 fps ∼77% 0%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
11 fps ∼45% -42%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
5.9 fps ∼24% -69%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
7.9 fps ∼32% -58%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (19 - 19, n=2)
19 fps ∼77% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=264, last 2 years)
24.7 fps ∼100% +30%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
11 fps ∼38%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
11 fps ∼38% 0%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
6 fps ∼21% -45%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
3.4 fps ∼12% -69%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
3.6 fps ∼12% -67%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (11 - 11, n=2)
11 fps ∼38% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.95 - 257, n=264, last 2 years)
29 fps ∼100% +164%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
12 fps ∼72%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
12 fps ∼72% 0%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
6.5 fps ∼39% -46%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
3.6 fps ∼22% -70%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
4.6 fps ∼28% -62%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (12 - 12, n=2)
12 fps ∼72% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 60, n=265, last 2 years)
16.6 fps ∼100% +38%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
3.7 fps ∼33%
Motorola Moto G20
UNISOC Tiger T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
3.7 fps ∼33% 0%
Motorola Moto G10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
2 fps ∼18% -46%
Samsung Galaxy A02s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506, 3072
1.2 fps ∼11% -68%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1.4 fps ∼13% -62%
Average UNISOC Tiger T700
  (3.7 - 3.7, n=2)
3.7 fps ∼33% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.35 - 101, n=265, last 2 years)
11.2 fps ∼100% +203%
Motorola Moto E40Motorola Moto G20Motorola Moto G10Samsung Galaxy A02sXiaomi Redmi 9ATAverage 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-19%
63%
55%
-13%
5%
211%
Sequential Read 256KB
265
263.3
-1%
295.9
12%
299
13%
266.42
1%
274 ?(95.6 - 704, n=177)
3%
820 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=269, last 2 years)
209%
Sequential Write 256KB
156.3
219.5
40%
172.4
10%
103.9
-34%
84.23
-46%
177 ?(40 - 274, n=177)
13%
373 ?(11.9 - 1321, n=269, last 2 years)
139%
Random Read 4KB
56
24.9
-56%
123
120%
84.8
51%
46.49
-17%
58.7 ?(11.4 - 149, n=177)
5%
145 ?(13.5 - 325, n=269, last 2 years)
159%
Random Write 4KB
30.7
12.6
-59%
64.5
110%
88.5
188%
33.53
9%
29.7 ?(3.4 - 147, n=177)
-3%
134 ?(5.5 - 330, n=269, last 2 years)
336%

Temperature

Max. Load
 37.1 °C
99 F
33.2 °C
92 F
31.5 °C
89 F
 
 36.4 °C
98 F
33.5 °C
92 F
31.5 °C
89 F
 
 35.6 °C
96 F
31.4 °C
89 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 37.1 °C = 99 F
Average: 33.6 °C = 92 F
32.8 °C
91 F
34.8 °C
95 F
37.1 °C
99 F
32.2 °C
90 F
33.9 °C
93 F
37.9 °C
100 F
32.5 °C
91 F
34.8 °C
95 F
37 °C
99 F
Maximum: 37.9 °C = 100 F
Average: 34.8 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.9 °C = 104 F | Room Temperature 19.7 °C = 67 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.6 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 37.1 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 37.9 °C / 100 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 32.9 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap back side
Heatmap back side
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2045.541.52542.240.53133.834.54039.139.45044.143.46334.436.38025.62610024.226.112520.227.916021.232.920017.332.525018.139.831516.145.740015.453.850016.463.863017.167.780020.872.8100020.977.5125017.976.2160018.173.820001871250018.868315019.865.3400020.571.5500020.871.5630021.674.7800022.372.2100002374.51250023.871.21600024.768SPL32.384.7N1.659.6median 20.2median 68Delta211.833.242.237.940.932.330.129.63333.239.527.628.319.419.320.620.517.718.5162411.430.51239.110.143.48.445.18.555.49.763.211.765.311.968.61171.41069.79.66810.365.410.862.411.665.312.368.21366.613.768.814.474.915.26316.153.959.923.88012.50.544.8median 11.7median 63.21.913hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMotorola Moto E40Samsung Galaxy A02s
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Motorola Moto E40 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 33.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 68% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 24% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 80% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 15% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy A02s audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 33.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 62% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 28% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 77% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 18% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Motorola Moto E40
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A02s
5000 mAh
Motorola Moto G20
5000 mAh
Motorola Moto G10
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
5000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
995
1201
21%
1009
1%
1038
4%
1145
15%
903 ?(442 - 1953, n=279, last 2 years)
-9%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
16h 35min

Pros

+ decent runtimes
+ brisk 90 Hz screen
+ Dual-SIM and microSD slot
+ hardly any heating
+ no PWM

Cons

- no NFC
- occasional software crash when connected to PC
- slow memory

Verdict - Good, but with strong competition

In review: Motorola Moto E40. Test device provided by:
In review: Motorola Moto E40. Test device provided by:
cyberport.com

Motorola's Moto E40 definitely has some advantages over similarly priced smartphones: First and foremost, of course, the quite bright 90 Hz screen, which is still hardly found in this price range. In addition, there is a decent speaker, a passable camera, and a somewhat faster WLAN.

The performance rates are also convincing despite the unusual SoC, and the battery runtimes are quite competitive.

It is annoying that the manufacturer does not use NFC and that the software sometimes has problems connecting to the PC.

Motorola launches a compelling smartphone for little money with the Moto E40. The 90 Hz screen is a highlight, but there are also some limitations like missing NFC.

In addition, Motorola also competes with itself: With the Moto G20 there is already a convincing alternative in the manufacturer's lineup that features NFC, a wide-angle camera, and even faster Internet. Officially, there is a price difference of 10 Euros (~$11) between the two smartphones, but this is already non-existent at retailers. The Moto E40 would only be a real alternative for us if it were significantly cheaper than the Moto G20.

Price and availability

You can currently get the Motorola Moto E40 for just under €140 (~$158) from the manufacturer. But also many Internet retailers like our lender Cyberport or amazon.de already have the inexpensive smartphone in their assortment.

Motorola Moto E40 - 11/15/2021 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 86%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
41 / 70 → 58%
Weight
88%
Battery
91%
Display
85%
Games Performance
19 / 64 → 29%
Application Performance
61 / 86 → 71%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
60 / 90 → 67%
Camera
48%
Average
71%
77%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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