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Motorola has been on a launching spree and has launched phones in the budget and premium segment so far. With the Moto G 5G, it targets the mid-range segment. The Moto G is being touted as the first affordable smartphone to come with 5G connectivity. It is expected to lock horns with the OnePlus Nord because of the similarity in price and specifications, Indiatoday reported.
Expected Price and availability
Motorola has launched the Moto G 5g in India at Rs 20,999 for the lone 6GB variant. However, the smartphone can be bought for Rs 19,999, if you have HDFC debit and credit cards. If you buy the phone using an HDFC card, you will get an instant discount of Rs 1000. The Moto G 5G will go on sale in India from December 7.
Design and display
|The smartphone has been launched with two interesting color options including Frosted Silver and Volcanic Grey. Photo: Motto|
Starting off with the display, the Moto G 5G has a plastic body. To the front, you get a full-screen display and a punch hole cut out at the center. The bezels at the sides are slim while there is a noticeable amount of the bezel on the top as well as at the chin. The device is also IP52 rated for protection against water and dust. There is also a dedicated Google Assistant button onboard. It weighs 212 grams and is 9.9mm thick.
The Moto G 5G sports a 6.7-inch Full HD+ (2,400 x 1,080) LTPS LCD Max Vision display. It is an HDR10 certified panel and has 90% screen to body ratio and 20:9 aspect ratio. The Moto G 5G is available in two color options - Frosted Silver and Volcanic Grey, according to Techradar.
The Moto G 5G is India’s first phone with Snapdragon 750G in the heart. The 750G is said to offer a 20% improvement over the Snapdragon 730G SoC. The Adreno 619 GPU is said to bring a 10% improvement in graphics processing. Its CPU has a max clock speed of 2.2GHz and is built on an 8nm fabrication process. It uses the Snapdragon X52 modem for 5G connectivity on both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrums. The integrated modem also improves efficiency.
In India, the Moto G 5G comes in a sole 6GB + 128GB variant. It also supports microSD card up to 1TB.
As for the optics, the Moto G 5G offers a triple rear camera stack with a primary 48MP(f/1.7) shooter with PDAF which is followed by an 8MP (f/2.2) 118° ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2MP(f/2.4) macro vision camera. It has a single LED flash to guide in the night. The camera features include Night Vision, smart composition, HDR, burst shot, manual mode, portrait mode, cinemagraph, panorama, Live filter, high-res zoom, RAW photo, Google Lens, AR sticker, slow-mo, timelapse video, hyper-lapse video, EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization), spot color for video. It can shoot up to 4K videos at 30fps, Full HD at 60 fps and 1080 at 30fps in the ultra-wide lens.
Selfies are handled by a single 16MP(f/2.2) shooter which can shoot up to Full HD at 30fps. The camera features include portrait mode, face beauty, burst shot, cinemagraph, group selfie, live filter, spot color, gesture selfie, night vision, timelapse video, and hyperlapse video.
The Moto G 5G sports a massive 5000mAh battery which the company claims can last for two days. It also supports TurboPower 20 fast charging which fuels up the device at 20W speed. Moto claims that you can get 10 hours of usage with 15 minutes charge. It has a Type-C port for charging.
The Moto G 5G runs on near-stock Android 10 OS. You get My UX option which allows you to control your phone with simple gestures. There is also a dedicated Google Assistant button and the fingerprint scanner is combined with the power button on the side. There is also NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity. The Moto G 5G also retains the good old 3.5mm headphone jack. Other features include a bottom powering speaker, hybrid slot, 5G, 4G VOLTE, 4G, 3G, 2G network support, and A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo for navigation. Sensors on board include proximity, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and gyroscope.
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A pocket pleaser?
Indians love anything that offers more on a budget. While 5G might be a distant dream for users in India, the Moto G 5G is still the cheapest phone to come with 5G connectivity. The other phone with similar specs and 5G support is the OnePlus Nord but it is priced slightly higher than Moto G 5G at Rs 24,999 in India, according to India Today.
Now, 5G connectivity is one of the biggest takeaways of the Moto G 5G, but apart from that, the company has not cut corners on other fronts. Moto G 5G comes with a big and impressive display. It features a 6.7-inch full-HD+ (1,080x2,400 pixels) LTPS panel for watching movies and playing games on it. Nord which competes with the Moto G 5G comes with a slightly smaller 6.44-inch display. From the size and the viewing angles of the display, the device seems to be a bit clunky. Despite the weight, one-hand operations were pretty seamless in this design.
Yet, it cannot be denied that the Moto G 5G can be heavier compared to other phones in this segment. As far as the design language is concerned, Motorola has adopted a minimalistic style. There are glass panels on the front and the rear of the smartphone. Below the glass coating on the rear panel, a textured design dominates the theme. If the customers are for a minimalistic design and a powerful spec sheet, the phone is sure to appease you.
Moto G 5G: Performance and other important areas
Moto G 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor coupled with 6GB of RAM. The processor is new to the Indian market and needless to say, it makes the smartphones amazingly fast. For storage, the phone comes with 128GB internal storage capacity but if you want more, you can expand it up to 1TB using a micro SD card. The smartphone has been launched in a single storage variant so you have no choice there.
The Moto G 5G runs on Android 10 out of the box. The near-stock Android UI is fairly easy to use and it doesn’t bug you with repeated notifications from pre-loaded apps because there aren’t any. You will only find the Google apps and a few apps by Motorola to customize your settings. However, those apps are absolutely harmless.
Moving to the camera, the Moto G 5G features a square-shaped camera island at the rear. The camera module consists of 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
"I have not spent much time with the phone but I can say the smartphone captures clear and crisp images during daylight. It has an intuitive camera feature that suggests which mode to use while capturing an image. For instance, if you trying to click a close-up picture of something, a pop-up message will appear and ask you to “switch to macro mode”. If you tap on the pop-up, the macro mode will be turned on automatically. This feature could be useful in capturing perfect pictures. I am yet to explore its low-light and night photography. To know about that, you will have to wait for the detailed review.", the reviewer shared his initial view on India Today.
Now moving to the final segment and the most important segment, battery. For this, Motorola has crammed a 5000mAh battery into the Moto G 5G. So far, the battery seems fine to me but I will have to test it further to determine its true capability.
Moto G 5G: Good-enough phone
It seems like a good-enough phone with a big display, a good battery, and a decent design that should not disappoint potential buyers. The smartphone has a good camera setup that comes with powerful features including quad-pixel and night vision.
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