Moto G50 review
Introduction and Specifications
First, it was the Moto G 5G Plus about a year ago, and now it’s the Moto G50. What do they have in common? Well, both are attempts by Motorola to undermine the competition’s 5G offerings.
The Moto G50 arrives at a launch price of around 210 euros as it is positioned in a new affordable segment ruled by cheap hardware with modern connectivity.
The Moto G50 is the almost 5G version of the Moto G10 . 5G connectivity is enabled via the Snapdragon 480 chipset (as opposed to the SD460 on the G10). But the ultra-high-resolution camera had to be used to achieve a relatively low launch price.
Motorola Moto G50 Specifications Glimpse:
- Body: 164.9 x 74.9 x 9.0 mm, 192 grams; Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame; Waterproof design.
- Screen: 6.50 inch IPS LCD, 90 Hz, resolution 720 x 1600 pixels, aspect ratio 20: 9, 269 pixels per inch.
- Chip: Qualcomm SM4350 Snapdragon 480 5G (8 nm): Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Kryo 460 & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 460); Adreno 619.
- Memory: 64 GB 4 GB RAM, 128 GB 4 GB RAM; microSDXC (uses a shared SIM slot).
- Operating System/Software: Android 11.
- Rear camera: Wide (main) : 48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF; Macro : 5MP , f/2.4, 1/5.0″, 1.12µm; Depth : 2 MP, f / 2.4.
- Front camera: 13 MP, f / 2.2, (wide), 1 / 3.1 “, 1.12 µm.
- Video capture: Rear camera : 1080p@30/60fps; Front camera : 1080p @ 30/60fps.
- Battery: 5000 mAh. 15W fast charging (10W charger in the box).
- misc: fingerprint reader (rear); NFC; FM radio; 3.5 mm jack.
On the other hand, we expect a better 13MP front camera and faster charging due to the support for 15W charging instead of the slower 10W charging on the G10. And perhaps most importantly, the G50’s seemingly identical display gains a faster refresh rate at 90Hz, making the entire user experience a lot smoother.
Aside from offering 5G on the cheap, the Moto G50 also offers a burden-free Android experience with a splash of Motorola-specific features without spoiling the feel of vanilla Android. The generous 5,000mAh battery combined with the Snapdragon 480 5G (the first phone in Europe to have it) should result in excellent battery runtimes as well. The waterproof design, 4GB/64GB base memory combination, and higher-than-normal resolution for a macro camera are welcome bonuses at this price.
So let’s see what the Moto G50 has in store for us and the spec sheet can’t reflect.
Motorola Moto G50 unlocked
The Moto G50 comes in a standard box containing the usual user manuals, charging bricks, and a USB-A to USB-C cable. Motorola has also included a practical and transparent silicone cover that wraps around the device.
However, the charger is rated at only 10W while the phone itself supports up to 15W wired charging. And a USB-A to USB-C cable is a cheaper type that can only be used for charging and does not work for data transfer. We’ve seen this with other Motorola devices, and that’s the catch.