About six months after the Motorola Moto G 5G Plus, the company released the more affordable version – the vanilla Moto G 5G. The new device is almost identical to its predecessor in terms of design and material. There are just a few key things that differentiate the two and allow for a lower price.
The standard Moto G 5G tapers the chipset to Snapdragon 750G instead of the Snapdragon 765G on the Plus model, and that’s probably a good thing. We’re starting to see a trend here, and we love the way Motorola is striving to get newer chipsets into the hands of consumers. Older Motorola phones have often been berated for coming out with older SoCs. This is no longer the case. The Moto G 5G and the Moto G 5G Plus both use high performance and up-to-date chipsets.
Motorola Moto G 5G specification overview:
- Body: 166.1 x 76.1 x 9.9mm, 212g; Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame.
- Pin up: 6.70 “LTPS IPS LCD, HDR10, 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 393ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G 5G (8nm): Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 570 and 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 570); Adreno 619.
- Memory: 64GB RAM 4GB, 128GB RAM 6GB; microSDXC (uses a shared SIM slot).
- OS / software: Android 10.
- Rear camera: Large (main): 48 MP, f / 1.7, 26mm, 1 / 2.0 “, 0.8 µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.2, 118˚, 1.12 µm; Macro: 2 MP, f / 2.4, AF.
- Front camera: 16 MP, f / 2.2, (wide), 1.0 µm.
- Video capture: Rear camera: 4K at 30 fps, 1080p at 30/60 fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p at 30 fps.
- Drums: 5,000 mAh; Fast charge 20W.
- Various: Fingerprint reader (rear mounted); NFC; FM radio; 3.5mm jack socket.
Another key difference would be the display. Size and resolution match (mostly), but the Non-Plus variant we have here skips the HRR and settles for a standard 60Hz refresh rate. Camera experience should be largely the same. . Only the macro lens and the secondary selfie camera are missing, but the most important are borrowed from the configuration of the Plus. The battery and charge also remain the same.
But enough about the differences and similarities between the two. Like the Plus model, the good Moto G 5G faces stiff competition in this segment. We have Xiaomi, Samsung and Realme with similar or identical chipsets offering great value for money. So let’s see if the Moto G 5G is up to the task.
Unboxing the Motorola Moto G 5G
The handset comes in a standard box with the usual user manuals and the appropriate wall charger, and a USB-A to USB-C cable. The charger is rated at 20W to support the phone’s fast charging capability. You also get a clear silicone case as a bonus.