Snapdragon 870, 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of space and a 90 Hz screen. It could be another high-end Motorola phone, but the manufacturer decided to put this hardware inside a Moto G. Named the Moto G100, the new smartphone of the brand arrives in Brazil for those who want a lot of power without paying for premium finish or fancy cameras.
The most powerful (and most expensive) Moto G in history has a launch price of R $ 3,999, which is quite salty for a Moto G, but is less than what other manufacturers charge for smartphones with lower numbers. And what else is he good at? I already have the Moto G100 in hand and I have my first impressions to follow.
First impressions of the Moto G100 on video
Numbers so gigantic that it doesn’t even look like a Moto G
The Moto G100 is the first Moto G with an 800 series processor. The Snapdragon 870 is a turbocharged version of the Snapdragon 865 Plus and is just one step below the Snapdragon 888, Qualcomm’s most powerful chip. All this soup of numbers means that the Moto G100 becomes the smartphone with the highest performance in the Motorola line, above even the Motorola Edge +.
In addition to the powerful chip, the Moto G100 will be sold in Brazil with the best possible combination of hardware: while other countries will receive versions with 6 or 8 GB of RAM, here we will only have the device with 12 GB. And the screen is also out of the ordinary for a Moto G: although the 6.7-inch LCD panel does not impress by the contrast, it does have a good feeling of fluidity thanks to the 90 Hz refresh rate.
In a conversation with Thiago Masuchette, head of Motorola products, he told me that the idea of the Moto G100 is to use the strength of the name Moto G, which is considered a “fortress” within the company, to surprise with a much superior hardware than expected. In addition, Motorola takes the opportunity to change the nomenclature of the line, which is based on numbers instead of surnames like Play and Plus: the G10 is the simplest, the G30 is halfway and the G100 is the most complete .
Ready For is Motorola’s Samsung DeX
Motorola also brought new features to the software with Ready For, which resembles the Samsung DeX a lot: with the help of a USB-C to HDMI cable, you can connect the Moto G100 to a monitor or TV and use the phone as a desktop, with a floating window interface on a desktop. It is possible to connect a mouse, keyboard and joystick, in addition to using the smartphone screen itself as a trackpad.
I liked Ready For for starting almost instantly and for making it clear to the user what the possibilities are, from turning your old TV into a smart TV, running Netflix, Spotify and any other application, to making video calls using the rear camera . But it is clear that the feature still needs to improve: Amazon Prime Video, for example, showed a DRM error in my tests and was unable to reproduce anything via HDMI.
Moto G100: “entry” premium?
Despite bringing a very powerful processor, some points make it clear that Motorola saved to bring the Moto G100 to a less salty price range. Although it cannot be said that R $ 3,999 is an affordable value, it is a fact that it is well below the R $ 6,000 or R $ 7,000 expected at launch for a phone with this level of hardware.
The first saving point is in the housing: the blue version with nuances of purple was very beautiful, but there is no sophistication in the materials, since the device is all made of plastic and does not bring any different details in the design, such as the curved edges Edge +, which tend to make the product more expensive. Resistance against water, common in the premium segment, was also neglected.
Speaking of Edge +, Motorola has adopted neither an OLED screen nor a fingerprint reader under the display; the biometric sensor is on the on / off button. And the camera does not bring impressive numbers like the Edge + 108 megapixels, nor a telephoto lens for taking pictures with optical zoom, a component that is normally restricted to more expensive smartphones.
In addition, the Moto G100 is guaranteed to only have an Android version update, versus two updates to more expensive models, such as the Edge +. I highlight this in a particularly negative way because Motorola was once a reference for a manufacturer that maintained support for its devices for an above-average period, especially in the Google era, but has left that strength aside in recent launches.
Ultimately, Motorola follows a recipe that some manufacturers, especially Chinese ones, have successfully made, launching the most powerful phone possible for the lowest price they can. The Moto G100 may be the alternative that was lacking in the Brazilian market for those who wanted a big engine without having to pay extra for exclusive wheels or leather seats in southern Germany.
Moto G100 review coming soon
Our full review of the Moto G100 will be published in the coming weeks. What do you want to know about him?
Motorola Moto G100 – technical form (Brazil)
- Screen: 6.7-inch LTPS LCD with Full HD + resolution (2520 × 1080 pixels), HDR10 + and 90 Hz refresh rate;
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 octa-core up to 3.2 GHz and GPU Adreno 650;
- RAM: 12 GB;
- Internal storage: 256 GB (with microSD expansion of up to 1 TB);
- Front cameras:
- Main: 16 megapixels (f / 2.2) with a 73-degree field of view;
- Ultrawide: 8 megapixels (f / 2.4) with 118 degree field of view;
- 1080p video recording at 30 fps;
- Rear cameras:
- Main: 64 megapixel (f / 1.7) with a 79 degree field of view;
- Ultrawide and macro: 16 megapixel (f / 2.2) with 117 degree field of view;
- Depth: 2 megapixels (f / 2.4) with 83 degree field of view;
- 3D flight time depth sensor (ToF);
- 6K video recording at 30 fps;
- Drums: 5,000 mAh with 20-watt TurboPower fast charge;
- Connectivity: 5G DSS, 5G sub-6, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax, NFC and 3.5 mm headphone jack;
- Dimensions (mm): 168.4x74x9.7 mm;
- Weight: 207 grams