Moto G100 or Motorola Edge +? Both are powerful cell phones from Motorola for sale in Brazil. The first was launched in March 2021 and the second in July 2020, both with advanced Qualcomm processors and 12 GB RAM. But what’s beyond that? How do the cameras, screen, design and other features compare? Find out in the following lines.
Technical Data – Moto G100 vs Motorola Edge +
|Moto G100||Motorola Edge +|
|Launch in Brazil||March 2021||July 2020|
|Launch price||R $ 3,999||R $ 7,999|
|Screen||6.7-inch LTPS LCD, Full HD +, HDR10 and 90 Hz refresh rate||6.7-inch OLED, Full HD +, Endless Edge curvature, 90 Hz refresh rate and HDR10 +|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snadragon 870||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865|
|Storage||256 GB (expandable via microSD up to 256 GB)||256 GB, does not accept microSD|
||25 megapixel (f / 2.0)|
|Drums||5,000 mAh with 20-watt TurboPower fast charge||5,000 mAh with 18 watt TurboPower charging, 15 watt wireless and 5 watt reverse|
|Connectivity and connections||5G DSS, 5G sub-6, 4G, 3G, 2G, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, USB-C and P2||5G sub-6, 4G, 3G, 2G, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, USB-C and P2|
|Factory operating system||Android 11||Android 10|
|Dimensions (mm)||168.4 × 74 × 9.7 mm||161.1 × 71.4 × 9.6 mm|
|Weight||207 grams||203 grams|
|Colors||Luminous Ocean (blue) and Luminous Sky (pearly white)||Thunder Gray|
Screen and design: Motorola Edge + comes out ahead
The Moto G100 and Motorola Edge + share the same screen size and resolution: 6.7 inches, Full HD +. Both also have a refresh rate of 90 Hz, which contributes to a feeling of graphic fluidity. But the similarities end there.
While the Moto G model has an LTPS LCD panel, the Edge + features an OLED display with curved edges. As much as the Moto G100’s screen delivers a brightness, great definition and “ok” contrast for an LCD, it’s not an OLED and doesn’t reach the contrast level of this type of screen, which can bother more demanding users, especially considering the price range.
Incidentally, the curved edges of the Motorola Edge + (which have their fans, although many people don’t like this format) can be used to check the battery level and even alert you to notifications. The Moto G100 has none of this and its screen is much less immersive, despite having relatively thin edges.
Moving on to construction, we have an attractive design on both lines, with greater sophistication for the Motorola Edge +. The Moto G100 retains a Moto G “face”, to tell you the truth. It is made of plastic and available in blue and white colors – in both cases, the rear delivers an interesting pearly effect, which emits shades of purple when there is light.
The Motorola Edge + in Thunder Gray (bluish gray) looks like a shiny steel bar. It is made of metal and glass, and is quite beautiful in its own way, with upright rear cameras, like a traffic light. The 21: 9 screen format makes it narrow, with an excellent grip.
In both cases, there is a P2 input (3.5 mm) for headphones – something not so easy to find on more advanced models today. Oh, and the bad news is that we don’t have any IP certification for water resistance here.
Processor and memory: tasteful performance
Both models have advanced Qualcomm chips: Snapdragon 865 on the Edge + and Snapdragon 870 on the Moto G (who would say that one day I could write this about a Moto G!). The components work together with 12 GB of RAM on both phones, which in practice translates into high performance and no problem running demanding apps, including heavy games with maximum graphics.
Battle of giants, but with victory for the Moto G100, which has a more current processor (evolution of the SD 865 Plus).
In terms of storage, the two have 256 GB internal, which is enough and enough for most users. Only the Moto G100 has microSD support for expansion.
Cameras: too many lenses and too many pixels
If we look only at numbers, the Motorola Edge + stands out for having a 108 megapixel camera, against 64 MP of the Moto G100. I leave the other specifications to be consulted in the table at the beginning of the text.
As you can see in the review of Tecnoblog, the Motorola Edge + cameras are good and show an evolution of the brand in this sense, delivering great images, with good sharpness and pleasant colors, in ideal lighting conditions.
However, at night, only the main lens appeals, despite the large increase in color saturation. The rest of the lenses deliver reasonable, unclear photos at 16 MP ultrawide and with a lot of noise at 8 MP telephoto.
In addition, Edge + does not shoot in 4K at 60 fps, (it reaches 6K at 30 fps and 4K at 30 fps), which is not acceptable for a phone launched for R $ 7,999 in 2020, right?
Let’s go to the Moto G100 – which, just to be clear, doesn’t have high photographic intentions, since its focus is the power to perform tasks.
Still, we have the aforementioned 64 MP that, in well-lit environments, takes good quality photos with decent dynamic range and low noise. The colors are also well balanced, with an acceptable dose of gain in saturation to make everything more attractive.
The night mode, on the other hand, seems to have been improved, delivering more natural lighting than seen on the Edge +. Still, there is a higher level of noise here.
It is worth remembering that, with the Moto G100, we gave up the 3x optical zoom since there is no telephoto lens. The ultra-wide lens with a 16 MP sensor is as expected in ideal lighting conditions, it is also possible to capture good macro photos with decent details and great dynamic range – the lens has a rim that lights up like a ring light to help capture.
Oh, and about the videos, we finally have 4K at 60 fps! Phew, Motorola!
Speaking of selfies, the Moto G100 has a dual front camera, but it does not deliver a portrait mode as convincing as we would expect from a phone with this configuration. The secondary lens, which is ultrawide and has an 8 megapixel sensor, does a satisfactory job when framing a group of people, but it is not a masterpiece in sharpness. The main one has 16 MP and makes pictures with good sharpness and good color balance.
In turn, the Motorola Edge + has a single front sensor of 25 megapixels, which is good in color and captures the details of the face well, without impressing much further – being, again, behind other models in the same price range.
Moto G100 vs Motorola Edge +: battery and charging
Both smartphones in this comparison have a 5,000 mAh battery and our tests prove that the capacity is enough to last a whole day for most users, reaching up to two days, depending on its use. Still, the Moto G100’s practical results were slightly lower than those of the Edge +.
There are other assets available only on Edge + in this regard, such as the 15 W wireless charging and reverse charging, which allows you to use your smartphone as a portable charger to give that emergency gas to other devices, such as headphones and other cell phones.
Connectivity: ready for 5G
Thinking about the future, the two phones support the 5G sub-6 networks, which should take time to become a reality in the lives of Brazilians. In this scenario, the Moto G100 stands out for also bringing support to the 5G DSS, a kind of pre-5G, which is already available in Brazil. Edge + does not have the technology, although the conventional Motorola Edge was the first smartphone to arrive in Brazil with this support.
Both the Moto G100 and Motorola Edge + also feature NFC, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.
Operating system and updates
Let’s talk about a new weakness of Motorola: Android updates. A few years ago, the brand was one of the best in this regard, and now it simply cannot keep up with the competitors’ schedule of updates.
The Motorola Edge + left the factory with Android 10 and is guaranteed to be upgraded to Android 12, after much controversy (the initial promise was just a version update). The problem is repeated in the Moto G100, which arrived with Android 11 and is also only guaranteed to receive Android 12, which is already about to be launched by Google.
Historically, we know how difficult it is to extend the life of Android phones, especially if we consider Apple on the other side of the coin and its four or five years of iOS update. Still, we have Samsung offering up to three generations of Android on intermediate phones. Well, none of this is guaranteed on Motorola phones, so it’s good to get ready to switch handsets in a relatively short time.
Price and cost-benefit: Moto G100 or Motorola Edge +?
Let’s go to the calculations …
The Motorola Edge + arrived at a salty R $ 7,999, but is currently found for around R $ 4,500 in electronic retail, which is still quite expensive. The Moto G100 was launched last, at R $ 3,999, and you can find it in the range of R $ 3,000 in some stores.
Considering this scenario and all the technical data points evaluated, the Moto G100 delivers the best cost-benefit for those looking for power for games or other demanding tasks on the cell phone.
It is not the best in the world in cameras, but it does a good job for most users and, if that is in fact your main point when choosing a new phone, it might be worth taking a look at the Galaxy S20 or S21 line. before leaving for Edge +.
Anyway, it is important to keep an eye on Android. Depending on the time when you are considering replacing your cell phone, the purchase may not pay off as much, due to the update cycle proposed by Motorola.
* Retail prices collected on 05/07/2021, the values may vary due to the availability of the product in the market.
With information: Motorola (1 and 2)