The 5G has not even started to crawl in Brazil and is already reaching less salty price ranges. The Moto G 5G Plus is not a root Moto G, which can be considered good and cheap, but it offers a new technology that until then was only present in cell phones with launch values above R $ 5,000 in Brazil.
In addition to the boost in connectivity, it also gained more powerful hardware. The model sold in Brazil is full of giant numbers, being equipped with 8 GB of memory, a 6.7 inch screen and a total of six cameras: it has more lens than “G”. Is it worth buying the first Moto G with 5G? I tested Motorola’s novelty in the past few weeks and will tell you everything in the next few minutes.
Video review of the Moto G 5G Plus
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Design and canvas
The Moto G 5G Plus is a very tall phone, thanks to the 6.7-inch screen with a 21: 9 aspect ratio. The design draws more attention not due to the stretched format, but because of Motorola’s unusual choices: the cell phone has two holes for the selfie cameras (it looks like a minion); a fingerprint reader on the side, which I like for its easy access; and a square with four cameras well concentrated in the rear.
The cell phone is not built with any material from another world nor does it have IP certification against water and dust, but it visually satisfies by the dark blue tone, which glows willingly on the back, which is also a full plate for fingerprints. As usual, Motorola sends a simple transparent cover to protect the smartphone and at the same time keep the different color in view.
The screen with Full HD + resolution and cinema aspect has excellent quality, with strong brightness, great viewing angle and a convincing contrast, within what is possible to achieve with an LCD panel. By default, the colors are more saturated, but you can adjust the intensity of the tones in the system settings.
For the first time on a Moto G, the refresh rate is up to 90 Hz, which creates a beautiful feeling of fluidity in system animations and games with a high frame rate, something not always possible to be achieved for reasons that I will comment on below. . Motorola has included an automatic screen mode, which alternates between 60 and 90 Hz depending on the content displayed, which helps save battery.
Software, customized by Claro
Motorola software is usually consistent across generations, adding few features in new versions and without gaining so many visual changes. But the Moto G 5G has a different detail: it is being launched in partnership with Claro, which has an exclusive agreement. Even the models sold in Motorola stores and kiosks run an Android customized by the operator, which reminded me of the dark times of the platform.
The customization of Claro is not horrible, but it is uncomfortable to turn on the phone for the first time and notice, in addition to the pre-installed operator application, a series of icons for clothing stores, hotel reservations, games and even a wallet. bitcoins. Even the Chrome homepage is changed from the factory. It is difficult to accept bloatware in exchange for a discount, but receiving advertising, even if you buy the device unlocked and not linked to an operator, is even worse.
My other criticism is Motorola’s update policy, a strong point that the company had in the past and lost over the years. The Moto G 5G Plus runs Android 10 from the factory and is guaranteed a single update, for Android 11, which was released even before the phone. The Samsung Galaxy A51, a more affordable model from the competition, has a three-year warranty on updates, so it’s hard to accept that Motorola can’t do the same.
Worse is to think that when you finally get to use the Moto G 5G Plus 5G, you’ll be in the mood to buy another device, because Motorola has decided not to release any more Android updates.
The Moto G 5G Plus has more cameras than G, four of which are at the rear. The top line features an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera and a macro lens to capture closer objects. On the bottom line, we have the main 48 megapixel sensor and a depth camera for the background blur effect.
The main 48-megapixel camera is similar to those equipped with other recent Motorola devices, with a sensor that joins four pixels into one to create a 12-megapixel photo with greater definition. The results are good, with controlled noise, good sharpness and colors tending to the natural. The dynamic range has improved over the generations and also pleases, maintaining a balanced exposure without bursting or hiding points of lighting or shadow in most situations.
In low-light photos, the result tends to be disastrous, but the night vision mode helps you take pictures with controlled exposure. I continue with the same criticisms of previous Motorola devices: the image algorithm exaggerates sharpening, forcing a sharpness that is not captured by the sensor and creating hard edges around objects. Since textures are not well recorded, night photos tend to be very artificial; Motorola could make fine adjustments to improve the appearance of the images.
On the ultrawide camera, no big surprise. The sensor is obviously inferior to the main one, with a more restricted dynamic range and with limitations in capturing light, not least because the lens aperture is smaller. When the environment is well lit, the optical assembly can do a solid job, although I feel a little lack of definition. At night, the quality is poor and there is not much to do, not least because the Night Vision feature cannot be used with this camera.
And the macro lens is just ok, neither impressive in focal length nor in defining the captured objects, in addition to creating glaring chromatic aberrations in some cases. I wonder if this type of lens really makes sense in a cell phone for normal people: for me, it would be more useful to include a telephoto lens with optical zoom to frame more distant objects, or remove the macro camera to lower the price of the final product .
In the front cameras (how strange to say this in the plural), selfies appear in good quality. Motorola exaggerates the sharpness of the photos a little bit on the main sensor, a contrast to marks that leave a beautification filter on by default. The ultrawide camera has an above average field of view, with 118 degrees, and can be useful in group selfies or to highlight the background (and only in these cases, because the lens presents strong distortion when the face is close).
They are good cameras for a premium intermediary, but they are behind line tops of the previous generation, mainly in the ultrawide rear camera and in post-processing, which needs improvements to keep up with the competition.
Hardware and battery
The Snapdragon 765 is a good processor, but it is not a top of the line. The lack of breath in the Adreno 620 graphics chip is clear in games like Asphalt 9 with graphics at maximum, which shows a noticeable drop in the frame rate. You need to reduce visual quality to get close to acceptable fluidity, which is ironic for a phone that has a 90 Hz refresh rate as a gimmick.
Of course, on a daily basis, the hardware is sufficient to run everything with one foot on the back, without gagging or locking. The 8 GB of RAM also supports multitasking performance, allowing you to quickly switch between applications. There is so much memory that there is a hidden feature called “Adaptive performance”, which leaves applications preloaded in RAM to speed up next starts.
The 5,000 mAh battery has a long life and supplies quickly thanks to the 20-watt charger, but it may not last the two days promised by Motorola. For some people, the autonomy can be affected due to the bright 6.7-inch LCD screen, which tends to consume more energy when actually used.
In my quarantine pattern, with three hours of playback on Netflix, one hour of web browsing and half an hour of Asphalt 9, always on Wi-Fi, maximum brightness and refresh rate in automatic mode, the Moto G 5G Plus went from 100% to 39%. It is a lower result than the Motorola Edge +, which has the same battery capacity and a more powerful processor, but OLED screen.
And the 5G?
The big draw of the Moto G 5G Plus is, of course, the 5G. But the new technology is still in its infancy at the time this review was produced, in October 2020. I even managed to try 5G, but it felt like I was hunting Pokémon around town. Claro has coverage restricted to small areas of upscale neighborhoods in the São Paulo capital and, even in these regions, the experience is still nothing out of this world.
In the Avenida Paulista region, I obtained download rates between 120 and 140 Mb / s on 5G, while the upload reached an average of 70 Mb / s. These are great speeds, but I already achieved the same level of quality on Claro’s 4G, so much so that, after turning off the 5G and redoing tests in the same place, the rates were similar. At Parque Ibirapuera, the technology was more disappointing: 34 Mb / s download and 17 Mb / s upload.
I went through the deployment of 4G in Brazil almost a decade ago and, if the roadmap is similar, few people should benefit from 5G during the life of the Moto G 5G Plus: until 5G becomes a real advantage, it is likely that you have switched devices. Especially because, in the initial phase, 5G makes more sense in closed places with crowds of people, such as stadiums and shopping malls, something unthinkable in a pandemic.
In other words, it seems to me more a move to establish the Moto G brand as a pioneer, bringing cutting edge technology in a line previously considered popular, than an attempt to offer a real benefit to consumers. I repeat what I said in the Motorola Edge + review and reinforce this point in a more accessible device: buy the Moto G 5G Plus for other qualities, not to be “prepared” for the 5G.
The Moto G 5G Plus is worth it not because of the 5G, but for the whole. Motorola slipped in some places, like Android with a single guaranteed update and useless apps from a factory-installed business partner, but the product may be suitable for an audience looking for a smartphone in this price range.
The screen could be OLED, but it has satisfactory quality. The many cameras do a convincing job, the battery should be sufficient for most people, and the multiple gigabytes of RAM guarantee a longer life. It is a superior experience to that offered by most intermediary phones, but without costing much more than them. And 5G, although I don’t believe it is an important purchase factor in the near future in this category, is an extra that can be interesting.
It is true that the launch price of R $ 2,999 is very high, but it is lower than I expected, considering the current market conditions: just remember that Motorola Edge, with the same processor, was launched for R $ 5,499. That’s because the cost of 5G, which is still very high, is built into these prices. For those who don’t care about 5G (and I recommend not caring about it for a while), the Galaxy S10 Lite is a good alternative, with more powerful hardware and a superior screen.
Motorola’s launch is positioned immediately above the Moto G9 Plus, which has a lower processor and half the RAM. Two hundred or three hundred reais more is a price I would pay to have the Moto G 5G Plus welcome upgrades. And with the possible promotions and price reductions in the future, it can get into a lot of people’s pockets.
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus
- Convincing battery life and quick recharge
- Good performance and lots of RAM
- Ultrawide forntal camera is a nice addition
- I liked this gradient blue
- High brightness display and 90 Hz refresh rate
- Deserved better cameras for low lighting
- Update policy worsened over the years
- Single version with Claro bloatware
- Screen: LTPS 6.7-inch LCD with Full HD + resolution (2520 × 1080 pixels);
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 octa-core up to 2.3 GHz with Adreno 620 graphics chip;
- RAM: 8 GB;
- Internal storage: 128 GB (with microSD input up to 512 GB);
- Dual front camera:
- Main: 16 megapixels (f / 2.0);
- Ultrawide: 8 megapixels (f / 2.4) with 118 degree field of view;
- Quadruple rear camera:
- Main: 48 megapixels (f / 1.7);
- Ultrawide: 8 megapixels (f / 2.2) with 118 degree field of view;
- Macro: 5 megapixels (f / 2.4);
- Depth sensor: 2 megapixels (f / 2.4);
- Dual LED flash, 4K video recording at 30 fps;
- Battery: 5,000 mAh with 20 watt TurboPower charging;
- Connections: 4G, 5G sub-6, Wi-Fi 802.11 / a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, FM radio, 3.5 mm headphone jack;
- Dimensions and weight: 168.3x74x9.7 mm, 207 grams.