Motorola Moto G100 review

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To bridge the gap between the affordable G-Series and the more exclusive Edge models, the Moto G100 is Motorola’s take on a powerful midranger. In fact, with a mighty Snapdragon chip at the helm, a few interesting camera choices and potential for PC replacement use, the Moto G100 is truly a promising package.

We brought Moto Edges up for a reason – the Moto Edge S has been available in China for a few months, and the G100 is pretty much it. Minor differences can be found in a comparison between head-to-head specifications, but we would say that a few extra degrees of coverage on the ultra-wide cameras hardly have consequences.

The important things are definitely the same, and it starts with the Snapdragon 870 chip – an even higher clock ++ version of the top-tier SD865 from last year. It enables one of the main features of the G100 – the (oddly named) ‘Ready For’ functionality to use the phone as the heart of a Samsung Dex-style desktop computer.

There are also other unusual bits on the Moto G100. Its 16MP ultra-wide camera on the back has autofocus and a turn signal that offers serious potential for close-up photography. At least as important is secondary camera on the front – you get ultralight selfies on top of the regular ones.

In this context, the screen looks almost too mainstream. It’s a 6.7-inch LCD screen that maximizes 90Hz – it’s not an OLED, nor is it a 120Hz panel. However, it is particularly high at 21: 9, so there it is.

Motorola Moto G100 specifications at a glance:

  • Body: 168.4×74.0x9.7mm, 207g; plastic frame; water-repellent design.
  • Screen: 6.70 “IPS LCD, 90Hz, HDR10, 560 nits, 1080x2520px resolution, 21: 9 aspect ratio, 409ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8250-AC Snapdragon 870 5G (7 nm): Octa-core (1×3.2 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 585); Adreno 650.
  • Memory: 128 GB 8 GB RAM; UFS 3.1; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
  • OS / software: Android 11.
  • Rear camera: Wide (head): 64 MP, f / 1.7, 1 / 2.0 “, 0.7µm, PDAF, Laser AF; Ultra wide angle: 16 MP, f / 2.2, 117 °, 1.0 μm, PDAF; Depth: 2 MP, f / 2.4; Depth: TOF 3D.
  • Front camera: Wide (head): 16 MP, f / 2.2, 1.0 μm; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.4, 118 °, 1.12 µm.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 6K @ 30fps, 4K @ 30 / 60fps, 1080p @ 30/60 / 120fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 20W.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (side mounted); NFC; 3.5 mm plug; ‘Ready to’ support.

When the LCD display on the front does not allow a fingerprint reader under the display, you get a capacitive one embedded in the power button on the side. There is also a dedicated Google Assistant key as on all the latest Moto Gs. The inside has a water-repellent treatment, and a reasonably standard 5,000 mAh battery is designed to keep the lights on.

Motorola Moto G100 unboxing

The box for the Moto G100 is no different than the ones we got with the G10 and G30 – so nothing external. The one slightly entertaining bit is the ‘ready for compatible’ badge in the top right corner. We were briefed on what ‘ready for’ stands for (more on that in the ‘Software’ section on page 4), and the prominent advertised compatibility with the system makes sense. But for someone unfamiliar with the concept, it can read like a crushed English.

Motorola Moto G100 review

In any case, inside the box for our assessment unit there was the phone, already in a soft silicone protective case. Below that, we found the 20W charger and a USB A-to-C cable to fit it. Some markets also get a headset, but our device did not have one.

Motorola Moto G100 review

Remember while the phone is’ ready for compatible‘, use a USB-C-to-C cable to connect it to a compatible monitor or one of the optional accessories Motorola has for the task. The ‘ready for’ dock has a holder where you place your phone and the dock connects to a monitor. There are pre-order bundles right now that include the dock. There is also a ‘ready to go’ cable that does the same, only minus the actual dock.

Again, we take a closer look at the platform ‘ready for’ on the review’s software page. But before that – hardware.

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