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About six months after the Motorola Moto G 5G Plus, the company released the more affordable version – the Moto G 5G vanilla. The newer device is almost identical to its older siblings in terms of design and hardware. There are just a few key components that separate the two and allow for a lower price point.
The standard Moto G 5G tones down the chipset for the Snapdragon 750G instead of the Snapdragon 765G on the Plus model, and that’s a good thing. We’re starting to see a trend here, and we like how Motorola is making an effort to put newer chipsets in the hands of consumers. Older Motorola handsets were often scolded for coming out with older SoCs. This is no longer the case. Both Moto G 5G and Moto G 5G Plus use skilled and updated chipsets.
Motorola Moto G 5G Specifications at a glance:
- Body: 166.1×76.1×9.9mm, 212g; Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame.
- Screen: 6.70 “LTPS IPS LCD, HDR10, 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 393ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G 5G (8 nm): Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 570 & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 570); Adreno 619.
- Memory: 64 GB 4 GB RAM, 128 GB 6 GB RAM; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
- OS / software: Android 10.
- Rear camera: Wide (head): 48 MP, f / 1.7, 26 mm, 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 .m.
- Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30 / 60fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 fps.
- Battery: 5,000 mAh; Fast charging 20W.
- Various: Fingerprint reader (rear mounted); NFC; FM radio; 3.5 mm jack plug.
Another important difference would be the display. Size and resolution match (for the most part), but the non-Plus variant we have here skips HRR and settles a standard 60Hz refresh rate. The camera experience is expected to be pretty much the same. Only the macro lens and the secondary selfie camera are missing, but the important ones are borrowed from the Plus setup. Battery and charge also remain the same.
But enough about the differences and similarities between the two. Like the Plus model, the real Moto G 5G faces stiff competition in this segment. We have Xiaomi, Samsung and Realme with similar or identical chipsets that offer excellent value for money. So let’s see if the Moto G 5G is ready for the task.
Unboxing Motorola Moto G 5G
The handset comes in a standard box with the usual user manuals and the appropriate wall charger and USB-A to USB-C cable. The charger is rated at 20W to support the phone’s quick charge function. You also get a transparent silicone case as a bonus.