Motorola Moto G10 in for review
The Motorola Moto G10 has arrived at our office and it has some difficult questions to answer. It seems quite expensive for a phone with a 720p + screen and a Snapdragon 460 chipset. Things look even worse when you notice that the Moto G10 Power is cheaper.
Okay, that’s not entirely correct. The power model is only available in India right now, the vanilla G10 is only available in Europe. So a direct price comparison is not possible, but the distance is quite large – the vanilla model is € 150, and Power is INR 10,000, which runs to € 115 or so. In the worst case, these phones cost the same after EU tax.
What is the difference between the two? True to its name, Power has a 6,000 mAh battery with 20W fast charging. The regular Moto G10 has a decently large 5,000 mAh battery in itself, but it only charges with 10W. A better battery system could have given the G10 a much needed edge.
Because as it stands, there are phones in this price range with 1080p + screens and similar (or larger) batteries that charge faster to boot. And with one of them, you do not beat it with an 11 nm input level chipset.
However, the phone is not without profit. First, it launches with Android 11, which is not given in this price range. And while we’ve in doubt about Motorola’s willingness to bring major updates to its older devices (especially the cheap ones), it’s always a plus to start with the current Android version.
And this is Motorola’s software that has not changed that much over the years and has stayed close to its Android base.
Another thing we will look into carefully is the camera. A 48MP main module is not uncommon, even in the under € 200 range. Still, it can record 1080p video at 60 fps, which something like a Galaxy A21s cannot (it tops out at 30 fps).
There’s also an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera not found on the Poco M3 (which also can’t handle 1080p / 60 fps).
It is not difficult to find a better phone on paper, but how phones look on paper and how they work in real life are sometimes very different things. So if the Moto G10 impresses with its camera and battery life, it would prove that it has a place in the market.
We still think Motorola should lower the price, but for only € 30 more you can get a Moto G30 with a 1080p 90Hz screen, Snapdragon 662 and 20W charging. We will have a better understanding of whether the G10 is really € 150 once we have completed the review process, and stay updated on our results.