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Moto G50 lands on mid-tier range with 5G in tow

Motorola just announced the Moto G100 and, just like it boasted recently, it brought Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8-series to a phone series that’s better known for mid-range specs and prices. The Moto G100 definitely still fits the price range but it might still be a bit too high for some Moto G fans. Fortunately, Motorola did have other new phones to reveal and the Moto G50 even comes with some pretty tempting specs to boot.

Comparing the Moto G100 and Moto G50 is, of course, unfair but the fact that the latter comes with 5G at this price point is too good to pass up. That’s thanks to the Snapdragon 480 5G which happens to be Qualcomm’s entry-level 5G-enabled chipset, its answer to MediaTek’s growing number of Dimensity 5G silicon. That said, the 4GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB of expandable storage probably shouldn’t come as a surprise at this price level.

The Moto G50 also comes with a 6.5-inch “Max Vision HD+” screen with a 1600×720 pixel resolution. That might not sound much until you hear about the 90Hz. Granted, the combination of screen resolution, refresh rate, and processor might not be that impressive for mobile gaming but it does make for a good feature bullet point. It does have a large 5,000 mAh battery to make up for those deficits.

Where the phone’s specs might really start to disappoint is in the camera department, with only a 48MP sensor doing all the work, without OIS or even HDR even. There’s a 5MP Macro Vision camera and a 2MP depth sensor, but those will hardly compensate. The front camera gets a 13MP sensor for selfies.

That said, the Moto G50 only asks for 249.99 EUR, roughly $295. Considering the 5G and 90Hz screen features, some might consider that an unexpected steal. The phone is launching in European markets first but Motorola hasn’t said a word about global availability yet.

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Moto G100 gives affordable Android the Snapdragon 870 5G and a slick new dock

Motorola’s G Series is best known for its affordable price tags, but the new Moto G100 still somehow manages to introduce a Snapdragon 8xx-Series chipset to the budget-minded line. That’s courtesy of the recently-announced Snapdragon 870 5G, Qualcomm’s more affordable counterpoint to the flagship Snapdragon 888, which in this case helps keep the G100 down to around $580.

It means not only 8 Series performance, but 5G in a Moto G phone, too. WiFI 6 support is included as well, and Motorola squeezes in a 5,000 mAh battery which it says should last for 40+ hours of use.

On the front, there’s a 6.7-inch CinemaVision 21:9 aspect display, with 90Hz refresh rate. It’s HDR10 certified, and works with the subset of Snapdragon Elite Gaming features that Qualcomm includes on the Snapdragon 870. Motorola’s own Gametime system is preloaded too, with various optimizations along with auto-mute of notifications to keep from distracting you when you’re playing.

On the back, there’s a 64-megapixel main camera with Quad Pixel, alongside an ultra-wide camera that promises 4x more of the scene in each frame. A macro camera – with a built-in ring light – is also included on the back.

Up front, the G100 gets a 16-megapixel main camera for selfies, alongside an ultra-wide. Dual Capture mode allows the front and rear cameras to work at the same time, while Audio Zoom promises to focus the microphone pick-up on what’s in-frame at the time, even if you’ve zoomed in the picture.

With Motorola Ready For, meanwhile, hooking up a display or TV via the USB-C port will open a desktop computer-like interface. That supports Motorola’s new Ready For dock – which also works with the Motorola edge+ – or Bluetooth accessories, for things like keyboard, mouse, and game controller.

There’ll be two colors – Iridescent Sky and Iridescent Ocean – and Android 11 is loaded out of the box; you get 128GB of storage and a microSD slot. The Moto G100 will go on sale in select European and Latin American markets from today, priced from 499.99 euro ($580).

Even more affordable, the Moto G10, G30, and G50

The G100 is just one of four new Android phones that Motorola has today. The Moto G50 also supports 5G, with a 6.5-inch HD+ 90Hz display, 48-megapixel main camera with Quad Pixel, macro camera, and depth sensor. Inside there’s the Snapdragon 480 5G chipset, with 64GB or 128GB of storage, and a 5,000 mAh battery. It’ll be available in the coming weeks, Motorola says, in select European markets from 229.99 euro ($267).

Cheaper still is the Moto G30, priced from 179.99 euro ($210) and available across Latin America, Europe, India, Asia, and the Middle East from today. It has a 6.5-inch HD+ 20:9 aspect 90Hz display, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 662, with a 5,000 mAh battery. On the back there’s a 64-megapixel main camera, an ultra-wide, a macro camera, and a depth sensor.

Finally, there’s the Moto G10. That’s available in Latin America, Europe, India, and Asia now, priced from 149.99 euro ($175). It has a 6.5-inch HD+ screen, 5,000 mAh battery, Snapdragon 460 chipset, and a 48-megapixel main camera, alongside a macro camera and either an ultra-wide or a depth sensor.

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Moto G30 and Moto G10 announced as new mid-range options

Motorola is probably the new Nokia, although HMD Global is definitely catching up to the number of nearly indistinguishable handsets it launches in the market. Under the Moto G brand, Motorola has been putting out phone after phone after phone, promising premium features at accessible prices. Motorola is announcing in Europe not one but two such phones, including a Moto G10 that, unfortunately, pales in comparison to what was previously leaked as the more premium “no”.

The Moto G “nio” was previously believed to become the Moto G10 and be the premium flagship that Motorola was bragging about earlier this year. Instead, that spot was taken up by the Motorola Edge S, leaving the Moto G series to continue catering to a middle class market, according to Motorola’s own announcement.

Of the two new phones, the Moto G30 is better equipped, though the jump in number remains to be explained. It is powered by a Snapdragon 662, so no 5G here, with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, and a huge 5,000 mAh battery. Motorola is highlighting the Moto G30’s “unbeatable quadruple camera system”, with a 64MP main sensor leading the pack. Whether that is true in practice, we’ll have to see from actual real-world use.

The Moto G10, which numerically follows from last year’s Moto G9 generation, dips quite a bit in terms of specs with a Snapdragon 460 and a modest 4GB of RAM. There are still four cameras on its back but the 48MP main shooter takes a step down from the Moto G30. With the same 5,000 mAh battery, though, it might offer even more battery life than its sibling.

The Moto G30 and Moto G10 are being made available in Europe, primarily in Germany, with sub-200 EUR price. The Moto G30 starts at 179.99 EUR ($220) while the Moto G10 goes for 149.99 EUR ($180). Global availability is still unknown.

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