The new Moto G50 is one of Motorola’s affordable Android 11 phones this year, and the phone was released at £199.99/ $275/ AU$360.
Being a 5G phone, it’s one of the most affordable ways to move to the 5G bandwagon, but elsewhere its feature set is a bit more modest.
Everything about the Moto G50 is just okay. Nothing can actually wow you, from its 90Hz screen to its Snapdragon 480 chipset and the trio of main cameras. Nothing stands out as much as we want it to be.
Moto G50 Design
The Moto G50 is an affordable smartphone with a simple design. It has a plastic body with a glossy and smooth back panel which is somewhat a fingerprint magnet.
The front panel possesses a drop-shaped notch, which is likely an outdated solution, even amidst affordable smartphones. The G50 doesn’t look modern, yet the “drop” doesn’t disturb anything. Besides, the models with holes for front-facing cameras in the corner barely use the free space, except during games.
The screen bezels are pretty large, including the notch. Considering the phone’s price, this should not count for the downside.
Most expensive Motorola smartphones like the G100 have a fingerprint scanner on the edge of the device, which is incredible. But the G50 has the typical round fingerprint sensor on the back panel, and it’s easily located. The moment you have it in your hands, your index finger instantly rests on it; that’s why the regular protective cover helps with this issue.
The slots for memory cards and SIM cards are on the left side, while a double volume rocker and a power or lock button with a separate Google Assistant key are on the right side.
A microphone that serves as a noise suppressor is placed at the top, while another microphone, speaker, a 3.5cm headphone jack, and a Type-C charging connector are placed at the bottom of the smartphone.
Generally, the Moto G50 looks pleasant, the camera unit is perfectly implemented, and it has an excellent build quality. The Moto G50 case possesses a hydrophobic shell with a protection level of IP52, so don’t be afraid of water spills or rain.
Moto G50 Display
Similar to the G100 model, the G50 also used LCD technology for its display. Well, most people wonder why they didn’t use OLED instead of LCD. The truth is that they used an LCD panel because the phone is inexpensive.
The issue is that the LCD panel used for the G50 isn’t a suitable type. It has a resolution of 720p, and on a 6.5-inch screen, it results in 269 PPI. So the image isn’t that sharp, but not to the point of being unreadable.
Another problem is the highest brightness. We tried getting the G50 up to 443 nits in Auto during the test, which isn’t up to modern standards. With that, it was challenging to read the display under a bright sun.
The color temperature and color accuracy are somewhat reasonable, having an average delta E of 2.39 in Natural mode. It has an excellent 90Hz display refresh rate offering a smooth experience with the CPU’s cooperation.
Moto G50 Performance
Most people might be concerned about the Snapdragon chipset number, thinking the Snapdragon 480 5G will be pretty slow since it has a lower model number.
But it’s relatively new, providing 5G support, unlike other low-end Snapdragon chipsets. It provides satisfactory performance. The limited 4GB of RAM implies it’s scarcely exceptional, but you need not worry about switching between apps or loading games.
During the performance test, we tested the phone with Call of Duty: Mobile. It took a while to load, but it worked pretty well as soon as it came on. Considering the phone’s price, you’ll have to exercise patience with the performance.
After the Geekbench 5 tests, it had a multi-core score of 1,628 and a single-core score of 504. It’s pretty good for this price. It’s almost similar to the Moto G9 Plus, having a multi-core score of 1690 and more than the Moto G30 with a 1,267 multi-core score.
The storage is the aspect that needs upgrading, it has 64GB of space, and it’s somewhat smaller considering Android 11’s requirements. Luckily you can expand your storage by adding a MicroSD card. But some regions are getting a 128GB version of the Moto G50.
Moto G50 Camera
The Moto G50 possesses a triple-camera setup, but in all fairness, it consists of a 48MP primary camera and two additional sensors (a macro and a depth sensor). An ultrawide snapper would have been better instead of those two.
Fortunately, the primary camera is quite substantial, particularly under good lighting conditions. The 48MP sensor collates data from four pixels to create a better and bigger one (Quad Pixel technology), resulting in 12MP final pictures.
It has a dedicated night mode, which can somewhat enhance low-light images. However, it greatly depends on the scene. Generally, don’t expect awesomeness from this mode and a steady hand, in addition to a static composition for the night mode to work its wonders. The macro camera is quite good too, but it’s not as good as the one in Moto G100.
The Moto G50 can shoot video, but you’re stuck with 1080p. But not sure if it’s the camera sensor or the chipset that authorizes this restriction, but there’s nothing in the settings that explicitly suggests the changing of the video resolution.
Moto G50 Battery life
The G50 possesses a 5,000mAh battery capacity, considering the reasonably effective chipset implies the battery life is somewhat powerful, and you won’t have to bother about the battery percentage throughout the day.
Moto G50 provides 15W charging, which is faster than some inexpensive phones. But the charger it comes bundled with didn’t support it, so you’ll have to buy another one to enjoy faster charging.
After every recharge, the phone can last you up to a day and a half or more, depending on what you’re doing with the phone.
All in all, the Moto G50 is a good phone. Suppose you want an inexpensive phone with 5G. In that case, dependable, good battery capacity, reliable level of performance, and great camera (provided you’re not a photographer), then the Moto G50 is an excellent choice. But if you want an inexpensive phone with a wow factor, this isn’t the best option.