Motorola's new G100 and G50 mid-range smartphones feature 90Hz displays and 5,000mAh batteries

Humza

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In a nutshell: Motorola has expanded its budget G series family with a new flagship model, the G100, and the slightly lower-spec G50. Both devices are hitting Latin American and European markets and fall at either side of the mid-range price spectrum. The G100 with its Snapdragon 870 5G chip and 8GB RAM comes in at €499.99 (~$590), while the Snapdragon 480 5G-powered G50 packing 4GB RAM costs €229.99 (~$270).

Higher refresh rate displays have arguably become the most important spec lately to trickle down from flagship phones to mid-range devices. As the latter continue to catch up in terms of RAM, storage, or the number of camera lenses found in their premium counterparts, smoother animations and faster swipes enabled by a high refresh rate display often add as much value to daily usability as, say, a long-lasting battery.

Both of these hardware niceties can be found in Motorola's new G100 and G50, the latest additions to the company's budget-focused line that feature 90Hz displays and 5,000mAh batteries. In the higher-end G100, that's combined with a sizable 6.7-inch 1080p IPS display, 8GB/128GB memory (expandable via microSD), and a 64MP/16MP/2MP quad-camera array with Audio Zoom.

It also has two cameras - 16MP and 8MP - on the front and features support for what Motorola calls the 'Ready For' platform, its Samsung Dex-like offering for extending the smartphone experience to the desktop. Other features include a side-mounted fingerprint reader, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, USB-C 3.1 with OTG, 20W fast charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The cheaper G50, meanwhile, has a 6.5-inch 720p 90Hz display with either 4GB/64GB or 4GB/128GB memory configuration. Its triple-camera setup is rounded off by a 48MP wide, 5MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor. For selfies, there's a 13MP shooter in the teardrop notch.

Like the G100, the G50 also supports 5G but has slower Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (5.0), and USB-C (2.0) connectivity. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and supports 15W fast charging for its 5,000mAh battery.

Both phones run Android 11 out of the box and are launching in select European and Latin American markets. US availability is yet unknown.

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NeoMorpheus

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Sadly, for some weird reason, Lenovo is not taking advantage of the Motorola brand and are making very little effort in making them a good option.

The hardware might be great, but they are not providing updates or upgrades to Android.
 

Theinsanegamer

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I guess they finally noticed its been 3 years since their last flagship phone? (and no, the flip and foldable ones dont count, those are experiemnts).

Sadly, it seems they continue to make these things tablet size. I'd like to remind people, the sony Xperia ultra was 7" and the tablet jokes were heard for eons. Now 6.7" is considered normal. Not all of us have mutant monkey paws for hands, and would like a normal sized phone again. The fact my nexus 5 is considered small these days.....

Sadly, for some weird reason, Lenovo is not taking advantage of the Motorola brand and are making very little effort in making them a good option.

The hardware might be great, but they are not providing updates or upgrades to Android.
They provide security updates for 3 years, the same as google/samsung. Upgrades? Dude nobody cares. All the "upgrades" bring you is some new emojis and rips away more SD card functionality. Everything important is updated via the google play store these days.
 

p51d007

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They continue to make these things taller and taller and less wide. Best (for me) was the Huawei Mate 2 (size wise). Get rid of the bezel, it would push 6.4", BUT the better part was it was over 3" wide. Again, get rid of the bezel in the screen, it would push around 3.5" wide. But, the main reason I think everyone is getting taller and taller, but less wide, is for a couple reasons. 1. To say they have a bigger screen, and 2. to make it easier to use one handed.
 

Danny101

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"They're also the first G Series phones with 5G, thanks to Snapdragon's 8-series silicon"

Actually no. The Motorola G 5G 2020 was released last December. Complements of Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G. Which is probably the better buy than the G50. I would prefer the 1080 at 60Hz than a 720 at 90HZ. Maybe I'm just being being mental, but I digress.

Memory: Would really like the see more of UFS trickling down into the midrange offerings than the old eMMC 5.1.

There is another type raising it's head though. eMCP. Anyone familiar with this and what is it's performance potential?

What would you prefer: 3GB of UFS or 4GB of eMMC?

 
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BigBoomBoom

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Sadly, it seems they continue to make these things tablet size. I'd like to remind people, the sony Xperia ultra was 7" and the tablet jokes were heard for eons. Now 6.7" is considered normal. Not all of us have mutant monkey paws for hands, and would like a normal sized phone again. The fact my nexus 5 is considered small these days.....

You forgot with the modern aspect ratio, 6.7" phones are considerably smaller than Xperia Ultra 7". For example my Pixel 5 with 6" display is barely 4mm longer than your Nexus 5 and same width/thickness (Nexus 5 is actually thicker).
 

Ludak021

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"They're also the first G Series phones with 5G, thanks to Snapdragon's 8-series silicon"

Actually no. The Motorola G 5G 2020 was released last December. Complements of Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G. Which is probably the better buy than the G50. I would prefer the 1080 at 60Hz than a 720 at 90HZ. Maybe I'm just being being mental, but I digress.

Memory: Would really like the see more of UFS trickling down into the midrange offerings than the old eMMC 5.1.

There is another type raising it's head though. eMCP. Anyone familiar with this and what is it's performance potential?

What would you prefer: 3GB of UFS or 4GB of eMMC?


Get Xiaomi Mi10T Lite. It has higher resolution, one less punched hole in the front, and VRR 120Hz display (IPS). It's also cheap while sporting snapdragon inside and Adreno GPU.
This Motorola makes zero sense unless it comes out for <$50
 

VitalyT

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All I see in the design is a jumper spider...

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And it looks like clear copyright violation.