Motorola moto g 5G review

Motorola's new mid-range 5G phone, the moto g 5G comes with a good battery life and a decent set of features.

Josh Richards  •  January 28, 2021

Motorola moto g 5G review

moto g 5G

The Moto G 5G has a decent screen, can last a full day on battery, takes good photos and it offers a smooth experience overall. The highlight is it’s 5G connectivity and for the price point of AED 999, it has the right mix of hardware and software.

  • Good Battery Life
  • 5G support
  • Affordable
  • Smooth software
  • Average display
  • Ok build quality

The moto G 5G Plus is the latest budget smartphone from Motorola. The smartphone combines a 6.7inch Full HD panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, triple-camera setup, a Snapdragon 765G and a massive 5,000 mAh battery.


DIMENSIONS:166.1 x 76.1 x 9.9 mm
WEIGHT:212 g
BATTERY:5,000 mAh Fast charging 20W
1080×2400 FHD+ LTPS IPS LCD, HDR10 394ppi
FRONT CAMERA:16 MP 1080p@30fps video
REAR CAMERA:48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚ (ultrawide), 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro), AF
LED flash, HDR, panorama 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, gyro-EIS
OS:Android 10
REMOVABLE STORAGE:microSD (shared SIM slot)
CHIPSET:Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G 5G (8 nm)
Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 570 & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 570)
Adreno 619
CONNECTIVITY:5G, Dual-SIM, BT 5.1, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, FM radio


The moto g 5G comes in a standard cardboard box with the phone and accessories well protected in different compartments.

Watch our quick unboxing video:

The box includes:

  • The moto g 5G
  • A plastic back cover
  • 20W Fast-charging Adapter with the cable
  • SIM tool
  • Warranty and user guide


The moto g 5G comes in two colors – Volcanic Gray, Frosted Silver. Our review model is the Volcanic Gray.

Measuring 166.1 x 76.1 x 9.9 mm, a weight of 212g and a 6.7-inch screen, this is a large phone; but the weight is well distributed. However, if you are looking for a smartphone that is comfortable to use with one hand, this is not the device for you.

Motorola moto g 5G review
Motorola moto g 5G review

On the front, is the 16MP selfie camera in the center. On the left side of the phone is a single button for Google assistant button and the SIM tray above it and can either run two SIM cards or a SIM + microSD card. On the right are the volume up/down and power button.

At the back, the camera bump is placed in the upper-left corner and consists of a 48 MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 2 MP macro and single LED flash. The fingerprint sensor is located in the center here and is fast to recognize and unlock.

At the bottom is the USB-C 2.0 port for charging, the 3.5mm headphone jack and the speaker holes.  


The moto g 5G comes with a 6.7-inch 1080 × 2400 pixels IPS LCD screen with support for HDR10 and has standard 60Hz refresh rate. While the display is IPS, the colors are average with good viewing angles. It’s not the best on the market but it’s acceptable considering the price range.


As the name suggests, the moto 5G is a 5G phone and supports dual SIMs. In terms of connectivity, it supports WiFi, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC and GPS. Phone calls are loud and clear and Wi-Fi & 5G speeds are excellent.


The moto g 5G features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 750G processor, Adreno 619 GPU, 6GB of RAM and 128GB built-in memory.

The 750G is powerful enough for a budget phone, performance is great with no visible delay or lags. It has plenty of power to run most games without issues.


The moto g 5G has a triple camera setup with a 48 MP main, 8MP ultrawide and 2MP macro.

The 48MP main camera produce photos with good colors and sharpness during the day. The HDR does a very good job: it maintains the dynamic range despite the scene being backlit.

Motorola moto g 5G review
Motorola moto g 5G review

The second 8MP ultra-wide camera produces images on par with what most of the competition and offers a wide dynamic range with good colors and contrast.

The third camera has a 2MP macro lens for short-distance shooting. It comes with autofocus and works great for shooting macros compared to other phones in its price range.

In low light conditions, the moto g 5G performs poorly and the loss of detail is evident – there’s noticeable noise and softness in the photos.

The 16MP portrait and selfie camera images of moto g 5G are good  and natural-looking.

Videos can be recorded with the 48 MP camera at a maximum of 4K and 30 FPS, but recording with the ultra wide-angle lens is not currently possible. The video quality is decent but with some focus issues. The ultrawide camera can record videos but is limited to 1080p, but there is a lack of detail and sharpness compared to the main camera.


The moto g 5G comes with an almost stock version of Android 10 without much bloatware. Motorola includes a number of gestures, adjustments and options such as turn on the camera with a quick turn of the wrist, double tap to activate the screen, keep the panel on when looking at the phone, activate the flashlight with a shake motion and a lot more.


The phone comes with a large 5000mAh battery, which can last a full day of use. As for charging, moto g 5G has a 20W TurboPower power charger, which will take the phone from 0 to 100% in about 1 hour 50 minutes.


Apart from the 3.5 mm headphone jack, the moto g has speakers located at the bottom of the phone. The sound is loud and quite detailed although there is a lack of bass. The microphones also offer very good audio quality during calls.


The Moto G 5G has a decent screen, can last a full day on battery, takes good photos and it offers a smooth experience overall. The highlight is it’s 5G connectivity and for the price point of AED 979, the balance between hardware, software and price is great.

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