Motorola Moto G100 im Test

Motorola’s new desktop mode is called “Ready for” and can be compared well with Samsung DeX (“Desktop Experience”): You connect the smartphone to the monitor or television via the USB-C interface, which supports DisplayPort, and then look up a specially adapted Android interface that is based on a desktop PC.

The touchscreen turns into a trackpad for mouse pointer control. However, it is more convenient to connect external accessories such as a mouse and keyboard via Bluetooth or a USB-C hub. While Samsung DeX has also implemented wirelessly via Miracast since the Note 20 (of course only if the monitor / TV supports it), a cable is absolutely necessary for Motorola. The Note 20 models are priced differently than the Moto g100.

Strong: The scope of delivery not only includes a USB-C to HDMI cable, there is also a docking station that fixes the Moto G100 at the right angle for video conferences, for example, in order to optimally align the camera.

The computing power required for desktop mode is provided by Qualcomm’s high-end SoC Snapdragon 870, which was only presented in early 2021. This is located directly below the 2021 flagship 888, which will set the pace in most high-end smartphones this year.

The 870 is the unofficial successor to the 865 and is intended for cheaper top smartphones. The specifications are the same in many respects, a Kryo 585 CPU consisting of eight cores still sets the clock, but this time the performance core (“Prime Core”) is clocked at 3.2 instead of 2.84 GHz.

In the benchmarks, the SoC is even better than the 865, with an average performance improvement of ten percent. For the user, this means that the G100 is equipped for every application scenario – be it mobile gaming at the highest level of detail or the desktop replacement.

Saved on the housing

With a look at the high-end processor and the generous scope of delivery, the question arises where Motorola put the red pencil – the relatively low price of 500 euros must come from somewhere.

You will find it with the housing, which is only made of plastic. The matte back looks good, but doesn’t tolerate scratches and is not as appealing to the touch as glass. The G100 is also not a flatterer in the hand because at ten millimeters it is thicker than the average and its weight of 207 grams pulls the hand down.

Motorola mentions a “water-repellent coating” that may protect against small showers, but not when submerged. The new top models from Samsung’s A series can do better.

Motorola Moto G100: Features

You also have to cut back on the camera, with ultra-wide-angle and wide-angle only two focal lengths are on board. After all: a macro lens allows close-ups, there are versatile settings (RAW), and the photo quality of the main sensor with 64 megapixels is also right.

Motorola has also saved on the display: an LCD is not the right choice in this price range. After all, it supports 90 Hertz for particularly smooth scrolling. As an exception, the fingerprint sensor is not positioned under the display, but on the right side in the frame, where it reacts quickly and precisely.

The storage equipment is reasonably priced with 8/128 GB, a hybrid slot (second SIM or microSD) gives further scope and flexibility. We also liked the jack socket, which delivers a very high output voltage.

Alternatively, you can of course also connect wirelessly via Bluetooth headphones, Qualcomm’s aptX codec for high-resolution audio is supported. However, the G100 lacks stereo speakers as a sound artist.

Short updates, long persistence

On the software side, we missed an always-on display that permanently shows information. This function is difficult to reconcile with an LCD. Motorola is also very cautious in other respects and is based heavily on the native Android interface. There are hardly any features developed by the manufacturer, instead the focus is on Google apps and services (Google Fit).

That actually leaves room for long software support, but Motorola only guarantees one version update (Android 12) and two years of security patches. That is less than with other manufacturers: Oppo guarantees two new, Samsung even three new Android versions for its middle class. With 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and NFC, the connectivity leaves little to be desired.

This also applies to endurance: the extremely powerful 5000 mAh battery ensures an extraordinarily long runtime; if you deactivate 90 Hertz, it even reaches almost twelve hours, which is equivalent to two days in everyday life. The radio characteristics and acoustics are also convincing, in the LTE network the transmission and reception characteristics are even very good.

All in all, Motorola has succeeded in creating a solid mid-range smartphone with a special scope of delivery and the desktop mode as highlights.

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