Test: Moto G50 – If 5G is the only thing that counts

Motorola’s Moto G series has long been something of a flagship for mobiles in the price range of 2000 to 3000 kronor, where they offered a surprising amount of phone for the money. With the tenth generation Moto G, Motorola has basically defined its entire product family as belonging to the Moto G series. In addition to the top model Moto G100, we have previously tested the Moto G30 for SEK 2,000, and here we now have the Moto G50 for SEK 2,500, the price range that is Motorola’s home ground.

As I said, we liked the Moto G30 which felt like a remarkably complete mobile phone for SEK 2,000, so what does the Moto G50 add for SEK 500 extra? The answer is simple, 5G. In fact, the Moto G50 feels like it is built around the concept of “cheapest possible with 5G”, with the result that it feels worse than the Moto G30 in several other areas.

Who needs a mobile that is as cheap as possible, but it must have 5G, I wonder. Today, there are no network services that do not work well even over 4G, so the main benefit is faster data transfer. When the mobile itself has a slower processor and a worse screen, I have a hard time seeing the data transfer as a bottleneck.

Complement to the computer

A possible user scenario is that you need the super-fast data transfer to your computer. In other words, you are mainly looking for a cheap mobile that can also function as a modem. Then it is required that the mobile has a good Wifi modem. In any case, the Moto G50 does not have the cheapest Wifi circuits, there is support for both 2.4 and 5 GHz here, but not the latest Wifi 6 technology. I have not been able to fully test the modem scenario, but the mobile’s Wifi speed seems to be enough for a couple of hundred Mbit / s, more than I can get out of 4g. So yes, you can probably get faster data connection to the mobile network with this mobile if you have good 5g coverage.

For SEK 2,500, you get here, in addition to the modem function and 5G, a mobile in plastic, and the design is not very exciting but at the same time does not feel cheap either. A fingerprint reader is located in the Moto logo on the back, a little too high to reach it comfortably on such a large mobile.

The screen does not have full HD resolution, but that’s not what I react to the most, but that it changes quite a lot when I angle it, as cheaper LCD displays often do. The screen also feels a bit dim, which is confirmed by simpler measurements of the brightness that I do. It’s a shame I do not have the Moto G30 left for comparison, because the feeling in my stomach is that the screen on the Moto G50 is worse. On the plus side, it has at least 90-Hz refresh rate, which gives a softer feel in scrolling, for example on web pages.

The chipset that drives the phone is Qualcomm’s cheapest 5g chipset, Snapdragon 480, which still performs well in the performance tests. Motorola is also good at keeping the system running fast, and I rarely find the phone to feel directly tough. A function for detecting which apps you use the most and preloading them in working memory helps here.

Motorola’s Android 11 is very close to what Google delivers, and you avoid pre-installed third-party apps. Motorola’s contribution is of a simpler nature, such as motion gestures to wake the camera or flashlight. Google’s own services are of course available here, including Google Pay, for NFC to avoid payments is in the phone.

Bargained camera

The camera set on the back is a 48 megapixel main camera, an artificial blur depth sensor, and a 5 megapixel macro camera. Both on paper and in practice, it is a weaker camera set than the cheaper Moto G30 has, where above all the wide-angle camera is missing on the Moto G50. I think the main camera does quite well in any case, with nice color reproduction and good sharpness in daylight. The camera also works in semi-good indoor light, but then it quickly loses quality and dark images are not recommended. As usual, I have a hard time distinguishing between portrait photos taken with a mobile camera with a depth sensor, like this one, and mobiles that do not have such a camera. The macro camera does not impress either.

The battery is really large, but it is almost standard for mobiles in this price range today. The fact that the battery life in our screen test still stands out positively should probably almost be seen as an effect that you can not get the screen up in particularly power-consuming levels. The Moto G50 is not very fast charging and the charger that comes with it makes things worse, so expect it to take several hours to charge the phone again once you have drained the battery.

As a whole, I think the mobile does its job, you get a fully usable and not too slow mobile, but it feels like you saved on camera and screen to get 5g. 64 GB of storage memory and mono speakers are also cheap for the price. If you do not have special reasons to really need 5g in your mobile, the Moto G30 is more well-balanced and also cheaper.

Questions and answers

What does the extra button on the page do? It’s a shortcut to the Google Assistant. Sorry, you can not change it in the settings.

But if I double-press the start button, do I also get to the Google Assistant? Yes, it was unnecessary, but you can at least change it in the settings to start the camera instead.

But can I start the camera by tilting the phone twice? Yes, yes. Unfortunately, there are no more setting options for the start button than these two.

An alternative

Cheap with 5g: If this is exactly the 5g concept for a couple of thousand kronor you are looking for, Samsung has launched the Galaxy A22, which also costs SEK 2,500.

Test image

As long as there is plenty of light, I think the camera can handle even trickier subjects, such as a lot of contrasts, well.

Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.

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