Moto G31 Review: Still an All-Rounder?


we reviewed The Moto G30 debuted this year, and it turned out to be a safe all-rounder, shooting decent pictures in daylight and offering solid battery life, plus the 90Hz refresh rate display was a nice bonus. While not much has changed with the G31 in terms of design, there have been a few upgrades and there are now new competitors. So, is the new Moto G31 an all-rounder like the Moto G30?

Motorola Moto G31 Price in India

The price of Moto G31 starts at Rs. 12,999 in India and is available in two variants. The base 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 12,999, and a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant priced at Rs. 14,999.

Motorola Moto G31 Design

The Moto G31 looks similar to its predecessor, the Moto G30. It’s made of polycarbonate and has a unibody design that feels solid. It offers a decent grip thanks to a fine groove-like texture at the back and is relatively thin at just 8.54mm. It has an IPX2 rating for slight water resistance, which is a slight downgrade compared to the G30, which had an IP52 rating for dust and water resistance.

Motorola Moto G31 made of polycarbonate

Thanks to the back texture and matte finish, the phone didn’t take any fingerprints. Its display also remained smudge-free during the review period. I often struggled to find the barely-there fingerprint reader, which sits on the back under the Motorola logo, but it quickly unlocked the phone. There’s only one speaker and it sits at the bottom, next to the primary mic and USB Type-C port.

The Moto G31 sports an AMOLED display with a hole-punch cut-out for the camera, which looks modern compared to the notched display on the Moto G30. While the top, left and right borders seemed thin enough, the bottom one is noticeably thicker.

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There are four buttons on the right side, including a dedicated button for Google Assistant

I didn’t like the layout of the physical buttons on the Moto G31. There’s a dedicated Google Assistant button, which sits roughly in the top right corner of the device, above the power button and above the volume keys. The Assistive button doesn’t make sense given its inconvenient location, but it can come in handy as the device can’t wake up and take action when it’s locked in response to voice commands.

Motorola Moto G31 Specifications and Software

The Moto G31 packs in a MediaTek Helio G85 processor and offers up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The storage can be expanded up to 1TB using a microSD card in the hybrid dual-SIM tray. Communication standards include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5 and several satellite navigation systems. The phone packs a 5,000mAh battery and comes with a 20W charger in the box.

Motorola ships the Moto G31 with a near-stock version of Android 11. It has some customization options, including the ability to change the accent color, font, and icon size. There are also the usual Moto Gestures and Moto Peek Display features that let you interact with notifications when the phone is locked. The software experience doesn’t include any third party apps that we see on most competing smartphones, but there is a Dolby Atmos app, which is used to enhance the audio experience.

Motorola Moto G31 performance and battery life

The software experience of the Moto G31 was smooth overall with regular use. Upgrades will miss the Moto G30’s 90Hz display, but performance was good and apps stayed in memory for a long time. The 6.4-inch AMOLED panel offers deep blacks and an immersive viewing experience while watching movies and playing games. The phone has Widevine L1 DRM certification, which allows full-HD playback resolution in streaming apps. The Moto G31 has a single bottom-firing speaker that was loud enough, but not as immersive as the stereo speakers found on competing smartphones.

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Moto G31 features an AMOLED display with a standard 60Hz refresh rate

I got the 4GB RAM variant for review and it managed an average score of a budget smartphone in our benchmark tests. The Moto G31 scored 1,55,315 points in AnTuTu and 346 and 1,241 respectively in Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests. The G31 managed 39fps and 8.7fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex and Car Chase benchmarks, respectively, and scored 1,799 and 1,408 in 3DMark’s Sling Shot and Sling Shot Extreme benchmarks. However, there are smartphones in this price segment with MediaTek Helio G88 and G95 SoCs that fared better.

The Moto G31 offers a basic budget smartphone gaming experience. The phone can handle most games at low graphics settings but nothing more. I experienced some stuttering and lag while playing Call of Duty: Mobile on the default low graphics and medium frame rate settings. Asphalt 9: Legends ran smoothly at the default graphics setting with a few lag times when a lot of action was happening on the screen. After about 30 minutes of gaming, the phone got hot, after which the performance was affected. Actually, this is a smartphone that is primarily built for simple everyday tasks and casual game play.

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The Moto G31 has a hybrid dual-SIM tray

The battery life of the Moto G31 was quite good. Its 5,000mAh battery lasted for a day and a half which also included some gaming. The phone managed a reasonable 18 hours 32 minutes in our HD video loop battery life test. Charging speed was good with the bundled 20W charger. The Moto G31 got fully charged from a dead battery in 2 hours 33 minutes.

Motorola Moto G31 Camera

Motorola has reduced the number of rear-facing cameras on the Moto G31. The Moto G30 had four, including a dedicated 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the Moto G31, the 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera does double duty as a depth camera when shooting photos using Portrait Mode. The primary camera now houses a 50-megapixel sensor instead of the 64-megapixel one on the Moto G30, and there’s also a 2-megapixel macro camera. Selfie duty is handled by a 13-megapixel front-facing camera.

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Motorola Moto G31 has three rear-facing cameras

The camera app interface is typically Motorola’s, with a customizable list of camera modes in a very simplified layout. Most of the settings are hidden under the gear icon. Oddly, the camera interface doesn’t offer any option to select the video recording resolution, and there’s no symbol or icon to tell you what resolution it’s recording at.

Motorola Moto G31 daylight camera sample. Top to bottom: close-up, primary camera, ultra-wide-angle camera (tap to view full size)

Photos taken in daylight show mostly natural colors with good dynamic range. Most of the photos I took looked a little dreamy thanks to the aggressive HDR, but it also ensured fine detail in the darker areas of each frame. The ultra-wide-angle camera wasn’t good and most scenes ended up overexposing, producing blurry details and noticeable barrel distortion.

Moto G31 close-up camera sample. Top: Macro Camera, Bottom: Primary Camera (tap to view full size)

Autofocus locking was a bit slow, especially when shooting close-ups of objects. These photos showed fine detail, but often had overexposed backgrounds or blown-out highlights. Macro photos didn’t have much detail and I preferred to use the primary camera as shots came out sharp with better detail, and could be cropped. Selfies came out fine, provided I didn’t use portrait mode, which often resulted in a blown-out background.

Moto G31 low-light camera samples. Up: Auto mode, Down: Night mode (tap to view full size)

Photos came out quite blurry in low light. Night mode managed to make shots sharper but they were still very under-detailed. Portrait mode never worked in low light. Video quality was at best with considerable variation in exposure while panning. Low-light video was bad.


With prices starting from Rs. 12,999, the Motorola Moto G31 offers a high-quality AMOLED display, a water-resistant body and a near-stock Android software experience. However it doesn’t equal its predecessor in some respects, and its imaging capabilities are a mixed bag and far from consistent. It’s not an all-rounder, but can still be a good fit for those looking for a vanilla Android software experience. NS nokia g20 This is the only other phone in this price segment to offer it, and as I have seen in my . I have told ReviewIt is a low powered device.

If you don’t mind some Android customization and preloaded apps, there are smartphones like infinix hot 11s ,Review), which are priced lower (starting at Rs 10,999) but offer better specifications along with better gaming and camera performance. there is also realme narzo 30 ,Review) which offers a higher-refresh-rate display and a Helio G95 processor at a slightly higher price, starting at Rs. 13,499. Finally, there is redmi 10 prime ,Review) which offers a bigger battery and a 90Hz display at the same price.