The budget 5G smartphone segment in India was not as crowded as the 4G space even a few months back, but by the end of 2021, it is interesting to see how most of the big players in this segment have launched at least 5G-capable smartphones. , 5G isn’t here yet and it will be a while until we’re browsing the web or streaming video at those high speeds. For now, all budget 5G smartphones are more about future-proofing than anything else.
With that in mind, Motorola has been a long time coming to the party with its latest offering moto g51, But arriving late helps Motorola to assess the competition and come up with a strong product, and in this regard, Motorola has done its homework quite well. I was impressed by the features The Moto G51 was introduced at launch, but now it’s time to see if it can give Realme and Xiaomi a run for their money.
Motorola Moto G51 Price in India
The price of Moto G51 starts from Rs. 14,999 and is available as a single variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The budget smartphone is available in two finishes: Bright Silver and Indigo Blue. I got the Indigo Blue unit for this review.
Motorola Moto G51 Design
The Motorola Moto G51 sports a unibody design that is made of polycarbonate. It has a soft, matte finish with dual-tone color that transitions from blue to black, and the look is quite subtle. The fingerprint reader sits on the right side below the power button and above it is the volume rocker and dedicated Google Assistant key.
The unibody design makes the phone quite sturdy and Motorola has also made it dust and water resistant by giving it an IP52 rating. However, it’s quite a handful, not to mention heavy and chunky at 208g. The matte finish, which is a major fingerprint magnet, used to really annoy me. It only takes a second for the body to go from smudge-free to filthy dirt, and I think Motorola could have done better here. The sleek matte finish makes this chunky phone quite slippery and I also noticed a lot of scratches on the back after a week of use.
Another pain-point for those with regular-sized hands is the location of the volume key, which sits above the power button. it was a problem Moto G31 ,Review) and with the G51 due to an even larger footprint. You’ll need to use your other hand to depress the Google Assistant key because it’s completely out of reach, sitting close to the top corner of the frame. Thankfully, you don’t have to press it while using the phone, as voice commands work once the phone is unlocked.
Motorola has gone with the Moto G51 with a 6.8-inch hole-punch display. The display has a thin bezel around the top, left and right edges, but a noticeably thicker one at the bottom.
Motorola Moto G51 Specifications and Software
The Moto G51 debuts Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 480+ SoC. It is manufactured using an 8nm manufacturing process and offers a slightly higher clock speed of 2.2GHz than the Snapdragon 480, which maxes out at 2GHz. The hybrid dual-SIM tray has room for external storage (up to 512GB) via a microSD card slot.
The Moto G51 supports 12 5G bands and offers dual 5G standby. Communication standards include Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, and general satellite navigation systems. The phone packs a 5,000mAh battery and comes with a 20W charger in the box.
The Moto G51 comes with a near-stock version of Android 11 out of the box. It offers a few theming options which include changing the icon style and accent color. There’s also the usual Motorola gesture and a handy ‘Power Touch’ gesture, which when double-tapping the power button opens a slide-out menu with shortcuts to apps or certain actions. This slightly customized version of Android is fairly clean, and I didn’t notice any pre-installed third-party apps when setting up the phone.
Motorola Moto G51 performance and battery life
Thanks to the 120Hz refresh rate display, the Moto G51’s software felt pretty smooth and fluid with regular use. I noticed no hiccups and apps open and close quickly while multitasking. The LCD display feels like a slight downgrade compared to the AMOLED panel in the more affordable Moto G31, but the 120Hz refresh rate sort of makes up for it. The display produces neutral colors and it gets quite bright outside.
At 6.8 inches, it’s quite large, which makes it ideal for watching movies and playing games. I didn’t have stereo speakers, even though the bottom-firing speaker was loud enough when playing games and watching movies. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom for plugging in a pair of earphones and listening to the native FM radio app.
The phones performed well when it came to benchmarks and were on par with the competition with their MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoCs. The Moto G51 scored 2,41,908 points in AnTuTu and 542 and 1,646 respectively in Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests. The phone scored 70fps and 14fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex and Car Chase benchmarks, respectively, and scored 3,549 and 2,432 in 3DMark’s Sling Shot and Sling Shot Extreme benchmarks.
While software performance was decent enough, gaming performance was slightly below the mark. The phone got a little hot while playing games, which was a good thing. However, Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends didn’t run smoothly at their default graphics settings. There were multiple, random instances of lag during gameplay. Lowering the graphics settings resulted in better performance. Clearly, this isn’t a smartphone I would recommend to anyone who plays graphics-intensive mobile games, which kind of defeats even the idea of a 120Hz refresh rate display.
The 5,000mAh battery inside the Moto G51 lasted 12 hours and 46 minutes in our HD video loop test (with the display’s refresh rate set to 120Hz), which is pretty short compared to the competition. However, with regular use, I managed to take out a day and a half, which is average for a smartphone in this segment. It took around two hours and twelve minutes to charge the smartphone, with the phone reaching 35 percent in 30 minutes and 67 percent in an hour, which is not bad for this segment.
Motorola Moto G51 Cameras
Like the Moto G51, more affordable Moto G31, there are three rear-facing cameras. This includes a 50-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera that does double duty as a depth camera in portrait mode, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Selfie duty is handled by a 13-megapixel front-facing camera. The camera interface has a simple layout, but the position of the camera mode is customizable. Most of the settings are placed under the gear icon. The toggle for switching the video recording frame rate is hidden under a small arrow next to the shutter button.
Photos taken in broad daylight came out crisp and clear, but were a bit oversaturated. However, details were spot on and dynamic range was pretty decent too, showing good detail in shadows and no clipping in bright areas of the image. Photos with the ultra-wide lens came out soft and with less detail. The camera sharpens images a bit more when shooting photos of subjects indoors.
Selfies clicked in broad daylight were sharp and with good detail. Edge detection was strictly average when using Portrait Mode on the selfie camera. Macro photos looked a little too soft and were short on details.
In low-light scenes, the camera boosts its noise suppression algorithm to produce images that look a bit soft with almost flat textures. Night mode improved things a bit by brightening up the image and cutting out the overexposed parts, but added a lot of noise as well. Photos looked fine under artificial light and noise was under control.
Video quality was good and the Moto G51, unlike the G31, lets you switch between 30fps and 60fps. Stabilization was good enough, but the level of detail was average. In low light, details affected, and quality was completely average.
With moto g51Motorola has paid close attention to the little things, those fine details that one might not notice when looking through the phone’s specifications online, but it becomes apparent once you actually use the smartphone. Is. There is a quality 120Hz refresh rate display with good resistance to fingerprints. Yes, the phone is heavy, but you also get handy features like an IP52 rating. There aren’t any annoying preinstalled third-party apps like many competing smartphones, and the near-stock software is lean and fun to use.
Still, there are a few things the Moto G51 doesn’t do as well as the competition. realme narzo 30 5g ,Review) shoots better quality photos and is better at gaming too. It’s also light at 185g. If you want more internal storage, the Moto G51 could be a deal breaker, as it only has 64GB of storage, which is expandable, but at the cost of losing the second SIM slot. redmi note 10t ,Review), Realme Narzo 30 5G and the Poco M3 Pro 5G ,Review) all have a 6GB RAM variant with 128GB of internal storage, making them easy to recommend.
Despite its shortcomings, I still think the Motorola Moto G51 is worth a look again, especially as a starter 5G smartphone for the casual user. It will also appeal to buyers who want to have a smartphone with near-stock Android experience, as it covers the basics and adds some extra features which are quite rare in this segment. Competitive gamers will want to check out some of the options mentioned above because the G51 isn’t cutout for the job.