Moto G84 is a breath of fresh air in the sub-Rs 20k segment (Rs 19,999 to be exact). This is one of the rarest phones with a leather back, with a sleek design measuring just 7.6mm thick. It boasts a 50MP main camera with OIS support and comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, a configuration not often seen at this price range. Additionally, it offers Pantone’s unique Viva Magenta color option, a first in its segment. In terms of software, Motorola once again promises a clean Android operating system experience, which has become the standard for its smartphones. Furthermore, Motorola phones are still solid devices that offer reliable 5G connectivity.
While I will test the entire camera, battery, screen and 5G, I will cover the design in this section. quick review. Additionally, there might be a performance hit even though Motorola uses the Snapdragon 695 SoC and offers 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. Let’s take a look.
First, I’m happy to see that Motorola has introduced Pantone colors in this segment. We’ve seen this addition in the relatively higher-end Motorola Edge and Razr segments. Bringing this option to the affordable G-series line will likely attract many customers, including young female college students who are perhaps tired of black and white smartphones. regular green.
I am also reviewing the Pantone Viva Magenta option which I wholeheartedly appreciate. An informal quick survey among my colleagues also confirmed my preference. In case you’re not satisfied with the red flavor, there’s a light blue option (called Marshmellow Blue) with the same skin. However, the leather on the back under the shade can be more difficult to maintain. There’s also a dark blue version if you prefer a more traditional look. This variant also omits the leather back and you get the glass-like PMMA material.
What caught my attention was its weight and thickness. It measures 7.6mm, which is smarter than the newly launched Realme 11 5G (8.05mm) and Redmi 12 5G (8.2mm). Weighing nearly 160 grams, much lighter than most smartphones in the same segment weighing over 200 grams. While the durability is questionable as the phone did have a slight dent despite a very low impact drop, it’s good to see it has an IP54 waterproof rating. For better or worse, the IP rating ensures that you can comfortably use the phone on a light rainy day. Technically, the frame is plastic with a metal-like coating.
The Moto G84 also has a 3.5mm audio jack, which may please some potential customers. The box includes a 33W charger, although the phone does support 30W charging. This will allow you to fully charge the device in about 50 minutes.
What I don’t like, however, is the prominent Pantone branding on the back. It is not available in the other two color variants. The rear camera bump is also quite noticeable, which is to be expected from a sleek phone. Motorola could argue that the camera upgrade is necessary because the company doesn’t want to compromise on the camera.
Talking about the camera, the Moto G84 carries a 50-megapixel OIS camera and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera. Motorola hasn’t added a macro or depth camera yet. There is a 16-megapixel camera on the front for selfies and video calling. In my brief usage, by default the photo has high contrast and highlight shadows. It also makes the image look more dramatic than the scene actually is. The camera app remains standard, and video recording reaches Full-HD resolution at 60 frames per second. There’s no horizon lock, a feature that Motorola introduced on the Motorola Edge 40.
However, you get other features, such as dual mode, Pro and portrait mode.
It’s also too early to talk about performance, although the Moto G84 scored 827 and 2845 points in Geekbench’s single- and multi-core performance tests. While these scores aren’t bad by any metric, the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage take a hit. Motorola is using LPDDR4x and UFS 2.1 RAM and storage technology, which is good but does not significantly improve performance compared to newer generation memory technology. Other than that, the Snapdragon 695 SoC is a decent chipset compared to some of MediaTek’s latest competitors.
But overall, the new Moto G84 5G looks promising with some features not common at the Rs 20,000 price point. I will be back with my full review next week.
September 1, 2023