With no big ambitions on the design side, the Moto G Power 5G should appeal to those who want a phone with a big screen, good battery life and 5G connectivity at a low price.
Except the newest Motorola G Power isn’t quite that cheap, and it’s not very well equipped either, with buyers getting for the $300 MSRP only the Dimensity 930 chipset, a MediaTek solution with sub-par performance from Qualcomm’s Snapgragon 778G chipset from two years ago.
Except for the rearranged cameras, Moto G Power 5G buyers get the same textured plastic finish, with only the fingerprint sensor repositioned from the back cover to the side bezel.
Confirming the not-so-encouraging rumors, the 6.5-inch screen comes framed by a thick bezel and unsightly “chin” at the bottom. Fortunately, the refresh rate increases to 120Hz and the HD+ resolution is swapped for FHD+, making a decisive contribution to the improved user experience.
Moto G Power 5G specifications
- 6.5-inch FHD+ display (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate
- MediaTek Dimensity 930 6nm chipset with octa-core CPU and IMG BXM-8-256 GPU
- Connectivity: 5G SA/NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.3, GPS, USB Type-C
- Memory 4GB/6GB RAM, storage 64/128GB, expandable up to 1TB with microSD
- OS Android 13
- Cameras: 50MP main with f/1.8 aperture, 2MP DoF and 2MP macro, 16MP selfie camera
- Other features: 3.5mm audio jack, stereo speakers, fingerprint sensor on side of case
- Dimensions: 167.24 x 76.54 x 9.36mm
- Weight: 185g
- 5000mAh battery with 10W charge (no fast-charge)
Given that most contemporary smartphone products are very close to or reach the 5000mAh threshold, battery capacity can no longer be considered a selling point. Unfortunately, neither the 10W capped charging power and up to 3 hours waiting time for full charge can be considered credible advantages, the new Motorola product should be treated as a budget phone and that’s about it.