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Moto G31 Review: Should You Buy This Affordable Phone?

Moto G31 has been added by the company as a new member to its G-line up. The company has launched the new G31 in Global Market and in this, you will see some minor changes compared to the global variant of this phone. Moto G31 has been launched in Global Market with a 20W charger, and a maximum 6+128GB storage option. Apart from this, features like a 50MP triple camera setup, full HD + display, stock Android software, MediaTek Helio G85 chipset, and 5000mAh battery are present in the phone. The prices of the phone start at $196.99 | £149.99 | €181.14, but does it do justice to the price? Let us know in this review whether the Moto G31 lives up to its price or not. Motorola Edge 30 Pro Review: Flagship Performance in a Budget

Moto G31 Unboxing

The G31 comes in the same color as Moto’s own packaging in blue. The case is also installed on the phone and in the box, you get the following contents:

  • 20W charger
  • USB-C Cable
  • Sim card tool
  • Quick guide

Moto G31 Specifications and Prices

  • Dimensions and Weights:  74.6×161.19×8.49mm; 180g
  • Display:  6.4 Inch LCD, Full HD+, 60Hz Refresh Rate, 700 nits Brightness
  • CPU:  MediaTek Helio G85 Chipset
  • GPU:  Mali G52 MC2 GPU
  • RAM: 4GB/6GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage:  64GB/128GB eMCP
  • Rear Cameras:  50MP Main Camera + 8MP Ultrawide Lens + 2MP Macro Lens, 1080P 30FPS
  • Front Camera: 13MP; 1080P 30FPS
  • Battery: 5000mAh + 20W Fast Charging
  • Software:  Android 11 + My UX
  • Other Features: Dual Nano card slot, Micro SD slot, Dual-band WiFi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, USB-C 2.0 port, Dual -Mic, a speaker fitted to the bottom
  • Moto G31 Prices: $196.99 | £149.99 | €181.14

Moto G31 Review: Design

It happened to us many times that without seeing the Moto logo on the back side cover, people asked us, “Is this a Moto phone?” That’s how old the Moto phone is. Now talking about this phone G31, it has the same simple design, but you get the texture on the back side and the edges are also curved. Its weight is 181 grams and its thickness is 8.6mm.

Moto G31 Specifications

Plus the buttons are a bit high compared to other smartphones, especially the Google Assistant one, and it reminds us of Motorola phones we’ve used before. Well, all these buttons are on the right side and you can feel them easily.

It has a hybrid dual SIM slot on the left side. On the top side, you will find a 3.5mm audio jack and mic hole. The second mic is on the bottom, along with a USB-C socket and a speaker grille. Although their alignment ie alignment seems a bit messy, only tech-related people like us will be able to notice it, you will not know it.

The camera module isn’t too bumpy here but it’s good. Also, the grip that is provided here by its interline finish or texture finish is quite good. Plastic has been used in the design of this phone, but it does not give you the plastic feel.

Apart from this, you will also see a fingerprint sensor on the back side of this phone and it was quite fast and reliable during our review. On the rear panel, the fingerprint sensor is housed inside a black circle in the middle. iQOO Z5 Review: The power of perfection in the mid-range

Let’s then unlock the phone with this fingerprint sensor and move on.

Moto G31 Review: Dolby Atmos 

The Moto G31 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a punch-hole at the top in the middle. Except for the bottom bezel, the rest of the bezels are quite slim. On the other hand, the bezel on the bottom is a bit thick, which gives your fingers a little chance to rest when the phone is held in landscape position.

Well, here you do not get any high refresh rate. There is only a 60Hz panel, which looks and feels normal when used. Color and contrast also look right on this screen and brightness are also right when used outside. Its Adaptive Brightness feature also works fine. You get the color profile (Natural, Saturated, and temperature tuner), theme options in the system’s UI, Dark Theme, Night Light, Attentive Display, Split-screen, and Screen Features such as the recorder also found inside the display settings.

On the other hand, in terms of audio, here you get a single speaker and there is also a headphone jack. Also, you get good sound from the speaker fitted at the bottom, though not complete. But for this, there is also Dolby Atmos support. You can also amplify the sound with wireless options as well. Samsung Galaxy M33 5G will be launched tomorrow, Know the price, specs

For wireless connectivity, see the bottom section:

Moto G31 Review: Connectivity

In this, we have made calling with Dual 4G VoLTE SIM and the quality was fine. The talks from both sides went on without any interruption. So overall the mic and earpiece are fine. By the way, you can also use the earphones and wireless speakers with Bluetooth 5.0 whenever you want. Apart from this, here you also get the option of VoWiFi, dual-band WiFi ac, NFC, GPS, and USB-C 2.0 port.

Let us now know what kind of hardware you get inside this phone made of polycarbonate.

Moto G31 Review: Performance

In Motorola, you get the MediaTek Helio G85 chipset. It was launched last year and we have seen some good smartphones with this chip. It is based on a 12nm process, with 2 Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and the remaining six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. In addition, you get up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. However, with a micro SD card slot, you can further expand the storage up to 1TB.

Benchmarks

Here we have also done some tests on it, whose results you can see below:

Moto G31 Benchmarks Result
Antutu 9 155343
Geekbench 5 Single | Multi 347 | 1280
PCMark Work 3.0 6425
3DMark Wild Life | Sling Shot 706| 1403
Androbench Sequential R/W (MB/s) 307.58 | 214.0
Androbench Random R/W (MB/s) 84.13 | 35.65
CPU Throttling test (15 mins) 78% of its max performance
Conversion of 2:35min 1080p 60fps MP4 video to MKV using Video Transcoder app 9 Mins

In software, you get My UX skin above with Android 11. But this is not much, but you will get the same experience of stock Android with Motorola Touch. Some that we liked here are the Google Discover page, three-finger screenshots, karate chop motion for quick access to a torch, notifications, or some important information like peak display for date and time, etc.

Moto Gametime feature

In this, you also get a Moto Gametime feature for gaming, which also gives you a chance to record the game. Plus, this feature allows you to quickly access 2 communication applications, disable auto-brightness, block notifications and calls during games, and more. Above you can check the max graphics and frame rate supported by some popular games. About half an hour playing the Asphalt 9 game lost 7% of the phone’s battery. Realme Q5i launched with 5000mAh battery, know price and features

Moto G31 Review: Battery

The Moto G31 packs a 5000mAh battery and you get a 20W charger in the box. We also did the PCMark (Work 3.0) test here, in which the smartphone lasted 15 hours and 56 minutes, which is a good long time. With the included charger, this phone is fully charged in 2 hours and 40 minutes.

But to further enhance the performance of your battery, you can check some battery settings like battery saver, overcharge protection, and adaptive battery options.

Moto G31 Review: Camera

The Moto G31 sports a triple rear camera setup at the back and a flashlight is also fitted in the module. The primary camera in this is 50MP, which is very much in trend these days. It gives you shots with pixel-binning technology. The other two include an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, which also acts as a depth sensor, and a 2MP macro sensor. On the other hand, when you flip the phone, you get a 13MP selfie sensor on the front.

Full HD resolution

With the cameras on either side, you can shoot 30FPS videos in Full HD resolution.

Talking about the camera features, Portrait, Night Vision, Pro Mode, Slow-Mo, Timelapse, Panorama, etc. are included. Apart from this, Moto here offers a few more different modes, such as Spot Color, Dual Capture, and Cinemagraph, which helps in creating GIFs, etc.

In photos taken with the Moto G31, you will see natural colors and if the lighting is good, then the details are also good. But if the illumination is less, then the results also seem to be a little less.

But here in the above photo between the primary camera and the ultra-wide camera, you can see the difference in colors and the position of the exposure control, which is not good. Here you do not get the similarity in color and exposure. Many times the colors that come in the photo from the ultra-wide sensor, look different from the rest of the pictures when taken from other sensors.

Whereas, this third sensor is just in the name because the details in the pictures taken with it are not at all good and it is useless to share or post it anywhere.

Here the detail in ultra-wide shots, which you take without night mode, is not very good.

At least with the main 50MP camera, you get good results by turning on Night Mode. This will give you better pictures, in which both exposure and detail are good.

Lastly, in terms of humans, both edge detection and background blur are fine in a photo taken with portrait mode.

Verdict: Should you buy the Moto G31?

The highlights of the G31 include an FHD+ AMOLED display, a 50MP camera, a 5000mAh battery with 20W charging support, and an ad-free Android experience. Although the lack of a high-refresh-rate panel is needed, at this price, AMOLED displays with 60Hz refresh rate and LCD displays with 90Hz refresh rate are mostly available, so here we can understand. In-camera, the main camera delivers a decent performance while the rest are not as good. You get good battery life here and in the same way, the performance of the Helio G85 chipset will not disappoint you. But the best one here is the software offering a largely stock Android experience. This is also the specialty of Motorola stock Android and if you want the same, then you can consider buying this phone.

Advantages

  • FHD+ AMOLED display
  • 50MP main sensor, which results in good
  • Stock Android software
  • 5000mAh Battery + 20W Fast Charging

Disadvantages

  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • The primary sensor is not good

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