Lenovo owned Motorola has had some hits and misses with the Moto G series over the last couple of years. While the company has been banking on its clean stock Android aesthetic to woo customers, the presence of powerful rivals has made users gravitate towards other options.
With the newly launched Motor G 31, Motorola is looking to change that, banking on the phone’s solid specs such as the 50 MP camera and an Ammo Led screen.
But is it enough?
We answer this question in our review compared to the Motor G 30 from last year, the Moto G 31 feels like a massive improvement. In some places, the body is still a plastic, unibody construction, but now the materials feel a tad bit more robust, which adds greatly to the overall fit and finish.
The texture pattern on the back also AIDS in gripping the phone more comfortably. The attention to detail is also good, with elegant looking rear cameras and the buttons having good tactile feedback.
Top that with a pretty dark colour gradient that changes colours from Maroon to blue hues depending on the light. And the Motor G 31 is an attractive phone with a universal appeal, and despite packing a huge battery, the phone is surprisingly lightweight and slim.
Is Moto G 31 Water Proof?
It even has an IPX two rating for water resistance, but it is a downgrade in comparison with the Motor G 30 that had an IP 52 rating for dust and water resistance.
Another thing that we’re not fans of is the volume rockers on the side that are a little too hard to reach, and so is the dedicated Google Assistant button.
The Moto Dimple on the back acts as a fingerprint sensor, which is clever and nicely integrated, a staple for any budget phone. The Motor G 31 comes with a 3.5 headphone Jack, which sits at the top.
It’s has a hybrid dual SIM set up with space for two Nano Sims or one Nano-SIM and a micro SD card slot. Although we do wish that we had the option for both and didn’t have to choose.
But the highlight of the Moto G 31 is its big 6.4-inch Ammo Led display, which is becoming common for smartphones in this price segment.
Display, Ram, Storage For Moto G31
Being an Ammo Led display, the content looks good with deep Blacks and life contrast colours. However, the screen is capped at 60 Hz, which might seem to be a downgrade compared to the G the 30s 90 Hz panel.
The output from the single speaker is also mediocre at best. It sounds muffled and tiny, but you do get Dolby Atmosph support in terms of performance.
Motorola has opted for a Mediatech G 85 chipset, which is paired with four GB of Ram and 64 GB of storage. There is a six GB version as well, which might be useful for those who want to future proof their phones in terms of real-world usage.
The Moto G 31 was adequately fast and smooth. The media Tech G 85 chipset is no Slouch, but it’s not very powerful either.
While the general usage was smooth enough, we did notice some minor scutters while gaming and scrolling software is one of the strengths of the Moto G 31,
It comes with Android Eleven installed out of the box, and despite offering an almost stock Android experience, Motorola has included several customisation options without breaking the user experience.
Camera For Redmi G31
The Motor G 31 comes with a triple camera set up with a 50 MP primary camera, an eight MP wide-angle camera, and a two MP macro camera. Images from the primary sensor during daylight are clear and sharp, but the colours are a bit too saturated.
As for our liking, and the dynamic range is not the best, the ultra-wide does a good job of getting more in the frame, but there is a major colour shift, and the sharpness also takes a hit.
The two MP macro sensor is a good addition for getting close-ups of subjects on the front. You get a 13 MP selfie camera, which does a good job of producing reasonable skin tones.
The phone is powered by a 5000 Mah battery and supports 20 Watts of fast charging. It lasted us an entire day easily with moderate gaming, streaming messaging and calls price to Rs12,999.
The Moto G 31 is a good option if you’re looking for a budget smartphone without Ads and Bloatware, it adds a great Ammo Led display and decent cameras,
But also at the same time, it cuts some corners, such as the high refresh rate screen and IP rating that the previous Moto G 30 had. Overall, it is a nice alternative for people considering the Redmi Nine Prime.