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Moto G30 Review: A decent budget smartphone

The Motorola Moto G30 is priced at Rs. 10,999. It comes in one variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage

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Motorola is once again trying to make a dent in the affordable smartphone segment in India, and this time around, the Lenovo-owned company recently launched two new devices for it - Moto G30 and Moto G10 Power. Both affordable devices come with competitive on-paper specifications along with a waterdrop-style display notch and a near stock interface of Android 11.
The Motorola Moto G30 is priced at Rs. 10,999 and it comes in one variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The phone is available in Dark Pearl and Pastel Sky colour options. On the other hand, the Moto G10 Power carries a price tag of Rs. 9,999 for the single 4GB RAM+64GB storage model.
We used Moto G30's Dark Pearl colour unit for some time and here is what you should know about this budget offering from Motorola.

Design and Display

In terms of design, the device scores good marks and the build quality is decent as well. You'll find the power and volume buttons on the right side along with a dedicated key for Google Assistant. On the other side of the frame, there is the hybrid dual-SIM tray which can take two Nano-SIM cards or one SIM card and a microSD card.

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At the top of the frame is a 3.5mm headphone jack and there is a secondary microphone as well. The primary microphone, USB Type-C port, and loudspeaker are located at the bottom. At the back of the phone is the new 64-megapixel camera module that sits on the top left and just slightly above centre is the Motorola logo that doubles as a fingerprint scanner. Overall, the Moto G30 looks like a modern upmarket smartphone.
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Coming to the display, the Motorola Moto G30 smartphone features a 6.5-inch HD+ (720x1,600 pixels) Max Vision TFT display with 20:9 aspect ratio and 90Hz refresh rate. The display is impressive, and you'll enjoy watching videos on it. The panel produces bright visuals and has good viewing angles, even outdoors. The 90Hz refresh rate is a welcome bonus in its price range.

Performance, Software, Security and Battery experience
The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC, along with 4GB of RAM. During our review, we did not feel any lag while using the device for the everyday tasks such as using it for emails, calls, internet browsing, watching videos and more. Even if you are looking to buy a smartphone under Rs 15,000 for multi-tasking and playing light graphics games, then you can consider this phone for yourself.
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Moto G30 comes with latest Android 11 software with near-stock experience. It is completely ad-free, bloatware-free experience with the latest Android features like Chat Bubbles, Smart Device Controls, Categorised Notifications and more. For device security, there's a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor embedded in the Motorola logo and it is quite fast. The device is packed with Motorola's proprietary four-layer security of ThinkShield, which claims protection from hardware to software allowing consumers to have peace of mind with respect to their data security.

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The company has provided a 5,000mAh battery on the Moto G30 that supports 20W fast charging. With the moderate usage, the battery lasted around a day.

Moto G30 camera review

It houses a quad rear camera that includes a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP sensor with an ultra-wide angle, 2MP sensor with a macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. There is also an 8MP selfie camera sensor at the front.

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During our test, the device managed to click some decent shots throughout the daylight conditions and with different subjects. These shots mostly reproduced natural colours and never felt oversaturated. Also, it had sharp details.

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That said, the camera couldn't produce similar results in absence of natural light or low-light conditions., and it was a little disappointing to see results. The AI could certainly reduce grain, but these results were below par with the competition available at this price point.

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The selfie camera was good enough and you won't hesitate while posting pictures on social media. Video recording is available at 1080p and 30fps or 60fps – sure, but you don't get 4K recording here.

Should you buy?

In our opinion, the Motorola Moto G30 is a good option if you are looking for a budget device and do not like bloated software from Xiaomi or Realme. The overall performance of the device is decent and you'll not feel disappointed. In addition, the device offers a good display and battery. That said, there are many options in the same price segment which might offer you a better camera setup than the Moto G30.




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