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Motorola Moto G31 review

At starting Rs. 12,999, is the Moto G31 best budget smartphone by Motorola to take on the competition? Read our full review to find out.

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Motorola's fortune changing series after the Android smartphone evolution was its Moto G series, and since then Motorola has never looked back. Recently, the company launched its Moto G31 in India from the five new models it unveiled for global markets.
The budget G31 that goes up against the likes of Redmi's and Realme's in India has been priced at Rs 12,999 for the base 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant. There is another variant on offer which packs 6GB RAM and 128GB storage at Rs. 14,999. It comes in Baby Blue and Meteorite Grey colour options. I received the 4GB RAM variant in the Meteorite Gray finish and here's my full review of it.

Display and Design

To start with, Motorola has finally shipped in an AMOLED panel for its budget phone. The Moto G31 features a 6.4-inch AMOLED hole-punch display but with a standard 60Hz refresh rate. In comparison to the Moto G30, yes the panel is more vivid despite losing its 90Hz support. I wish the company should have included it but I am not highly disappointed because it works well nevertheless. That said, the competition is fierce for Motorola, and these numbers matter to a lot of consumers.

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In terms of aesthetics, not much is different. The design still looks old school but yes indeed feels a little more polished and a slight upgrade over the Moto G30. The major improvement is in terms of weight and thickness. It feels more lightweight and easy to hold. The fingerprint sensor is still embedded at the back in the signature M logo.

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The fast-charging USB Type-C port is at the bottom along with the speaker grill and you get a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top. All other buttons are on the right side which becomes sometimes confusing because the Google Assistant button is also there along with the power button.

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Overall, the polycarbonate body with textured back grips well and feels good for the price. The phone does not feel cheap at all. That said, I feel Motorola should experiment more with colours because the segment attracts more first time buyers than consumers already using smartphones.

Performance, Battery and Camera

The Motorola Moto G31 comes powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 chipset which gets 2 powerful cores and 6 power-efficient cores. It comes paired with an Arm Mali-G52 MC2 GPU and offers two configurations - 4GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB model. The internal storage can be expanded further using the hybrid microSD card slot (up to 1TB). Since I reviewed the 4GB variant, I can only talk about it. To me, you'd not have any issues with its daily performance. The gaming was decent too, as most games were playable at 60Hz settings but I feel 90Hz would have added an extra edge.

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About the battery, the Moto G30 also packs a 5,000mAh battery which is good for one full day use. The company has taken users feedback on fast charging and now it offers a 20W charger in the box especially for the Indian market. The global variant was unveiled with a 10W charger. Also, there is USB Type-C instead of Micro-USB.

Coming to the camera, the Moto G31 comes with a triple-camera setup instead of a quad-camera seen on G30. The primary lens is now a 50-megapixel shooter along with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel macro lens. For the selfie, Motorola has used a 13-megapixel sensor.

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Now, if you look at the camera specs of G31 on paper, the primary camera is a bit of a downgrade in terms of the resolution it had in the G30. Also, there is one less lens. But nothing of it matters because the camera overall does a good job for the price.

In my review time, the daylight shots taken with the Moto G31 turned out well. As expected, these shots had ample details and fairly neutral colours.

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Even at night, the phone surprised me with the night mode. What I didn't really like was its wide-angle camera detailing. The images felt soft and lost details in comparison. Macro shots also came decent.

Verdict: Should you buy?

The Moto G31 is definitely a good option in the budget 15K segment and it gets the job done. You get a decent configuration with good cameras and overall good battery life. In comparison to the competitors, what I like about this phone is that you get a near-stock Android experience which is something you'll relish in this segment.

Motorola Moto G31

Summary
performanceMediaTek Helio G85
display6.43 inches (16.47 cm)
storage64 GB
camera50 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP
battery5000 mAh
price in_india12999 INR
ram4 GB
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