Motorola has unveiled the G100 and G50, two mid-size phones on their way to European and Latin American markets first. Both offer screens with fast 90Hz refresh rates for smooth scrolling and animations, 5G connectivity, and they embrace Motorola’s ethos of “more battery, better” with huge 5,000 mAh cells.
The Advanced G100 is ready to compete with the likes of the Google Pixel 4A 5G with a Snapdragon 870 5G processor, 8GB of RAM and a dual-wide / ultra-wide selfie camera for € 499.99 (~ $ 587). The G50, on the other hand, looks like a respectable, budget-friendly device – its faster refresh rate, 6.5-inch screen is still a bit rare at a price of € 229.99 (~ $ 269).
The Motorola G100 has a large 6.7-inch 1080p LCD screen. Its 8 GB of RAM is accompanied by 128 GB of storage, which can be expanded thanks to a MicroSD card slot. Support for sub-6GHz 5G frequencies is included, as is Wi-Fi 6. The G100 has a 64-megapixel main camera (unfortunately lacking optical stabilization), complemented by a 16-megapixel ultra-tablet that acts as a macro camera, complete with a built-in ring flash.
It offers two selfie cameras – an approach that Google took with the Pixel 3 and then abandoned – with a 16 megapixel wide and 8 megapixel ultra wide. Up to 6K / 30p video recording is possible with the main rear camera, and the rear ultra-wide can capture 4K / 30p clips – which is found on many flagships, but is not as common in this upper middle class.
The Motorola G50 uses a slightly smaller (but still, large) 6.5-inch 720p display. It includes a slower Snapdragon 480 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of storage (thankfully there is also a microSD slot here). The rear triple camera setup is mostly just a 48 megapixel standard wide camera; the included 5 megapixel macro and 2 megapixel depth sensor do not provide much practical use. If none of this sounds too convincing, consider that the European price is well below $ 300. If the device were to come to the US, it would be well equipped to compete at that price.
There is no confirmation right now if and when these phones will be sold in the US, but we will keep an eye on them. Meanwhile, the G100 will be sold in European and Latin American markets today, while the G50 will arrive in “selected European markets” in the coming weeks.