Motorola Moto G200 5G review

Motorola Moto G200 5G review: a smartphone with flagship performance at an affordable price

Motorola Moto G200 5G is a mid-range smartphone with flagship-level performance. The new model is a continuation of the G100, which also had a powerful processor, improved display and long battery life.

While the screen has gotten better, it’s still an LCD panel that lacks the contrast of AMOLED displays. The quality of shooting is inferior to many competitors. Since the body of the Moto G200 is made of plastic, it feels cheap and the bezels around the screen are too thick. I am glad that the sides are aluminum.

Motorola Moto G200 5G review

However, the smartphone runs on a Snapdragon 888+ processor with 5G support, and the display refresh rate reaches 144Hz. Usually in this price segment, you can count on the Snapdragon 778G at best. If you want top performance at a reasonable price, the Moto G200 5G is worth considering.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G review – a belated smartphone in the shadow of flagships

Specifications Motorola Moto G200 5G

Screen6.8″, IPS, 2460×1080 pixels (~395 ppi density), 144Hz resolution, HDR10, ~86.5% display-to-body ratio
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 888+ 5G SM8350 (5nm) Octa-Core (1×2.99GHz Kryo 680 + 3×2.42GHz Kryo 680 + 4×1.80GHz Kryo 680)
GraphicsAdreno 680
RAM8 GB
Inner memory128/256 GB UFS 3.1, no microSD
System and softwareAndroid 11
Front camera16 MP, f/2.2, wide-angle, 1.0 μm
Main camera108 MP, f/1.9, wide-angle, 1/1.52″, 0.7 μm, PDAF + 13 MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide angle, 119˚, 1.12 μm, autofocus + 2 MP, f /2,4, depths
Video recordingMain: [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60fps, Gyro-EIS Front: 1080p at 30 fps
Communication and connectionsWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, USB Type-C 3.1
networksGSM/HSPA/LTE/5G 2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900 – SIM 1 and SIM 2 (dual-SIM) 3G HSDPA 850/900/1700(AWS)/1900/2100 4G bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 66 5G bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78 SA/NSA/Sub6
Sound and audioMono, no 3.5mm
SecurityWater-repellent housing IP52
Sensors and featuresFingerprint scanner (side), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass
BatteryLi-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable, fast charging 33 W
ColorsStarry Blue, Ice Green
materialsGlass front, plastic frame and back
Dimensions and weight168.1×75.5×8.9mm, 202g
PriceFrom Rs. 37,990
Motorola Moto G200 5G review

Unpacking and kit

When you take the Motorola Moto G200 5G out of the box, you won’t immediately tell that you are dealing with a unique Moto G series smartphone.

The packaging and equipment here is traditional, as for other devices of the company, and the smartphone itself lies inside a classic cuboid, already in a rubber case. Below it you will find:

  • USB-A to USB-C cables
  • 33 W power supply
  • Documentation with SIM tray key
Motorola Moto G200 5G review

Design and appearance

Externally, the Motorola Moto G200 5G does not look like a “flagship killer” at all – because of the plastic back cover, it feels a little cheap in the hands.

The color of the case can be blue or green, while the back surface reflects the light beautifully. The most interesting design element is the camera module. Its left side with all the sensors protrudes a little, but on the right the thickness gradually decreases and eventually merges with the body. Just below is the Motorola logo.

Motorola Moto G200 5G review

The surface of the Moto G200 5G is matte, but slippery in your hands, so it’s best to put on a protective case right away. The sides of the metal are slightly rounded, which contributes to a comfortable grip. The fingerprint scanner is built into the power button – on the right, and the hole for the front camera on the display is located at the top – in the middle.

The body of the G200 5G is quite large: 16.81 × 7.55 × 0.89 cm, weight – 202 grams. The phone is not as wide as the iPhone 13 Pro Max , but is more vertically elongated.

Screen and sound

To keep the cost of the Moto G200 5G down, Motorola used an LCD panel for the screen instead of AMOLED.

The display here is 6.8 inches with a refresh rate of 144Hz, high brightness and pleasing hues. True, LCD can't deliver the deep blacks and saturation that AMOLED can.

The resolution is 2460×1080 pixels, although the display is large, so it is false to see individual pixels up close. The 144Hz refresh rate is ideal for gaming and provides a smoother interface experience.

The maximum brightness is 568 nits, and the minimum is only 1.8 nits. Using a smartphone on a sunny day is convenient, although the glass coating reflects light a little.

Motorola G200 5G has one speaker, while many competitors already have stereo speakers. The mids and lows sound good, but the upper ones are too muffled, I’m glad that the volume is enough, and the sound is not much distorted even at high levels.

Moto G200 5G cameras

On the back of the Motorola Moto G200 5G are three cameras: a 108MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. Front lens with a resolution of 16 megapixels.

The cameras are nothing special, although you can’t call them bad. When shooting with the main sensor, you can count on high detail, but the shades are warmer.

The Moto G200 5G adds Ultra Pixel technology, which combines nine pixels into one, which should improve low-light performance. The resolution of the final photos because of this is 12 megapixels.

The 8 MP ultra-wide-angle lens is disappointing - details are low even during the day. The exposure is accurate, but warm tones (especially yellows) are too bright.

There is no telephoto lens here, and the digital zoom becomes useless after 3x zoom. Night shooting is also not impressive – distant objects are too blurry. The Night Vision mode saves a little – in dark conditions it is better not to turn it off.

The Moto G200 5G can shoot videos up to 8K/24 fps, but there is no stabilization at this resolution, so the jitter is too noticeable. But 4K/30 fps videos look great, especially when recording during the day, you can even choose a frequency of 60 fps for 4K.

Software

The Motorola Moto G200 5G smartphone runs on Android 11 operating system, but should soon receive an update to Android 12.

The system’s interface is clean, with only a few Motorola features added. The main one is the Ready For platform, which allows you to use the Moto G200 5G as a computer when connected to an external display (TV or monitor).

The smartphone can serve as a trackpad and keyboard, and peripherals connect via Bluetooth.

After establishing a connection with a computer on Windows, you will be able to conveniently transfer files. Through a PC, you can also use Android mobile applications, answer notifications, make calls and write messages. Connection occurs via USB or wirelessly, although the first method is more reliable when Wi-Fi is unstable.

Component performance

The main advantage of the Motorola Moto G200 5G is high performance thanks to one of the most powerful mobile processors Snapdragon 888 Plus.

Most competitors in the middle price segment cannot boast of this. The RAM is 8 GB, and the internal storage capacity can be 128 or 256 GB. There is no microSD card slot, although the available capacity will be sufficient for most users.

Motorola Moto G200 5G review

In the GeekBench 5 performance test, the reviewed Motorola smartphone scores 1042 points in single-core mode and 3283 in multi-core mode. In 3DMark Wild Life Extreme, the result is 1516 points.

Motorola Moto G200 5G review

Since the software of the Moto G200 5G is well optimized, all tasks are performed instantly, and strong heating does not occur even during games. There is also support for next-generation 5G networks.

Autonomy Motorola Moto G200 5G

The battery capacity of the Moto G200 5G is 5000 mAh, which is an excellent indicator for such a large smartphone.

Motorola Moto G200 5G review

Even if you turn on the high refresh rate, you can count on two days of offline use. The speed of fast charging with the included adapter is 33 W, alas, there is no wireless charging.

In an hour, a smartphone restores approximately 60% of energy, and this is a normal result for the average price segment.

Outcome

The strength of the Motorola Moto G200 5G is high performance thanks to the top-level Snapdragon 888+ processor. Frustrates only not the best quality of shooting and the only speaker.

The IPS LCD screen may be inferior to AMOLED panels, but it supports a refresh rate of 144 Hz, providing smooth interface navigation and high frame rates in games. The battery life is also long – about two days.

Is it worth buying

If performance is your priority, then Motorola’s Moto G200 5G is definitely worth a look.


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