Moto G51 Review: It’s the Little Things

The funds 5G smartphone section in India wasn’t as crowded because the 4G area even a number of months in the past however by the top of 2021, it is fascinating to see how many of the large gamers on this section have launched at the very least one 5G-enabled smartphone. 5G is not right here but and it is going to be some time till we’re looking the online or streaming movies at these promised excessive speeds. For now, all funds 5G smartphones are extra about future-proofing, than the rest.

With that in thoughts, Motorola is sort of late to the social gathering with its newest providing, the Moto G51. However arriving late additionally offers Motorola the sting to gauge the competitors and give you a robust product, and on this regard, Motorola appears to have performed its homework pretty properly. I used to be impressed with the features supplied by the Moto G51 when it launched, however now it is time to see if it can provide Realme and Xiaomi a run for his or her cash.

Motorola Moto G51 worth in India

The Moto G51 is priced at Rs. 14,999 and is offered as a single variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The funds smartphone is offered in two finishes: Shiny Silver and Indigo Blue. I obtained the Indigo Blue unit for this assessment.

Motorola Moto G51 design

The Motorola Moto G51 has a unibody design that is product of polycarbonate. It encompasses a smooth, matte end with a dual-tone color which transitions from blue to black, and appears fairly refined in look. The fingerprint reader sits on the best beneath the facility button and above it, is the quantity rocker and the devoted Google Assistant key.

The unibody design makes the cellphone fairly sturdy and Motorola has additionally made it mud and waterproof by giving it an IP52 score. Nevertheless, it is also fairly a handful, to not point out heavy and chunky at 208g. What actually irritated me was the matte end, which is a significant fingerprint magnet. It solely takes a second for the physique to go from smudge-free to a dirty mess, and I really feel that Motorola might have performed higher right here. The sleek matte end makes this chunky cellphone fairly slippery and I additionally seen loads of scratches on the again after every week of use.

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The Motorola Moto G51 has three buttons on the best

One other pain-point for folk with common sized palms is the position of the quantity key, which sits excessive above the facility button. This was an issue on the Moto G31 (Review) and much more so with the G51 because of the bigger footprint. Urgent the Google Assistant key would require you to make use of your different hand because it’s utterly out of attain, sitting nearer to the highest nook of the body. Fortunately, you will not must press it when utilizing the cellphone, as voice instructions work as soon as the cellphone has been unlocked.

Motorola has gone with a 6.8-inch hole-punch show with the Moto G51. The show has a skinny bezel across the prime, left and proper sides, however a noticeably thicker one on the backside.

Motorola Moto G51 specs and software program

The Moto G51 debuts Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 480+ SoC. It has been manufactured utilizing the 8nm fabrication course of and provides a barely larger clock velocity of two.2GHz in comparison with the Snapdragon 480, which maxed out at 2GHz. There’s room for exterior storage (as much as 512GB) through a microSD card slot within the hybrid dual-SIM tray.

The Moto G51 helps 12 5G bands and provides twin 5G standby. Communication requirements embody Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, and the same old satellite tv for pc navigation techniques. The cellphone has a 5,000mAh battery and comes with a 20W charger within the field.

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The Moto G51’s polycarbonate again will get scratched simply

The Moto G51 ships with a near-stock model of Android 11 out of the field. It provides some theming choices which incorporates altering the icon model and the accent color. There’s additionally the same old Motorola gestures and a helpful ‘Energy contact’ gesture, which opens a slide out menu with shortcuts to apps or sure features while you double-tap the facility button. This barely customised model of Android is sort of clear, and I didn’t discover any preinstalled third-party apps when organising the cellphone.

Motorola Moto G51 efficiency and battery life

The software program on the Moto G51 felt fairly easy and fluid with common use, due to the 120Hz refresh charge show. I seen no hiccups and apps opened and closed shortly whereas multitasking. The LCD show does really feel like a little bit of a downgrade when in comparison with the AMOLED panel within the extra reasonably priced Moto G31, however the 120Hz refresh charge type of makes up for it. The show produces impartial colors and it will get vivid sufficient open air.

At 6.8 inches, it is fairly large, which makes it excellent for watching films and enjoying video games. I missed having stereo audio system, despite the fact that the bottom-firing speaker was loud sufficient whereas enjoying video games and watching films. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the backside for plugging in a pair of earphones and listening to the native FM radio app.

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The Moto G51 has a 6.8-inch full-HD+ LCD show

The cellphone fared properly, when it got here to benchmarks and was on par with what the competitors provides with their MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoCs. The Moto G51 managed a rating of two,41,908 factors in AnTuTu, and 542 and 1,646 in Geekbench’s single and multi-core checks respectively. The cellphone scored 70fps and 14fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex and Automotive Chase benchmarks respectively, and managed 3,549 and a pair of,432 factors in 3DMark’s Sling Shot and Sling Shot Excessive benchmarks.

Whereas software program efficiency was fairly good, gaming efficiency was a bit beneath the mark. The cellphone solely bought barely heat whereas enjoying video games, which was an excellent factor. Nevertheless, Name of Obligation: Cellular and Asphalt 9: Legends didn’t run easily at their default graphics settings. There have been a number of, random cases of lag throughout gameplay. Reducing the graphics settings resulted in smoother efficiency. Clearly, this is not a smartphone I’d suggest to somebody who performs graphics-intensive cellular video games, which in a manner additionally defeats the thought of getting a 120Hz refresh charge show.

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The Moto G51 provides a triple rear digital camera setup

The 5,000mAh battery contained in the Moto G51 lasted 12 hours and 46 minutes in our HD video loop take a look at (with the show’s refresh charge set to 120Hz), which is loads decrease than what the competitors delivers. Nevertheless, with common use, I managed to squeeze out a day and half, which is common for a smartphone on this section. Charging the smartphone took about two hours and twelve minutes, with the cellphone reaching 35 p.c in half-hour and 67 p.c in an hour, which isn’t unhealthy for this section.

Motorola Moto G51 cameras

The Moto G51, just like the extra reasonably priced Moto G31, has three rear-facing cameras. This features a 50-megapixel main digital camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide digital camera which does double obligation because the depth digital camera in Portrait mode, and a 2-megapixel macro digital camera. Selfie duties are dealt with by a 13-megapixel front-facing digital camera. The digital camera interface has a easy structure, however the positioning of digital camera modes is customisable. Many of the settings are positioned beneath a gear icon. The toggle to modify the video recording body charge is hidden beneath a small arrow subsequent to the shutter button.

Motorola Moto G51 daylight digital camera samples. High to backside: Shut-up, main digital camera, ultra-wide digital camera (faucet to see full dimension)

Pictures taken in daylight got here out crisp and clear, however have been a bit oversaturated. Nevertheless, particulars have been spot on and dynamic vary was additionally fairly good, displaying good element within the shadows and no clipping within the brighter areas of the picture. Pictures from the ultra-wide lens got here out a bit smooth and with lesser element. The digital camera tends to sharpen pictures a bit an excessive amount of when capturing pictures of topics indoors.

Motorola Moto G51 selfie digital camera samples. High: Auto, backside: Portrait (faucet to see full dimension)

Selfies clicked in daylight have been sharp and had good element. Edge detection when utilizing the Portrait mode on the selfie digital camera was strictly common. Macro pictures regarded a bit too smooth and have been low on element.

In dimly-lit scenes, the digital camera tends to spice up its noise suppression algorithms main to photographs that look a bit smooth, with virtually flat textures. Evening mode improved issues a bit by brightening up the picture and slicing down the overexposed components, but in addition added fairly a little bit of noise. Below synthetic gentle pictures regarded simply wonderful with the noise being beneath management.

Motorola Moto G51 low-light digital camera samples. High: Auto, backside: Evening mode (faucet to see full dimension)

Video high quality was first rate and the Moto G51, in contrast to the G31, permits you to change between 30fps and 60fps. Stabilisation was fairly good, however the degree of element was common. In low gentle, particulars took successful, and the standard was strictly common.


With the Moto G51, Motorola has paid shut consideration to the smaller issues, these finer particulars that one might not discover when glancing by way of the specs of the cellphone on-line, however turn into apparent when you really use the smartphone. There is a high quality 120Hz refresh charge show with good resistance to fingerprints. Sure, the cellphone is cumbersome, however you additionally get helpful options similar to an IP52 score. There’s additionally no annoying preinstalled third-party apps like on many competing smartphones and the near-stock software program is lean and enjoyable to make use of.

Nonetheless, there are a few issues that Moto G51 does not do as properly because the competitors. Realme’s Narzo 30 5G (Review) shoots higher high quality pictures and can be higher at gaming. It is also lighter at 185g. If extra inner storage is one thing you crave, then the Moto G51 could be a deal breaker, because it solely has 64GB of storage, which is expandable however at the price of shedding the second SIM slot. The Redmi Note 10T (Review), Realme Narzo 30 5G and the Poco M3 Pro 5G (Review) all have a 6GB RAM variant with 128GB of inner storage, which make them simpler to suggest.

Regardless of its shortcomings, I nonetheless really feel the Motorola Moto G51 is price a re-examination, particularly as a starter 5G smartphone for the informal person. It’ll additionally attraction to these patrons who’re eager on having a smartphone with a near-stock Android expertise, because it covers the fundamentals and provides some additional options which might be fairly uncommon on this section. Aggressive players may need to take a look at a few of the options talked about above because the G51 is not cutout for the job. 

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