Motorola’s new cheap Android phone has a 120Hz screen with a whole lot of color

It’s been a big week for smartphone launches, with the Sony Xperia 1 IV, Google Pixel 6a, and more, and now there’s one more to add to the list: the Moto G82 5G.

Announced with no fanfare at all, this phone is already available to buy in the UK, priced at £289 (around $355 / AU$515) but with no confirmed availability for other regions.

So it’s quite an affordable phone, and surprisingly, given that it has a 6.6-inch FHD+ OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. That’s a higher refresh rate than most budget phones. In fact, it’s in line with flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S22 series and iPhone 13 Pro.

But that’s not the only highlight of the screen, as it also uses 100% of the DCI-P3 gamut, which means it displays more colors than some phones, meeting cinema standards for color accuracy. .

Most of the other specs – while arguably less exciting – also look pretty decent. There’s a 5,000mAh battery with 30W charging, 5G and a triple-lens rear camera, with a 50MP main sensor (sports optical image stabilization), 8MP ultrawide and macro of 2 MP.

There’s also a 16MP selfie camera, dual stereo speakers, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a mid-range Snapdragon 695 chipset. Additionally, there is a microSD card slot and a side fingerprint reader.

A Moto G82 5G from the front, with the screen on

(Image credit: Motorola)

Analysis: Making sense of Motorola’s G-series

You might be wondering where the Moto G82 5G fits into the larger Motorola G series, and the answer lies between the Moto G100 and Moto G60.

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On paper, both of these phones have worse screens, even though the Moto G100 costs more. However, this phone has a faster chipset and probably better cameras (although 20W charging is slower).

The Moto G60s, meanwhile, could also have better cameras – at the very least it has more megapixels to play with, and it has even faster 50W charging, despite costing less. But it’s also less powerful and its screen is slightly worse. It also does not support 5G.

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