Motorola has unveiled the Moto G100, an upper mid-range smartphone that stands out from something different from the rest of the crowd – it has an unusual desktop mode. In China, the same handset is known as the Moto Edge S.
- The Motorola G100 will retail for € 499.99
- It is already available in China as the Moto Edge S.
- The Moto G100 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC
- Desktop mode available for higher productivity
Motorola has just presented its latest smartphone in the form of the Moto G100, with which this handset will be aimed at the upper mid-range sector with a price of 499.99 euros. On the occasion of the ten-year anniversary of the Moto G series, this smartphone has a 6.7-inch FHD + display, which is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and has a refresh rate of 90 Hertz. In addition, the Moto G100 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 SoC under the hood.
Upper middle class and higher price
If we’re comfortably in this range, we can definitely expect a device with better performance compared to the recently introduced Motorola G10 and G30 phones. At a price of just under 500 euros, Motorola knows exactly which area it is moving into, and it is also more expensive than the identically constructed Moto Edge S, a handset that was released exclusively in China earlier this year.
The Lenovo subsidiary combines the Snapdragon 870 chipset with 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of expandable storage and a 64-megapixel main camera as part of the triple camera module on the back. For selfies, Motorola offers two cameras in punch-hole format: a 16 MP and an ultra-wide-angle camera with 8 MP resolution. Below is an overview of the entire camera setup:
- 64 MP sensor, ƒ / 1.7, 0.7 µm, quad pixel technology
- 16 MP 17 degree ultra wide / macro camera, ƒ / 2.2, 1.0 μm and ring flash
- 2MP depth sensor, ƒ / 2.4, 1.75 µm laser autofocus LED flash with digital zoom (8x photo / 8x video)
- 16 MP selfie camera, ƒ / 2.2, 1.0 µm
- 8-MP 118 ° ultra wide angle camera, ƒ / 2.4, 1.12 µm
The very decent overall package is rounded off by a powerful 5,000 mAh battery that is charged using the 20 W TurboPower charger supplied. Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 and 5G connectivity are supported. If you wish, there is space for a second SIM card in the hybrid slot. Just in case you’re wondering if the Moto G100 can handle light splashes of water, the device is IP52 certified.
Together with the latest standard operating system for Android 11, Motorola offers us a fairly comprehensive all-round package with weak points in tiny details such as the lack of stereo speakers. Still, the $ 500 price tag is a lot of money compared to the aforementioned Moto Edge S from China, and it’s not just the price difference that is blamed here.
The higher price may be justified by the accessories included with the Moto G100. In addition to the charger, in addition to a USB-C to HDMI cable, there is also a docking station that offers an Android experience right on your desktop.
What is missing would be a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard and a monitor. Once you have this, you can use the smartphone – which Motorola has always intended – to replace a desktop PC. Thanks to the docking station, the Moto G100 is charged and cooled by a fan at the same time. If you can do without the fan and the LED display on the dock, you can enjoy the image output even without an external power supply.
When viewed through the monitor, Android is presented in a customized view that Windows 10 users will be familiar with. Motorola called this platform “Ready For”. It even has a special game mode that allows the smartphone to become a TV console while also acting as a Bluetooth controller.
In addition, there is a TV mode for video content and you can even enjoy your video calls in an optimized way. In the future, Motorola would like to expand the “Ready For” platform with additional functions and at the same time extend it to other Motorola smartphones that meet the hardware requirements.
As already mentioned, Motorola believes that 500 euros is a fair value for this smartphone and a docking package. The smartphone’s hardware specifications are above average, while you can be the first to enjoy unprecedented versatility in mobile productivity through the Ready For platform.
This could make the Motorola G100 an exciting alternative for many, especially during the pandemic. Samsung has already tried this with its DeX, albeit with limited success. Will Motorola be the next step in such a development? You can now pre-order the smartphone in blue or white, although it won’t be available in stores for about a month.
The new Moto G100 will soon be available for 499.99 euros directly from Motorola or Amazon.
What do you think of Motorola’s direction with this smartphone? Does “Ready For” sound interesting to you as a desktop alternative or is the idea too crazy for your taste? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.