Moto G71 5G Review: The Perfect Android All-rounder in the Budget!

Motorola is slowly adding new budget 5G smartphones to its G-series. Recently we reviewed the Moto G51 and we liked its performance very much. Now Motorola has launched Moto G71 5G. This is the first smartphone in India, in which the new Snapdragon 695 processor has been given. This smartphone has a strong rear camera of 50 megapixels. So is the new Moto G71 5G a value for money phone or should you look at some other option? To know, I tested this smartphone.

Moto G71 5G price in India

Moto G71 5G Comes in a single configuration and has 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. The price of Moto G71 5G in India is Rs 18,999 and it is a Flipkart exclusive phone. In color variants, you get the option of Neptune Green and Arctic Blue.

Moto G71 5G design

The Moto G71 5G is smaller in size than the rest of the smartphones in its segment. Apart from being compact, this Motorola phone has been made keeping in mind the ergonomics. Its curved sides make it easy to hold. Its display size is 6.4 inches, which includes a hole for the selfie camera. The bezels of the display are thin on either side. With this, the phone can be used easily with one hand. Still, it becomes a bit difficult to reach the top of the display.

Motorola has made its frame out of plastic, but even so, it doesn’t feel cheap. However, four buttons are fitted together on the right side of the phone, which fills the frame all at once. At the same time, only the SIM tray is given on the left side. The textured finish has been given on the power button, which makes it distinguishable when touched, but after putting the case that comes with the phone, it becomes difficult to recognize the buttons without looking at it. The volume buttons are fitted above the power button, which are easy to reach. Clicking on them gives good feedback. The Google Assistant button has been fitted above the volume button, which would have been better in terms of convenience if it was on the left. Your finger may have to wiggle a little to reach this button.

Now-a-days when side mounted fingerprint scanner is being provided in almost all the smartphones, Motorola has given a capacitive fingerprint scanner in the back panel. The company has fitted it in the exact place, so that while holding the phone, my finger used to rest directly on it. There is also a camera module at the back, which feels a little more protruding than other smartphones. The back panel of the phone has a glossy finish, due to which it catches fingerprints and spots easily. To avoid this, you can use the case found in the box.

The bottom frame of the phone houses the 3.5mm jack, primary microphone, USB Type-C port and loudspeaker. Only the secondary microphone is given at the top. The phone comes with a splash resistant design and weighs 179 grams, which cannot be called heavy, but it is not light either.

Moto G71 5G specifications and software

Motorola seems to be on a slightly different path when it comes to the hardware of the Moto G71 5G. The phone has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display, which comes with FHD resolution. It is equipped with scratch resistant glass and supports a standard refresh rate of 60Hz. If you look at other smartphones in this segment, then Realme 8s 5G ,Review) And Moto G51 ,Review) gets a higher refresh rate than this, but both these smartphones do not have an AMOLED display.

The weight of the phone’s performance is on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 processor. This is the first smartphone in India which is equipped with Snapdragon 695 processor. It is an octa-core chipset clocked at 2.2 GHz. The phone has 6GB RAM. Along with this, there is a RAM Boost feature, so that 1.5GB of storage space can be used as RAM. This feature comes enabled by default inside the phone.

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The Moto G71 5G supports 13 5G bands, which is the highest in India in this price range. It supports 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5, NFC, dual band Wi-Fi and 6 satellite navigation systems. The battery capacity is 5,000mAh and a 33W TurboPower charger is also included in the box.

Motorola’s Moto G71 5G comes with stock Android 11 and the December security patch was given to my unit. The phone is also expected to receive the Android 12 update but its timeline has not been confirmed yet. MyUX skin is not detectable in the software, those who like stock Android will love it.

Some useful things have been added to the phone such as Moto Actions, with the help of which many types of tasks can be done just by shaking the phone. One of the pre-existing features of Moto is the double-chop gesture to turn the flashlight on and off. Apart from this, there is a flip feature to silence. Moto’s Gametime app quickly mutes incoming calls and disables autobrightness while gaming. Bloat apps are no longer visible in Motorola phones and only Google apps are pre-installed. Although Cred and Facebook were pre-installed in the Moto G71 5G, there was an option to uninstall them.

Moto G71 5G performance and battery life

Moto G71 5G delivers smooth performance. Apps and games were opened quickly on the phone and multitasking was very easy in it thanks to the 6 GB RAM. However, I noticed an unusual lag in the camera viewfinder after the battery percentage dropped below 15, even without battery saver turned on. Ignoring this, the phone did not disappoint anywhere. The rear mounted fingerprint scanner was quite accurate and the phone was getting unlocked in one go. The face recognition feature was also good. The video viewing experience in the AMOLED display was great. Viewing angles of the display are good and the screen looked bright even in outdoors.

Since the Moto G71 5G is the first smartphone in India to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 695, I had to see how it would compete with other rivals. The phone scored 3,78,268 points on AnTuTu, which was higher than the Redmi Note 11T 5G 5G’s MediaTek Dimensity 810. The phone got a score of 668 points in Geekbench 5’s single-core test and 1,900 points in the multi-core test. In terms of graphics scores, the phone scored 60fps on GFXBench’s T-Rex and 18fps in the Car Chase test. Whereas it scored 4,159 in 3DMark’s Sling Shot test.

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On the phone I played Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI). By default it ran on HD graphics and high frame rate. There was no problem playing the game at these settings. After 33 minutes, the battery percentage decreased by 6 percent, which is normal. The phone did not feel hot even after the gaming session.

I got a day and a half of battery life on the Moto G71 5G. In normal usage, the phone can give even more battery life. For heavy users, the phone can run comfortably one day. The phone lasted 17 hours and 58 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is pretty good considering the 5,000mAh battery. A 33W charger has been given in the phone, with the help of which it charges very quickly. It charged from 0 to 54 percent in 30 minutes and 91 percent in an hour.

Moto G71 5G cameras

Talking about the camera setup of the phone, the triple camera setup has been given in the Moto G71 5G. The primary camera is 50 megapixels, which has an aperture f / 1.8. The second camera is an 8-megapixel ultrawide angle lens with 118-degree field of view. The third camera is a 2-megapixel macro camera. The phone has a 16-megapixel front camera for selfie. Motorola’s camera app is quite simple and easy to use. The most commonly used photo and video shoot modes are front and center while the other modes are given in the menu. The phone remembers the last used shooting mode so that it does not have to go into the same mode again to restart it. Apart from a slight lag in the viewfinder (as mentioned above), the camera app did not show any flaws.

The phone is quite quick in locking focus and exposure. By default, it saves the photo at 12.5 megapixels. Photos taken in daylight are good and distant objects can be easily recognized. Dynamic range is average so highlights could not be maintained in photos taken in high light. Shots taken with the ultrawide angle camera were comparatively not that good and the edges of the frame looked distorted.

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Close up shots were crisp and colors were pretty accurate too. With the help of its wide aperture, the background becomes slightly blurred while taking the photo and the subject is clearly visible. The camera UI itself suggests switching to the macro shooter when you get too close to the subject. Macro shots are not found with much detail but the macro lens is capable of getting very close to the subject. Edge detection is good in portrait mode and I was able to set the blur level before taking a shot.

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The camera’s low-light performance is average. Details were not found in the photo and after magnifying the photo, the photo was grainy. After enabling Night Mode, the phone was taking 4 to 5 seconds to take each shot. But its output was quite bright and there was a lot of difference even in shadowy places. However, looking closely at it, the photo looked like a fake.

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In the case of selfie, the phone performed well. Selfies were crisp and background blur was better in portraits. Selfies taken in low-light conditions were also worth posting on social media.

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Talking about video recording, it was able to record video in 1080p on the primary and selfie camera. The phone has Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) and it comes enabled by default. Footage taken during the day while moving was fairly stable and at night there was more disturbance.

Verdict

Now the number of 5G smartphones is increasing in the smartphone market with a budget of less than 20,000 thousand. The Moto G71 5G is quite capable in this segment and you can choose it as your next smartphone. The phone has a strong processor, good battery life, fast charging support and cameras are also good. The Moto G71 5G is for users who want a simple design smartphone with stock Android experience.

The phone’s low-light camera performance is one area it misses out on, otherwise it could have been an all-rounder smartphone. If you are looking for any other option in this phone segment, then you Redmi Note 11T 5G ,Review, Realme 8s 5G ,Review) And iQoo Z3 ,Review) can be looked at.

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