June 18, 2024
Review of the Moto G54 5G: An appealing mid-ranger for less than Rs. 20k

The Moto G54 5G.

With a starting price of Rs 15,999, the Moto G54 5G has been introduced in India. Read our comprehensive assessment.

Review Executive Summary

Expert Rating★★8.0/10

Pros

  • excellent work
  • Dual-channel audio
  • remarkable battery life
  • great cameras

Cons

  • There was room for improvement in charging rates.
  • One substantial software upgrade was promised.

With the introduction of the Moto G54 5G, Motorola has updated its well-liked G-series lineup in India. The phone seems to be a little improvement over the Moto G73 (review), which debuted earlier this year. The new MediaTek Dimensity 7020 SoC and a sizable 6,000mAh battery are the Moto G54 5G’s notable characteristics. Do these features favor smartphones? In this review of the Moto G54 5G, let’s find out. Continuity follows.

Verdict

The performance and battery life of the Moto G54 5G are noticeably better than those of the Moto G73. The phone also does well in the camera department and wows with clear audio. However, its charge times and viewing quality seem to be rather standard.

Design

  • The Moto G54 5G is somewhat similar in appearance to recent G-series devices in terms of design. With flat edges, rounded corners, and a matte finish on the back, the device has a plastic unibody design. The Moto G54 5G has a robust frame and a comfortable feel in the hand, despite its less appealing appearance than some of the other smartphones available. Although the phone has a large 6,000mAh battery, its corners don’t press into your palm, and it feels fairly ergonomic in your hand. If you are switching from a phone that weighs less, you might find the 192-gram handset to be a little heavier. Additionally, the phone has been certified as having IP52 splash resistance.
  • Moving on, the rear panel is decorated with a shiny, rectangular camera island that is tucked into the upper left corner. This module contains two lenses, an LED flash, and the words “50MP OIS” and “Quad Pixel.” When the phone is placed flat on a surface, the island, which protrudes just slightly from the frame, wobbles. On the right spine of the phone are the power button, volume rocker, and fingerprint scanner. Although the fingerprint scanner opens the phone swiftly, its location—along with that of the volume buttons—is higher up in the top corner, making it a little more difficult to access.
  • A 3.5mm headphone jack, a speaker grille, and a USB Type-C connection for charging and data transfer are all present on the Moto G54 5G’s bottom edge. The phone’s speakers are tuned by Dolby Atmos to produce stereo sound output that is both powerful and clear.

Display

  • The 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen on the Moto G54 5G has an FHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. While the display has a contemporary center punch-hole for the selfie camera, its bezels are the thickest I’ve recently seen in sub-Rs 20,000 handsets. The viewing experience is comparable to that of other smartphones in the market, however. The viewing angles are decent, albeit the blacks might not be as deep as on AMOLED panels. In addition, the display brightness is high enough to guarantee that text is still readable even when used in bright, sunny environments outside.
  • The colors are undoubtedly rich and dazzling. Furthermore, the device has Widevine L1 certification, guaranteeing FHD streaming from Netflix and other OTT services. Regarding the 120Hz refresh rate, the UI functions nicely with it. You may set the refresh rate on your phone to automatically adapt based on the material being displayed on the screen and conserve battery life, or you can lock it at 120Hz or 60Hz.

Camera

  • A 50MP primary sensor with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and an 8MP ultra-wide sensor make up the Moto G54 5G’s dual rear camera configuration. The primary camera’s default setting for image resolution is 12.5MP, which provides an outstanding amount of detail.
  • The camera performs better than expected in dimly lit or indoor environments, although there are observable delays in shutter speed and focusing. The handset effectively preserves details despite considerable noise entering the frame. The phone has a special night mode that lowers the volume of noise, albeit at the expense of certain finer details.
  • The second 8MP ultra-wide sensor has a field of view (FoV) that is 118 degrees. It can also take macro pictures up to 4 cm away. In locations with sufficient lighting, the sensor produces photos that are usable. The ultra-wide photos have some slight distortion on their edges. Aside from that, the final photographs are satisfactory in terms of color fidelity and detail.
  • The Moto G54 5G has a 16MP camera for selfies and video calls, although its low-light performance should be improved. It can, however, take selfies in well-lit environments with respectable facial quality and nearly realistic skin tones.

Performance

  • The MediaTek Dimensity 7020 chipset, manufactured using a 6nm process, and equipped with eight Arm Cortex-A55 and Arm Cortex-A78 cores with 2.2GHz clock speeds, powers the Moto G54 5G. 256GB of user-expandable storage and up to 12GB of RAM are combined with the processor. In accordance with several of its rivals, the smartphone performs respectably in benchmarking apps. Compared to the G54, which performed 919 and 2,309 on the single-core and multi-core tests on Geekbench, it achieved 4,58,746 points on AnTuTu.
  • The phone doesn’t seem to respond as quickly in real-world situations, though. Stuttering when browsing or switching between programs was something I noticed. But with this device, multitasking and gaming are pretty manageable. It excels at keeping several active programs running in the background so you can pick up right where you left off.
  • With regard to gaming, the phone easily manages graphically demanding games like BGMI without any frame drops or overheating problems. Nevertheless, a heavy load causes the smartphone to suffer. Therefore, if you are a heavy user or a gamer who enjoys long sessions, this device could not live up to your expectations.

Software

  • Software-wise, the Moto G54 5G comes pre-installed with Android 13 and a minimal custom skin called My UX. Little bloatware is included, and the user interface closely resembles stock Android. The phone also has some cool software capabilities, like the ability to flip it to activate the Do Not Disturb mode, quickly access the camera app with a twist, and activate the flashlight with a simple chop gesture. The freedom to change fonts, colors, and other aspects of the gadget allows users to personalize and tailor it to their preferences.
  • On the flip side, the Moto G54 5G only guarantees a year’s worth of software updates, whereas the majority of other OEMs are now promising at least two.

Battery

  • Depending on your usage, the Moto G54 5G’s 6,000mAh battery can go well beyond a day without needing to be recharged. On the PCMark battery test, the device had impressive endurance, scoring a respectable 15 hours and 48 minutes. I regularly managed seven to eight hours of screen time while using a screen for surfing, streaming, and gaming in real-world situations.
  • Nevertheless, the Moto G54 5G charging speeds might be a bit below par. The device is capable of 33W fast charging, which requires 90 to 100 minutes to fully charge from zero.

Final judgment

The base 8GB RAM form of the Moto G54 5G costs Rs 15,999 in India, while the 12GB RAM model costs Rs 18,999. There aren’t many other smartphones in the segment that have 256GB of internal storage and 12GB of RAM. However, there are other choices out there, such the Samsung Galaxy M34 5G (review), which has a vivid AMOLED display rather than an LCD and offers four years of significant software updates. As an alternative, you might choose the better-supported OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite (review). A 108MP primary camera and a 67W fast charging system are also included. Also supporting 67W rapid charging is the Realme 11 5G (review).

Editor’s score: 8 out of 10.

Motives to buy

  • This smartphone manages games and multitasking reasonably well.
  • Dolby Atmos has optimized the speakers to deliver loud, crystal-clear sound.
  • Depending on how you use it, the Moto G54 5G can go well over a day without needing to be recharged.
  • Both daytime and low-light conditions are handled by the camera with ease.

Causes not to purchase

  • The rate of charging is noticeably slower.
  • In comparison to other of its rivals, the Moto G54 5G only commits to one year of software updates.

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