Over the last year, Motorola has gradually added inexpensive 5G devices to its G line. We recently put the Moto G51 to the test and were pleased with its results. Motorola has announced the Moto G71 5G, which is the first smartphone in India to include Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 695 SoC and a 50-megapixel primary back camera. So, is the new Moto G71 5G a safe bet, or should you look into other options? To find out, I put this smartphone to the test.
Moto G71 5G design
The Moto G71 5G is a bit smaller than the majority of smartphones in this price range. Aside from its small size, Motorola has focused on ergonomics, and the curved sides make this smartphone easy to hold. The Moto G71 5G features a 6.4-inch display with a camera hole and small side bezels. This makes it easier to use the phone with one hand, albeit you still won’t be able to reach the top of the screen.
Although the Moto G71 5G’s frame is made of plastic, it does not feel cheap. However, with four buttons lined up near to each other on the right side and only the SIM tray on the left, the right side feels a little congested.
The power button features a textured finish that distinguishes itself simply by touch. When you put the included case on, however, you could have trouble finding the relevant button without looking. The volume controls are located slightly above and are easily accessible. They do give you some great clicky feedback. The Google Assistant button is higher up, but it would be more convenient if it were on the left side. To reach it from your current position, you’ll have to stretch your fingers.
Unlike other smartphones, which now have fingerprint scanners on the side, Motorola has opted for a capacitive fingerprint scanner on the back. It’s in a good spot, and my finger naturally rested on it when holding the device. Apart from that, the camera module on the rear of the Moto G71 5G protrudes only slightly compared to some of the other phones I’ve lately reviewed. The back features a glossy appearance that quickly collects fingerprints and smudges. You can avoid this by using the box’s casing.
The Moto G71 5G has a 3.5mm headphone socket, a main microphone, and a USB Type-C port on the bottom, as well as a loudspeaker.
Moto G71 5G specifications and software
With the Moto G71 5G, Motorola has chosen a slightly different approach to hardware. It comes with a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with full-HD+ resolution, scratch-resistant glass, and a 60Hz refresh rate as standard. Higher refresh rates can be found in smartphones like the Realme 8s 5G (Review) and Moto G51 (Review), but these don’t feature AMOLED displays.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 powers the Moto G71 5G, making it the first smartphone in India to feature this processor. This octa-core processor runs at 2.2GHz and has 6GB of RAM. The RAM boost option on the G71 5G was enabled by default, and it assigns 1.5GB of storage to be used as RAM.
The Moto G71 5G supports 13 5G bands, the most of any device in this price range in India. 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, and six satellite navigation systems are also supported. A 5,000mAh battery is included, as well as a 33W TurboPower charger.
The Moto G71 5G comes with stock Android 11, and mine came with the December Android security patch. It is also likely to receive an Android 12 upgrade, however the release date has yet to be confirmed. The MyUX skin that runs on top is inconspicuous, so those who prefer pure Android will feel right at home.
Moto Actions, which allows you to conduct various actions with motions, is one of the more helpful improvements. Toggle the flash with a double-chop gesture, then switch to quiet with a flip. While gaming, the Moto Gametime app allows you to easily silence incoming notifications and turn off auto brightness. For a long time, Motorola’s devices have been free of bloatware, with solely Google apps preinstalled. The Moto G71 5G, on the other hand, comes with Cred and Facebook, which can be disabled.
Moto G71 5G performance and battery life
The Moto G71 5G gave a quick response. The phone loaded apps and games quickly, and with 6GB of RAM, I was able to comfortably multitask between them. Even without using the battery conservation option, I noticed an unexpected latency in the camera viewfinder when the battery level decreased below 15%. Aside from this minor flaw, the Moto G71 5G did not disappoint. The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner worked well and only required one attempt to unlock the phone. Face recognition was also reliable. I liked watching videos on the AMOLED display because it offered outstanding viewing angles and was bright enough to use even in direct sunlight.
I was interested to check how the Moto G71 5G compared to the competition because it is the first smartphone in India to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC. The Moto G71 5G scored 3,78,268 points in the AnTuTu benchmark, which is greater than the MediaTek Dimensity 810-powered Redmi Note 11T 5G (Review). In Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core tests, the Moto G71 5G received 668 and 1,900 points, respectively. In the graphics benchmark GFXBench’s T-Rex and Car Chase tests, it managed 60fps and 18fps, respectively, and 4,159 in 3DMark’s Sling Shot test.
On the Moto G71 5G, I played Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), which defaults to ‘HD’ visuals and ‘High’ frame rate. At these settings, the game was perfectly playable. I saw a 6% decline in the battery level after around 33 minutes, which is okay. After this gaming session, the phone was not warm to the touch.
The Moto G71 5G provided me with nearly a day of battery life, and casual users may be able to get even more out of it. The phone should be able to last a full day of use for heavy users. The G71 5G lasted 17 hours and 58 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is impressive for a 5,000mAh battery.
Moto G71 5G cameras
A 50-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera with a 118-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel macro camera make up the Moto G71 5G’s camera configuration. It sports a 16-megapixel front camera for selfies. Motorola’s camera software is straightforward and straightforward to use. The most often used photo and video shooting modes are prominently displayed, while others are hidden behind a menu. The phone also remembers the last shooting mode, making it simple to resume shooting where you left off. Apart from the previously noted sluggish viewfinder, I had no other issues with the camera app.
Colors were fairly true and close-ups were clear. The large aperture of the phone also gives a gentle blur to the background, which makes the subject stand out. When you get close enough to a topic, the camera UI will recommend switching to the macro camera. The camera’s macro images were less detailed, but it did allow you to get quite close to your objects. In Portrait mode, objects showed good edge detection, and I could adjust the blur level before taking the image.
The camera’s low-light performance was only average. The photos were not as detailed as they should have been, and zooming them revealed fuzzy results. The phone took roughly four to five seconds per shot while Night mode was engaged. The output was overly bright, which made a significant difference, particularly in the shadow areas. When examined more attentively, though, artifacting was obvious.
For both the primary and selfie cameras, video recording was limited to 1080p. Electronic image stabilisation (EIS) is the single feature on this phone, and it is turned on by default. During the day, footage captured while strolling about exhibited a slight shimmer, which was increased in low light.
Every manufacturer is slowly increasing the number of 5G-enabled smartphones in the sub-Rs. 20,000 smartphone market. In this price range, the Moto G71 5G is a capable model that you should seriously consider for your next buy. It boasts a powerful processor, long battery life, and quick charging, as well as great cameras. The Moto G71 5G is designed for folks who like a simple design and stock software experience.
One area where the Moto G71 5G falls short of becoming the perfect all-rounder is low-light camera performance.