Motorola g50 5G on a no-compromise budget (first look)

Motorola g50 5G

The Motorola g50 5G offers 5G smartphone performance for a minuscule $399 – how can this be?

Motorola is determined to blitz the market with its new Edge 20 range from $499 to $899 (read our first look here). This device sits almost as low as you can go for a 5G phone that still meets Motorola’s ‘g’ standards. Sure, the price is keen, but the specs are pretty good.

Specifications Motorola g50 5G

OSAndroid11 and MY UX
All Google Apps
No official update policy but expect at least one OS and two years of security patches
ProcessorMediaTek Dimensity 700
Memory4/128GB and up to 512GB microSD
Dimensions167 x 76.4 x 9.26mm x 206g Plastic frame and back, water repellent coating
Display6.5″, 1600 x 720, 20:9, 90Hz IPS
CommsWi-Fi 5 AC, BT 5.0, NFC, GPS single band
Battery5000mAh (supports 5V/3A/15W) but supplied with a 5V/2A/10A charger
4G and 5G BandsHybrid dual sim, Supports all Australian 4G and 5G sub-6Ghz and 5G low-band
Primary Camera48MP | .8um | f/1.7 | bins to 12MP 1.6um
Camera 22MP Macro Vision | 1.75um [f/2.4]
Sensor 32MP depth sensor | 1.75μm [f/2.4]
Rear camera softwareShot optimization, Auto smile capture, Gesture selfie, Smart composition, HDR, Timer, Active photos, Pro mode, Portrait mode, Cutout, Macro, Spot colour, Cinemagraph, Panorama, Live filter, High-res zoom, RAW photo output, Best shot, Google Lens integration
Rear videoUp to 1080p@30fps
Rear camera video softwareMacro video, Slow motion video, Timelapse video, Hyperlapse video, Spot colour
Front camera13MP | 1.12um [f/2.0] 1080p@30fps
Front camera softwareHDR, Timer, Face beauty, Auto smile capture, Gesture selfie, Shot optimization, Active
SoundMono down-firing speaker two mics and 3.5mm port
Price$399 Meteorite Grey
FromJB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, The Good Guys, Big W, Motorola Online. Available at Vodafone by the end of September

GadgetGuy’s take

Well specified and worthy of consideration. The $399 price puts it squarely up against OPPO A54 5G 64GB ($359 – A74 5G has 128GB at $449), the new vivo Y52 5G 128GB ($379) and the new realme 7 5G 128GB.

It should do well.