Smartphone with 108-megapixel camera under Rs. 20,000 may seem unlikely, but it seems that anything is possible in 2021. There are already three smartphones on the market that offer 108-megapixel primary cameras, priced below Rs. 20,000. The newest and most affordable is the Moto G60, which is priced quite aggressively on the Rs. 17 999. Did Motorola do a good job with this phone or are there some trade-offs waiting to be found? I tried the Moto G60 to find out.
Price of Moto G60 in India
The Moto G60 is priced at Rs. 17,999 in India and comes in one configuration with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Motorola offers the Moto G60 in two colors: dynamic gray and matte champagne.
Moto G60 design
The Moto G60 is part of the recently updated Moto G series and serves the additional Rs. 20,000 segments. This is a large smartphone with a 6.8-inch display. This display has noticeable frames everywhere and a large camera hole at the top that can distract some people. Most of this phone, with a thickness of 9.8 mm and a weight of 225 grams, is difficult to use with one hand. The phone had a plastic body, but it didn’t feel cheap.
Motorola has positioned all the buttons on the right side of the Moto G60. The power and volume buttons are well positioned, but the dedicated Google Assistant button is difficult to access. The power button has a textured finish, while the Google Assistant key is curved, making them easy to distinguish with just a touch. There is only the SIM tray on the left side. Motorola could have moved the Google Assistant button to the left, given the available space.
A 3.5mm headphone jack and secondary microphone are on top, while the USB Type-C port, speaker and main microphone are on the bottom. As I mentioned before, the Moto G60 comes in a dynamic gray and matte champagne, and I had the first one that has a funky looking turquoise camera module. The glossy finish on the back panel makes it a magnet for fingerprints. The Frosted Champagne version has a matte finish that should be better able to withstand fingerprints.
Motorola uses the Moto G60’s triple camera module, which stands out slightly. The bright color grabs the eyeballs and looks refreshing. Motorola was left with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner located right next to this camera module. Instead, most of the competition focused on side or display solutions. The scanner has a matte finish and has the Motorola logo for sticking.
The weight and most of the Moto G60 is due in part to the 6000 mAh battery that Moto has crammed into it. Motorola has included a 20W charger in the box, which looks slow compared to the 50W charger that comes with the Realme 8 Pro.
Moto G60 specifications and Software
The Moto G60 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G processor, which also powers competitors such as the Redmi Note 10 Pro. The processor is combined with 6GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB uMCP memory. In India, there is only one configuration of the Moto G60 and those who need more storage space will need to use the hybrid tray with two SIM cards. The Moto G60 accepts cards up to 1TB, but using one will pay off for the second Nano-SIM slot.
The large display of the Moto G60 has a full HD + resolution, as well as support for HDR10 and a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz, which is the highest so far on the Moto G series smartphone. By default, the refresh rate is set to Auto, which allows the phone to automatically switch between 60Hz and 120Hz. You get Bluetooth 5, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, dual 4G VoLTE and six navigation systems.
Motorola ships the Moto G60 with Android 11 and its custom My UX on top. My review unit had a security update for Android in March, which is acceptable. Motorola has not customized the user interface and those who like the Android experience will appreciate it. Also, you don’t get a lot of pre-installed bloatware and the only apps I could find on this smartphone were Facebook and several Google applications. The device had Moto Action, which allows you to interact with the smartphone by performing certain gestures. Motorola also claims to provide a level of business security with its end-to-end ThinkShield protection.
Moto G60 performance and battery life
The Moto G60 gave me no reason to complain and could handle my use quite easily. I could do a lot of tasks, and the phone showed no signs of slowing down. The LCD panel is not as lively as the AMOLED panels that some competitors at this price level use, but the high refresh rate is a plus. Motorola’s capacitive fingerprint scanner on the back quickly unlocks the smartphone.
We conducted our standard set of criteria to see how the Moto G60 compares to the competition and in particular to Realme 8 Pro (Review). In AnTuTu 9 Moto G60 managed to score 2 90 182 points. In the single-core and multi-core tests of the Geekbench 5, he scored 540 and 1441 points, respectively. It also performed well in graphics benchmarks such as GFXBench with 17fps and 75fps in Car Chase and T-Rex, respectively. These results are better than those of the Realme 8 Pro, which is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor. The Moto G60 has a bigger hit, but I can’t say the same about battery life.
I played Call of Duty Mobile on the Moto G60, which by default had high settings for both graphics and frame rate and could be played without any stuttering or delay. I played for ten minutes and noticed a three percent drop in battery. The Moto G60 also warmed to the touch around the camera module and the top half of the display.
The large 6000 mAh battery can last more than a day without any problems. However, it only published averages in our HD video cycle test. The Moto G60 drives 14 hours and 45 minutes, which is significantly lower than the 26-hour time that the Realme 8 Pro drives. Charging is also slower. Complete with a 20W charger, smartphones reached 29 percent in 30 minutes and 53 percent in an hour, according to my tests. It took more than two hours to fully charge.
Moto G60 cameras
The Moto G60 is the company’s first low-cost smartphone to feature a 108-megapixel main camera. The camera module contains three sensors: a 108-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a depth sensor. The ultra-wide camera is also capable of macro photography, which is why Moto says that these three cameras do the job of four. The camera app has a simple layout and it is very easy to understand the different shooting modes. Scene detection was quick and the user interface offered different shooting modes based on the scene when needed.
The daylight photos taken with the Moto G60 had medium detail, although the subjects were recognizable from a distance. The colors looked washed out and I didn’t find the sharpness adequate when enlarging screenshots. The shots taken with the ultra-wide camera have a wider field of view, but are slightly distorted from the side. The output was a strange 12 megapixels in resolution, as according to Motorola the smartphone upgrades the image to match the main camera. The photos taken with the ultra-wide camera were not as detailed as those taken with the main camera. In addition, I took a few photos with a full resolution of 108 megapixels and found that they have better detail than those associated with pixels.
Close-ups were better and the phone was able to achieve sharp results with accurate colors and good details. Portrait photos had good edge recognition, and the Moto G60 allows you to set the blur level before taking a photo. The Moto G60 captures 8-megapixel macros and they had good detail, plus the relatively high resolution makes it easy to crop if needed.
The camera’s performance in low light was moderate, and I found that the color tone was slightly off in these images. Night mode does not result in a significantly brighter image, but it solves this problem.
Selfies taken with the 32-megapixel front camera are also bingered and saved as 8-megapixel files. Daylight selfies were sharp and accurate, and selfie portraits also had good edge recognition. Selfies in low light were medium, but here too I found that the color tone was slightly deviated.
Video recording reaches 4K for the main camera as well as for the selfie camera. Stabilization is available for both, but is not enabled by default. The Moto G60 does a good job of stabilizing 1080p daylight video. It has a slight shine at 4K, but I can excuse it considering the price of the smartphone. I found that the low light video was a little too dark to like, and the stabilization felt inadequate, as the output had a visible glare effect at both resolutions.
Overall, the Moto G60 can make a few changes to improve color reproduction and camera performance in low light.
Motorola was aggressive with the Moto G60 and Rs. 17,999 price corresponds to that of Realme 8 Pro. Although there have been trade-offs to get to that price point, Motorola hasn’t dropped significantly in terms of performance or software experience. The Moto G60 is more powerful than the Realme 8 Pro and offers a better user experience.
Motorola is launching the 108-megapixel main camera as the highlight of the Moto G60, but I think it can handle a few tweaks to improve. The Moto G60 is a capable device at this price, as long as you don’t have high hopes for the cameras. If you prefer an AMOLED display, Realme 7 Pro (Review) and Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (Review) are suitable alternatives that you can choose over the Moto G60.