Lenovo-owned Motorola is making strong efforts to emerge as a dominant force in the Indian smartphone market. While some of its rivals have established a strong foothold in recent years, the Moto G series is a step in the right direction to turn the tide. I have the company’s latest innovation Moto G72 Its price is Rs. 18,999. The smartphone competes with several offerings from Xiaomi, POCO and Realme and has some key specs. These include a 10-bit pOLED display that can refresh at 120Hz and a 108MP primary camera. In this review Moto G72 Rs. Let’s find out if the sub 20,000 market is the one for you.
The Moto G72 is a good choice for users who are looking for a stellar display and don’t want to be bogged down by a bloatware-riddled UI. Apart from that, the camera hardware, sans the macro shooter, is also considered to be the device’s strong suit. However, users looking for a better gaming experience should consider other options.
The Moto G72 has a distinct difference in identity from the previous G series phones. Design wise it is crafted with subtle elegance while retaining an air of simplicity. A matte-finish single-tone back panel and an unobtrusive triple-camera setup consolidate this feeling. Also, the small curves on both sides provide an easy grip without cutting into the palm.
The phone is one of the lightest in the segment weighing just 166g. Motorola pairs the earpiece up top with a bottom-firing speaker for stereo sound. There’s also a headphone jack for audiophiles who prefer a wired input. The USB Type-C port heads towards the bottom edge, while on the right you’ll find the power button and volume controls. The entire phone has an IP52 rating to protect against light dust and rain.
On the display side of things, the Moto G72 sports a 6.6-inch FHD+ polarized panel that can refresh at 120Hz. It’s no exaggeration to say it’s the most refined viewing experience in the segment right now. Not only is the 10-bit display capable of displaying one billion colors, the panel is also HDR10+ certified. However, Netflix currently does not allow HDR content to be streamed on its platform, but this may be fixed in a future software update.
General visual quality is very good due to the OLED nature of the panel. White balance is good along with contrast levels and deep blacks enhance the colors on the display. The single punch-hole up top houses the selfie camera and I wish it was a bit smaller in size. A maximum brightness of 1,300nits makes the G72 easily accessible even in the harshest sunlight.
In the camera department, Moto G72 has a 108MP shooter which is responsible for primary image capture. Apart from that you also get an 8MP ultra-wide and a 2MP macro shooter. With so little sunlight over the last couple of days, it’s hard to accurately gauge the G72’s true daylight capabilities. However, what I saw in these cloudy conditions was very promising.
The G72’s primary camera brings sharp detail and punchy colors through its pixel-binned 12.5MP shots. I also like that the highlights around the subjects are very prominent and the exposure is well handled. Dynamic range is good enough and should be better in better lighting conditions. Shutter and focus speeds are fast, although close-up objects can give autofocus some problems.
I’m also impressed with how the sensor handles low-light conditions. Noise levels were under control and the final image looked sharp without being overly processed. Ambient lighting around the subject helps with detail but a dedicated night mode works well in its absence. Shadows are prominent while exposure levels are maintained in a friendly manner. Overall, I’m very happy with the Moto G72’s night photography capabilities.
The ultra-wide shooter could do with some fine-tuning, especially in how the focus drops off towards the edges. The sensor also prefers a much cooler color temperature when compared to the primary sensor. As for a macro shooter, you can get halfway decent shots but only in enough sunlight. The 16MP selfie camera does a good job of reproducing facial details and skin tones but can sometimes fade with exposure on my back.
Performance is handled by the MediaTek Helio G99 SoC. It can also be found in recently introduced chipset and cheaper devices. From my experience, the Moto G72’s processing prowess is a little limited relative to what the competition is offering. On synthetic benchmarking tools like Antutu, the G72 scores 370,871 while Geekbench 5’s multi-core score stands at 1,791. Although the performance cannot be termed poor, the Moto G72 is outperformed by some competitors that have Dimension 810 or Snapdragon 695 SoCs.
However, that cannot be said to hamper normal smartphone usage in any way. The fluidity of the UI, app switching, browsing experience and 120Hz refresh rate are effortless on the G72. However, you will face problems with tasks like intensive BGMI In gaming the device runs only at Ultra (45fps) with HD graphics.
In terms of memory and storage, the Moto G72 packs up to 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage expandable to 1TB. The phone has a dual-speaker setup tuned by Dolby Atmos, which sounds great. Apart from that, the device will miss out on 5G support, which became very important after the service started rolling out in tier-1 cities recently.
I tested 4G LTE network in Jio Noida circle and got great network speed. The in-display fingerprint sensor also does a good job of authentication along with face recognition. Software The Moto G72 runs Android 12 with Motorola’s MyUX skin. The interface is generally pretty clean with a few Moto apps sprinkled on top for added functionality. I prefer Motorola’s implementation to the various bloatware-riddled skins being peddled by other OEMs. You are also guaranteed the Android 13 update and up to three years of security updates from the company.
Inside the device is a 5,000mAh battery that can be charged at 33W. From my daily usage, I got more than six hours of screen-on time without pushing the phone to heavy GPU activity. For any normal use, the G72 easily lasts all day and spills well into the second day. 33W charging can fully charge the phone in less than two hours.
I think Moto G72 is the device to consider for optimal viewing and software experience. The phone also has the added benefit of clicking more than decent pictures regardless of lighting conditions. While the G72’s performance isn’t best suited for heavy-duty gaming, casual smartphone use is fine. Apart from that, the phone also has good battery life and acceptable charging speed. All things considered, the Moto G72 costs Rs. 20,000 has the potential to be your choice.
Editor’s Rating: 3.5 / 5
- Clean software
- A stellar performance
- Good cameras
- Capable stereo speakers
- Could use a better chipset
- 5G is not supported