Moto G60 is Motorola’s newest affordable mid-ranger in India priced at ₹17,999. For that ticket, you are getting a 108MP camera, a 120Hz punch-hole display, Snapdragon 732G chipset, a big 6000mAh battery, and of course, stock-ish Android 11 software. On paper, that’s a generous assortment of specs. So, I unwrapped and started using the device with a fair bit of enthu to see how do all these convene for the asking green.
It’s been about a week-long usage now and based on my experience, this is the Smartprix review of the Moto G60. Here on, we’ll get a sense of how good the new G is.
Moto G60 specs and price in India
|Display||6.78-inch, 1080 x 2400 pixels, 120Hz refresh rate, IPS LCD, 450 nits, HDR10|
|Front Camera||32MP; 1080p60fps|
|Rear Camera||108MP main+ 5MP macro + 2MP depth|
|Battery||6000mAh with 20W fast charging|
|Memory||6GB RAM+ 128GB storage (micro-SD compatible up to 1TB)|
|Misc.||Water repellant design, ThinkShield security, Hybrid SIM slot|
|Colors||Dynamic Grey (Glossy back) and Frosted Champagne (Matte back)|
|Dimensions and weight||69.6 x 75.9 x 9.8mm; 225g|
Moto G60 Unboxing
- The handset
- USB-C Cable
- SIM ejector pin
- Getting started and Legal Guide
- Moto G60 Design and Display
- Moto G60 Audio, Calls, and Connectivity
- Moto G60 SD732G, Android 11, and 6000mAh Battery
- Moto G60 Cameras
Moto G60 Design and Display
Moto G60 has got a broad and big demeanor that makes you revisit the Phablet moniker. It is 166.13mm tall, 76.08mm wide, 9.89 mm thick, and weighs 225 grams.
Upfront, it has got an LCD panel, that diagonally stretches 6.78 inches with FHD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. Thanks to the latter, you could feel the smooth responsiveness in both regular back n’ forth between apps as well as scrolling motion in Reddit and Insta feeds. The HDR10 color reproduction (only on YouTube) and contrast levels are quite good for media consumption too. The colors maintain parity with natural hues. Although, even with L1 DRM certification, it didn’t play 1080p content on Prime Video. Perhaps a software update could fix that. I also noticed a bright cloudy spot on the screen (LCD Mura), even though it is likely a one-off issue with my review unit.
This display’s slim bezels square off into the sides albeit with a slight curvature by the base. Coming to the back, the super shiny surface might evoke two reactions – one who thinks it glosses like a boss and others who finds it gaudy. Although I fall in the latter group, I like that the smudges are less apparent due to the shine. Well, you can also use the bundled case for better dirt and damage resistance as well as leveling the camera bump.
As for the peripherals, you are getting all the buttons (including a Google Assistant trigger) on the right with the left, left for just the hybrid SIM slot. I reckon at least one of those buttons could have found its place on the other side and endowed better accessibility. The headphone jack and the first of the dual mics are up top while the bottom has the other mic, a USB-C port, and a speaker vent. To know how that sounds, scroll.
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Moto G60 Audio, Calls, and Connectivity
I am quite pleased with the sound arrangement here. That includes the loud speaker quality, the presence of beloved jack, the built-in equalizer profiles, and the call quality.
The rest of the connectivity options are fine too. The G60 brings dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual SIM VoLTE, VoWiFi, GPS, and NFC. The only thing I couldn’t get to work on my unit is carrier aggregation.
Moto G60 SD732G, Android 11, and 6000mAh Battery
Motorola has armed the phone with an 8nm Snapdragon 732G chipset that assembles two Kryo 470 prime performance cores and six Kryo 470 Silver efficiency cores. They clock up to 2.3 GHz which is faster than the Snapdragon 730G. Besides, it also vaunts up to 15 percent improved graphics performance thanks to Adreno 618 GPU.
In my tests, the COD Mobile ran at High GFX + Max FPS or both Very High GFX and FPS. Asphalt 9, Shadow Fight 4 Arena were also playable.
In regular usage, the phone is quick through and through. This must be partly thanks to the stock-esque software, which we will get into in a second. But, coming back to the hardware setup, which also includes 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of UFCP storage, the performance is no slouch. Even the synthetic tests vouch for that.
|Moto G60 Benchmark Tests||Scores|
|Androbench Sequential Read | Write (Storage)||498.63 MB/s | 234.16 MB/s|
|Androbench Random Read | Write (Storage)||150.19 MB/s | 134.34 MB/s|
|Geekbench 5 Single-core | Multi-core (CPU)||541 | 1416|
|PCMark Work (Real world scenarios)||8306|
|3DMark Slingshot Extreme (OpenGL) | Wildlife (Graphics)||2620 | 1112|
It’s only when you compare the scores against the likes of Realme 8 (review) or Poco X3 Pro (review), whence you notice it’s lacking. But then, this one has a trump card that none other has — My UX. Well, that’s what Moto calls it’s vanilla Android skin. Motorola has kept the sanctity of stock Android 11 unscathed by ads or bloat (if you give the few Google apps a pass). It has added few reasonable additions like accent and icon theming, Peek Display, crafty gestures (Quick capture, Fast flashlight, Three-finger screenshot), Gametime tools, and more.
The company is assuring upgrade to Android 12 and 2 years of security updates which is good news for the user.
Battery life is also a strong suit of the device although the slow charging holds it down a little. In our PCMark battery test, the score was 9 hours. Now when it asks for the charge, the bundled black adapter takes about 2½ hours to top up.
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That’s all in the performance department. Let’s get into the optics now.
Moto G60 Cameras
A Samsung ISOCELL HM2 108MP sensor leads the rear camera setup. This main camera defaults pixel-binned 12MP shots. It comes with a 1/1.52″ lens, an f/1.9 aperture, a 0.7µm sized pixel, and PDAF autofocus capability. The rest of the triplet comprises an 8MP ultrawide snapper with 118˚ (f/2.2) FoV, and a 2MP (f/2.4) depth module. Although there is no dedicated macro shooter, the ultrawide clicker shares that role too.
Upfront, the phone flaunts a 32MP snapper which defaults to 8MP photos. From both front and back, you can take full high-res images, although that takes some time to process and covers more space in your storage. We’ll get into the quality difference shortly.
Here are the clicks from the G60 cameras —
The main camera outs close-to-nature photos but it often hunts for focus. So, you will have to tap to lock focus.
The 108MP mode albeit a tad better in capturing the dynamic range, the sharpness and details aren’t quite there as you’d expect. For what it’s worth, you can magnify up to 8x (digitally that is) for a usable shot.
The edge correction in ultrawide shots is clean, but there is a color difference between that and the regular pics. Even its side role of close-up shots isn’t up to the mark. I couldn’t get a decent shot out of the macro mode (2.5cm radius).
Weirdly in selfies, the white balance was way off. I mean just look at how many of the above samples came out in sepia tone as if its Mexico in American movies meme. Meanwhile, the details were passable.
Night mode doesn’t do much other than bringing signs of more light, sharpness, and vibrance.
Rest, the camera app packs a kitchen sink of features such as Shot optimization, Auto smile capture, Gesture selfie, Smart composition, HDR, Timer, Active photos, Pro mode, Portrait mode, Cutout, Macro, Spot color, Cinemagraph,
Panorama, Live filter, High-res zoom, RAW photo output, Best shot, Google Lens integration. You might brush off some of these as mere parlour tricks.
And finally on the video side of things, you can record up to 4K30 fps from both front and back. There is EIS stabilization on the rear end. With ultrawide, the resolution drops to FHD at 30fps.
With that, we have the reached the end and it’s time for the closing remark.
Verdict: Should you buy the Moto G60?
Lately, Motorola has been stacking up its budget portfolio with some quite competitive phones. The G60 isn’t any different as with it, the brand has thrown a gauntlet to its competition. Now some of the bold moves have worked while some haven’t. Let me explain. You see, on one hand, we have the ever-reliable stock-ish Android which could be even the major buying reason for some. Then there’s the competent Snapdragon chip, a humungous battery, an expansive display, and a rather well-sounding speaker – all of which works in its favor. But, even in that list of pros, something like the display lacks an AMOLED richness as offered by the peers. Similarly, the charging speed isn’t fast enough for that huge battery. The overall huge-ness of the phone also makes it not for someone who wants a smaller footprint phone. But, the biggest bet of ’em all, that doesn’t quite stack up is the cameras. As you’d have seen, it isn’t very consistent and the 108MP mode doesn’t bring a whole lot of discernible difference.
So if your budget maxes out at ₹18,000, the G60 is worth considering for all its merits. But if you can pony up or want stuff like an AMOLED, fast charging support, better performance, or even a smaller cum lighter design, look elsewhere.
Moto G60 Review Rating
- Ad-free Bloat-free Android software
- Long Battery Life
- Large 120Hz Display
- Competent Performance
- Decent Audio
- Inconsistent Camera
- Not AMOLED panel
- Slow charging
- Gigantic footprint
Moto G60 FAQ
Q. Does Moto G60 support carrier aggregation?
A. Carrier aggregation wasn’t working in my testing, although the phone seems to support it.
Q. What is the protection offered on Moto G60 display?
A. Moto G60’s screen protection is unspecified. The company claims whatever shield it has used should fall somewhere between GG3 and GG5.
Q. What is the screen refresh rate of the Moto G60?
A. Moto G60 screen refresh rate is 120Hz.
Q. What are the SAR values of Moto G60?
A. Moto G60 SAR values are: 0.85 W/kg @ 1gm (Head) & 1.20 W/kg @ 1gm (Body).
Q. Does Moto G60 support dual-band WiFi?
A, Yes, Moto G60 supports dual-band WiFi (2.4GHz + 5GHz).
Q. Does Moto G60 support VoWiFi?
A. Yes, Moto G60 features Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi).
Q. Does Moto G60 support HD stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime?
A. First of all Moto G60 has L1 DRM certification. However, Prime Video wasn’t running HD content whence I tested.
Q. Does the Moto G60 feature a Magnetometer?
A. Nope, Moto G60 doesn’t come with a magnetometer, which means compass won’t work.