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Motorola Moto G72 smartphone review – OLED with best-in-class brightness but no 5G

Powerful images. With a 108-Megapixel camera and a very bright OLED screen, the Motorola Moto G72 aims to shine in the lower mid-range. But will the fact that there is no 5G mobile communication doom the Moto G72 in our test?
Motorola Moto G72

At this point, Motorola offers a suitable device in the mid-range for every customer: with either an OLED screen or IPS, with or without 5G, with a high-resolution camera or fast WLAN. However, we don't see a unified design language anymore.

Now the Moto G72 is also added to the numerous models. At 280 Euros (~$295), it is one of the more expensive smartphones of the series, and its design follows that of the higher-quality Edge series. With its 108-Megapixel camera and P-OLED screen, it looks like a very interesting alternative to other smartphones in the price segment.

Motorola Moto G72 (Moto G Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio G99 8 x 2 - 2.2 GHz, Cortex-A76 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
6 GB 
Display
6.60 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 399 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, P-OLED, HDR, glossy: yes, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 128 GB 
, 108 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD (shared, up to 1TB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.9 x 160.5 x 74.4 ( = 0.31 x 6.32 x 2.93 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Ion, 30 Watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 108 MPix f/​1.7, phase comparison AF, LED flash, Videos @1080p/​60fps (camera 1); 8.0MP, f/​2.2, wide angle lens (camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix f/​2.45, videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers (hybrid), charger, USB cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, IP52 certified; SAR: 0.95 W/kg (head), 1.69 W/kg (body), fanless
Weight
166 g ( = 5.86 oz / 0.37 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
280 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
81.9 %
12/2022
Motorola Moto G72
Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2
166 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2400x1080
78.9 %
11/2022
Xiaomi Poco M5
Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2
201 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.58"2408x1080
80.3 %
10/2022
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
197 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2408x1080
80.8 %
07/2022
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
195 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.59"2412x1080
80.8 %
07/2022
Motorola Moto G42
SD 680, Adreno 610
175 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.43"2400x1080
80.2 %
05/2022
realme 9 5G
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
191 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2412x1080

Case – The Moto smartphone is slim and light

Particularly with its square camera module, the Motorola Moto G72 uses a different design language than the other Moto G devices, reminding more of the significantly more expensive Edge 30 Fusion. However, this only goes for the design, since the Moto G72 forgoes the high-quality materials, delivering only simple plastic instead.

On the other hand, at only 166 grams (~5.86 oz), the Moto G72 is a very light smartphone, and at less than 8 millimeters, it is also slightly slimmer than the comparison devices in this price class. Motorola did a good job with the stability and workmanship. The case can only be pressed in slightly, and the parts are clean, fitting together almost without any visible transitions.

There is also an IP certification, but only according to IP52, which corresponds to decent protection from dust. In terms of water protection, splashes are okay, but you should avoid submersing it under water. 

Motorola Moto G72
Motorola Moto G72
Motorola Moto G72
Motorola Moto G72

Size Comparison

165.4 mm / 6.51 inch 76.9 mm / 3.03 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 197 g0.4343 lbs164 mm / 6.46 inch 76.1 mm / 3 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 201 g0.4431 lbs164.3 mm / 6.47 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 195 g0.4299 lbs164.3 mm / 6.47 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 191 g0.4211 lbs160.6 mm / 6.32 inch 73.5 mm / 2.89 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 175 g0.3858 lbs160.5 mm / 6.32 inch 74.4 mm / 2.93 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 166 g0.366 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Equipment – Ready for Google Pay

The Motorola Moto G72 includes 128 GB of storage, and the buyer has the choice between 6 or 8 GB of RAM.

The Moto G72 offers a 3.5-mm audio port and a USB-C port, which is used for charging and data transfer. However, it is only connected internally with USB-2.0 speed, so that data transfers may take longer.

The mid-range smartphone also brings NFC, allowing you to use mobile payment services.

Left side: SIM slot
Left side: SIM slot
Right side: Standby key, volume rocker
Right side: Standby key, volume rocker
Top: microphone
Top: microphone
Bottom: 3.5mm audio port, microphone, USB-C port, speaker
Bottom: 3.5mm audio port, microphone, USB-C port, speaker

microSD Card Reader

The microSD card reader occupies one of the two SIM slots. Our Angelbird V60 reference card reaches fairly good speeds in the copy test, and in the CPDT benchmark, the reader performs at class level, but only with some significant variations.

Overall, you can count on slightly faster data transfers from and to the card than usual in this price class.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
45.7 MB/s ∼100% +34%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
34.2 MB/s ∼75%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
28.9 MB/s ∼63% -15%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
28.2 MB/s ∼62% -18%
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
26.3 MB/s ∼58% -23%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
24.6 MB/s ∼54% -28%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Motorola Moto G72 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø37.8 (26.7-49.3)
Xiaomi Poco M5 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø37.7 (21.8-45.3)
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø41.4 (29.9-52.3)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø36.2 (29.8-46.8)
Motorola Moto G42 Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø32.1 (23.8-43.1)
realme 9 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø37.1 (26.6-49.6)
Motorola Moto G72 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø70.6 (29.3-82.6)
Xiaomi Poco M5 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø76 (40-79.1)
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø76.9 (67.1-81.5)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø76.1 (42.7-84.9)
Motorola Moto G42 Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø76.4 (30-87.4)
realme 9 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø74.6 (34.7-88)

Software – Fairly pure Android

Motorola's smartphone branch was once purchased by Google, and although the smartphone manufacturer belongs to Lenovo at this point, the tradition to keep pure Android on the smartphones has been maintained. This is also the case in the Motorola Moto G72, even if there is a different system font and skin for the symbols. Fortunately, the manufacturer also doesn't install any third-party apps.

Android 12 is installed on the smartphone, and the security patches are from October 2022, which still makes them fairly current at the time of this test. The manufacturer promises updates every two months until October 2025, and the phone is also confirmed to receive Android 13.

Software Motorola Moto G72
Software Motorola Moto G72
Software Motorola Moto G72

Communication and GNSS – Without fast mobile Internet

While many smartphones in this price segment can score with 5G, you have to be content with LTE as the fastest mobile communication standard in the Motorola Moto G72. In addition, the smartphone isn't a world phone with sufficient communication frequencies for all countries either. But it should be sufficient for central Europe.

In the WLAN test with our Asus ROG Rapture AXE11000 reference router, the smartphone delivers good transfer rates for its price class. As in most similarly priced smartphones, WiFi 5 is the fastest standard that is supported, and with transfer speeds between 307 and 372 Mbit/s, the Moto G72 performs convincingly in our test.

Networking
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Average of class Smartphone
  (44.3 - 1736, n=121, last 2 years)
601 MBit/s ∼100% +80%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
356 (333min - 363max) MBit/s ∼59% +7%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
352 (339min - 360max) MBit/s ∼59% +6%
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
341 (330min - 352max) MBit/s ∼57% +2%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
333 (307min - 348max) MBit/s ∼55%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
330 (304min - 343max) MBit/s ∼55% -1%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
234 (203min - 256max) MBit/s ∼39% -30%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Average of class Smartphone
  (57.7 - 1710, n=123, last 2 years)
648 MBit/s ∼100% +81%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
370 (332min - 381max) MBit/s ∼57% +3%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
363 (354min - 376max) MBit/s ∼56% +1%
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
362 (329min - 376max) MBit/s ∼56% +1%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
359 (338min - 372max) MBit/s ∼55%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
358 (334min - 374max) MBit/s ∼55% 0%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
305 (269min - 336max) MBit/s ∼47% -15%
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Motorola Moto G72; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø332 (307-348)
Motorola Moto G72; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø360 (338-372)
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test outdoors
Available satellite networks
Available satellite networks

Outdoors, the smartphone is able to locate itself quickly with an accuracy of up to 2 meters (~6.6 ft). While the number of the satellites found is slightly lower, it uses the SBAS support system to make the locating even more accurate.

For our practical test, we take the Motorola Moto G72 on a bike tour and determine that the smartphone is able to follow our route decently overall. However, the locating isn't always perfect and often ends up away from our actual route or adds some detours where there weren't any.

While you can use the Moto G72 for navigation overall, you should use it only when you don't need absolute accuracy.

Motorola Moto G72 locating – overview
Motorola Moto G72 locating – overview
Motorola Moto G72 locating – turning point
Motorola Moto G72 locating – turning point
Motorola Moto G72 locating – bridge
Motorola Moto G72 locating – bridge
Garmin Venu 2 locating – overview
Garmin Venu 2 locating – overview
Garmin Venu 2 locating – turning point
Garmin Venu 2 locating – turning point
Garmin Venu 2 locating – bridge
Garmin Venu 2 locating – bridge

Phone Functions and Voice Quality – Better using the earpiece

Android veterans should be familiar with the phone app, since it is the original app from Google. But if necessary, you can also install another phone app.

We test the voice quality in several calls and also ask our conversation partners to judge the sound quality. You basically don't hear any other annoying noises, and the earpiece is able to get quite loud, allowing you to hear your conversation partner clearly even in noisy surroundings. Our own voice is also transferred fairly clearly.

Using the speaker mode, the conversation sounds less present and emphasizes the high frequencies. Our conversation partner also confirms that our voice sounds less clear in speaker mode.

Cameras – High resolution and what else?

Picture taken with the front camera
Picture taken with the front camera

Motorola uses a 108-Megapixel camera sensor from Samsung, the Isocell HM6, in its smartphone. This combines 9 pixels into a larger image point, resulting in 12-Megapixel images with a high light sensitivity. However, optionally you can also use the full resolution in a particular mode.

While the image sharpness and degree of details are at a decent level, they cannot keep up with high-end cameras. The illumination in less than perfect light conditions also turns out fairly weak. The color reproduction of the images generally appears slightly cool. However, compared to cameras of similarly priced smartphones, there is at least slightly more visible detail.

With very little light and high contrasts, it succeeds in getting a very good reproduction of the candlelight, but on the other hand, many areas remain completely dark without any details.

The wide angle lens has a resolution of 8 Megapixels. Its images are at an average level with some details and only limited distortions. Hybrid zoom between the two lenses is possible, and there is also an 8x digital zoom for the main camera.

The main camera records videos at a maximum resolution of 1080p and 60 fps. You can also use the wide angle or macro lens to record videos, but you then need to decide for one of the lenses and cannot switch during the recording. The brightness adjustment is slightly too slow, becoming noticeable in the completed video recording. The autofocus works fairly quickly most of the time, but from time to time it will also move in and out, before finding the correct sharpness adjustment.

There is a 16-Megapixel camera in front. While it takes fairly sharp pictures, they could still offer more details in the dark areas.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Hauptkamera BlumeHauptkamera UmgebungHauptkamera Low LightWeitwinkelkamera
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In our studio, the main camera produces images that are fairly rich in contrast, showing even dark text on a dark background still readable. However, the sharpness is reduced significantly toward the edges.

At only 1 Lux of illumination, the object is still faintly visible.

ColorChecker
6.1 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Moto G72: 6.75 ∆E min: 3.54 - max: 8.83 ∆E
ColorChecker
30 ∆E
53.6 ∆E
40.2 ∆E
35.3 ∆E
46.3 ∆E
60.4 ∆E
52.3 ∆E
36.5 ∆E
41.8 ∆E
29.4 ∆E
62.6 ∆E
62.3 ∆E
31.9 ∆E
47.6 ∆E
36.6 ∆E
73 ∆E
43.8 ∆E
42.5 ∆E
75.3 ∆E
68.9 ∆E
52 ∆E
37.5 ∆E
24.4 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Moto G72: 45.75 ∆E min: 13.91 - max: 75.3 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty – Lots of accessories included

The Moto G72 includes a charger, USB cable, SIM tool, and Silicon bumper case. Motorola has not been offering any special accessories for new smartphones on its website for a while.

The manufacturer offers a 24-month warranty for its smartphones.

Input Devices and Operation – Fast fingerprint reader

The 120-Hz display increases the responsiveness of the system, making the operation via touchscreen feel very immediate. The hardware keys on the right side can easily be felt and produce a clear feedback.

There is a fingerprint sensor below the display, fairly close to the bottom edge of the case. It recognizes stored fingerprints very reliably, unlocking the phone with only a short delay. You can also unlock it via face recognition, but this is a pure software solution that isn't considered very safe.

Keyboard - portrait
Keyboard - portrait
Keyboard - landscape
Keyboard - landscape

Display – Hardly any other smartphone display is as bright

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The manufacturer scored in a real coup with the OLED screen in the Moto G72. The display with an expanded Full HD resolution is HDR capable and also reaches its top brightness with a full white background across the whole screen. Not even significantly more expensive smartphones are able to do this.

With 980 cd/m² on average, the top brightness of the Motorola Moto G72 is significantly brighter than all the comparison devices of its price class.

In addition, the brightness distribution is fairly even, and the black value is perfect due to the OLED technology, which theoretically allows for infinitely high contrasts and brings vibrant colors in practice.

938
cd/m²
990
cd/m²
1016
cd/m²
935
cd/m²
992
cd/m²
1019
cd/m²
946
cd/m²
974
cd/m²
1013
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 1019 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 980.3 cd/m² Minimum: 6.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 992 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.56 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.2
ΔE Greyscale 3.1 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
145.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.233
Motorola Moto G72
P-OLED, 2400x1080, 6.60
Xiaomi Poco M5
IPS, 2408x1080, 6.58
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
PLS, 2408x1080, 6.60
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
IPS, 2412x1080, 6.59
Motorola Moto G42
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.43
realme 9 5G
IPS, 2412x1080, 6.60
Screen
13%
-50%
-43%
28%
-29%
Brightness middle
992
400
-60%
447
-55%
590
-41%
691
-30%
589
-41%
Brightness
980
396
-60%
428
-56%
561
-43%
699
-29%
561
-43%
Brightness Distribution
92
96
4%
86
-7%
92
0%
95
3%
90
-2%
Black Level *
0.27
0.31
0.38
0.5
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.56
1.26
72%
5.54
-21%
5.15
-13%
1.02
78%
4.33
5%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
7.96
2.45
69%
10.04
-26%
10.35
-30%
1.73
78%
8.39
-5%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.1
1.5
52%
7.3
-135%
7.1
-129%
1
68%
5.9
-90%
Gamma
2.233 99%
2.298 96%
2.03 108%
2.143 103%
2.205 100%
2.063 107%
CCT
7098 92%
6658 98%
8853 73%
8540 76%
6621 98%
8021 81%
Contrast
1481
1442
1553
1178

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 180 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 180 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 180 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19454 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

0% brightness
0% brightness
25% brightness
25% brightness
50% brightness
50% brightness
75% brightness
75% brightness
100% brightness
100% brightness

Measurement series at a fixed zoom level and various brightness settings

At minimum brightness, the display shows PWM flickering at 180 Hz, even if you have activated "Flicker Prevention" in the settings. So those who are sensitive to flickering screens should try out the display before the purchase to be sure they are ok with it.

The color reproduction of the Moto G72 is good, with only a very slight blue tint in the bright tones of the grayscale.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Color Accuracy
CalMAN Color Accuracy
CalMAN sRGB Color Space
CalMAN sRGB Color Space
CalMAN AdobeRGB Color Space
CalMAN AdobeRGB Color Space
CalMAN DCI P3 Color Space
CalMAN DCI P3 Color Space
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.5 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.8 ms rise
↘ 0.7 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 2 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (22.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.5 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.8 ms rise
↘ 0.7 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 2 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (35.8 ms).

Due to its good top brightness, you can also use the smartphone outdoors in the bright fall sun.

We also like the stable viewing angles, which allow you to still recognize the display contents from very steep viewing angles.

Using it outdoors
Using it outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance – Approximately at class level

MediaTek has only introduced the Helio G99 in August 2022, and already a few months later it can be found as SoC in the Moto G72. The chip, which is produced in a 6nm process, is unable to completely keep up with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 that is used in many other smartphones of this price class, despite having the same clock speed.

However, the differences are mostly not very large, and you shouldn't be able to notice much of a difference in everyday operation. The Moto G72 does its job mostly without stutters, handling even more demanding apps without any problems.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=261, last 2 years)
769 Points ∼100% +42%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
692 Points ∼90% +28%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
687 Points ∼89% +27%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
680 Points ∼88% +26%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (540 - 576, n=4)
556 Points ∼72% +3%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
548 Points ∼71% +1%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
540 Points ∼70%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
376 Points ∼49% -30%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (291 - 5538, n=261, last 2 years)
2472 Points ∼100% +37%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1998 Points ∼81% +10%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1997 Points ∼81% +10%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1924 Points ∼78% +6%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1914 Points ∼77% +6%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (1767 - 1924, n=4)
1848 Points ∼75% +2%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1810 Points ∼73%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1583 Points ∼64% -13%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (111952 - 1300282, n=164, last 2 years)
600849 Points ∼100% +80%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
399726 Points ∼67% +20%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
344344 Points ∼57% +3%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
337968 Points ∼56% +1%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
334060 Points ∼56%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (316212 - 337968, n=3)
329413 Points ∼55% -1%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
238371 Points ∼40% -29%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
10589 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 19200, n=223, last 2 years)
10352 Points ∼98% -2%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (9475 - 10589, n=4)
9995 Points ∼94% -6%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
9776 Points ∼92% -8%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
9742 Points ∼92% -8%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
9587 Points ∼91% -9%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
9363 Points ∼88% -12%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
6176 Points ∼58% -42%
CrossMark - Overall
Average of class Smartphone
  (226 - 1332, n=101, last 2 years)
786 Points ∼100% +31%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
602 Points ∼77% 0%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
602 Points ∼77%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
593 Points ∼75% -1%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (575 - 602, n=3)
593 Points ∼75% -1%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
521 Points ∼66% -13%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
325 Points ∼41% -46%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 9555, n=173, last 2 years)
4835 Points ∼100% +58%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3596 Points ∼74% +18%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3535 Points ∼73% +16%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3171 Points ∼66% +4%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3054 Points ∼63%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
3050 Points ∼63% 0%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (2988 - 3054, n=3)
3031 Points ∼63% -1%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2564 Points ∼53% -16%
System
Average of class Smartphone
  (2083 - 19657, n=173, last 2 years)
8474 Points ∼100% +31%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
7976 Points ∼94% +23%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
6969 Points ∼82% +7%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
6789 Points ∼80% +5%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
6637 Points ∼78% +2%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (6484 - 6637, n=3)
6543 Points ∼77% +1%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
6484 Points ∼77%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
5852 Points ∼69% -10%
Memory
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 11617, n=173, last 2 years)
5398 Points ∼100% +36%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
4366 Points ∼81% +10%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
4311 Points ∼80% +8%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3982 Points ∼74%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
3802 Points ∼70% -5%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (3550 - 3982, n=3)
3778 Points ∼70% -5%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
3669 Points ∼68% -8%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3167 Points ∼59% -20%
Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 27384, n=173, last 2 years)
9656 Points ∼100% +254%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
4413 Points ∼46% +62%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
4323 Points ∼45% +58%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
4166 Points ∼43% +53%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (2730 - 2875, n=3)
2783 Points ∼29% +2%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2744 Points ∼28% +1%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2730 Points ∼28%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2181 Points ∼23% -20%
Web
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2392, n=173, last 2 years)
1431 Points ∼100% +16%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1250 Points ∼87% +1%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1234 Points ∼86%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (1201 - 1250, n=3)
1228 Points ∼86% 0%
realme 9 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1163 Points ∼81% -6%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1128 Points ∼79% -9%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1125 Points ∼79% -9%
Motorola Moto G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
923 Points ∼65% -25%
UL Procyon AI Inference - Overall Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=100, last 2 years)
23472 Points ∼100% +142%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
9695 Points ∼41%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
9493 Points ∼40% -2%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (9213 - 9695, n=3)
9467 Points ∼40% -2%
AImark - Score v3.x
Average of class Smartphone
  (890 - 103259, n=16, last 2 years)
21949 Points ∼100% +2320%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
907 Points ∼4%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (890 - 907, n=3)
896 Points ∼4% -1%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
890 Points ∼4% -2%

The graphics performance is also slightly below that of devices with the Snapdragon 695. Generally, it should hardly be sufficient for 60-fps gaming, but we'll take a closer look at that in our "Gaming" section.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
352 Points ∼100% +4%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
351 Points ∼100% +4%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
351 Points ∼100% +4%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
337 Points ∼96%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
323 Points ∼92% -4%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
Points ∼0% -100%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
360 Points ∼100% +4%
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
356 Points ∼99% +3%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
355 Points ∼99% +2%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
347 Points ∼96%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
342 Points ∼95% -1%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
125 Points ∼35% -64%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1232 Points ∼100%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1201 Points ∼97% -3%
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1197 Points ∼97% -3%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1196 Points ∼97% -3%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1155 Points ∼94% -6%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
443 Points ∼36% -64%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1206 Points ∼100% +2%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1205 Points ∼100% +2%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1198 Points ∼99% +1%
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1197 Points ∼99% +1%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1183 Points ∼98%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
445 Points ∼37% -62%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2883 Points ∼100% +2%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2865 Points ∼99% +1%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2838 Points ∼98% 0%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2837 Points ∼98%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2822 Points ∼98% -1%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2476 Points ∼86% -13%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2749 Points ∼100% +15%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2710 Points ∼99% +13%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2655 Points ∼97% +11%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2393 Points ∼87%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2378 Points ∼87% -1%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1121 Points ∼41% -53%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2778 Points ∼100% +12%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2734 Points ∼98% +10%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2699 Points ∼97% +9%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2479 Points ∼89%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2467 Points ∼89% 0%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1276 Points ∼46% -49%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3727 Points ∼100% +3%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3622 Points ∼97%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3561 Points ∼96% -2%
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3462 Points ∼93% -4%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3383 Points ∼91% -7%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2814 Points ∼76% -22%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3008 Points ∼100% +22%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2973 Points ∼99% +21%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2899 Points ∼96% +18%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2459 Points ∼82%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2413 Points ∼80% -2%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1191 Points ∼40% -52%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3098 Points ∼100% +17%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3086 Points ∼100% +17%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2994 Points ∼97% +13%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2648 Points ∼85%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2618 Points ∼85% -1%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1366 Points ∼44% -48%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2949 Points ∼100% +13%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2917 Points ∼99% +12%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2856 Points ∼97% +10%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2600 Points ∼88%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2535 Points ∼86% -2%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1339 Points ∼45% -48%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2831 Points ∼100% +16%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2809 Points ∼99% +15%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2733 Points ∼97% +12%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2433 Points ∼86%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2356 Points ∼83% -3%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1170 Points ∼41% -52%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3455 Points ∼100% +1%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3450 Points ∼100% +1%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3425 Points ∼99%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3393 Points ∼98% -1%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3370 Points ∼98% -2%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2707 Points ∼78% -21%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
81 fps ∼100% +50%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
60 fps ∼74% +11%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
54 fps ∼67% 0%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
54 fps ∼67%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
35 fps ∼43% -35%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
93 fps ∼100% +45%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
91 fps ∼98% +42%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
64 fps ∼69% 0%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
64 fps ∼69%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
41 fps ∼44% -36%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
42 fps ∼100% +17%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
41 fps ∼98% +14%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
36 fps ∼86% 0%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
36 fps ∼86%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
20 fps ∼48% -44%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
47 fps ∼100% +18%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
46 fps ∼98% +15%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
40 fps ∼85% 0%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
40 fps ∼85%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
22 fps ∼47% -45%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
30 fps ∼100% +36%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
29 fps ∼97% +32%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
22 fps ∼73% 0%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
22 fps ∼73%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
14 fps ∼47% -36%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
34 fps ∼100% +36%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
34 fps ∼100% +36%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
25 fps ∼74% 0%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
25 fps ∼74%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
15 fps ∼44% -40%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
17 fps ∼100% +42%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
16 fps ∼94% +33%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
12 fps ∼71% 0%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
12 fps ∼71%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
7.4 fps ∼44% -38%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
19 fps ∼100% +27%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
19 fps ∼100% +27%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
15 fps ∼79% 0%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
15 fps ∼79%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
8.3 fps ∼44% -45%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
12 fps ∼100% +35%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
12 fps ∼100% +35%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
12 fps ∼100% +35%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
8.9 fps ∼74%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
8.8 fps ∼73% -1%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5 fps ∼42% -44%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
8.1 fps ∼100% +37%
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
7.8 fps ∼96% +32%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
7.7 fps ∼95% +31%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5.9 fps ∼73%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5.8 fps ∼72% -2%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3.2 fps ∼40% -46%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
19 fps ∼100% +36%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
19 fps ∼100% +36%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
18 fps ∼95% +29%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
14 fps ∼74% 0%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
14 fps ∼74%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
8.5 fps ∼45% -39%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
22 fps ∼100% +38%
realme 9 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
21 fps ∼95% +31%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
21 fps ∼95% +31%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
16 fps ∼73% 0%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
16 fps ∼73%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
9.7 fps ∼44% -39%

When surfing, our test unit has an average speed. The pages are rendered fairly quickly, but you might have to wait from time to time for pictures to be loaded when scrolling. 

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (14.8 - 282, n=170, last 2 years)
77.4 Points ∼100% +29%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G (Chrome 106)
67.19 Points ∼87% +12%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G (Chrome 103.0.5060.129)
64.165 Points ∼83% +7%
Motorola Moto G72 (Chrome 107)
59.8 Points ∼77%
Average Mediatek Helio G99 (46.9 - 59.8, n=3)
54.2 Points ∼70% -9%
Xiaomi Poco M5 (Chrome 107)
46.877 Points ∼61% -22%
Motorola Moto G42 (Chrome 103.0.5060.71)
41.845 Points ∼54% -30%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average of class Smartphone (12.8 - 375, n=158, last 2 years)
73.1 runs/min ∼100% +80%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G (Chrome 103.0.5060.129)
47.11 runs/min ∼64% +16%
Motorola Moto G72 (Chome 107)
40.69 runs/min ∼56%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G (Chome 106)
40.6 runs/min ∼56% 0%
Motorola Moto G42 (Chrome 103.0.5060.71)
37.8 runs/min ∼52% -7%
Average Mediatek Helio G99 (24.1 - 40.7, n=3)
34.3 runs/min ∼47% -16%
Xiaomi Poco M5 (Chome 107)
24.09 runs/min ∼33% -41%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall Score
Average of class Smartphone (25 - 202, n=58, last 2 years)
90.6 Points ∼100% +56%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G (Chrome 103.0.5060.129)
64 Points ∼71% +10%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G (Chrome 106)
60 Points ∼66% +3%
Motorola Moto G72 (Chrome 107)
58 Points ∼64%
Average Mediatek Helio G99 (39 - 58, n=3)
51 Points ∼56% -12%
Motorola Moto G42 (Chrome 103.0.5060.71)
43 Points ∼47% -26%
Xiaomi Poco M5 (Chrome 107)
39 Points ∼43% -33%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average of class Smartphone (27 - 292, n=168, last 2 years)
105 Points ∼100% +14%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G (Chrome 103.0.5060.129)
96 Points ∼91% +4%
Motorola Moto G72 (Chrome 107)
92 Points ∼88%
Xiaomi Poco M5 (Chrome 107)
88 Points ∼84% -4%
Average Mediatek Helio G99 (84 - 92, n=3)
88 Points ∼84% -4%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G (Chrome 106)
87 Points ∼83% -5%
Motorola Moto G42 (Chrome 103.0.5060.71)
59 Points ∼56% -36%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (3905 - 74261, n=195, last 2 years)
27701 Points ∼100% +52%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G (Chrome 103.0.5060.129)
22285 Points ∼80% +22%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G (Chrome 106)
20787 Points ∼75% +14%
Average Mediatek Helio G99 (17228 - 21308, n=4)
18583 Points ∼67% +2%
Motorola Moto G72 (Chrome 107)
18237 Points ∼66%
Xiaomi Poco M5 (Chrome 107)
17228 Points ∼62% -6%
Motorola Moto G42 (Chrome 103.0.5060.71)
12364 Points ∼45% -32%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Motorola Moto G42 (Chrome 103.0.5060.71)
3341.4 ms * ∼100% -50%
Average of class Smartphone (414 - 12437, n=180, last 2 years)
2387 ms * ∼71% -7%
Average Mediatek Helio G99 (2213 - 2444, n=3)
2295 ms * ∼69% -3%
Motorola Moto G72 (Chrome 107)
2227.3 ms * ∼67%
Xiaomi Poco M5 (Chrome 107)
2213.3 ms * ∼66% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G (Chrome 106)
1948.1 ms * ∼58% +13%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G (Chrome 103.0.5060.129)
1922.7 ms * ∼58% +14%

* ... smaller is better

Motorola uses UFS 2.2 storage with a good controller that can also make full use of the modules. Even though the Xiaomi Poco M5 does an even better job in terms of the writing speed, all the load times and copy processes are fairly fast.

Motorola Moto G72Xiaomi Poco M5Samsung Galaxy A23 5GOnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5GMotorola Moto G42realme 9 5GAverage 128 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
27%
-24%
-26%
-20%
-60%
-17%
4%
Sequential Read 256KB
868.5
976.4
12%
485.1
-44%
509.21
-41%
843.09
-3%
511
-41%
716 ?(303 - 999, n=38)
-18%
1059 ?(90.5 - 3557, n=253, last 2 years)
22%
Sequential Write 256KB
497.5
870.7
75%
487.4
-2%
482.15
-3%
436.32
-12%
120.6
-76%
499 ?(105.3 - 884, n=38)
0%
625 ?(11.9 - 2834, n=253, last 2 years)
26%
Random Read 4KB
231.4
247.6
7%
188.2
-19%
179.02
-23%
122.08
-47%
88.5
-62%
175.8 ?(89.3 - 253, n=38)
-24%
192.1 ?(13.5 - 543, n=253, last 2 years)
-17%
Random Write 4KB
230.2
257.8
12%
163.1
-29%
147.46
-36%
186.23
-19%
95.4
-59%
175.4 ?(113.8 - 258, n=38)
-24%
197.4 ?(13 - 552, n=254, last 2 years)
-14%

Gaming – 60 fps remain a dream

While you can also play games on the Moto G72, it is unfortunately not sufficient for the highest details in all games.

In Diablo Immortal, the maximum possible is 30 fps, and in PUBG Mobile it is at least almost 40 fps in low settings. If you reduce your demands a bit, almost all games should run. We determine the frame rates with the software from GameBench.

The control via touchscreen and position sensor also works flawlessly.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Diablo Immortal
Diablo Immortal
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Motorola Moto G72; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 2.3.0: Ø39.5 (37-41)
Motorola Moto G72; PUBG Mobile; HD; 2.3.0: Ø29.2 (25-31)
Motorola Moto G72; Diablo Immortal; 1.6.2: Ø29.5 (24-31)

Emissions – Hardly any warming

Temperature

The heat development of the Moto G72 remains within limits, and even under longer load, we measure a maximum of 36.5 °C (97.7 °F).

Even under longer load, the SoC hardly throttles, giving the best conditions for constant operation.

Max. Load
 36.5 °C
98 F
32.7 °C
91 F
30.3 °C
87 F
 
 35.9 °C
97 F
33.5 °C
92 F
30.3 °C
87 F
 
 35.9 °C
97 F
33.2 °C
92 F
30.7 °C
87 F
 
Maximum: 36.5 °C = 98 F
Average: 33.2 °C = 92 F
28 °C
82 F
31.8 °C
89 F
35.4 °C
96 F
28.9 °C
84 F
32.2 °C
90 F
35.3 °C
96 F
29.1 °C
84 F
32.4 °C
90 F
36.3 °C
97 F
Maximum: 36.3 °C = 97 F
Average: 32.2 °C = 90 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.6 °C = 109 F | Room Temperature 20.5 °C = 69 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.2 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.5 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 36.3 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.9 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.7 % ∼100% +3%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.6 % ∼100% +3%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.4 % ∼100% +2%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
98.7 % ∼99% +2%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
97.1 % ∼97%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.4 % ∼100%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.1 % ∼100% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
98.6 % ∼99% -1%
Xiaomi Poco M5
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
97.8 % ∼98% -2%
Motorola Moto G42
Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
97.3 % ∼98% -2%
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Motorola Moto G72 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø2.08 (2.08-2.09)
Xiaomi Poco M5 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø2.05 (2.02-2.07)
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø2.14 (2.13-2.16)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø2.15 (2.14-2.16)
Motorola Moto G42 Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø0.733 (0.725-0.746)
Motorola Moto G72 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø6.67 (6.59-6.79)
Xiaomi Poco M5 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø7.44 (7.37-7.47)
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø7.2 (7.19-7.22)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø7.21 (7.21-7.23)
Motorola Moto G42 Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø2.67 (2.66-2.68)
Heatmap - front
Heatmap - front
Heatmap - back
Heatmap - back

Speakers

Even though the Moto G72 doesn't have real stereo speakers, the earpiece is used as substitute for a second speaker, allowing it to create some stereo effects. This works quite well, and the sound can also become fairly loud.

Although it isn't really powerful, lacking some bass for this, the sound is at least very decent for such an affordable mid-range smartphone.

For an even better sound, you can connect external audio devices via the audio port or Bluetooth. All the modern aptX codecs and also LHDC 4 are supported.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.437.1253839.73125.828.74027.427.95030.232.26328.929.68018.822.710016.32012513.826.516014.635.820012.742.52501748.831510.15740010.362.250011.966.763012.76780013.769.1100014.174.1125015.576.316001276.9200012.77725001376.9315013.474.1400013.867.850001564.5630015.461.9800016.267.81000017.7691250017.663.61600018.659.9SPL26.585.4N0.858.3median 13.8median 66.7Delta1.48.15337.544.542.533.73533.435.535.839.230.131.621.3252124.516.321.814.731.412.94114.348.51351.310.856.412.363.913.56619.5701576.414.176.214.973.411.970.612.866.515.46316.569.416.776.217.2741866.817.96517.667.918.350.92884.10.956.2median 15median 662.110hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMotorola Moto G72realme 9 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Motorola Moto G72 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.6% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 31% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 57% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 56% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 35% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

realme 9 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 49% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 39% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 69% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 24% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery Life – Efficient and long-lasting

Power Consumption

While the Motorola Moto G72 is very efficient with the power consumption under low load, it can also drain a lot more power from the battery under high load at times. However, there are only few smartphones in this price range that are more efficient.

The Motorola smartphone can be recharged with a maximum of 30 watts - the corresponding charger is included. Using that, it takes at most slightly less than 2 hours to fully recharge the smartphone.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.7 / 1.1 / 1.5 Watt
Load midlight 4.5 / 6.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Motorola Moto G72
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Poco M5
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
5000 mAh
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
5000 mAh
Motorola Moto G42
5000 mAh
Average Mediatek Helio G99
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-16%
-15%
16%
-8%
-39%
-19%
Idle Minimum *
0.7
0.9
-29%
1
-43%
0.8
-14%
1
-43%
0.843 ?(0.7 - 0.93, n=3)
-20%
0.891 ?(0.12 - 2.5, n=186, last 2 years)
-27%
Idle Average *
1.1
1.3
-18%
1.5
-36%
1
9%
1.5
-36%
2.14 ?(1.1 - 4.02, n=3)
-95%
1.553 ?(0.65 - 3.6, n=186, last 2 years)
-41%
Idle Maximum *
1.5
1.9
-27%
2
-33%
1.4
7%
2
-33%
2.49 ?(1.5 - 4.07, n=3)
-66%
1.762 ?(0.69 - 3.7, n=186, last 2 years)
-17%
Load Average *
4.5
4.6
-2%
3.6
20%
2.4
47%
2.6
42%
4.87 ?(4.5 - 5.52, n=3)
-8%
4.36 ?(2.1 - 7.74, n=186, last 2 years)
3%
Load Maximum *
6.5
6.8
-5%
5.3
18%
4.6
29%
4.5
31%
6.73 ?(6.5 - 6.89, n=3)
-4%
7.23 ?(3.56 - 11.9, n=186, last 2 years)
-11%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Motorola Moto G72; Geekbench 5.4: Ø3.83 (1.999-6.34)
Motorola Moto G72; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.84 (0.697-1.325)

Power Consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Motorola Moto G72; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø3.94 (3.12-4.34)
Motorola Moto G72; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.84 (0.697-1.325)

Battery Life

Although the Motorola Moto G72 is unable to place first of its class in the battery life, it delivers a solid endurance capability: 15:29 hours in our WLAN test and almost 40 hours during idle operation are good values.

Under load, the runtime of 5:33 hours starting with a full battery is also decent, allowing for longer gaming sessions away from the outlet.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
39h 56min
WiFi Websurfing
15h 29min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
18h 24min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 33min
Motorola Moto G72
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Poco M5
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
5000 mAh
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
5000 mAh
Motorola Moto G42
5000 mAh
realme 9 5G
5000 mAh
Battery Runtime
3%
9%
-1%
6%
11%
Reader / Idle
2396
2503
4%
2586
8%
1985
-17%
2223
-7%
H.264
1104
1087
-2%
1289
17%
1255
14%
1185
7%
WiFi v1.3
929
916
-1%
1099
18%
1064
15%
949
2%
1029
11%
Load
333
368
11%
305
-8%
277
-17%
406
22%

Pros

+ very bright OLED screen
+ slim and light
+ pure Android
+ clear voice quality through the earpiece
+ includes charger and bumper case
+ long lasting battery life
+ hardly any warming

Cons

- PWM flickering at low brightness
- slightly inaccurate locating
- no 5G
- only few 4G frequencies

Verdict – A mid-range smartphone with an exceptional screen

Testing the Motorola Moto G72. Test unit provided by Motorola Germany.
Testing the Motorola Moto G72. Test unit provided by Motorola Germany.

The Motorola Moto G72 stands out in its price class with several characteristics: First, there is the highly resolving camera that takes slightly sharper pictures than other similarly priced smartphones; then there is its slim and light case while not forgoing a high-capacity bat