The low-priced mid-range smartphone Motorola Moto G30 has a big problem

The 179 Euro Moto G30 comes with an impressive specifications sheet.
The 179 Euro Moto G30 comes with an impressive specifications sheet.
The Motorola Moto G30 has managed to impress us in many respects. However, the otherwise good mid-range smartphone has one glaring flaw, which will be a deal-breaker for anyone who likes to spend a lot of time out in the sun.
Marcus Herbrich (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk), 🇩🇪 🇮🇹

The 179-Euro (~$212) Motorola Moto G30 has an impressive specifications sheet. The model with 6 GB of RAM, which we reviewed, comes with a 90-Hz IPS screen, an NFC chip, an official IP certification, a quad-camera system, a 3.5-mm headphone jack and a dual SIM card slot that supports microSD cards. The Moto G30 also comes with a large 5000-mAh battery, which lasted a long time in our battery test. Moreover, the smartphone supports 20-W fast-charging.

The latest mid-range smartphone from Motorola comes with a beefy quad-camera system. The main shooter has a 64-MP image sensor, which failed to impress in our review. Nevertheless, the photo quality is on a decent level, given the price tag.

However, in our review, we discovered one major weakness of the Motorola smartphone: the display. It has a 90-Hz refresh rate, which is why the G30 feels more responsive than smartphones with 60-Hz screens. Howbeit, it is very dim, and to boot, it has a very low contrast ratio. What is more, the IPS panel suffers from low-frequency PWM flickering. All in all, the screen is not appropriate for a mid-range smartphone. With the ambient light sensor engaged, we measured a display brightness of only 263 cd/m². The brightness distribution of 83% is not on a satisfactory level as well. In the APL50 test, we measured a brightness of 338 cd/m², which is still very low.

What is more, the 6.5-inch IPS display has a native resolution of 1600x720 pixels. This is why the pixel density amounts to only 270 PPI. Small fonts look quite blurry on the Moto G30’s screen. However, most smartphones in this price range also come with low-resolution screens.

If you do not need a smartphone with a bright display and you have only about 200 Euros (~$220) to spend, then you should definitely check out our extensive review of the Moto G30.


Review of the Motorola Moto G30 

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Marcus Herbrich, 2021-04- 8 (Update: 2021-04- 9)
Marcus Herbrich
Editor of the original article: Marcus Herbrich - Editor - 234 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
My great passion has always been mobile technologies, especially smartphones. As a technology enthusiast, the half-life of my devices is not exactly high and the latest hardware is just good enough - manufacturer or operating system plays a minor role, the main thing is state-of-the-art
Stanislav Kokhanyuk
Translator: Stanislav Kokhanyuk - Translator - 17 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2021
I am a big fan of technology, which is why I try to keep up with it. Among my other passions are literature and writing, and so it should not be surprising to anyone at all that I have a four-year bachelor's degree in philology. However, my interests are not limited just to the world of technology, or, for that matter, the world of literature. I am also interested in people and the stories they have to tell. And more recently, I took an interest in artificial intelligence.