Motorola, earlier this week, unveiled the Moto G 5G in India. Moto g 5G is the most affordable device in the Indian market to bring 5G connectivity to the masses. Whether Motorola has managed to redefine the segment with Moto g 5G like it did with the OG Moto g (remember the cute little phone from 2014?), is something that depends a lot on the 5G trials and roll-out in the country. Even if we leave 5G connectivity aside, Moto g 5G poses a threat to the current bestsellers in the segment, be it Realme 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy M51, or the OnePlus Nord. Here is our Moto g 5G vs Samsung Galaxy M51 vs OnePlus Nord post in which we compare prices in India, specifications, and features of the aforementioned smartphones.
Moto g 5G vs Samsung Galaxy M51 vs OnePlus Nord: Price in India
If we compare the 128GB storage variants of all three devices, the Nord seems the costliest amongst the trio. While the Moto g 5G is the cheapest out of the three devices. Let us have a look at the pricing of all available variants,
|Moto g 5G||6GB||128GB||Rs. 20,999|
Moto g 5G vs Samsung Galaxy M51 vs OnePlus Nord: Design
All three devices feature a modern bezel-less design with a punch-hole notch. The Moto g 5G and Galaxy M51 feature a tiny hole in the center for the front camera. While the Nord gets a pill-shaped notch in the top-left corner for the dual selfie shooters. Moto g 5G and Galaxy M51 are completely made up of plastic, while the Nord sports a premium looking glass-sandwich design with plastic chassis.
Moto g features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor which is embedded in the batwing logo. The Samsung Galaxy M51 offers a side-mounted fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button. While the Nord is the only device amongst the trio to offer an optical in-display fingerprint sensor. Owing to the clean design and glass back, the Nord looks and feels the best out of the trio.
Winner: OnePlus Nord
Moto g 5G vs Samsung Galaxy M51 vs OnePlus Nord: Display
The Moto g 5G is the only device on the list to feature an LCD display, while the other two feature AMOLED panels. All three devices feature an FHD+ display with a resolution of 2400×1080 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio. The Galaxy M51 features the largest display amongst the trio. The display on the galaxy M51 measures 6.7-inch compared to the 6.67-inch display on the Moto g 5G, and 6.44-inch on the Nord. The smaller display on the Nord results in a better pixel density at 408ppi compared to the 394ppi on the Moto g 5G, and 393ppi on the Galaxy M51.
OnePlus Nord is the only device on the list to offer a display with a higher-refresh-rate which refreshes 90 times every second. So, if that’s something you want, Nord is the way to go for. OnePlus Nord also offers better protection with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 compared to the Gorilla Glass 3 on the Galaxy M51. While it is not confirmed whether the Moto g 5G offers any kind of protection or not.
Winner: OnePlus Nord
Moto g 5G vs Samsung Galaxy M51 vs OnePlus Nord: Performance
OnePlus Nord sports an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC built on a 7nm process with Adreno 620 GPU. The Moto g 5G packs an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC under-the-hood which is built on an 8nm process. While the graphics duties on the Moto g are handled by integrated Adreno 619 GPU. Samsung Galaxy M51 runs on an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor which is built on an 8nm process. For the graphics, Galaxy M51 relies on the Adreno 618 GPU.
OnePlus Nord features the fastest SoC along with the best GPU amongst the aforementioned devices. So, if performance is what matters the most to you, get OnePlus Nord. All three devices pack LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.1 storage.
Winner: OnePlus Nord
Moto g 5G vs Samsung Galaxy M51 vs OnePlus Nord: Connectivity
Moto g 5g and OnePlus Nord support 5G connectivity, while the Galaxy M51 doesn’t. Though, OnePlus Nord is 5G enabled, it supports just one N78 band for 5G connectivity. While, Moto g 5G on the other hand supports N1, N3, N5, N7, N8, N28, N38, N41, N66, N77, and N78 bands. In markets like India, 5G connectivity isn’t that important since even 5G trials have not started in the country. In fact, Ericsson estimates that about 27% of Indian mobile users will opt for 5G by 2026. Still, if you want a 5G enabled smartphone, Moto g 5G is the phone for you.
Winner: Moto g 5G
Moto g 5G vs Samsung Galaxy M51 vs OnePlus Nord: Camera
Samsung Galaxy M51 packs a superior 64MP quad-rear camera setup. While the Nord and Moto g offer a 48MP quad-rear camera setup and 48MP triple-rear camera setup respectively. The primary Sony IMX682 sensor on the Galaxy M51 has f/1.8 aperture, which gets accompanied by a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 123° field-of-view and f/2.2 aperture. There is also a 5MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture, along with a 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture on the M51.
OnePlus Nord packs a 48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor that has f/1.75 aperture and OIS support. The primary sensor on the Nord gets coupled with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 119° field-of-view and f/2.25 aperture. Nord also offers a 2MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture and a 5MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The primary 48MP sensor on the Moto g has f/1.7 aperture, and it gets accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 118° field-of-view and f/2.2 aperture. Moto g also features a 2MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture.
Coming to the front shooter, Moto g offers a single 16MP selfie shooter with f/2.2 aperture, while the Nord, and Galaxy M51 pack 32MP selfie shooters. The primary 32MP front shooter on the Nord is a Sony IMX616 sensor that has f/2.45 aperture. Nord is the only device amongst the trio to offer a secondary 8MP ultra-wide-angle front shooter with a 105° field of view and f/2.45 aperture.
In terms of the camera, Moto g 5G seems weakest amongst the trio. While OIS on the primary rear camera and secondary front shooter give Nord an edge over the competition.
Verdict: OnePlus Nord
Moto g 5G vs Samsung Galaxy M51 vs OnePlus Nord: Battery Life
Samsung Galaxy M51 packs a bigger battery compared to some of the power banks out there. It packs a 7,000mAh battery, which is the largest we have seen on a smartphone, with the sole exception of Energizer Power Max P18K Pop (remember that thick phone from MWC 2019?).
Samsung Galaxy M51 supports up to 25W fast charging, which can charge the mammoth 7,000mAh battery in almost 2 hours. Moto g 5G offers a 5,000mAh battery with just 20W TurboPower fast charging. On the other hand, the Nord packs a 4,115mAh battery with 30W WRAP charging support. All three devices feature Type-C ports for charging and data transfers.
Samsung bundles a Type-C to Type-C charging cable with the Galaxy M51 compared to Type-A to Type-C cables with Moto g, and Nord. The battery capacity on the Nord and Moto g 5G are good enough but in front of the Galaxy M51, anything seems uncomparable as of now.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy M51
Moto g 5G vs Samsung Galaxy M51 vs OnePlus Nord: Verdict
OnePlus Nord destroys the competition in terms of design, display, and performance, but it’s also the costliest. Samsung Galaxy M51 offers a mammoth battery, higher resolution camera sensors but it is the weakest in terms of performance. Moto g 5G seems like a balanced device overall with a few compromises in the camera, and display segment, and so is the most affordable amongst the trio. Which one do you find the best amongst the above-mentioned devices? Do let us know in the comments below.