Motorola seems to be on a launching spree with its devices here in India. Their infamous ‘G’ series of devices are seeing the light more often than not. We recently reviewed the Moto G32, and now we have the Moto G62 5G with us for first impressions. Meanwhile, there are rumours of a Motorola Tab launching in the coming weeks. Interesting to see how aggressively Motorola is trying to fight off the competition in almost all the segments. This is good, as it creates more options for the end consumer.
The younger sibling of the Moto G62, the Moto G32, was launched at Rs 12,999 and was powered by a Snapdragon 680 SoC. The Moto G62, on the other hand, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC and packs in a 5000mAh battery. It also features a 50-megapixel triple camera setup at the rear, similar to its younger sibling. At a starting price of Rs 17,999, can the Moto G62 attract consumers and spear them away from the competition? Find out more about the device in our first impressions.
Moto G62 5G First Impressions: What’s in the box?
The unboxing experience with the Moto G62 was pretty conventional. It comes in the traditional dark blue box with green accents. Upon opening the box, you can find the Moto G62 accompanied with a couple of paperwork and a SIM ejector tool. Below it, you’ll find a 20W charging brick and a USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable for charging, and data transfer purposes.
Moto G62 5G First Impressions: Design and display
We may sound a bit harsh, but Motorola seems to be following the same mundane design language for the Moto G62 as well. This device looks very much like the Moto G82 — something we also said about the Moto G32 — that should put things into perspective. The back panel of the Moto G62 does not attract any smudges, which is good. It features a curved back panel that sits flush with your palms. The Moto G62 is available in two colour variants: Midnight Gray and Frosted Blue. We received the former for this review. We believe that the Frosted Blue colour looks much better and can be eye-catching. The back has a frosted finish to it, with the camera module using a glasstic finish to stand out.
The Moto G62 has a 5000mAh battery to power it, and despite housing such a massive battery, the device’s weight is well balanced — tipping the scales at 184 grams. The right side of the device features the power button and volume rockers. The power button does double duty as a fingerprint scanner too. The bottom of the device reveals a USB Type-C port, a primary microphone, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a speaker grille. The top of the phone houses a secondary microphone and another speaker grille that acts as a secondary output for stereo sound. The left side of the device has a hybrid SIM setup — which means you can either use two Nano SIM cards or one SIM card and a microSD card.
Coming to the front of the device, the Moto G62 sports a tall 6.5-inch full-HD+ LCD with a resolution of 1080 x2400 and a pixel density of 405ppi. The display refreshes at 120Hz, although we noticed that the settings do not allow us to switch it to 90Hz. It’s either 60Hz or 120Hz. We would’ve preferred to see a 90Hz mode as well to save up some battery when faster refresh rates are not needed.
The display is protected by Panda Glass — which the company claims are equivalent to Corning Gorilla Glass 3. We tested the Panda Glass protection on the Moto G32 and did not face any issues, so the Moto G62 should also be the same. The display can go up to 600 nits of brightness, so using the device outdoors on a sunny day should not be a problem.
The Moto G62 has relatively thicker bezels on the top and bottom, which is something we feel should have been tweaked around with. The display houses a hole punch selfie camera at the top with a slightly thick outer ring.
Moto G62 5G First Impressions: Pricing, variants, and initial thoughts
Under the hood, the Moto G62 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G SoC which is clocked at 2.2GHz. The device is available in 6GB + 128GB variant which is priced at Rs. 17,999 and 8GB + 128GB variant which is priced at Rs. 19,999. As for connectivity, the Moto G62 has support for 12 5G bands, Bluetooth 5.1, and dual-band WiFi. The Moto G62 has stiff competition in this price segment, with multiple devices using the Snapdragon 695 processor. It goes up against the likes of the Poco X4 Pro 5G, iQOO Z6 5G, and the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G. It would be interesting to see how the Moto G62 fights off its competition at its starting price.
As for cameras, the Moto G62 uses the same setup as its younger sibling, which is fairly underwhelming. The camera setup includes a 50-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The hole punch camera houses a 16-megapixel sensor for selfies. We have tested this camera setup on the Moto G32 and were not happy with the low-light performance — results on the Moto G62 might be different as there are other factors besides the camera numbers that come into play. We’ll be testing the cameras to see how they perform in the coming days.
Motorola continues to keep its devices updated with the latest Android, and that carries on with the Moto G62. The device comes with Android 12 out of the box with a promise of three years of security updates and a guaranteed upgrade to Android 13. Software experience with the Moto G62 is pretty much a good experience, partially because of the bloatware-free experience.
Motorola takes pride in its gesture system, and that is available here too. The Moto G62 is IP52 rated for dust and water resistance, so light showers and water splashes should not be an issue for the device. It also has support for stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, and as mentioned above, it sports a dedicated secondary speaker. The Moto G62 comes with a 20W charger inside the box, this is disappointing as the competition offers much faster charging.
We’ll be testing the device in the coming days and if you are intrigued by the Moto G62, make sure to stay tuned to our website, and social media handles to find out if this is the right device for you.