Moto G64 First Impressions: No Big Improvements


Motorola now has a new big G series phone. The company's latest budget smartphone Moto G64 5G offers some big features at a low price. The Moto G lineup has existed for several years and is one of the most profitable for the manufacturer. With the new Moto G64, you also get some world-first features, which Motorola also did with the recently launched Moto Edge 50 Pro.

The Moto G64 5G will replace last year's Moto G54 and come with some new hardware. These are my first impressions of the new G series phones after using them for a few days.

At first glance, the design of the phone looks similar to Moto G54 5G. You get a familiar rectangular rear camera module with dual sensors and an LED flash, a glossy acrylic glass rear panel and a thick plastic frame. The thickness of the phone is also similar to last year's model due to the larger battery inside. From the outside, you would think there is nothing new, and that appears to be the case.

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The phone has Gorilla Glass protection on the display.

On the front, you get a 6.5-inch IPS LCD display that offers the same full-HD+ resolution as the Moto G54 and a 30-120Hz refresh rate. What's new, thanks to Motorola's partnership with Corning, is Gorilla Glass protection for the display. However, Motorola did not specify the version used. The display has a hole-punch cutout for the front camera, and thick bezels with a thick chin like its predecessor. The button placements are also the same. As I said, on the outside, there's nothing really new other than the Gorilla Glass protection.

The phone is available in three color options, and we are testing the Mint Green variant. The Moto G64 5G is also available in Pearl Blue and Ice Lilac colors. This time, there is no black color variant of the phone. The Moto G54 5G is also available in Pearl Blue and Mint Green colors, and they look just like the new phones.

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Moto G64 is not available in black color options

Talking about the camera, the Moto G64 5G gets a 50-megapixel primary rear sensor with optical image stabilization support. There is also an 8-megapixel ultrawide sensor on the back that also offers macro support. In the short time I spent with the phone, I found the main rear camera to take decent photos in daylight. You also get a 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front. It's good that Motorola is providing two usable cameras on the phone instead of adding a third macro/depth sensor. Once again, the camera specifications are also similar to the predecessor.

On the connectivity front, Motorola has offered support for 14 5G bands, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3, and an FM radio. There is also a 3.5 mm headphone jack at the bottom of the phone. You get a dual speaker setup with Dolby Atmos support and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The Moto G64 5G also gets a USB Type-C port, a hybrid SIM card tray with support for microSD card storage expansion, and dual microphones. It also comes with an IP52 water-repellent rating.

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The phone has a 16 megapixel camera

Now, so far, everything about the new G series phones looks the same as the older models, but there are some changes internally. The Moto G64 5G is the first phone to come equipped with the new MediaTek Dimensity 7025 SoC. The chipset is said to be faster than the older 7020 variant, but I'll check that out in the full review. You also get up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. In my few days with the phone, I didn't encounter any lag or lag in the UI or animations, but I'll have to test it further to find out how much better the new chipset is.

In terms of software, the Moto G64 5G runs Android 14-based My UX software. Unfortunately, the phone will only receive 1 major Android OS update. Motorola will provide 3 years of security updates. The software is mostly clean, with some Motorola features and bloatware.

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you get some bloatware on the phone

The Moto G64 5G comes with a massive 6,000mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. Turbopower charger is provided in the box. While using the phone I found the battery to last a long time, but we'll be running more tests in the coming days to see how it fares.

Motorola's G series phones have always been good value for money, and the new Moto G64 5G seems to do the same. There aren't a lot of new features compared to the Moto G54 5G, but you do get better display protection and a slightly more powerful chipset. The starting price of the phone is Rs. It's priced at Rs 14,999 for the base variant, which I think is a great deal. Should you buy this phone? Stay tuned for the full review to find out.

The Motorola Edge 40 recently made its debut in the country as the successor to the Edge 30 that was launched last year. Should you buy this phone instead of the Nothing Phone 1 or Realme Pro+? We discuss this and more on the Orbital, Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, and wherever you get your podcasts.
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