Motorola Moto G30 Review: Design, Price, and Specifications


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Motorola Moto G30 Summary

Motorola G30 was alongside the Moto G10 Power and is targetted at the budget segment in India. The Motorola Moto G30 features a new design, it’s a 6.5-inch display with a dewdrop notch at the highest. The Moto G30 is formed of plastic, and every one of the buttons is on the right side. Its volume buttons are higher. Therefore, the Google Assistant button is true on top, making it somewhat hard to succeed; Motorola offers an IP52 rating for water resistance. Thus, the SIM tray features a rubber seal.

Motorola has picked the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC and offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. you’ll expand storage using the hybrid SIM slot. The Moto G30 has an HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. it’s a 5,000mAh battery and gets a 20W charger within the box. Motorola ships the G30 with Android 11 out of the box with a couple of customizations. The software is clean with no bloatware apps preinstalled thereon. Battery performance, too, is sweet, and therefore the phone can transcend each day and a half quite easily.

Motorola has equipped the Moto G30 with a quad-camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Daylight photos clicked from the first camera had good detail. The ultra-wide-angle camera offered a wider field of view but at a loss in more information.. the Macro camera allows you to go on the brink of the topic but was limited in terms of resolution. Lowlight camera performance was decent in regular mode with some loss in details within the shadows. Night mode was too aggressive, making the image unusually bright with blown-out highlights. Video topped out at 1080p for the first also because of the selfie shooter and had stabilization.

Motorola Moto G30 Specifications

LAUNCH Announced 2021, February 16
Status Available. Released 2021, March 17
BODY Dimensions 165.2 x 75.7 x 9.1 mm (6.50 x 2.98 x 0.36 in)
Weight 200 g (7.05 oz)
Build Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Water-repellent design
Size 6.5 inches, 102.8 cm2 (~82.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~269 ppi density)
PLATFORM OS Android 11
Chipset Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
GPU Adreno 610
MEMORY Card slot microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Quad 64 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/1.97″, 0.7µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30/60fps
SELFIE CAMERA Single 13 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1.12µm
Features HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
Radio FM radio, RDS, recording
USB USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity
BATTERY Type Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 20W
MISC Colors Phantom Black (Dark Pearl), Pastel Sky
Models XT2129-2, PAML0000IN
SAR 1.11 W/kg (head)     1.32 W/kg (body)
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TESTS Performance AnTuTu: 170968 (v8)
GeekBench: 1265 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 13fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
Display Contrast ratio: 1984:1 (nominal)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker -28.7 LUFS (Average)
Battery life
Endurance rating 131h


We found the Moto G30 easy to use with only one hand because of its size and button placement. With dimensions of 165.2 x 75.7 x 9.1mm, it certainly won’t get confused for a phablet, although it’s a touch on the thick side. It weighs 200g, which is a slap-bang average for this type of phone.

On the rear of the phone, you’ll find the oblong camera bump at the top-left and slightly below, and to the proper of this is often the fingerprint scanner. We found this easy to succeed in, but roughly one press in five wasn’t picked up the first time. It’s easy enough to lift and re-apply your finger, but it’s still worth mentioning.

On the phone’s proper fringe are the facility button and volume rocker, and above these, on the brink of the highest, maybe a Google Assistant button. This is often something a couple of smartphone brands use, and your mileage with it’ll depend upon how often you employ Google Assistant. If you’re an enormous fan of the AI assistant, you’ll appreciate having this button, but we’re not, and that we didn’t use it; however, its high placement means it’s easy to accidentally press when you’re slipping your phone into your pocket, which may quickly become annoying. 

The phone features a USB-C port and three .5mm headphone jack, but these are on opposite edges of the phone, with the previous on rock bottom and the latter at the highest, so if you’re using both ports directly, your phone is going to be sprouting cables from both ends. Good luck getting the thing in your pocket like this.

The Moto G30 features a plastic build – we tested the Pastel Sky unit, which looks gray, but at certain angles reflects a pink hue.


The Moto G30 features a 6.5-inch LCD with a 720 x 1600 resolution, which is lower-res than many other handsets, even at this price point – you’re likely to note the difference when streaming movies or playing games.


The screen does have a 90Hz refresh rate, though, which may be a little surprising for a reasonable device – this suggests the display updates 90 times per second, instead of the quality 60Hz, which makes motion look a touch smoother.

The screen size is simply about perfect, as it’s large enough to enjoy videos or display many text on-screen, but not so large that the phone becomes unwieldy. We found the screen fit all purposes, whether we wanted to observe some YouTube videos or browse Instagram, though when gaming, we found ourselves looking for a 1080p display.

A slightly retro feature pops up within the Moto G30’s screen, within the sort of a ‘tear-drop notch housing the front-facing camera. Few phones in 2021 use these, as even affordable devices typically sport ‘punch-hole cut-outs within the display, though wind back time a couple of years and that we were seeing them everywhere.


We’ve previously marked Moto phones down for having sub-par cameras for his or their price brackets. Still, while the Moto G30 isn’t exactly a photographic powerhouse, it quite fits a purpose, whether you would like to require selfies everywhere you go or capture snaps of every single pet you encounter.

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The cameras here are 64MP f/1.7 main, 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide, 2MP f/2.4 macro, and 2MP f/2.4 depth-sensing, with a 13MP f/2.2 front-facer for selfies.

Snaps from the selfie camera were a touch low-res, and maybe a touch pale compared to how our face looked, but clear nonetheless. We found ourselves preferring selfies using the quality photo mode instead of Portrait mode because the latter made faces look a touch unnatural, and background blurring wasn’t particularly accurate.

Pictures crazy the most camera were nicely detailed, with photos shot in well-lit environments looking especially good. Colors didn’t exactly pop, but in some cases, that was made up for by strong contrast, leading to dramatic-looking shots—a couple of of our pictures suffered from overexposure issues, though.

We found the ultra-wide camera took pictures that were slightly brighter than those from most cameras but had a yellowish tint to them, although you’d probably only notice this if you compared them side-by-side. 

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: 2MP depth and macro cameras rarely add much to a phone’s photography capabilities, regardless of how often brands prefer to include them. We took a couple of good macro snaps, but the mode was quite hard to use, thanks to the very fact that you need to put the phone so on the brink of your subject that you risk blocking out the sunshine. What beautiful pictures we did manage to require were all shot outdoors, in well-lit places.

There’s no zoom camera here, but that’s to be expected on a budget phone. Instead, you’ll need to resort to digital zoom or cropping from main-camera photos, which allows you to concentrate up to 8x. We took a couple of not great, but not terrible-looking photos zoomed during this far because of the high-res main camera.

Video recording is out there at 1080p and 30fps or 60fps – sure, you’re not getting 4K recording here, but if you’re considering this phone, we’d imagine that you’re not trying to find or expecting high-resolution footage. The videos we shot were ok for sharing and social media, although we found the autofocus a touch jumpy.

The stock Google camera app is pretty clean, because of the varied shooting modes, like Portrait, night-sight, Panorama, and more, being tucked away during a menu, so once you boot the app up, there’s only photo and video available. This makes the camera app simple to use, especially if you often need all those extra tools.

Performance and specs

The chipset is one area where the Moto G30 features a distinct advantage over the G10 – that phone features a Snapdragon 460 processor. Still, the Snapdragon 662 here may be a modest improvement and leads to improved speeds across the board.

Performance and specs

The Moto G30 posted a multi-core score of 1267 once we put it through a benchmark test – that compares to 1094 for the G10, 1324 for the G8, and 1690 for the Moto G9 Plus, and overall it’s on the low end of the score spectrum, but there are an honest few weaker phones too.

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Despite the low-performance score, we found the Moto G30 fine for gaming and that we made it through a real few bouts of PUBG Mobile without issue, though only on the lower graphics setting, and a few more intensive games didn’t run also. The common benchmark score surprised us because it wasn’t reflected in our real-world experience. with the phone

The Moto G30 comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage – that storage number is great to ascertain, as budget phones often persist with 64GB, or maybe a mere 32GB of storage. Unless you’re a power-user, this could be enough storage for you.


The Moto G30 runs Android 11, even as Google designed it. This suggests the phone features a clean-looking interface with circular app icons, few preinstalled apps, and various useful extras like system-wide dark mode.


Motorola adds its cherry to Google’s Android cupcake, and that’s Moto Actions. These are gestures that you can use to launch apps and features quickly – our favorite maybe a double karate-chop motion to show on the flashlight and another example is twisting the phone twice to mention the camera. These are super-convenient ways to say key functions and are a true reason you consider Motorola’s phones over the competition.

While the Moto G30 doesn’t have a stellar chipset, we didn’t notice any issues when navigating the OS. It’s quick enough to urge around, though boot up certain apps, and you would possibly be waiting a short time.

Battery life

The Moto G30 features a chunky 5,000mAh battery – that’s an enormous power back. Therefore, the phone’s indisputable the fact that the phone has relatively weak specs means the charge isn’t getting drained too quickly.

In our testing, we found the Moto G30 regularly ended the day with 50% battery left, and now then we made it through two whole days without having to power up, though that was with light use. You’ll never get to worry about this phone not lasting a full day, though.

Charging here is 20W, which isn’t too snappy but beats another Moto G phone. The phone gets a touch warm when plugged in, but not worryingly so.

Motorola Moto G30 Price

  • Motorola Moto G30 Price in USA – $176
  • Motorola Moto G30 Price in India – ₹10,860
  • Motorola Moto G30 Price in UK – GBP119
  • Motorola Moto G30 Price in Australia – AUD303
  • Motorola Moto G30 Price in Canada – $317

Editor’s rating: 3.5 / 5


  • Smooth 90Hz panel
  • Clean software
  • Good cameras


  • Slow shutter speeds in low light
  • Gaming performance isn’t a robust suit

Final verdict

The Moto G30 may be a capable phone and has all the traits of a worthy budget-focused smartphone. It offers an honest set of cameras, good performance, good battery life, clean software, and a powerful 90Hz screen. The niggles include slow shutter times with the night mode, a missing dedicated slot for the microSD card, and heavyweight. The recently-released Redmi Note 10 offers better features like an excellent AMOLED panel, a far better quad-camera setup, exquisite design, faster-charging speeds, an IR blaster, superior performance, and a passionate microSD card slot, all of which is out there for a price of Rs 11,999. However, the 90Hz refresh rate and, therefore, the cleaner software makes the Moto G30 worth a better look.