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Motorola Moto G60 Review

At the end of September last year, Motorola introduced a new mid-range smartphone called Moto G60. Its main features are a large 6.8-inch 120 Hz screen and a 6000 mAh battery. In fact, this is not all he has up his sleeve. The G60 offers pretty good performance, decent cameras, a selfie flash, a “clean” operating system, but with Moto-branded tools, and a very good price.

Full specifications of the Moto G60

  • Screen: IPS, 6.8-inch, 2460×1080 pixels, 396 ppi, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10, 20.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Processor: Snapdragon 732G, 8 cores, 2×Cortex-A76 (2.3GHz) + 6×Cortex-A55 (1.8GHz)
  • graphics processor: Adreno 618
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Support for microSD memory cards: up to 1TB
  • Wireless networks: Wi-Fi (2.4 + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, LTEPP, SUPL, GLONASS, Galileo
  • main chamber: Main module: 108 MP (f/1.9, 2.1 μm), Ultra Pixel technology, 4K video capture (30 fps), Wide: 8 MP (f/2.2, 1.12 μm, Angle angle of view 118°), macro camera – 2 MP (f/2.4, 1.75 μm), minimum focus distance – 2.5 cm
  • Frontal camera: 32 MP (f/2.2, 1.4 μm), Quad Pixel technology, 4K video capture (30 fps), flash
  • Drums: 6000 mAh, TurboPower 20 support, Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 support
  • Operating system:Android 11
  • Dimensions: 169.6 × 75.9 × 9.8mm
  • Weight: 225g

What is in the box

The full package includes the G60 itself, a silicone case, a 20W Turbo Power charger and USB Type-C charging cable, a SIM eject tool, and a manual.

The case comes standard with protectors along the screen, which will protect the device from damage and scratches. It’s always nice when you get accessories in the box with your smartphone.

The first thing that strikes you when you take the Moto G60 in your hands is the weight and dimensions. With dimensions of 169.6 × 75.9 × 9.8mm, the smartphone weighs 225g and looks quite heavy and large. After all, the battery requires sacrifices. However, thanks to the elongated format (20.5 : 9), the device is well balanced and comfortable in the hand.

The front panel, of course, is occupied by the screen: it occupies 85% of the front. The bezels all around aren’t the smallest, with the top edge and “chin” standing out the most. But given the size of the screen (6.8 inches), the bezels don’t particularly stand out. The hole for the selfie camera is in the center at the top, below the neat speaker grille, and the flash is located closer to the top left corner under the glass.

In the upper left corner there is a triple main camera with flash, also highlighted in turquoise. Slightly to the right of the camera is a fingerprint scanner, slightly recessed into the body and bearing the brand logo. At the bottom there is technical information. But, due to the peculiar three-dimensional design, the inscriptions and pictograms are almost invisible, which, in my opinion, has a positive effect on the appearance of the smartphone.

On the top edge there is a 3.5mm audio jack and a hole for a microphone.

At the bottom is the main speaker, a hole for another microphone, as well as a USB Type-C charging port.

The fingerprint scanner is located on the back, typical of mid-range Motorola smartphones. It might be more convenient if the fingerprint sensor was mounted on the power button, but from a design point of view it makes a lot of sense.

The Moto G60 is powered by an 8-core Snapdragon 732G, consisting of two productive Cortex-A76 cores clocked at a maximum of 2.3 GHz, as well as six energy-efficient Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. GHz. The Xiaomi 11 Lite uses the same chipset. The graphics are supported by the Adreno 618 processor. The smartphone has 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage with the possibility of expanding with a microSD up to 1 TB. There is dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 + 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, as well as GPS, A-GPS, LTEPP, SUPL, GLONASS, Galileo.

The software part of the Moto G60 is represented by “pure” Android 11 without any shell, but with typical Motorola features. For convenience, they are collected in one place (which is called Moto), but, nevertheless, they are duplicated in the settings of the corresponding sections. With the help of the tools presented here, you can customize the device yourself (wallpapers, styles, etc.), as well as customize various curious gestures.

For example, quickly turn on the camera by turning the smartphone twice in your hand, or turn on the flashlight with two “cut” movements. Here you can also find tips and visual instructions on the main functions of the smartphone, configure the Moto Gametime gaming utility, activate the equalizer and the split screen function, activate an attentive screen that will not dim while the user looks at it.

cameras

The rear camera consists of three lenses. Among them is a 108 MP main module with f/1.9 aperture, Ultra Pixel 9-in-1 technology (true 12 MP resolution) and the ability to record 4K video at 30 fps, an 8 MP wide-angle with a f/2.2 aperture and a 118° angle of view, as well as a 2-megapixel macro camera with an f/2.4 aperture and a minimum focal length of 2.5cm.

The following shooting modes are available in the camera app:

  • photo: standard photo, portrait, night photo, spot color, panorama, group selfies (for the front camera, a kind of panoramic image), professional mode, Ultra-Res 108 MP, document scanner, macro
  • Video: Standard video mode, Time Lapse, Spot Color, Dual Take (on main and front camera at the same time)

Plus, filters, Google Lens, smart scene recognition, as well as easy beatification for selfies.

The main sensor pleasantly surprised me. During the day, images are detailed, clear, and color reproduction is close to natural, as contrast is soft and not forcibly stretched. I would like to note that with background blur, the camera adapts perfectly, and the very intensity of the blur can be selected.

At night, of course, the quality drops, but with patience you can get pretty good shots thanks to the night shooting mode that captures more light and shows more detail. Below are some examples that will allow you to compare normal shooting mode with night mode. The night photos are on the right.

But in conditions where the illumination is minimal, it is difficult to count on a decent result. But here you can clearly see how much night mode tries to save the day by sharpening the frame and capturing more elements, but at the same time losing even more contrast and clarity.

The 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, as always, only works during the day. Yes, there is noise and blurry edges of the images, but everything is quite good in the center of the composition. There is perspective distortion at the edges, but in my opinion it is not critical – there are smartphones with more pronounced problems. At night, its capabilities are unlikely to satisfy a mobile photographer: there is minimal detail in dark areas, and illuminated objects stand out too much against the background.

Drums

The battery of the Moto G60 is very decent: 6000 mAh. The charge lasts a long time. During testing, I charged it on average once every 2-3 days, depending on what I was doing. But during the day I couldn’t kill my smartphone even once, even taking into account mobile gaming, social media, web browsing, messengers and the like.

Also, the G60 supports TurboPower 20 fast charging and is compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4. But unfortunately, I didn’t get a “native” charger for 20W.

Final Words

The Moto G60 turned out to be quite an interesting and promising middle ranger of the G-series. The smartphone has a nice design and a convenient format, a good IPS screen with 120 Hz, decent performance for its segment, good cameras, a battery life of simply amazing battery and a completely sensible price. Separately, I would like to note a good “clean” software with convenient Moto features on top, a 3.5mm jack, a flash for the front camera, and support for memory cards up to 1TB.

It lacks a bit of brightness, and I would also like the assistant call button to be used in some other way. But there are no perfect smartphones, no matter what price segment we are talking about. Still, in my opinion, the G60 is a good choice for those looking for a workhorse they probably won’t have to lug around every day, with a 120Hz screen, a good UI, and a good price.

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