Moto G52 review: Gets the basics down

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Motorola’s latest entrant in the affordable segment is the Moto G52. The slimmer and more practical successor to the bulkier Moto G51, the Moto G52 falls into the under 15,000 category populated by Xiaomi, Realme and even Samsung phones. The Moto G52 has a few neat bits in its kitty, like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor, 50-megapixel main camera, 5,000mAh battery, and best of all, an OLED display.

The Moto G52 is priced in India at Rs 14,499 for the 4GB and 64GB storage variant while the 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs 16,499. colour: porcelain white and anthracite grey. For our Moto G52 review, I got the Charcoal Gray variant. So, does the Moto G52 pack a punch? Find out in the Moto G52 India Today review.

Moto G52: Design

Motorola hasn’t deviated from its traditional design language with the Moto G52. The phone, while thinner than its older siblings, does little to stand out from the pack. The charcoal gray color gives the phone a more premium feel than porcelain white.

The plastic back panel has a glossy finish and picks up fingerprints very easily. It features three camera sensors inside an oval-shaped camera island that doesn’t protrude much. Despite the plastic unibody construction, the phone is sturdy and extremely lightweight. To be precise, the Moto G52 weighs only 169g.

The Moto G52 features a 6.6-inch FHD+ OLED display with support for a 90Hz refresh rate. The bezels around the display have been shrunken, and the chin is pinned to the frame. The screen also has a punch hole cut out for the selfie camera. This results in an impressive screen-to-body ratio, resulting in an immersive viewing experience.

The sides of the Moto G52 are flat, making it even more comfortable to hold and providing a solid grip. The fingerprint sensor is positioned on the right side along with the volume buttons, which are well below reach. The left side of the phone only houses a SIM tray. At the bottom, there’s the speaker grill with a 3.5mm audio jack and a USB Type-C port. While there’s nothing exceptionally eye-catching about the G52’s design, it does look and feel great. What works best in its favor is the weight, which is extremely light.

Moto G52: Performance

The Moto G52, at a starting price of Rs 14,499, comes with a truly impressive screen. The OLED screen becomes in its real element due to the extremely thin bezels around the corner. The screen has great viewing angles and is vibrant. It is also readable under direct sunlight. But for users who consume a lot of content on their mobile phones, the Moto G52 will find the right match. Indeed, the stunning screen is supported by stereo speakers supporting Dolby Atmos and Snapdragon Sound. I had a great time watching Netflix’s Mai on the Moto G52. The speakers work like a charm and can fill your room with sound, provided you’re the only one inside.

Thanks to support for the 90Hz refresh rate, the scrolling action is smooth when navigating through the Moto G52’s apps. However, if you want to save battery, you can switch to 60Hz. I didn’t experience any lag while performing basic tasks on the phone.

The Moto G52 boots Android 12 out of the box and offers a clean user interface with some of Motorola’s MyUX customizations on top. With MyUX, you can customize the color of the user interface to your liking. However, what was really off-putting was the presence of some bloatware such as Josh and Dailyhunt. Indeed, we are not used to seeing any other pre-installed apps other than Google and Facebook apps on Motorola phones. Spam notifications from these apps hamper the proper functioning of the phone. But the bright side here is that you can uninstall these apps if you don’t need them.

Outside of basic functionality, I played Asphalt 9 on the Moto G52 and didn’t notice any lag. The battery percentage dropped by around 6-7% after 30 minutes of playing. The phone got slightly warm, but that is expected of any phone in this segment or even a more expensive segment.

As for the battery, the Moto G52 packs a 5000mAh cell with support for 33W fast charging. The power source pushed the phone for over a day during my use. The phone charges quickly and does not take more than an hour to completely fill the juice.

Moto G52: Camera

The Moto G52 flaunts a triple-camera setup on the back. It includes a 50-megapixel main camera, accompanied by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. The main camera captures impressive photos with decent detail during the day. Ultra-wide sensors produced washed-out images and lacked detail. The macro sensor also failed to impress, especially in indoor lighting conditions. However, the macro sensor managed to add a depth effect to macro photos captured outdoors.

I was impressed by the portraits. The Moto G52’s camera app lets you adjust the level of blur to your preference. Additionally, decent edge detection made portraits pop.

Low-light camera performance was disappointing to say the least. With night mode enabled, photos turned out bright with adequate detail. But you’ll have to hold the phone in the same position for a few seconds to get the perfect shot. The selfie camera gave decent results. Not exceptional, but he put the accent well.

Moto G52: Should you buy it?

The good thing about the Moto G52 is that it’s extremely lightweight and comes with a stunning display. Speakers with Dolby Atmos and Snapdragon Sound add to the good part. The phone has a clean user interface with customizable options. Battery life is decent and can last more than a day easily. However, the Moto G52 isn’t ready for the future, which means it doesn’t have 5G connectivity. This shouldn’t be a concern as the 5G network rollout is still a few months away.

Camera performance is average and may not be suitable for people with a keen interest in photography. Overall, the phone is a decent choice if your usage revolves around consuming content on your mobile screen. The phone is also a perfect buy for those who want a lightweight build and a clean, stock Android experience.

Moto G52 review 7.5/10

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