Moto G82 5G First Impressions: Stretching Boundaries

The Moto G82 5G is the most premium offering in the G-series lineup and shows off an interesting mix of features.

Moto G82 5G First Impressions: Stretching Boundaries
The Moto G82 5G starts at Rs. 21,499 in India

 

The Moto G82 5G is the latest and most exclusive of Motorola’s G series and it’s right at the top of the pack. This smartphone is also cracking Rs. 20,000 price barrier, bringing the G-Series into a higher price range for the first time. Motorola has equipped the G82 5G with a 120Hz poLED display, stereo speakers, and a 50MP camera with OIS. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, making it an interesting mix of specs for its price. I’ve spent some time with the Moto G82 5G and here are my first impressions.

Motorola claims that the Moto G82 5G is the thinnest and lightest smartphone in its class. It is 7.9 mm thick and weighs 173 grams. The Moto G82 5G has the same boxy design that we saw in Motorola’s latest Edge series like the Motorola Edge 30 (review) and the recently released Moto E32s (first look). The frame of the phone is flat and made of plastic.

It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner on the right combined with the power button. The volume buttons are also on the same side, but accessing them is something of an extension. The volume buttons don’t protrude much but are responsive when pressed. The Moto G82 5G has a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C port, and a speaker at the bottom. At the top there is an additional microphone and the earpiece acts as a secondary speaker for stereo sound. The Moto G82 5G also has an IP52 rating for light splash resistance.

Moto G82 5G First Impressions: Stretching Boundaries
The acrylic back on the Moto G82 5G gives it a premium look

The Moto G82 5G has an acrylic back panel that gives it a glass look and should be more durable when it comes to surviving accidental drops. I found that it picked up smudges fairly easily, but the meteor gray of my unit managed to hide them well. Motorola is also offering the Moto G82 5G in Lily White. You get an assembled package in the box which should help alleviate this issue.

Motorola offers a triple-camera setup on the Moto G82 5G, consisting of a 50MP main camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), an 8MP ultra-wide camera that doubles as a depth camera, and a 2MP macro camera. . The back panel is flat and has curved sides, which makes carrying the phone comfortable.

You get a 6.6-inch pOLED display on the Moto G82 5G with Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen supports DC dimming to improve battery life and has a 360Hz touch sampling rate. Motorola claims that pOLED technology helps keep the thickness of the screen low and allows for slimmer bezels. The Moto G82 5G has a hole punch for a 16MP selfie camera.

Moto G82 5G First Impressions: Stretching Boundaries
The Moto G82 5G runs Android 12 out of the box and is guaranteed to get Android 13

Motorola has chosen a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC to power the Moto G82 5G. This SoC is very popular in this price range and is also used in the Moto G71 5G (review). There are 6GB and 8GB RAM variants of the G82 5G, but the storage capacity for both is 128GB. The 6 GB variant is priced at Rs. 21,499, while the 8 GB variant is priced at Rs. 22,999. Motorola offers a cash-back offer at the launch of certain credit cards, which disables Rs. 1500 discount on the price of both options.

You have the option to expand the internal storage further, but since the Moto G82 5G has a hybrid SIM slot, it comes at the cost of a second SIM. The Moto G82 5G supports Bluetooth 5.1, dual-band Wi-Fi, 13-band 5G, 4G VoLTE, NFC, and six satellite navigation systems. The Moto G82 5G features a 5,000mAh battery and supports 30W fast charging. Motorola includes a 33W TurboPower fast charger in the box.

The Moto G82 5G runs Android 12 out of the box with Motorola’s custom MyUX UI on top. The interface is similar to Android and it is very easy to use. It comes with the Google and Facebook app bundle pre-installed. Motorola promises an update to Android 13 along with three years of Android security updates. I would have preferred Android 14 update support as well, but Motorola currently only offers two major OS updates for the premium Edge 30 series.

Moto G82 5G First Impressions: Stretching Boundaries
The Moto G82 5G has a 50-megapixel primary camera

 

Motorola aims to expand the coverage of its G-series smartphones across all price ranges, and the Moto G82 5G is the first example of such a move. The new smartphone faces stiff competition from smartphones like Vivo T1 5G (Review), OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G (Review), and Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G (Review). These smartphones offer similar hardware and tend to undercut the Moto G82 5G in terms of price. However, could features like the optically stable main camera and IP rating change in favor of the G82 5G? I’ll be running the Moto G82 5G through our test batch, so stay tuned for full updates only on Gadgets 360.

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