Moto G10 Power First Impressions: A new era begins

    Motorola launched the Moto G10 Power smartphone in India today. It costs 9,999.
    By: SHWETA GANJOO
    | Updated on: Mar 09 2021, 21:48 IST
    Moto G10 Power
    Moto G10 Power (Shweta Ganjoo/HT Tech)
    Moto G10 Power
    Moto G10 Power (Shweta Ganjoo/HT Tech)

    Motorola today launched the Moto G10 Power smartphone alongside the Moto G30 in India. The newly launched smartphone joins other G-series smartphones here, which includes the likes of the Moto G 5G, the Moto G9 Power and Moto G9 among others, but with one key difference: the Moto G10 Power is a part of the company's 10th generation G-series smartphones. This means that it is not a successor to the company's older generation Moto G9 Power smartphones, at least not in the conventional sense.

    With the Moto G10 Power, Motorola has not only changed the naming scheme of its G-series devices but it has also upped its software game, which means that this phone gets the Android 11 out-of-the-box experience along with the company's ThinkShield security solution.

    As far as the specifications are concerned, the Moto G9 Power comes with a 6.51-inch HD+ IPS LCD display with a screen-to-body ratio of 20:9. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor that is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space. On the camera front, it has a quad-rear camera setup consisting of a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, a macro vision lens and a depth sensor. On the front, it has an 8MP selfie camera. It runs on a 6,000mAh battery with support for 20W USB Type-C TurboPower charger. It costs 9,999 in India.

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    New branding and specifications aside, the real question is: is the newly launched Moto G10 Power worth the hype? The answer is a mixed one.

    Design

    The Moto G10 Power features a design that is a sharp departure from Motorola's older G-series smartphones. The older G-series phones used to come with a plastic back with a glass finish. The company also opted for bold colour variants. But that has changed dramatically in the case of the newly launched Moto G10 Power. This time around, Motorola has opted for more mellow colour variants.

    The Moto G10 Power features a plastic back with a gradient design. It is available in Aurora Grey and Breeze Blue colour variants with metallic undertones. This design gives a better grip while holding and it's also pretty good to look at.

    Moto G10 Power
    Moto G10 Power (Shweta Ganjoo/HT Tech)
    Moto G10 Power
    Moto G10 Power (Shweta Ganjoo/HT Tech)

    On the top right corner of the back, there is a quad-rear camera setup, which is placed inside a vertically stacked camera module. This camera module sits diagonal to the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor -- a standard in Motorola phones. With G10 Power, Motorola has made the fingerprint sensor less pronounced, which makes it difficult to find while using on the go.

    Overall the phone looks good and is comfortable to use.

    Camera

    The Moto G10 Power, as mentioned before, comes with a quad-rear camera setup consisting of a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, a 2MP macro vision lens and a 2MP depth sensor. It has an 8MP selfie camera. The Moto G10 Power does a decent job at capturing images.

    During the day time, when there is ample light, the macro camera does a great job at capturing the details in a subject. The images are sharp and clear. I had a similar experience with the ultra-wide-angle camera as well. It does a decent job while snapping images with the primary camera, though the images tend to get a bit blurry on zooming in a bit.

    Moto G10 Power
    Moto G10 Power (Shweta Ganjoo/HT Tech)
    Moto G10 Power
    Moto G10 Power (Shweta Ganjoo/HT Tech)

    As far as the front camera is concerned, in the short experience, I found the front camera giving a lacklustre performance. The images, be it the ones captured in indoor light or the outdoor light -- lack clarity. But that might easily change as we experiment with a bunch of different settings. For now, I would keep further comments reserved.

    Experience

    The Moto G10 Power is powered by SD 460 and it runs on Android 11 out-of-the-box with Motorola's UX on top. As far as the overall experience is concerned, in my short time with the phone, it ran smoothly without any major hiccups. The biometrics too functioned without any error as long as I could get to the fingerprint sensor!

    I would spend a couple of more days with the phone to give a verdict. Watch out for our final review!

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    First Published Date: 09 Mar, 21:48 IST
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