Motorola G62 review: Mild upgrades for early 5G adopters

    Moto G62 5G does tick almost all the right boxes at least on paper. But is it really impressive enough to face the stiff competition? Find out in our review.
    By: HIMANI JHA
    | Updated on: Aug 23 2022, 14:25 IST
    Moto G62 5G is priced at Rs. 16,999.
    Moto G62 5G is priced at Rs. 16,999. (HT Tech/Himani Jha)
    Moto G62 5G is priced at Rs. 16,999.
    Moto G62 5G is priced at Rs. 16,999. (HT Tech/Himani Jha)

    With the 5G spectrum auction done in India, smartphone companies have announced a slew of 5G phones in affordable range. And one of the newest players in the market is Moto G62 5G. Motorola introduced the handset in the sub-20K segment. The phone has arrived with the same old boring look that we already have seen on a number of Moto G series phones like the Moto G52 and Moto G42. However, the Moto G62 has missed out on some key features like the AMOLED display and 30W fast charging in favour of incorporating 5G as compared. But the question is “can we compromise on the things that Moto G62 missed just to get a 5G-enabled phone at a budget price?” To know this you have to read the detailed review here. 

    Moto G62 5G Design and Display

    Moto G62 5G packs a FHD+, LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate. 
    Moto G62 5G packs a FHD+, LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate.  (HT Tech/Himani Jha)
    Moto G62 5G packs a FHD+, LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate. 
    Moto G62 5G packs a FHD+, LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate.  (HT Tech/Himani Jha)

    The Moto G62 features the same old design that we have already seen on other G series phones of the past. There's nothing new and nothing exciting. It seems like Motorola has just rebranded the Moto G52 on the design front just to bring a budget 5G phone ASAP. While I find it boring, for most of you, it looks decent, especially with its sultry matte finish over a polycarbonate back. Motorola's branding is embossed in the middle, while you will get the triple-camera setup arranged vertically inside an elliptical camera module on the back. The phone weighs just 184g and is thick at 8.6mm. On the front, it packs a FHD+, LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Though it's a minor downgrade over the G52's AMOLED screen, the higher refresh rate of 120Hz makes everything appear smooth. Moreover, the display offers nice viewing angles, bright colours and 600 nits of brightness levels, all of which boasts a good enough media consumption experience.

    On top of this, the device comes with WideVine L1 certification for HD OTT streaming. However, it doesn't support HDR media from Netflix and this can really disappoint many. 

    Moto G62 5G Performance

    Moto G62 5G is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695 SoC. 
    Moto G62 5G is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695 SoC.  (HT Tech/Himani Jha)
    Moto G62 5G is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695 SoC. 
    Moto G62 5G is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695 SoC.  (HT Tech/Himani Jha)

    Coming to the performance, the Moto G62 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 695 SoC. Unsurprisingly, the phone comfortably juggles a handful of apps including web browsers and other social media apps.

    The phone also managed to maintain most of its peak performance even while playing heavy-duty gaming like Free Fire Max. Though I'm not a gaming fan, I played the game for around 40-45 minutes and it didn't heat up. The phone is equipped with up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB uMCP storage. For most buyers, this specifications set should do the trick.

    In terms of audio performance, Moto G62 5G features a stereo speaker that offers crisp audio with good clarity and minimal distortion, even at high volume levels. The device comes with Dolby Atmos support and features a 3.5mm headphone jack which is great.

    Now, moving to the highlight of this handset - 5G compatibility, the handset supports 12 5G bands on the device which is pretty great. Though 5G has not been rolled out in India yet, it is likely to get fully functional in the coming months and most of you should not have issues latching on to the domestic 5G networks.

    For software, I must say Motorola has been doing great. Motorola's amalgamation of its take on stock Android - MyUX skin, is highly impressive, especially with the cleanest interface that even premium phones from Vivo, Oppo and others lack. You won't find any bloatware apps or unnecessary push notifications -- just the ones that you need. On top of all, the handset arrives with up to three years of security updates and two years of Android OS updates. 

    Moto G62 5G Camera

    Moto G62 5G features 50MP main camera. 
    Moto G62 5G features 50MP main camera.  (Ht Tech/Himani Jha)
    Moto G62 5G features 50MP main camera. 
    Moto G62 5G features 50MP main camera.  (Ht Tech/Himani Jha)

    If you're looking for a camera phone, then Moto G62 is definitely not for you. On paper, the camera specs look good as it ships with a 50MP quad-pixel primary sensor alongside a standard 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP macro shooter. However, it isn't that impressive actually. The daylight HDR shots in well-lit environments gets you decent images but the skin tone looks washed out. But when it comes to clicking pictures in low-light, images appear over-processed. Making matters worse, the smartphone's dedicated Night mode feature is of little to no use -- I found the standard mode to work better in tricky conditions. Furthermore, the camera doesn't even focus on the subject while clicking closeups.

    Lastly, the device features a 16MP selfie camera which again is a disappointment as it completely changes the skin tone. Check out the camera sample here.

    Moto G62 5G Battery

    Moto G62 5G is backed by a powerful 5,000mAh battery. 
    Moto G62 5G is backed by a powerful 5,000mAh battery.  (HT Tech/Himani Jha)
    Moto G62 5G is backed by a powerful 5,000mAh battery. 
    Moto G62 5G is backed by a powerful 5,000mAh battery.  (HT Tech/Himani Jha)

    The Moto G62 is backed by a powerful 5,000mAh capacity battery which lasts for a day and half on a single charge. But the 20W charging is a major bummer as it takes over two hours to juice up completely.

    Verdict

    Starting at Rs. 16,999 in India, the Moto G62 5G seems reasonable given the specs on hand with a few misses. Motorola could have managed to squeeze a high refresh rate OLED panel as well as a faster-charging support with better camera performance. However, the Moto G62's excellent software along with a decent battery backup, great performance and ample 5G bands support makes it a worthwhile choice in the affordable segment for most people. Compared to phones such as the Redmi Note 11S and a bunch of phones from Realme and Samsung, the Moto G62 5G will pamper with its sorted out software experience and reliably strong raw performance.

    Rating
    3.5 out of 5
    Price
    INR 16,999/-
    Product Name
    Motorola G62 5G
    Brand Name
    Motorola
    Pros
    • Clean software
    • Decent battery life
    • 12 5G bands
    Cons
    • Poor low light photography
    • Slow charging speeds
    • Boring looks
    Specifications
    • Display
      6.50" IPS LCD
    • Performance
      Octa core (2.2 GHz, Dual Core + 1.8 GHz, Hexa Core)Snapdragon 695
    • Rear Camera
      50 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP
    • Selfie Camera
      16 MP
    • Battery
      5000 mAh

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    First Published Date: 23 Aug, 14:08 IST
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