Moto G100 was one of Motorola’s launches in March. The phone integrates, alongside Moto G10 and Moto G30, the new generation of the Moto G line and underwent a naming change due to a more advanced technical sheet than the others. The specifications of the phone can take it to compete with other big names in the manufacturer, such as Motorola Edge, launched in July 2020.
The comparison between the phones shows similarities in terms of screen and battery capacity, however, there are major differences in performance, storage, and cameras. The colors available for the launch are white and blue. In turn, last year’s model is sold in black and red. The following lines show the differences and similarities.
Moto G100 vs Motorola Edge
|Specifications||Moto G100||Motorola Edge|
|Launch||March 2021||July 2020|
|Current price||€499.99||from $474.99|
|Screen||6.7 inches||6.7 inches|
|Screen resolution||Full HD + (2520 x 1080 pixels)||Full HD + (2340 x 1080 pixels)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 870 (octa-core up to 3.2 GHz)||Snapdragon 765 (octa-core up to 2.3 GHz)|
|RAM||12 GB||6 GB|
|Storage||256 GB||128 GB|
|Memory card||MicroSD up to 1 TB||MicroSD up to 1 TB|
|Main camera||Quad Camera – 64 MP, 16 MP and 2 MP + TOF||Triple Camera – 64 MP, 16 MP and 8 MP|
|Front camera||Dual Camera – 16 MP and 8 MP||25 MP|
|Battery||5,000 mAh||4,500 mAh|
|Operating system||Android 11||Android 10|
|Dimensions and weight||168.4 x 74 x 9.7; 207g||161.6 x 71.2 x 9.2 mm; 190 g|
|Colors||White and blue||black and pink|
Screen and design
The phones do not show any major changes in the screen comparison. Both offer a 6.7-inch panel in Full HD+ resolution, what changes is only the pixel density. While the Moto G100 arrives with an aspect ratio equal to that of movie theaters (21:9, a company bet since 2019), with 2520 x 1080 pixels, the Motorola Edge brings 2340 x 1080 pixels. Both include a 90 Hz refresh rate, which should ensure more fluid movements in videos and games.
It is worth mentioning that, as the name already indicates, the OLED display present in Motorola Edge (from English, edge) aims to offer an immersive experience to users, with minimal edges that curve to 90 degrees – a feature that is not present in the manufacturer’s launch.
Another factor that differentiates the design of the devices is the arrangement of the camera array, also related to the number of sensors present in each. The Moto G100 distributes the cameras in a square, the Edge adopts the vertical arrangement, with one sensor on top of the other.
The colors available for launch are Luminous Sky (white) and Luminous Ocean (blue). In turn, the 2020 model came to market in Solar Black (black) and Midnight Red (red) finishes.
The water and dust resistance level of the smartphones was not informed by the manufacturer.
Users who favor a more advanced photographic set can see an advantage in Motorola’s launch, which comes to market with a quad camera and several artificial intelligence features. The Moto G100’s main sensor is 64 MP, followed by a 16 MP hybrid that functions as both ultra-wide and macro (both in the same camera). Completing the set is a 2 MP depth lens and a Time of Flight (TOF) sensor, which comes to assist with focusing and augmented reality (AR) applications.
Even though the Motorola Edge is at a disadvantage compared to the launch, it does not lag far behind other phones in the advanced category available on the market. The photo set consists of three cameras: 64 MP main camera, 8 MP ultra-wide and macro, and 8 MP telephoto.
In selfies, the Moto G100 advantage is relative, since the phone has a double front camera, but with a lower resolution. The 16 and 8 MP sensors come out ahead in quantity when compared to the single 25 MP camera present in the Motorola Edge, however, should ensure images in lower quality than the 2020 handset. On the other hand, G100 owners will have more versatility by having one conventional and one ultra-wide lens.
The G100 features the simultaneous capture feature, i.e. it works with both the rear and front cameras at the same time. Meanwhile, the Audio Zoom function is used in videos to enhance the portion of the image that is emitting sound. Another point is the presence of two flashes, one longer and one around the ultra-wide/macro camera.
Performance and Storage
The Moto G100 brings a significant advance when it comes to performance. The phone leaves the factory with a Snapdragon 870 processor, a Qualcomm octa-core with a speed of up to 3.2 GHz. Meanwhile, the Motorola Edge arrives with one of the previous versions from the same manufacturer: the Snapdragon 765, an octa-core with up to 2.3 GHz of speed. Despite the difference, both tend to be sufficient to run day-to-day tasks smoothly.
RAM also makes a big jump at launch, going from 6 GB to 12 GB. The same goes for storage, which also doubles between one device and the other. In the Motorola Edge, the memory is 128 GB, and in the Moto G100, it reaches 256 GB. One feature in common between the phones is the possibility to expand storage through a microSD card of up to 1 TB.
Such factors led Motorola’s product manager, Thiago Masuchette, to state that the launch would be “the most powerful Moto G ever”. Another important point for the phone to receive this rating is the Ready For platform, which ensures greater productivity and more immersive entertainment – making the smartphone’s performance similar to that of a computer.
The values informed by Motorola regarding battery capacity are different, corresponding to 5,000 mAh for the Moto G100 and 4,500 mAh for the Edge. Nevertheless, in practice, both can support the same time away from the socket in hybrid use, equal to 48 hours.
One difference in this regard is the Turbo Power charger, which in the newer model is 20W and in the older one is 18W.
The Motorola Edge was released containing Android 10, however, it received the upgrade to the latest version of Google’s operating system in March 2021. Meanwhile, the Moto G100 comes straight out of the factory with Android 11, which guarantees improvements in privacy, greater organization of apps, and screen recording.
In both cases, Motorola promises to deliver new security packages for two years after launch.
Among the most eye-catching features on the Moto G100 datasheet are the additional features. The Ready For platform, mentioned earlier, allows you to connect the keyboard, mouse, and video game controller to the smartphone, in addition to the ability to transmit high-quality images via HDMI cable.
The device also arrives on the market with 5G and 5G DSS connectivity, a version that precedes the fifth generation. The same is also true for the Motorola Edge, launched a year earlier.
The similarities don’t stop there since both offer Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, Wi-Fi in 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac bands (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), a P2 headphone jack (3.5 mm), fingerprint reader, and NFC technology, which allows payments by proximity. The Moto G100 specifications also include Wi-Fi ax at the same frequencies.
As for the Motorola Edge, it is worth mentioning the presence of hybrid input for two phone chips or a chip and a memory card.
The Moto G100 can be purchased for €499.99
The Motorola Edge can be purchased for $474.99 on Amazon.