Though Motorola consistently works to impress us with reasonably priced flagships and reversion clamshell foldables, the corporate’s actual legacy is its value-minded G-series. Earlier than the arrival of the Pixel 3a and any of Samsung’s Galaxy A-series of smartphones, Motorola managed to burst onto the scene with an reasonably priced lineup of gadgets. As we barrel in the direction of the brand new yr, the Moto G Play is newly upgraded for 2023, however whether or not it will make a sufficiently big splash in an increasingly-crowded market stays to be seen.



MediaTek Helios G37




32GB, expandable


6.5″ 720p 90Hz LCD


16MP f/1.22 main, 2MP macro, 2MP depth

software program

Android 12


5,000mAh, 10W charging


navy blue



We have seen loads of new Moto Telephones all through 2022, however the Play sequence has been left alone for almost two years. That is lastly altering immediately, with this mannequin set to fill some critically huge footwear. Motorola’s earlier Moto G Play left us pretty impressed; regardless of some really horrible digicam high quality, the final Moto G Play was greater than competent sufficient for on a regular basis use at a unbelievable value. Whether or not this mannequin shall be sufficient to surpass it, nonetheless, stays to be seen.

For this gadget, Motorola is shifting away from Qualcomm, opting to make use of a MediaTek Helio G37 as a substitute. That is the identical chipset that left us underwhelmed in our evaluation of the Moto G Energy a yr in the past. Paired with 3GB of RAM, we would not count on this to be any type of gaming or productiveness powerhouse, although it ought to be sufficient for messaging, navigation, and different smartphone necessities. Sadly, it is transport with Android 12, placing it already behind in updates with an organization notable for poor help.

The general construct and design are precisely what you’d count on from a sub-$200 smartphone. Out there in only one coloration — navy blue — the Moto G Play is unlikely to be everybody’s cup of tea. Nonetheless, I favor the side-oriented digicam module over the centered model on the earlier model. Like its specs, the general look and design is harking back to the Moto G Energy, doubtless hinting at a reworked model of that smartphone so as to hit a selected (and really reasonably priced) value level.

Talking of similarities to the G Energy, let’s discuss in regards to the show. This telephone is sporting an identical panel to the last-gen mannequin, retaining an enormous 6.5″ display screen at simply 720p. Fortunately, its newly-added 90Hz refresh charge ought to preserve issues feeling buttery clean. It is getting more and more onerous to justify 720p shows as we head into 2023, however the next refresh charge ought to go a great distance in promoting clients on the telephone.

The opposite huge change is discovered on the again of the gadget. As former AP editor Ryan Whitwam wrote in his evaluation of the final Moto G Play, the only lens (together with a depth sensor) was worthy of snapping receipts and never a lot else. We’ll must get the telephone in our palms to really see how this new mannequin performs, however on paper, it is a bit of extra promising. With a 16MP main sensor, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor, Motorola is providing extra energy than earlier Play fashions ever have. That foremost lens has a a lot wider aperture as properly, hopefully supplying improved nighttime photographs.

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Sadly, you may have to attend till the brand new yr to get your palms on the brand new Moto G Play. Motorola has its newest funds telephone set to launch on January twelfth, obtainable unlocked for $170 from Amazon, Finest Purchase, and the corporate’s personal web site. It’s going to even be obtainable day and date from US Mobile, with availability from Metro by T-Cellular, Dish, Xfinity Cellular, and extra to observe.