Today, June 14, 2022, Motorola introduced its latest duo to challenge the affordable smartphone market: the Moto G62 5G and Moto G42. Both phones were announced a few days ago, on June 9, but that was exclusive in Brazil. Now the company is introducing the two contenders for the best budget phones of 2022 also in Europe. The Moto G62 and Moto G42 are somewhat similar in price, with the former costing €249.99 and the latter €209.99, swapping out some pros and cons. However, both come with 4/6 GB of RAM and 64/128 GB of storage (expandable by up to 1 TB).
Motorola Moto G62 5G
The Moto G62 5G, as the name suggests, stands out from its slightly cheaper cousin with support for 5G connectivity, thanks to the Snapdragon 480+ chip inside. The Snapdragon 480+ is also more capable in terms of graphics and processing power compared to the Snapdragon 680 that comes with the Moto G42. makes animations while navigating the UI, browsing or gaming much smoother. In comparison, the G42 is only capable of a 60Hz refresh rate.
Both phones have stereo speakers with support for Dolby Atmos spatial audio that Motorola claims offers enhanced bass and clean vocals, as well as multi-dimensional sound with depth, clarity and detail. That said, based on what we’ve seen from previous Motorola phones in this price range, we expect the sound to be good for the price, but not amazing in itself.
When it comes to cameras, both the Moto G62 and Moto G42 have the same set of three:
- 50 MP f/1.8, main camera with 0.64 m pixel size and optical image stabilization
- 8 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera with 1.12 µm pixel size (118° field of view)
- 2 MP f/2.4 macro camera with 1.75 µm pixel size (78° field of view)
There is also a front selfie camera with 16 MP with an aperture of f/2.2 and a megapixel size of 1.0 m.
The difference, however, is that the Moto G62 can record 1080p (FHD) video in both 30 and 60 fps with the main camera, while the G42 can only shoot 30 fps. This difference in video recording capabilities is largely due to the more capable chipset in the G62.
Motorola Moto G42
By now, the Moto G42 may seem like the lesser, less attractive option from Motorola’s new budget duo. That’s not the case though – it all comes down to preferences. For example, the Moto G42’s Snapdragon 680 chipset doesn’t support 5G and underperforms, but makes up for it by being more power efficient. This makes the Moto G42 less prone to overheating and should also contribute to battery life.
Speaking of battery life, both phones come with 5000mAh batteries, which is typical of the affordable smartphone market. That’s enough for most people, easily a day and a half or more, depending on your usage.
Charging, however, is one area where the Moto G42 has the G62 beat, with a maximum charging speed of 18W. The G62 comes in at 15W. The truth is that neither 15W nor 18W is truly fast charging.
The Moto G42’s strongest point is its 6.4-inch FHD+ display. While it doesn’t have the same 120Hz refresh rate as the G62, it makes up for it with an AMOLED panel, which offers better contrast, brightness and color accuracy.