Unnecessary or not, we are now having foldable smartphones and they are surprisingly here to stay. And the foldable smartphones may or may not be quite affordable yet, but between the campy releases, year after year, the same brands with bigger screens and “enhanced”, such innovations are certainly a fresh breath of air. And other than that, brands are approaching the 5G market, as the technology is growing every minute, and watching that we can predict that 5G isn’t that far away from us.
We already have seen a good number of brands announcing their flagship smartphones with 5G connectivity for futureproofing the device, but at the same time, budget 5G smartphones are also getting a new trend, started with OnePlus Nord 5G and now the Moto G 5G.
OnePlus Nord 5G vs Moto G 5G
Design and Build
Starting with the design and build, OnePlus Nord is made up of a premium glass body and a plastic frame whereas Motorola has gone with a minimalistic glass body at the rear & front and a textured design at the rear. As both the smartphones have glass bodies, so they are being protected by the Gorilla Glass 5 coating. Other than log and branding, OnePlus doesn’t have anything at the rear but at the same time, we can see a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor in the Moto. Both the device has a great design and build, so complain in that area.
OnePlus Nord features a 6.44-inch Fluid AMOLED display (408ppi) with 1080x2400px resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio. The display has a refresh rate of 90Hz refresh rate that will improve the user experience by a great margin, other than that, it has HDR10+ support for a great viewing experience. But in Moto g 5G, we have a 6.7-inch display (394ppi) panel with an FHD+ resolution & a normal 60Hz refresh rate, which isn’t expected in a mid-range smartphone. So, in this department, OnePlus Nord is performing better than Moto G 5G.
Under the hood, both the devices have appreciable hardware. OnePlus Nord is powered by Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G SoC which is working on 7 nm technology, paired with Adreno 620, and Moto G 5G is powered by Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G SoC which is working on 8 nm technology, paired with Adreno 619. Both the SoCs are octa-core and almost perform similarly, so there isn’t anything to compare, but if we are taking the numbers, then obviously, OnePlus took a little leap here.
Other than that, OnePlus comes with 6 GB, 8 GB, and 12 GB RAM variants, whereas Moto comes with 6 GB RAM variant, in the storage segment, OnePlus has 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB variants but Moto has only 128 GB variant. But as these are mid-range smartphones with mid-range SoCs, one shouldn’t expect an exceptional performance by just going with the higher RAM variants.
In the camera department, OnePlus Nord in total has 6 cameras, 4 at the rear and 2 at the front whereas are Moto G 5G has 3 cameras at the rear and a single camera at the front. Nord has a vertically place quad-camera setup with a 48-megapixel(f/1.75) Sony IMX586 sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens with 119-degree FOV, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor at the back, whereas Moto has a primary 48-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture, a secondary 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture, 118-degree field of view, and a tertiary 2-megapixel macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture. And in the front, Nord has a 32-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel wide-angle shooter whereas Moto has a 16-megapixel shooter with f/2.2 aperture.
Price & Availability
It is a crucial department where every perspective changes. If we specifically talk about markets like India, where users are more cost centric, people prefer smartphones with low to mid-price ranged smartphones.
OnePlus Nord 5G is available via Amazon, OnePlus Online & Offline stores, starting at 24,999 INR for the base 6 GB + 64 GB variant and goes up to 29,999 INR for the top 12 GB + 256 GB variant and is available in three different colors, whereas Moto G 5G is available via Flipkart for 20,999 INR for the only 6 GB + 128 GB variant.
As we have gone through all the perspective of a smartphone, as Moto has many pros, but the price has more weight than Nord, also Nord shines in areas like display and SoC. So, we will leave the final verdict on you, if you’re a more cost centric person, you should go for Moto otherwise Nord is also a better alternative.