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Motorola’s G100 is the first Moto G phone with a Snapdragon 8-series chip

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  • Motorola has introduced the Moto G100, its first G model with a Snapdragon 8-series chip.
  • It also boasts a dock for big-screen app use, plus audio zoom for smarter video recording.
  • It’s available now in Europe and Latin America for £449.99.

The purchase of a Moto G phone has typically meant accepting fair performance at best, but you might not have to make that compromise going forward. Motorola has introduced the G100, its first phone using one of Qualcomm’s higher-end Snapdragon 8-series chip.

True to the rumors, the Moto G100 centers on a Snapdragon 870 mated with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. It won’t be as fast as the Snapdragon 888-powered flagship phones on the market, but it will include 5G and the processing power to juggle multiple apps and handle intensive tasks.

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Motorola is expanding the Android 11-based software to match. As hinted late last year, the Moto G100 includes a Ready For platform that lets you move games, video calls and other apps to a big screen. An included dock helps you use the feature from the start. Regardless of how you use apps, a unique-to-mobile subject tracking feature keeps tabs on people whether you’re calling or recording video.

The 6.7-inch display won’t rival the latest devices with its 90Hz refresh rate. You do get HDR10 support, though, and Motorola is betting that the higher performance will help you make the most of the screen.

The Moto G100’s camera array is more familiar, but might do the job well for the price class. Although it’s not uncommon to see 64MP main cameras, there’s also a macro camera with a ring light akin to the one seen on the less powerful Motorola One 5G. There’s also an ultra-wide cam. The front packs two cameras, including another ultra-wide as well as a 16MP standard sensor.

Motorola is selling the Moto G100 now in Europe and Latin America at a starting price of £449.99. We’ve asked about the possibility of a North American release. It’s reasonable to say there could be some interest — it’s hard for Americans to find readily available Snapdragon 8-powered phones in that price tier.

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