Motorola Mobility, which Lenovo owns, introduced the Moto G31 on Monday, November 29th, before its competitor Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Note 11T 5G in the nation the following day. Although Motorola has priced the Moto G31 quite aggressively, the lack of 5G aside, the new phone has many potentials, thanks to features such as a water-resistant design and software nearly identical to stock Android—features that could help Motorola compete with Xiaomi in the coming months.
Moto G31 price
According to the company, the Moto G31 has been introduced worldwide at a starting price of $174 for a model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. One with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage costs $200, while another with 8GB RAM and 64GB storage will cost $214. To put things in perspective, the paired phone clone is available in a single 4GB/128GB configuration for euros 199.99 in other parts of the world. Thus not only does the Moto G31 cost less, but Motorola is also providing additional alternatives for those searching for more RAM and storage. The Moto G31 will be available for purchase starting on December 6th at midnight local time.
Moto G31 features and specifications
To begin with, the Moto G31 has a 6.4-inch 1080p AMOLED display with a 60Hz refresh rate and a hole punch cut-out, which is a first for Motorola. In addition, Motorola says that the screen’s brightness may reach 700 nits. The phone is powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 system-on-chip, which can be combined with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage, all of which are extendable. The package is completed with a 5,000mAh battery with support for 20W fast charging technology. Moving on to the cameras, the Moto G31 has a triple-rear camera configuration that includes a 50MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 2MP macro sensor. In addition, the Moto G31 has a 13MP selfie camera on the front, which is a nice touch.
The Moto G31 is made entirely of plastic, and its IPX2 water-repellent certification is one of the device’s main selling points. Also said to be skid and fingerprint resistant is the phone’s durability. In addition, this model will be available in two color options: Meteorite Gray and Baby Blue. Another notable feature of the Moto G31 is its “bloatware-free, near-stock Android 11 experience,” according to Motorola.
Comparison: Moto G31 vs. Redmi Note 11T 5G
A 6.6-inch 1080p IPS LCD with a 90Hz refresh rate and hole punch cut-out, a MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC paired with up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage, 50MP+8MP dual rear cameras, a 16MP front camera, and a 5,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging distinguish the Redmi Note 11T from the Redmi Note 11S. The Redmi Note 11 smartphone, available in China, begins at CNY 1,199 for a model with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It is also available in three other configurations: 6GB/128GB for CNY 1,299, 8GB/128GB for CNY 1,499, and 8GB/256GB for CNY 1,699. How Xiaomi sets the pricing of the phone will be intriguing to watch.