Motorola has been around for a long time, bringing the world the iconic Razr flip phone long before smartphones were even a thing. But where some companies struggled to make the move to smarter handsets, Motorola has excelled, particularly at the budget end where it offers impressive handsets at low prices through the Moto G and Moto E ranges.
Yet Motorola has dabbled successfully with high-end phones too, such as the Motorola Edge range, and with more unusual devices such as the foldable rebirth of the Motorola Razr.
The company has also been bought and sold multiple times – for a time Google owned it, and now Lenovo does, but throughout this Motorola has largely kept its own identity.
Which Motorola phones support 5G?
These phones all support 5G:
Which 5G Motorola phone should I choose?
That depends on how much you’re looking to spend. At the top end there’s the powerful Motorola Edge 20 Pro, while far more affordable options include the Moto G50 5G and the Moto G 5G Plus. Or for something unusual and futuristic there’s the Motorola Razr 5G. So there are a lot of options – including mid-range models that fill in the gaps.
That said, Motorola is most known for its affordable handsets and it’s here that the company really excels, so if you’re looking for a cheap way to get 5G then you’ve come to the right place.
Top 5G Motorola phone
The Motorola Edge 20 Pro is the top 5G phone from Motorola at the time of writing. It has a 6.7-inch 1080 x 2400 OLED screen with a super-smooth 144Hz refresh rate, plus a high-end Snapdragon 870 chipset, a premium design, and a triple-lens camera, with a 108MP main sensor, a 16MP ultra-wide one, and an 8MP telephoto one (with 5x optical zoom).
It’s a high-end phone then, yet sticking with Motorola’s affordable nature it’s still cheaper than top-tier rivals from the likes of Samsung and Apple.
Most affordable 5G Motorola phone
The cheapest 5G Motorola phone at the time of writing is either the Moto G50 5G or the Moto G 5G Plus. These are both members of Motorola’s affordable Moto G range and they come in at similar prices on contract.
With the Moto G50 5G you get a 6.5-inch 720 x 1600 screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, a mid-range MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G chipset, a 5,000mAh battery, and a triple-lens camera, with a 48MP main one.
The Moto G 5G Plus meanwhile has a 6.7-inch 1080 x 2520 screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, a mid-range Snapdragon 765 chipset, a 5,000mAh battery, and a quad-lens camera with a 48MP main sensor. It also has a dual-lens selfie camera. Overall then this is the slightly better phone, but in some cases will also cost slightly more.
Top value 5G Motorola phone
Arguably the Motorola Edge 20 is the best value 5G Motorola phone, as it has all sorts of high-end specs and features – including much of what the Motorola Edge 20 Pro offers – at a lower and entirely reasonable price.
You get the same 6.7-inch 1080 x 2400 screen with a super-high 144Hz refresh rate. You also get almost the same camera setup, with a 108MP main sensor, a 16MP ultra-wide and an 8MP telephoto – though here it zooms to 3x, while on the Pro it reaches 5x.
The battery is smaller at 4,000mAh, but charges at the same 30W, and the Snapdragon 778G chipset is slightly less powerful than the Pro’s Snapdragon 870, but these are small downgrades for a phone that can be found for a lot less money, whether you’re buying on contract or SIM-free.
Latest 5G Motorola phones
The Moto G50 5G is the latest 5G Motorola phone at the time of writing. This is one of the company’s most affordable 5G phones, coming in at just £199.99 SIM-free. Despite that it has a fairly large 6.5-inch screen, a 90Hz refresh rate, a triple-lens camera (including a 48MP main sensor), and a large 5,000mAh battery.
Shortly before that, the Motorola Edge range arrived, including the Edge, the Edge Pro and the Edge Lite. These are Motorola’s most high-end phones for 2021.
Motorola in summary
Motorola stands out by not (often) trying to compete with Apple and Samsung at the top end of the market. Instead, it’s happy making more affordable phones for those who don’t need the best of everything.
It makes smart choices about what to include and what not to, so that its handsets are still often great for the right buyer, and few companies can compete with it at the low end.
And for those who want something more luxurious there are still a few Motorola options, like the Motorola Edge 20 Pro – though even that has a lower price than most flagships.