Moto G Power XT2165DL [2021]

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Moto G Power XT2165DL


Motorola has been introducing various iterations of the Moto G series recently. It might be difficult for users intending to purchase one of these smartphones to distinguish between the different models and make an informed decision.

By taking in-depth looks at the various Motorola smartphones, we intend to help our audience distinguish them. This leads us to our discussion of the Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 in today’s review post.

In general, not knowing any technical specifics about the Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 won’t hurt, but for anyone willing to buy this phone, understanding the smallest features and distinctions will help them make a better decision about whether to buy this phone or not.

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Overview of Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021

Some of you guys who are not new here might have noticed that we have not really talked about the Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 yet. Well, today, we are going to be reviewing every tip and bit of the elements of this phone. 

The Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 also known as the Moto G Power 2021 is a smartphone that came out in 2021. Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 is actually the code name for the Moto G Power 2021. It has a 6.6-inch HD screen, 32 or 64 GB of storage space, and 3 or 4 GB of RAM.

It runs on the Android 10 operating system and has a 48 MP camera on the back. One of the best things about this phone is how long the battery lasts. It has a 5,000 mAh battery that can go for several days without needing to be charged.

People like this phone for its long battery life, the fast refresh rate on the screen, and its reasonable price. However, some people don’t think it’s much of an upgrade from earlier models, and they wish the processor were better.

Unboxing of Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021

The Moto G Power XT2165DL’s package is quite the standard packaging you’ll expect to see from other smartphone packages today (that’s in terms of shape, size and content). The box is a fairly small one (can be carried with one hand) and is dark blueish in colour.

Immediately the box is opened, you find the phone at the top of the box, covered in a thin transparent whitish plastic paper. Beneath the phone, lies a sim ejection tool, some paperwork like manuals, instructions and all the usual stuff.

Finally, at the bottom of the package, you have a charger which is composed of a 15-watt charging brick wall plug and a USB A to USB C cable.

Specifications of Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021

If you are still here reading this article, you are probably curious about certain aspects of this phone. For important queries like; “What genuinely makes up or pulls down this smartphone? Is this smartphone even worthy of buying?”, the answers may not be clear at first glance. 

To answer the previously asked questions, we will need to conduct an in-depth analysis of this smartphone’s specifications (performance, physical attributes, camera, battery life, displays, and so on). The next subsections will go through the overall capabilities of this smartphone.

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Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021

Physical Attributes

The Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 has a maximum width of 7.59 cm, a maximum length of 16.53 cm, a maximum thickness of 0.95 cm and an overall dimension of 119.19 cm cube.

The height of this phone makes it a touch big for a small pocket but it should fit just fine in a purse or small bag. The 119.19 cm cube body of this phone has a 206.5 g weight. This smartphone can seem rather substantial to hold in your hand, a handbag or a small bag since it weighs over 200 g.

In addition to its dimensions, the Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 has a well-distributed weight across its camera bump and the rest of its body, which helps the phone lie flat without warbling, when the screen is pressed while it lies on a flat surface like a table.

The phone’s textured matte black back feels good in the hand and helps with grip while also not showing off fingerprints or scratches. Its front-facing section is made up of glass, while its frame and back-facing section are both made up of plastic. The entire body of the phone also has a water-repellent coating.

Not a surprising build-quality combo for a mid-range smartphone of today, but if you are looking for better build quality, you would have to upgrade to a flagship phone. Nevertheless, this would just be fine for the average user.


This smartphone does not have all the major software characteristics of a performant smartphone of 2021 and beyond.

For example, it does not have the newest version of the Android operating system, but rather, the Android 10 Operating System installed in it, which was quite behind for a phone of its time, given that we were already moving to Android 12 in 2021.

As far as updates go, this phone will support 2 years of security updates and 1 year of operating system upgrades, meaning you can get up to Android 11 maximum. It incorporates some important pre-installed software like:

  • Navigation Software.
  • Personal Virtual Assistant.
  • Voice Command Software.


In terms of CPU and GPU, the Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 is quite average, which is really surprising for a smartphone released about 2 years before the time of writing this article (2021 smartphone). Nevertheless, more cannot really be expected from a mid-range phone of this time.

This phone has a 4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold and 4×1.8 GHz processing frequency, which is delivered by an 11 nm Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 octa-core. This CPU is a mid-range SoC for smartphones and tablets. It may begin to lag a little though, after upgrading to a newer version of Android OS and using some apps which may demand slightly more than normal.

Its GPU is a Qualcomm Adreno 610 GPU, which is actually quite good at handling normal mobile usage and lightly demanding mobile games of nowadays. This GPU is a mid-range GPU for smartphones and tablets. It positions itself in synthetic benchmarks between the old Adreno 510 / 512 and the new Adreno 612.

RAM and Storage

Giving a closer look at the RAM of this smartphone, it has 2 different RAM sizes, depending on the version of the phone you buy. The base version of the phone comes with 3GB RAM, while the max version comes with 4GB RAM.

As for the storage capacity, the story is the same. If you buy the base version you get the base 32GB storage, while with the max version, you get 64GB storage. This storage, even at its max may seem small to some heavy users.

However, Motorola thought it wise to add room for external storage, to expand the internal one. This phone supports microSDXC cards.

This can be really good for a user, especially for those who virtually do everything with their smartphones, content creators or heavy media users who would like to store a lot of video on their device. Having an SD card would definitely find it paying off in the long run.

The Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 supports eMMC. This stands for Embedded MultiMedia Card. It is a type of flash storage used in smartphones and tablets. The eMMC 5.1 is a specification defined by JEDEC and is designed to meet the requirements for the next level of high-performance data transfer for mobile electronic products.


Talking about probably one of the most used parts of this smartphone’s hardware, we are going to be taking a closer look at the phone’s display prowess.

The display area used by this smartphone is about 83.8% of its total front-facing area, which is an improvement over the previous Motorola mid-range smartphone generations, but still a leap behind other competitors’ mid-range smartphones at this point in time.

This smartphone’s display technology type is the Corning Gorilla Glass screen or the Asahi Dragontrail Glass, which are highly scratch and damage resistant. This smartphone’s display has a 266-pixel density and a resolution of 720 x 1600.

These screen stats are not actually bad, even though they are a downgrade of the previous version. For an average user, this will be ok for everyday use but don’t expect to get the full colourful experience of watching Youtube or Netflix on high image quality.

Audio System of the Moto G Power XT2165DL

Looking at the audio system of the Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021, it has a microphone, a mono loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. This is great for versatility, given that most phones have eliminated their headphone jacks these days.

In general, stereo implies sound in all directions (360-degree transmission), while mono implies sound in a limited direction (defined transmission angle). This means that this smartphone’s loudspeakers produce sound within a limited transmission angle.

Nevertheless, the speaker is loud and clear enough to be used for daily and casual purposes such as calls, video watching and so on.

Specific Absorption Rate [SAR]

This smartphone has a SAR head of approximately 0.42 W/kg, a SAR body of approximately 1.44 W/kg and a hotspot SAR of approximately 1.44 W/kg.

The Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) is a measure of the rate at which energy is absorbed by the human body when exposed to a radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic field. It is defined as the power absorbed per mass of tissue and has units of watts per kilogram (W/kg).

SAR is usually averaged either over the whole body or over a small sample volume (typically 1 g or 10 g of tissue). The value cited is then the maximum level measured in the body part studied over the stated volume or mass.

Navigation System

The Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 has a sophisticated navigational system incorporated within it. It possesses a GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO.

The only navigation system that this phone does not support is GEOTAGGING. So, if you are someone who needs GEOTAGGING, you may have problems with this.

Well, all these are default navigational systems from most modern phones, so, nothing much to say under this section.


Well, this is one of the most used features of a smartphone, the camera. We will be dissecting this area critically because it is one of the areas people heavily consider for buying smartphones.

Spoiler alert, for a mid-range smartphone, this camera system is very impressive and though the phone may lack in many areas, the camera is definitely one of the strong points of this smartphone, and you will see why we say this in the next paragraphs.

Rear Camera

The Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 smartphone has a powerful rear camera system with a 48MP main camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth camera. The main camera has a large sensor and an f/1.7 aperture, which allows it to capture more light and detail in low-light conditions.

The macro camera lets you focus on objects as close as 2.5 cm from the lens, revealing details that are normally invisible to the naked eye. The depth camera helps to create a depth map that can be used to blur the background for a bokeh effect in portrait mode or to overlay virtual objects in the real world in augmented reality.

The camera also features Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), which intelligently adjusts the lens to capture focused images. PDAF works by detecting the phase difference between two images and moving the lens accordingly to align them. This results in faster and more accurate focusing than traditional contrast-based methods.

In addition to the main camera, the Moto G Power also has a LED flash, High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode, and panorama mode. HDR mode captures images with a wider range of brightness levels than a standard photo, while panorama mode allows you to create wide-angle photos by stitching together multiple images taken while panning the camera.

When it comes to video recording, the Moto G Power 2021 can record at a resolution of 1080p (1920×1080 pixels) at either 30 or 60 frames per second (fps). The higher frame rate option can make your videos look smoother and more realistic, while the lower frame rate option can save storage space and battery life.

Front Camera

The Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 has an impressive front-facing camera that boasts several advanced features.

With a resolution of 8 megapixels, the camera captures high-quality images with great detail. The f/2.0 aperture size allows for more light to enter the camera, resulting in better low-light performance and brighter pictures.

The camera sensor also has a pixel size of 1.12µm, which means that each pixel can capture more light and improve low-light performance.

Additionally, the camera supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology, which provides a wider range of colour and brightness in images, and this, for a front camera is really great. Most of the time you will find out that a lot of manufacturers would not care about adding features such as HDR to their front cameras.

The front-facing camera is also capable of recording video at a resolution of 1080p and a frame rate of 30 frames per second. Gyroscope-based Electronic Image Stabilization (gyro-EIS) is also supported, which helps to reduce shakiness during front video recording, which is great for video calls and selfies.


The Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 can be used in both urban and remote areas of many countries, as it supports most of the preferred cellular bands of many telecommunication companies in many countries. It supports the following connectivity specifications:

Supported Cellular Bands

  • LTE 1
  • LTE 2
  • LTE 3
  • LTE 4
  • LTE 5
  • LTE 6
  • LTE 7
  • LTE 8
  • GPRS
  • LTE 12
  • LTE 13
  • LTE 14
  • LTE 17
  • LTE 25
  • LTE 26
  • LTE 29
  • LTE 30
  • LTE 38
  • LTE 41
  • LTE 66
  • LTE 71
  • CDMA2000: 1xEV-DO


  • USB C: 2.0
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
  • SIM CARD: Nano-SIM
  • Wireless LAN: 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac.

Complementary Services

  • FM Radio
  • VoLTE

Extra Supported Cellular Bands

  • GSM 850
  • GSM 900
  • GSM 1800
  • GSM 1900
  • CDMA 1900

One common networking feature though, which we noticed this smartphone lacked was the NFC (Near Field Connection). If you are a heavy NFC user, this might affect you. Nevertheless, it is usually an underused feature, usually complemented by the use of connections such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Sensors of Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021

In terms of sensors, this phone has sophisticated incorporated sensor systems, such as its in-built compass, its in-built accelerometer, light sensor and its in-built gyroscope.

It also incorporates biometric sensors such as a fingerprint sensor and proximity sensors. Its fingerprint sensor is found on its side, similar to what the Sony phone has.

Personally, I feel it’s a great placement for the fingerprint sensor, especially for productivity purposes. In case you want to give a quick look at something on your phone (say a 2FA), while it’s on the table or a flat surface, you can just unlock your phone without picking it up.


If you are the type who cares a lot about security, don’t worry. This smartphone has a wide variety of security options, such as;

  • Pin lock.
  • Smart lock.
  • Pattern lock.
  • Password lock.
  • Fingerprint lock.
  • Find my device (with google maps).

As you might have already noticed, there is no face unlock, but there are a whole lot of other interesting security features, as seen above.

The smart lock is especially useful for keeping your phone unlocked when you are around it, for example when connected to a trusted network or when located in a known location like your home. This keeps you from constantly having to unlock your device.


Another strong point of the Moto G Power 2021 is its battery. If you are looking for a smartphone which can take you throughout your day and beyond without flinching, way to go. This smartphone has a massive 5000mAh Li-Po battery.

This smartphone’s battery is non-removable, which means it cannot be easily removed or replaced by a user. In case of repairs, you will need some technical knowledge or need to meet someone who has the technical knowledge to help you.

Well, almost all smartphones these days have non-removable batteries, so that should be expected. A real issue though, is that this smartphone does not have wireless charging. Though this might not be a problem for most users, if you usually use wireless charging, this will be a problem for you.

Another issue with this smartphone is its slow charging. It charges at a rate of 15 watts. For wired charging, that is quite slow, but hey! This is a mid-range phone, so, not much to complain about.

Nevertheless, compared to the competition, it is quite better, because most mid-range phones usually charge with about 10 watts, and 10 watts could translate to about 2.5 hours of charge time, from 0% to 100%.

Price and Package

This phone generally costs about $189.99 for the base version and $229.99 for the max version. This is a rather affordable price, for the quality the phone offers.

This phone comes with a sim ejection tool, some paperwork like manuals, instructions and all the usual stuff. You also get to have a 15-watt charging brick wall plug and a USB A to USB C cable.

  • The Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 case can be found here.
  • The Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 user manual can be found here.

What Users May Not Like About the Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021

  • This phone charges slowly.
  • This phone lacks wireless charging.
  • The phone is known for slowing down and freezing, from time to time.
  • Comes with just one year of operating system upgrades, and just 2 years of security support updates.

Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 Summary

Well, we are about to close this article. But before we close, we would like to summarize all our points with a quick chart and quick summary tables, in order to help you better digest the literature.

Pros of the Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021

  • Good audio.
  • Average display.
  • Excellent battery.
  • Excellent price.
  • Average software.
  • Average portability.
  • Excellent camera.
  • Excellent sensors.
  • Excellent security.
  • Good connectivity.
  • Average performance.
  • Good SAR rating.
  • Good navigation system.

Cons of the Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021

  • No fast charge.
  • No wireless charge.
  • Just 1 year OS upgrade.
  • Just 2 years security upgrade.
  • Freezes on heavy-duty usage.

Specifications Summary Table of the Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021

Find a summary of all the specifications of this smartphone in the table below.

LENGTH16.53 cm
DIMENSION119.19 cm3
MASS206.5 g
PERFORMANCECPUQualcomm Snapdragon 662 SM6115 4×1.8 GHz
GPUQualcomm Adreno 610 GPU
RAMBase Version: 3GB
Max Version: 4GB
STORAGEBase Version: 32 GB
Max Version: 64 GB
RESOLUTION720 x 1600
SAR BODY1.44 W/kg
Depth Camera: 2.0 MP
Macro Camera: 2.0 MP
Front Camera: 8.0 MP
PIXEL SIZEMain Camera: 0.8 µm
Front Camera: 1.12µm
APERTURE SIZEMain Camera: f/1.7
Depth Camera: f/2.4
Macro Camera: f/2.4
Front Camera: f/2.0
VIDEO RESOLUTIONMain Camera: 1080p
Front Camera: 1080p
VIDEO FPSMain Camera: 30 FPS / 60 FPS
Front Camera: 30 FPS
PURCHASEPRICEBase Version: $189.99
Max Version: $229.99
Moto G Power XT2165DL Specifications Summary Table

Overall Rating of the Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021

Based on all the above analysis, the Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 has been given an average rating of 7.9/10.

We calculate our average by adding each individual score of each subcategory, [as shown in the chart and in the table above] and dividing the scores by the sum of the total scores of all topics, then multiplying the result by 10, to give a score out of 10.

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Moto G Power XT2165DL


7.9 / 10

Rating: 7 out of 10.


In the end, our analysis of the Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 clearly points towards very mid-range specifications, with an affordable price attached to it.

The Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 was a good mid-range phone when it was released in 2021. However, in terms of performance, there are now better mid-range phones available.

That said, if you are a casual user who is just looking for a good mid-range phone for good value, the Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021 is definitely worth considering. It has a long-lasting battery, a large display, and a versatile camera system.

Extra Information on Moto G Power XT2165DL 2021

In this area, we will explore some other interesting things you may like to know about this phone.

Release Date

This smartphone was announced on the 8th of January 2021 and was released on the 14th of January 2021.


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Frequently Asked Questions And Answers

  1. What is Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL)?

    Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL) is a smartphone released by Motorola in 2021, featuring a 6.6-inch display, a 48-megapixel camera, and a 5000mAh battery.

  2. What is the price of Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL)?

    The price of Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL) varies depending on the retailer and location, but it generally ranges from $189.99 to $299.99.

  3. What are the dimensions and weight of Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL)?

    Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL) has a dimension of 165.3 x 75.9 x 9.5 mm (6.51 x 2.99 x 0.37 in) and weighs 206.5 g (7.27 oz).

  4. What is the display technology used in Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL)?

    Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL) uses IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen technology with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels and 266 PPI density.

  5. What are the processor and RAM capacity of Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL)?

    Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL) is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SM6115 4×1.8 GHz processor with 3GB RAM in the base version or 4GB RAM in the max version.

  6. What is the internal storage capacity of Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL)?

    Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL) comes with 32GB storage in the base version and 64GB of internal storage in the max version, which can be expanded up to 512GB with a microSDXC card.

  7. What is the battery capacity of Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL)?

    Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL) has a non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery that supports fast charging of up to 15W.

  8. What is the operating system of Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL)?

    Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL) runs on Android 10, which can be upgraded to Android 11.

  9. What are the camera specifications of Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL)?

    Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL) features a triple-camera setup, consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. It also has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

  10. Does Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL) have a headphone jack?

    Yes, Moto G Power 2021 (XT2165DL) has a 3.5mm headphone jack.




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