Moto G5, G5 Plus promises more for less

Moto G5, G5 Plus promises more for less


Both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus smartphones will be available in Blue, Grey, and Gold color options.

Motorola is finally designing its top budget ranked phone series without an all-plastic or rubberized look and feel. The software, meanwhile, pulls from more expensive flagships.

The G5 Plus's perfectly solid performance also owes a lot to how clean the phone's Android 7.0 Nougat build is. Do you own a Moto G handset?

The Moto G5 Plus had numerous same attributes touted in its video debut, as well as some of the things that set it apart from its smaller sibling.

The G5 and G5 Plus have been priced at €199 (Rs 14,000 approx) and €279 (Rs 19,600 approx) respectively.

Specifically for Europe, the Moto G5 is launching in the UK, France, Italy, Russia, Poland, Spain, Germany, Benelux, South East Europe, Nordic Region and Benelux. The two devices make up the fifth generation of the Moto G family and are stated by Motorola to deliver "power, value and beauty". The change in the design made it look premium. A unibody phone this is not. The Moto G5 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, along with 2/3/4GB of RAM (depending on what market you're in), 16GB/32GB of internal storage and a 5-inch full-HD screen. However, you don't have to wait too long for the official pricing as the company will pull the wraps off both the handsets tonight at the MWC 2017 event in Barcelona, Spain.

While we appreciated the metal back, we did find the demo units to be scratched up, especially on the back Moto logo. In its current state, you'll need to unlock your Moto Z to use the voice commands, but Lenovo says that later this year Alexa will be integrated directly into its phones and you'll be able to command Alexa (even without the Mod) remotely. There is also MicroSD card slot for further expansion of storage up to 128GB.

These Moto G5 specs are just enough for emerging markets.

Amazon Alexa is expanding into phones, and Motorola's implementation is definitely the most interesting. Neither uses a dual system in their Hal 9000-esque camera eye, but the G5 camera has 13MP f/2.0 lens while the G5 Plus lowers the megapixels to 12 but massively beefs up its low-light capabilities with bigger pixels and a f/1.7 aperture. When it is time to juice up, you'll want to take advantage of the G5 Plus's turbo-charge feature in the new phone, which promises to give you 6 hours of battery life after 15 minutes of charging.

It also offers NFC and quick charging, though all of these extras come at a cost.

  • Terrell Bush