Lenovo-owned Motorola has just launched the Moto G5 and G5 Plus at the MWC 2017. While the former falls somewhere in the entry level category, the latter lies somewhere between a mid-range and flagship handset. The Moto G5 Plus features an excellent built quality and exceptional rear camera. Motorola has already announced that the smartphone will release in India on 15th March 2017.
Frankly speaking, the Moto G5 Plus tries really hard not to compete with the Moto Z Play. This is the reason why it comes with a 5.2-inch display instead of a 5.5-inch one. But we highly doubt if this is enough to stop the smartphone from luring the Z-series customers. Specification-wise, the Motorola Moto G5 Plus contends with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Huawei Honor 6X and even the Moto M. Here is our hand on overview of the newly launched smartphone.
Motorola Moto G5 Plus Coverage
Moto G5 Plus Specifications
|Key Specs||Motorola Moto G5 Plus|
|Display||5.2 inches IPS LCD|
|Screen Resolution||Full HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Operating System||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625|
8 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
|Memory||3GB / 4GB|
|Inbuilt Storage||16GB / 32 GB|
|microSD card||Yes, up to 256 GB|
|Primary Camera||12 MP Dual Autofocus, f/1.7, dual LED flash|
|Secondary Camera||5 MP, f/2.2|
|Fingerprint Sensor||Yes, front mounted|
|Dual SIM||Yes (nano)|
|NFC||Yes (market dependent)|
|Battery||3000 mAh, Turbo charger incl in box|
|Dimensions||150.2 x 74 x 7.7 mm|
|Price||3GB + 16GB - Rs. 14,999
4GB + 32GB - Rs. 16,999
Lenovo has put a lot of effort in designing the Moto G5 Plus. The phone comes with a commendable build quality which feels great in hand. Starting from the neat front till the metal back, the G5 Plus looks simple yet sophisticated.
A 5.2-inch Full HD display covers almost 67 percent of the front of the smartphone. Below it, there is a single home button with integrated fingerprint scanner.
The in-call speaker sits right at the top of the screen. In between, lies the Moto branding. The front camera and the sensors are placed at either side of the in-call speaker.
The 3.5 mm headphone jack, primary microphone, and the micro USB 2.0 port lie at the bottom of the Moto G5 Plus.
Moving on to the edges, the power button and the volume rockers are situated at the right side, while the left side remains clean.
At the back, the circular camera module steals the show. It not only houses the camera aperture but also has the dual LED flash. The Motorola branding lies right below it.
With a 5.2-inch display, the Moto G5 Plus is a bit smaller than the G4 Plus. However, the Full HD (1080 x 1920) IPS LCD panel is top notch. Colour reproduction and the viewing angle is pretty good. A rather older Gorilla Glass 3 covers the screen. Everything is good, but we still think that a 5.5-inch display would have been much better.
Hardware and Software
The Motorola Moto G5 Plus is powered by the popular Snapdragon 625 chipset. This 14 nm octa-core SoC has a maximum clock speed of 2.0 GHz. This is significantly better than the Snapdragon 430 of the Moto G5. The SD 625 not only offers better performance but also considerably lighter on the battery. In terms of memory, the Moto G5 Plus has two versions – the 2 GB / 32 GB base model and 3 GB / 32 GB top variant.
Coming to the software, the latest smartphone boots up an almost unmodified Android 7.0 Nougat. Motorola also announced that the Google Assistant is arriving too via an update.
This is one of the best parts of the Moto G5 Plus. It’s 12 MP rear camera is based on dual pixel technology and offers unmatched low light performance. The large f/1.7 aperture further adds to it. The primary shooter of the phone is simply the best in its class. 4k 2160p video recording is available too, which is absent in most of its competitors. The front camera is a decent 5 MP selfie unit.
Pricing and Availability
Moto G5 Plus has been priced at Rs. 14,999 for the 3GB RAM and 16GB storage version, while the 4GB RAM and 32GB storage version has been priced at Rs. 16,999. The phone will be available exclusively on Flipkart starting this midnight.
Motorola Moto G5 Plus is a worthy successor of the Moto G4 Plus. With an exceptional exterior, fabulous camera and decent hardware, the phone is capable of making its competitors run for the money. In spite of being a midrange device, the G5 Plus actually feels a lot like a premium smartphone.