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Moto G5 Plus: Hands On, Overview, India Release Date, Pricing The midrange smartphone with a premium camera

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Moto G5 Plus

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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.

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Moto G5 Plus Specifications

Key SpecsMotorola Moto G5 Plus
Display5.2 inches IPS LCD
Screen ResolutionFull HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 625
Processor Octa-core:
8 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUAdreno 506
Memory3GB / 4GB
Inbuilt Storage 16GB / 32 GB
microSD cardYes, up to 256 GB
Primary Camera12 MP Dual Autofocus, f/1.7, dual LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera5 MP, f/2.2
Fingerprint SensorYes, front mounted
Dual SIMYes (nano)
4G VoLTEYes
NFCYes (market dependent)
Battery 3000 mAh, Turbo charger incl in box
Dimensions150.2 x 74 x 7.7 mm
Weight155 grams
Price 3GB + 16GB - Rs. 14,999
4GB + 32GB - Rs. 16,999

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Physical Overview

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.

Moto G5 Plus

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.

Moto G5 Plus

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.

Moto G5 Plus


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The 3.5 mm headphone jack, primary microphone, and the micro USB 2.0 port lie at the bottom of the Moto G5 Plus.

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.

Moto G5 Plus

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.

Display

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.

Camera Overview

Moto G5 Plus

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.

Conclusion

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.


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