March 6, 2017

MWC 2017 Series: Motorola Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus both pack a punch

Lenovo is officially launching the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus with shipping beginning this month. Since Lenovo has acquired the Motorola brand, the G series were the best-selling phones under the brand for their decent performance at an affordable cost.

They recently unveiled the new phones last week on the Mobile World Congress, showing us how they changed the design with a premium metal finish, an aluminum backplate, and a 5-inch LCD display. Both phones come with Android 7.0 Nougat and have full HD 1080o screens but the G5 Plus has a bigger screen at 5.2 inches.

Key differences

They do have some key differences, though. The regular G5 is runs a Snapdragon 430 processor while the G5 Plus has a Snapdragon 625 (beloved for balancing performance and battery longevity in Moto Z play). The G5 has a 13-megapixel camera with f/2.0 system and phase detect autofocus, while the G5 Plus has a12-megapixel f/1.7 camera with dual-focus pixels. The G5 Plus supports 4K video recording while the G5 is limited to Full HD. They both have 5MP front cameras though.

The G5 sports either 16GB or 32GB of flash storage and is expandable up to 128GB via microSD cards. The G5 Plus on the other hand comes in either 32GB or 64GB storage (also with expandable microSD storage). Both G5s range between 2GB and 4GB of RAM, and support dual-SIMs. In terms of power, the G5 has a removable 2,800mAh battery while the G5 Plus has a non-removable 3,000mAh battery. Both phones don’t support wireless charging, but the G5 Plus supports Moto’s TurboCharge for fast charging.

Great and cheap

We’ve mentioned in our original Mobile World Congress article last week that the Google Assistant will be available in phones with Android 6.0 or higher, and if you’re getting the Moto G5 or G5 Plus, you’re in luck. Since it runs Android 7.0, the G5 phones come with Google Assistant once they’re out in the market.

The new Moto phones have NFC (except in the US) so you can totally use Android Pay. You can have them in either “fine gold” or “lunar gray.” Pricing will depend on hardware configuration and territory, but as of now, the Moto G5 will start at 775 AED with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage while the G5 Plus will start at 841 AED with 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage. The Motorola brand had the right idea in producing great phones for a cheap price.