Motorola has launched their two mid-range smartphones, the Moro G5 and Moto G5 Plus at MWC 2017 in Barcelona and the company is going to bring the Moto G5 Plus to India on March 15th. Moto G5 Plus is the successor to their popular Moto G4 Plus which was launched last year. There is a good bit of upgrade in terms of design and build quality and the specifications have also been upgraded. You can check the differences here –
In terms of design the Moto G5 Plus comes with a metal back making it more premium than the Moto G4 Plus and it now comes with Android Nougat OS out of the box and the company mentioned that it will have Google Assistant out of the box which is great. Google announced that it will be rolling out Google Assistant to Android devices running on Android Nougat and Marshmallow.
Specifications of Moto G5 Plus:
Display: 5.2-inch Full HD display with Corning Gorilla glass 3 protection
with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor: 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 processor with Adreno 506 GPU
RAM and Storage: 2GB/ 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 128 GB with microSD
12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, Dual-Pixel Autofocus, Sony IMX362 sensor, f/1.7 aperture, 4K video recording and a 5MP front-facing camera with OmniVision OV5695 sensor, f/2.2 aperture
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
Battery: 3000mAh with Turbocharging
Motorola Moto G5 Plus Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. How is the Display of Moto G5 Plus?
It sports a 5.2-inch FullHD IPS LCD display with pixel density of 424ppi and 1080p resolution. Motorola has made both the variants compact this year which might not be to the liking of many.
Q. Does Moto G5 Plus come with Adaptive Brightness?
Yes, it comes with Adaptive brightness
Q. Are the navigation buttons on-screen or physical?
The navigation buttons are on-screen for Moto G5 Plus
Q. Where is the fingerprint sensor located in Moto G5 Plus?
The Fingerprint sensor is located in the Home button on the front below the display
Q. Is the Moto G5 waterproof?
No, it is just water repellent with a nano coating to repel any water dropped on the smartphone by mistake and cannot survive under water
Q. Does the Moto G5 Plus support 4K Videos?
No, you can play only Full HD videos up to a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Q. Does the Moto G5 Plus have a 3.5 mm Audio Jack?
Yes, it comes with a 3.5mm audio jack
Q. How is the performance of Moto G5 Plus?
With an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and 2GB / 3GB and 4GB RAM options the device is well equipped to handle most of the stuff thrown at it.
Q. What are the Storage options and does the Moto G5 Plus support expandable storage?
It is available in 32GB and 64GB storage options and supports expandable storage up to 256GB using microSD card.
Q. How is the Camera quality of Moto G5 Plus?
It comes with a 12MP rear camera with 1.4µm pixels, f/1.7 aperture, dual autofocus pixels, and dual tone LED flash coupled with a 5MP selfie camera with f/1.7 aperture and 1.4µm pixels. Both the cameras are very good at this price range.
Q. Does the Moto G5 Plus support OIS and have a dedicated camera button?
No, it does not support OIS and it does not have a dedicated camera button as well
Q. What is the OS in Moto G5 Plus?
It comes with Stock Android Nougat out of the box
Q Does Moto G5 Plus come with Google Assistant?
Yes, it comes with Google Assistant feature out of the box.
Q. What are the sensors in Moto G5 Plus?
It comes with Fingerprint scanner, Proximity, accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope and magnetometer
Q. What are the color options of Moto G5 Plus?
It comes with Fine Gold and Lunar Gray color options
Q. What is the price of Moto G5 Plus?
It is launched at $229 for the 2GB RAM with 32GB storage variant and the 3GB RAM with 64GB storage variant is priced at $299. The prices for India are Rs. 14,999 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB Storage while the 4GB RAM and 32GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 16,999.
Moto G5 Plus Pros:
Android Nougat OS with Google Assistant out of the box
Good build (metal back panel)
Moto G5 Plus Cons:
Smaller display size (5.2-inch)
Smaller capacity 3000mAh battery
Is it worth buying the Moto G5 Plus?
The Moto G5 Plus is a good upgrade from the previous years Moto G4 Plus in terms of build quality, performance, and camera. Gone is the plastic back panel replaced with a metal back giving it a more premium feel. The camera is now in the style of Moto G Play. The SD 625 SoC is known to be a good performer and also power efficient.
In terms of Software, it runs on Stock Android Nougat with the best feature being Google Assistant available out of the box. With these features and improvements it is surely a good device to consider in this price range but with the competition like the Honor 6X, Redmi Note 4 and the Nokia 6 having better specs on paper it is a matter of personal choice.