Published: Mon, February 27, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Moto G5 and G5 Plus: Android mid-rangers get an aluminum upgrade

Moto G5 and G5 Plus: Android mid-rangers get an aluminum upgrade

At its Mobile World Congress 2017 press event today, Motorola announced new Moto Mods for those who own its modular smartphone, the Moto Z. Just like the G5 Plus, the G5 also rocks a fingerprint sensor, front firing speakers, and Water-repellant nano-coating.

The standard G5 isn't being totally neglected in the software stakes, though, as both of the phones will support Google Assistant, which is activated on both phones by holding down the Home button.

The Moto G5 features a 5.0-inch full HD (1920x1080 pixels) Gorilla Glass 3 protected IPS display.

Apart from that, there's an Adreno 505 GPU, 2/3GB RAM, 16/32GB which is expandable up to 128GB via a MicroSD card, and a 2800mAh removable (yes, you read that right!) battery that also supports quick charging. The Moto G5 starts at €199 with 2GB RAM/16GB storage, while the G5 Plus starts at $229 United States dollars with 2GB RAM/32GB storage and €279 for 3GB RAM/32GB storage. There's a 13 megapixel f/2.0 camera at the back with Phase Detect AF, a feature you'd be hard-pressed to find at this tier. It also supports 4G LTE connectivity, along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Global Positioning System.

The Moto G5 is all set to release into the markets with a 5 inched, full-HD display.

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For the hardware, Moto G5 is powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 processor and the bigger Moto G5 Plus runs on a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. On the front, both the phones have the same 5-megapixel selfie camera.

A slew of new Moto Mods are headed our way, which include a power pack, a wireless charging adaptor, and a turbo charging adaptor. The device measures 144.3 x 73 x 9.5 mm and weighs 144.5 grams. The Moto G5 will be retailing at Euro 199 (approx $210 / Rs. 14,000) whereas the Moto G5 Plus will be costing slightly higher at $229.

Since Moto G5 is expected to be the greatest Moto G phone ever, the device is said to sport a decent amount of RAM. Both the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus use metal body and have more rounded edges to give them looks that are much better than what the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus sported.

The Moto G5 Plus has an interesting change made to it - the sensor resolution is down to 12 MP, which we assume heralds an increase in the size of individual pixels, for better light-collection.

The G5 Plus has a slightly protruding rear housing, while the G5 doesn't and the headphone jack for the G5 will be on the top of the device, while the G5 Plus has it on the bottom. It's a very interesting idea, although since the price hasn't been announced yet it's hard to tell how worth it this Moto Mod will be especially for such a specific and arguably niche objective.

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