Friday , October 20 2017

Moto G5 and G5 Plus officially announced at Mobile World Congress 2017

Today at MWC in Barcelona, Lenovo finally took the wraps off their latest Android phones: the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus. The Moto G line is definitely the flagship of the midrange devices and the latest addition to their line is no exception.

The Moto G5s are a continuation of their recent two-model strategy, offering a base model with respectable features and a Plus model with beefed up specs and some more premium features. The Moto G5 is a 5.0-inch device while the Moto G5 Plus 5.2-inch which is slightly smaller in physical size than last year’s 5.5-inch model.

Check out the full specs for both models below:

 Moto G5Moto G5 Plus
Release dateFebruary 2017February 2017
Screen size5.0-inch5.2-inch
Screen technologyTFT LCDTFT LCD
Resolution1,920 x 1,0801,920 x 1,080
PPI441424
Rear camera13MP12 MP
Front camera5MP5MP
ChipsetSnapdragon 430Snapdragon 625
Core config8 x 1.4 GHz8 x 2.0 GHz
Ram2GB3GB/ 4GB
Storage16GB16GB/32GB
MicroSDYes, up to 128GBYes, up to 128GB
Battery2,800 mAh3,000 mAh
Battery removableYes
ConnectorMicroUSBMicroUSB
Headphone PortYesYes
Headphone LocationTopTop
Speaker ConfigurationBottomBottom
Android OSAndroid 7.0Android 7.0
Vendor skinMoto StockMoto Stock
Dimensions144.3 x 73 x 8.7 mm150.2 x 74 x 7.7 mm
Weight149g160g
Colours
  • Lunar Grey
  • Fine Gold
  • Lunar Grey
  • Fine Gold

The Moto G line is very important to Moto both in Australia and internationally. In an interview with Moto recently, they confirmed that the Moto G is their best selling device in Australia. The current Moto G range is proving very popular with outlets like The Good Guys, which has a high percentage of their overall handset sales going just to the Moto G line.

With features like Fingerprint Sensors and decent f/2.0 cameras making their way into both models, the Moto G5 continues to offer great features at a traditionally more affordable price. With devices like these, the “need” to purchase the far more expensive devices has really become just for those who want the absolute best of everything of the status of such devices.

Cameras are the last premium feature to come to the mid-range, and Moto is clearly working on this here. Will the Moto G5 and the G5 Plus with their 13 MP and 12MP respectively f/2.0 rear facing cameras finally bring the goods to the mid-tier market? We will know soon.

While we’re here at MWC, we’ll have an opportunity for an extended hands-on, so we’ll come back to you in the next couple of days with more info on what Moto’s new handsets are like.

 

Duncan Jaffrey   Journalist

Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

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For me, the G5+ is the most interesting phone launched thus far at MWC. Assuming it will retail for about $400 or so, I suspect it will garner lots of attention. Especially with the new 12MP f/1.7 dual pixel camera, which sounds just like the Galaxy S7 camera optics.

Full HD display and the excellent Snapdragon 625 inside an all metal chassis makes it seem like it could make some people think twice about forking out more than twice as much money for a flagship that isnt twice as much phone!

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