Following the Hello Moto event here in Barcelona we got to spend some hands-on time with both the Moto G5 and G5 Plus. From our brief time with the devices, we’re quite impressed with what Moto has achieved at this price point.
Before we get into the hands on here’s a quick refresher on the specs of both models:
|Moto G5||Moto G5 Plus||Release date||February 2017||February 2017||Screen size||5.0-inch||5.2-inch||Screen technology||TFT LCD||TFT LCD||Resolution||1,920 x 1,080||1,920 x 1,080||PPI||441||424||Rear camera||13MP||12 MP||Front camera||5MP||5MP||Chipset||Snapdragon 430||Snapdragon 625||Core config||8 x 1.4 GHz||8 x 2.0 GHz||Ram||2GB||3GB/ 4GB||Storage||16GB||16GB/32GB||MicroSD||Yes, up to 128GB||Yes, up to 128GB||Battery||2,800 mAh||3,000 mAh||Battery removable||Yes||—||Connector||MicroUSB||MicroUSB||Headphone Port||Yes||Yes||Headphone Location||Top||Top||Speaker Configuration||Bottom||Bottom||NFC||—||Yes||Android OS||Android 7.0||Android 7.0||Vendor skin||Moto Stock||Moto Stock||Dimensions||144.3 x 73 x 8.7 mm||150.2 x 74 x 7.7 mm||Weight||149g||160g||Colours|
Both devices share a similar design with only minor variations, eg the headphone jack is on the top of the G5 and the bottom of the G5 Plus. Both devices feel light in the hand, however, despite their all metal construction the back of the doesn’t quite feel as solid as others.
Moto G5 Plus
The software is as close to stock as you could want it, with all of the major system elements appearing unchanged from Google’s design. Installed apps have also been kept to a minimum leaving more space for your apps or content.
Both devices feels responsive and well optimised, could it be that the Android OS and the lower tier chips have now converged to a point where you can get a consistently smooth experience? The real test of a device’s performance can’t be determined in a brief hands on, however, we’re quietly optimistic.
The one thing I was most curious about going into the event was how would the camera perform? Simple answer, great. Both models perform well with fast load time, quick capture times and seemingly fantastic auto focus. Both devices also support burst capture mode, something that is very appreciated.
Check out our quick hands-on video below
We’re hoping to get out hands on a review unit and be able to bring you a full review.