Motorola’s Moto G series is known for delivering best low-end phones. Recently the company expanded the line by two more devices, the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. Both handsets ditch the plastic design to bring metal housing for surprisingly low money. Scheduled to hit sales in March the phones will be sold unlocked and contract free.
Lenovo has just announced the Moto G5 and G5 Plus. Different in terms of size, power and camera specs both phones offer premium looking design for less.
The most noticeably upgrade in the Moto G5 is its built. When constructing the phone Lenovo used a lot more metal than ever before. Although the handset’s sides are still plastic with a convincing metal finish, its removable back cover is made entirely out of metal. Under that cover you may find a removable 2,800 mAh battery and microSD card slot. The more expensive G5 Plus is deprived of the removable back which results in better aesthetics. Furthermore, the phone is also kept alive by a bigger 3,000 mAh battery. Both models support fast charging mode.
Another thing that differs the Moto G5 from its 5.5-inch predecessor is that it houses a smaller only 5-inch screen panel which gives the phone a really compact form. Those in need for a bigger display may opt for the G5 Plus hiding a 5.2-inch screen panel. Even though both handsets feature various size-factors they offer a similar image quality. The 1080p resolution screen delivers decent color performance close to the one provided by the Samsung Galaxy A5 or the HTC U Play.
Except for screen size and differences in design, the phones differ in terms of power. The Moto G5 is driven by a Snapdragon 430 processor, while the Moto G5 Plus works on Snapdragon 625 coupled with 2 or 4 GB RAM dependently on the region. Both handsets run Android 7.0 Nougat out of box, but offer different storage capacity. The G5 is available in 16GB and 32GB versions, whereas the G5 Plus delivers 32GB or 64GB of native storage, optionally.
Moving on to the optics, here we can also observe some disparities. The Moto G5 arrives with a 13MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus shooting 1080p videos, whereas the Moto G5 Plus is equipped with a higher-end 12MP primary sensor sporting dual autofocus and wider f/1.7 aperture capable to record 4K videos. As for front-facing sensor, both devices feature 5MP units.
Although both devices feature fingerprint scanner for better data protection, they sadly lack NFC and presumably LTE, as it hasn’t been mentioned in any sources so far. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.2., Wi-Fi, 3.5mm headphone jack and microUSB port.
The Moto G5 looks like a really solid low-end phone that may be easy recommended to all non-tech obsessed users. Those needing a bit more powerful device may take a look at the Moto G5 Plus. Scheduled to hit the market sometime in March both phones will be sold contract-free. The Moto G5 will be most likely priced at $170 for the basic model with 2GB RAM and 16GB of built in storage. Meanwhile, the Moto G5 Plus, the only model to debut the US market, will cost $229.