LG just unveiled the G6, and now it is Lenovo’s and Motorola’s turn. This time Motorola is focusing in on its popular G-Series that strives to be a premium device that has an affordable price. The G5 is the entry level of affordability here, and the G5 Plus pushes the bar a little higher. Both of these devices will be launching in lunar gray and fine gold. While they are similar devices, there are some key differences.
For starters, the Moto G5 goes for an all metal design, something that is noted quite heavily in the announcement. Motorola has found that around 48% of people, who were asked for this survey, prefer metal to plastic. The G5 is running Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box with some customizations, and these are generally good ones. Even better, the G5 will eventually get The Google Assitant. It is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core processor with either 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. Motorola has managed to get a 2,800mAh battery inside that has quick charging capabilities. The camera setup seems like it will do, as you get a 13-megapixel lens on the back that can handle Full HD recording. The front gets a 5-megapixel camera for selfies.
Now, the Moto G5 Plus is a bit more expensive but comes with some better features. Starting off you still get a metal design, but a larger 3,000mAh battery is inside. This battery can charge very quick with TurboPower. It has a 1080p 5.2-inch display and is running Android 7.1 Nougat. Plus The Google Assistant is also coming to the G5 Plus. The back features a 12-megapixel lens, which Motorola is calling the most advanced camera in its class. You still get a wide-angle 5-megapixel camera on the front as well. The G5 Plus is powered by a faster 2.0GHz octa-core processor with either 2GB or 4GB of RAM, depending on your region.
On paper, these two new affordable smartphones from Motorola seem pretty good. They deliver a substantial upgrade to last year’s Moto G series. The G5 and G5 Plus will begin their respective launches in MArch of this year. It appears that the United States will get the G5 Plus for $229 unlocked, but we are not sure if the G5 will land here.