Metal body Moto G5 and G5 Plus to deliver ‘premium for all’

Motorola again attempts to hit that magical smartphone sweet spot that provides a premium experience without breaking the bank. Now in their fifth generation the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus seek to deliver a “photographer-quality camera,” a powerful battery, and “striking screen resolution and display,” – at an affordable price. Attempting to balance a cherry on these cakes Moto has also come forward with a metal body design and new look for the well regarded value conscious mobiles.

Beyond the obvious differences in size, as is often the case nowadays the Plus model packs more powerful hardware and can offer improved RAM and storage options. For an easy to digest information blast check out the following comparison table:

Moto G5 Moto G5 Plus
Display 5.0in full-HD, Gorilla Glass 3 5.2in full-HD
Operating system Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat
Processor 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 2GHz Snapdragon 625
Graphics Adreno 505 Adreno 506
RAM 2GB 2GB/4GB
Storage 16GB/32GB 32GB/64GB
microSD support up to 128GB up to 128GB
Primary camera 13Mp (f/2.0) 12Mp Sony IMX260 (f/1.7)
Selfie camera 5Mp 5Mp
Fingerprint scanner Yes (doubles as home button) Yes (doubles as home button)
Connectivity 4G, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 4G, 802.11n Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2
Waterproof Splashproof Splashproof
Battery 2,800mAh +TurboCharge 3,000mAh +TurboCharge
Dimensions 144.3×9.5x73mm 150.2×7.9x74mm
Weight 145g 155g

Some other differences that aren’t listed in the table are that the G5 has a removable battery. Photo fans might be more interested in the G5 plus which packs the same sensor as the Samsung Galaxy S7 but doesn’t feature an OIS lens system.

Pricing is very important for most smartphones but especially these Motos which aim at the mid-market. In the UK the Moto G5 has an RRP of £169 for the 2GB RAM version, with the 3GB version just £10 more. The G5 Plus with 3GB and 32GB of storage will be priced at £259. Moto in the USA market will only distribute the larger model. Launch for the G5 is set for March with the G5 Plus released a little later in ‘spring’.

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