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Metal body Moto G5 and G5 Plus to deliver 'premium for all'

by Mark Tyson on 27 February 2017, 16:01

Tags: Motorola (NYSE:MSI)

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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


5.0in full-HD, Gorilla Glass 3

5.2in full-HD

Operating system

Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat


1.4GHz Snapdragon 430

2GHz Snapdragon 625


Adreno 505

Adreno 506







microSD support

up to 128GB

up to 128GB

Primary camera

13Mp (f/2.0)

12Mp Sony IMX260 (f/1.7)

Selfie camera



Fingerprint scanner

Yes (doubles as home button)

Yes (doubles as home button)


4G, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2

4G, 802.11n Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2





2,800mAh +TurboCharge

3,000mAh +TurboCharge








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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It interesting to see the difference between these G5 models vs the G4s. The G5 is closer to the G4 play budget model with a 400 series snapdragon… I guess they felt they needed to differentiate the plus a little more this time round.

I'm also a little disappointed at the price. A G4 plus that isn't much lower spec is £180 and a G4 regular has hit £130 recently. Shame really as I was expecting to pick up one of these plus models but that close enough cost wise to an 800 series snapdragon phone (Oneplus two for example).