As expected, Motorola has launched the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus in Barcelona at MWC 2017. The new Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus have received a much needed design refresh, with a metal chassis and a circular camera frame at the back. Specifications also see a bump in many departments, while the price stays in the affordable range.
The Moto G5 will start at EUR 199 (roughly Rs. 14,000) for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant and the Moto G5 Plus will be priced at $229 (roughly Rs. 15,300) for the 2GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant, and EUR 279 (roughly Rs. 19,700) for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant. The price of the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant of the Moto G5 Plus is not clear at this moment.
Lenovo is expected to launch the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus in India sometime in March. The devices are expected to launch in various markets, with India being in the priority list. Motorola announced that India is on the second spot when it comes to market share, and rakes in about 10 percent of overall sales. Other international markets include the US, and UK as well.
Both the smartphones come with fingerprint scanners in the front underneath the Home Button. However, the big highlight is that the devices integrate Google Assistant, a feature first exclusive only to the Pixel devices. Both the smartphones come with Motorola exclusive features such as Moto Display, Actions, twist gesture, and a One Button Nav mode that lets users navigate the interface with swipes on the fingerprint scanner, which would be useful as a one-handed mode on the larger G5 Plus.
Also, the duo runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. It will be available from March in Lunar Grey, and Fine Gold colour variants. Three carrier subscribers will get an exclusive Sapphire Blue variant as well.
Beginning with the Moto G5, the smartphone features a 5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display and be powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 processor. It offers 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, with the option to expand further via a a microSD card slot(up to 128GB). The Moto G5 packs a 2800mAh removable battery with support for fast charging. As for optics, the Moto G5 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, and dual-LED flash, and a 5-megapixel wide-angle front camera for selfies.
Coming to the Motorola G5 Plus, the smartphone features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display. It is powered by the 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, and offers 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB RAM models depending on the region. It offers either 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage, with the option to expand further via a microSD card slot (up to 128GB).
In the camera department, the Moto G5 Plus sports 'the most advanced' 12-megapixel rear camera with dual autofocus, 4K video recording, f/1.7 aperture, and dual-LED flash. The Moto G5 Plus packs a 3000mAh non-removable battery with TurboPower charging that claims to give you six hours' worth of battery life in just 15 minutes.
Corrigendum: An earlier version of this article incorrectly converted EUR 280 to roughly Rs. 15,300. The error is regretted.