The newly unveiled Moto G5 Plus smartphone is set to launch in India on March 15, bringing competition to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, which is dominating the sub-Rs. 15,000 segment presently. Flipkart has told Gadgets 360 that the new Moto G5 Plus will be available exclusively to the e-commerce site, something that the startup has already started teasing on social media. More importantly, we have has learned that the Moto G5 Plus India release date will also be March 15, same as its launch.
Talking to Gadgets 360, Ayyappan Rajgopal, Director of Smartphones at Flipkart, spoke about the importance of the Moto G brand to Flipkart. "The Moto G is not like every other product because the Moto G is the one which changed the way the smartphones starting getting sold on online platform. So, this is different kind of product which started bringing customers to online channel so until then it was all your regular brands like Samsung or Apple which were available via traditional channels. But, with first-generation Moto G this started changing," said Rajgopal.
With the Moto G4 series being available on rival Amazon, Rajgopal called the Moto G5 again being exclusive to Flipkart a homecoming for the Moto G line.
For those unaware, Motorola's first Moto G smartphone was made exclusively available in India back in 2014 via Flipkart. The exclusivity, however, didn't last forever as Moto in September 2015 announced to expand their availability to sell its Moto-range of devices in India on other platforms like Amazon.
Additionally, one of the sources close to Flipkart revealed to Gadgets 360 that the Moto brand and Flipkart are together set to cross the 10-million-smartphones-sold mark together - a milestone they will certainly pass when the Moto G5 Plus sales begin in the country.
The source also revealed while a March 15 release date is being considered for the Moto G5 Plus' availability in India via Flipkart, a final decision has yet to be taken by both the brands.
Some of the recent Moto smartphones that have been exclusive to Flipkart include the Moto E3 Power and Moto M. In our discussion, Rajgopal claimed both these smartphones saw a huge response from Indian customers, with the Moto E3 Power selling over 100,000 phones on its first sale day, while the Moto M went out of stock in its first sale.
Separately, in an emailed statement, Moto revealed that Flipkart will have "interesting launch offers for the Moto G5 Plus".
For pricing, the Moto G5 Plus was launched at $229 (roughly Rs. 15,300) for the 2GB of RAM with 32GB storage model, and EUR 279 (roughly Rs. 19,700) for the 3GB of RAM with 32GB storage variant. The price of the 4GB of RAM with 64GB storage Moto G5 Plus variant was not announced at MWC 2017.