MWC 2017: Moto G5 attempts to combine style with substance

The new Moto G5 and G5 Plus are focusing on Chinese rivals as they have equipped themselves to take on the affordable Android segment


Motorola has upgraded the Moto G line-up of budget smartphones at the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona.
Motorola has upgraded the Moto G line-up of budget smartphones at the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona.

Lenovo’s sub-brand Motorola has upgraded the Moto G line-up of budget smartphones at the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona. Dubbed as the Moto G5 and G5 plus, the two smartphones will be available in North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific in March.

The entry-level variant of the Moto G5, which offers 32GB internal storage, will start at $229 (approximately Rs15,260), while the entry-level model of the G5 Plus with 32GB storage will start at $259 (approximately Rs17,259).

New design language

The new Moto G smartphones bring a new design language to the series. The plastic bodied Moto G smartphones are now a thing of the past. The Moto G5 and G5 Plus have a full metal body with closed battery. The metal finish will put it at par with the more premium looking smartphones from Xiaomi, Meizu and LeEco. What gives the new Moto devices an upper hand is their splash-resistant coating which makes it more rugged. The fingerprint sensor on the front panel looks like a home button, but only serves as the fingerprint sensor like last year’s Moto G4 Plus.

The new smartphones are also technically more powerful than their predecessors. The Moto G5 will be driven by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor and has a 2,800mAh battery, while the Moto G5 Plus runs on Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, which also powers the likes of Moto Z Play (Rs24,999) and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Rs9,999 onwards). It comes with a 3,000mAh battery.

Smaller screen

The Moto G5 is the smaller of the two phones. It has a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1,920x1,080p, while the Moto G5 Plus has a 5.2-inch display with 1,920x1,080p.

This comes as a surprise as the Moto G4 and G4 Plus came with a much bigger 5.5-inch display.

This is likely to make users who have now got accustomed to a bigger screen a little disappointed.

Both Moto G5 and G5 Plus run the latest Android Nougat with stock Android interface.

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