Moto G5 Plus preview: A closer look

A closer look

GSMArena team, 22 May 2017.

Introduction

Last month we took a look at the Moto G5, one of the two Moto G models released this year. What we saw left us a bit unimpressed; while it was definitely a budget phone, it lacked the level of performance and no-compromise experience that the brand stood for.

Today we have with us the Moto G5 Plus, evidently the more premium model. The Plus makes fewer cutbacks across the board, by having a superior set of hardware and build quality.

Moto G5 Plus review

The Moto G has come a long way from its humble beginnings back in 2013. The phone single handedly kickstarted the $200 budget Android smartphone segment and it did so with few compromises on the core smartphone experience.

Since then we have had several revisions every year and with each one the Moto G evolved and changed. Some would say not all the changes were for the better and that the evolving market and increasing competition may have forced some changes that might not appeal to those that bought the first generation model. Things such as a larger display, which meant that the Moto G is nowhere near as compact and easy to use as it once used to be.

Despite this, the Moto G continues to attract customers who have come to expect a level of quality and reliability from the brand. And although the prices have changed over the years, it still remains one of the most affordable smartphones in its segment.

Moto G5 Plus key features

  • Body: Polycarbonate with aluminum back, Gorilla Glass 3, water-repellent nano coating
  • Display: 5.2-inch, 1920x1080 IPS LCD, 424 PPI
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 2.0GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU, Adreno 506 GPU, 3/4GB RAM
  • Storage: 16/32GB internal, microSD expansion
  • Rear Camera: 12 megapixel, f1.7, dual pixel PDAF, two tone LED flash, 4K30/1080p60/720p120 video, EIS
  • Front Camera: 5 megapixel, f2.2, 1080p30/480p120 video
  • SIM: Dual nano SIM support
  • Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS/GLONASS, microUSB, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Battery: 3000mAh non-removable, QuickCharge 2.0 support
  • Misc: Fingerprint sensor, front-ported loudspeaker, FM Radio, Moto Actions

Main shortcomings

  • Large bezels
  • Minor performance issues
  • No USB-C connector
  • No EIS in 4K and 1080p60 mode

Now, specs aren't everything and we will reserve final judgment for the end but on paper the G5 Plus stacks up quite well and is a reasonable improvement over the G5.

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Moto G5 Plus official photos

Among the improvements are a larger display, a faster Snapdragon 625, and improved camera sensor on the back, and a larger battery.

We will have to see how all these specs translate in the real world.

Reader comments

  • Shaan

Using for 2 years.. model X1686...man its going quite fine.. I use it 16 hours a day... still going strong....No issues!

  • tad

moto g5 plus - 5 months, going strong. excellent in everything...

  • ramesh

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