Motorola Moto G 5G Plus review

GSMArena team, 29 July 2020.

Smooth LCD with two cutouts

The 1080 x 2520px resolution of the 6.7" display makes up for an extra tall 21:9 aspect ratio. The 90Hz refresh rate enables buttery-smooth animations and gameplay for supported titles and you get HDR10 support too. Interestingly enough, we couldn't make it to work in the Netflix app, but YouTube had no issues serving HDR content. Perhaps it's a glitch that Motorola and Netflix will quickly resolve as the Netflix's app clearly stated that the Moto G 5G Plus supports the Widevine L1.

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Moving to the actual tests - with the slider cranked up manually to 100%, the display hits 443 nits and when set to auto mode, it can go up to 543 nits in bright environments. That's not very bright compared to other phones in the same class, but should still provide sufficient legibility in any lighting conditions.

Display test 100% brightness
Black,cd/m2 White,cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus 0.349 443 1269:1
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus (Max Auto) 0.466 543 1165:1
Motorola Moto G Pro 0.296 421 1422:1
Motorola Moto G Pro (Max Auto) 0.452 642 1420:1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G 0 442
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (Max Auto) 0 610
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite 0 424
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite (Max Auto) 0 596
Realme 6 0.343 451 1315:1
Realme 6 Pro 0.318 421 1324:1

Color accuracy is the biggest issue of the display. With the default Saturated color mode, the average dE2000 is 6.3 and a maximum deviation of 12. As usual, whites and grays are way off, getting closer to blue while cyans, purples, yellows, blues and reds, are a bit overly saturated. Going for the natural mode does improve color accuracy quite a bit lowering the average dE2000 to 3.1 but also lowering the maximum brightness down to 392 nits. Whites, grays and cyans remain somewhat inaccurate.

Battery life

The Moto G 5G Plus boasts a 5,000 mAh battery, which proved to be more than enough to power up the current hardware for hours on end. We are pretty happy with the talk time and the screen-on tests. We ran the web browsing test at 90Hz while the video was at 60Hz because the adaptive refresh rate option switches back to 60Hz when you don't need the extra refresh rate - like with videos and with static images.

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Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSerDevice app. The endurance rating above denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Motorola Moto G 5G Plus for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so that our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritty. You can check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

The 20W fast charging, while better than nothing only fills 35% of the admittedly large battery in 30 minutes, while a full recharge took approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Speaker test

The Moto G 5G Plus has a single, bottom-firing loudspeaker as most phones do and it's not particularly impressive in any aspect. The whole sound experience can be described as average - in terms of quality and loudness.

Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal "0db" flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.

Audio output quality

We've recently discontinued our audio output quality test.

The reason for that is that most phones that arrived for testing were already excellent in this regard and whatever difference there was, it was marginal and probably indistinguishable to anything but our lab equipment.

Reader comments

  • Didier

I think this smartphone is performing great for it's value. Good 90hz screen, videos look smooth. Good GPU, most games run very well, even Fortnite. Overal good choice. I was only shocked by the extremely poor camera quality. My old Huawei P20 l...

An overall rating of 3.4 seems to be unreasonable. This phone has everything an average user needs: • Stock Android • audio jack • SD card slot • 90 Hz, HDR10 display (LCD: durable with accurate colors) • great cameras for casual us...

  • Anonymous

true... now it depends on use cases and possibly how long one keeps a phone... i have some collections and use them from time to time, so i want a phone that is "collectible and usable"... both types have pros and cons... like oled on m...