It was that time of the year again, when Motorola came out with the latest launches in its G series and no one was disappointed, as always. This year's lineup was same as last year with two devices including Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. Both these handsets flaunt the new design philosophy that has been adopted by the brand since its last flagship launch. The Moto G5 Plus is the bigger of the two and comes with good specifications as well, though not much different from G5. Here is a brief overview of the device for those who are looking for a powerful smartphone in budget.
Interactive fingerprint scanner: One of the grievance we had with the last G4 Plus was that the fingerprint scanner on the front was just meant to unlock the device and did not serve as the home button. Motorola has changed the same in the new launch as it comes with a fingerprint scanner, which not only unlocks the device but also supports gesture for back and home. This is a welcome change and the on-screen soft keys can now be hidden as well.
Stock Android 7.0 Nougat: One of the biggest advantage of owning any Motorola handset was that they come with a near stock Android operating system, which makes them easy to use and operate. Moto G5 Plus too comes with the same near stock operating system and this time it is the latest Android 7.0 Nougat, which is a huge benefit.
Snapdragon 625: In any device, the processor running the show plays a huge role in deciding the user experience. Motorola has equipped the Moto G5 Plus with the Snapdragon 625 processor, which is an Octa-core processor clocked at 2 GHz. However, that is not the talking point of the processor. This processor is known for its balance between performance and battery efficiency, which makes this handset a great performer.
Phase Detection Auto Focus: This time around, the handset maker has gone for a 12 Megapixels snapper on the back with bigger pixels and lesser aperture. What this means is that the camera is significantly better than its predecessor. The inclusion of Phase Detection Auto Focus is the cherry on the top, as it can focus on any subject in a blink of the eye.
Metal build: So far, we witnessed Motorola launching its Moto series with plastic build, which was a given considering that these were budget smartphones. However, this time around, Motorola decide to step it up a notch as Moto G5 Plus comes with the same metallic build as Moto M and feels quite premium in hand.
Not much of an upgrade over Moto G4 Plus: Apart from the design, improved fingerprint scanner and processor, there is not much difference over the last handset. In case you already have a Moto G4 Plus, there is no reason for you to go for the new handset unless you want the new age design and fingerprint.
|General Specifications||Launch Date||March 15, 2017|
|Color||Lunar Gray, Fine Gold|
|SIM Card||Dual Nano SIM|
|Operating System||Android v7.0 (Nougat)
Upgradable To V8.1 (Oreo)
|Phone Body||Case: Metal Back: Metal Side: Metal|
|Dimensions||150.2 x 74 x 7.7 mm|
|Processor & RAM||Processor||2 GHz Tru-Octa Core 64 bit (Cortex A53)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953|
|Display||Size||5.2 inches (13.21 cm)|
Corning Gorilla Class 3
|Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels, Full HD|
|Pixel Density||424 ppi|
|Screen to Body Ratio||66.91 %|
|Other Input Features||Multi-touch|
Dual-color LED Flash
|Rear Camera Sensor||CMOS image sensor|
|Rear Camera Aperture||f/1.7|
|Front Camera Aperture||f/2.2|
|Rear Camera Features||Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Burst Mode|
|Rear Auto Focus||
Dual Pixel autofocus
1080p@30fps, Full HD
Digital Zoom, Up To 8x
|Battery||Battery Capacity||3000 mAh|
|Battery Type||Li-ion, Non Removable|
Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n/n 5GHz
|USB Port||microUSB 2.0|
|Entertainment & Multimedia||Ringtone||Music ringtones, Vibration|
|Storage||Internal Storage||16 GB|
Up to 128 GB
|Calling & Messaging||Phone Book||
|Additional Information||Items in the Box||Handset with built-in Battery, Earphone, Charger, USB Cable, SIM Eject Tool, User Manual, Warranty Card|