Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are official

Motorola, now owned by Lenovo, has showcased the Moto G5 and G5 Plus, Android handsets created to appeal to people who want affordable alternative to expensive flagships smartphones from Samsung and Huawei. The Moto G5's pricing starts at €199 (and is not coming to the US) and will launch in March.

With such promise, the company has now sent out press invites for an event in Delhi on March 15 where it will be launching the Moto G5 Plus smartphone for the Indian market. Keeping the tradition, Motorola has released two phones under Moto G5 series called Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus.

Anyhow, the new Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are successors to last year's models and feature a metal design.

The Moto G5 and G5 Plus retain the sam Full HD displays as the Moto G4 and G4 Plus, but this time they measure in at 5in and 5.2in, respectively. The major improvement can be noticed in the processor, which is Qualcomm Snapdragon 14nm 625 SoC. Moto G5 Plus will come in different RAM and storage versions - 2 GB RAM + 32 GB ROM and 4 GB RAM + 64 GB ROM. Inside, the G5 sports a 1.4GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. You will also have a microSD card slot to expand the storage up to 128GB Camera wise, the Moto G5 Plus has a primary camera of 12-megapixel f/1.7 camera with LED flash and a front-facing camera of 5-megapixel with f/2.2 aperture. The camera on the front is a 5MP sensor.

Also housed in an aluminum shell, the Moto G5 Plus features a 12MP camera with Dual Autofocus Pixels for quicker focusing by utilizing 10x more pixels on the sensor. The battery is measured in at 3000mAh, and it supports Motorola's Turbo Charging feature.

Android 7 Nougat is present and correct, which Motorola has left nearly completely un-touched, which should appeal to Android purists. A 2,800mAh battery backs the Moto G5 while a 3,000mAh battery powers the Moto G5 Plus.

Unlike their predecessors, the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus have fewer similarities in their hardware. Both will be available in three colours: Lunar Grey and Fine Gold, plus the O2-exclusive blue. The bigger Moto G5 Plus which is 7.7mm thick weighs slightly heavier at 155g.

The Moto G5 Plus price was announced at $229 for the 2GB/32GB variant or €279 for the 3GB/32GB variant, which gives an indicator of which models will arrive where.

  • Arturo Norris