Moto G5 Plus Introduction
The American firm Moto has upgraded its flagship Moto G5 in to Moto G5 Plus. The company has unveiled its two latest Moto G series, Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5S Plus at the recently MWC trade show 2017. Both the models are fourth generation and updated with latest technology smartphones. The mobiles have different screen size but they have almost identical features.
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Motorola, which is now a Lenovo-owned company, has launched Moto G5 Plus at a smart price tag of Rs 16,999 in February. But now Moto G5 Plus (32GB, Lunar Grey)Moto G5 Plus is available at only Rs 14,999 in India.
In terms of design and hardware, Lenovo’s brand Motorola has introduced something new in this smartphone. From all these impressions, the Moto G5 Plus has become much better than the previous smartphone of this series. But what would be the right to upgrade to G5 Plus? Is it better than Shaomi and Honor? We used Moto G5 Plus and tried to find an answer to these questions. Read the review:
- It gives a tough competition to the Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4.
- It’s design and performance world class.
- The 4GB Moto G5 Plus gets 8 points out of 10.
Moto G5 Plus Design and Display
The company brought four generations of Moto G series and the Moto tries to bring a brilliant design with its every model. But, the buyers loved only the Moto G as this series comes with high end specifications and an affordable price tag. The Moto G (Gen 2) and Moto G (Gen 3) came with conscious design, but Moto G4 series got with some special features including a fingerprint scanner and metal body.
It is single hand operation phone as its power and volume buttons are located at the right side. And at the bottom of the phone, 3.5mm audio jack and Micro-USB port are featured. You can hold the phone in the hand comfortable as it comes with rounded edges.
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Now the Moto has presented its fifth generation as Moto G5 Plus that comes with an aluminium finish, and the big sceen. The design of Moto G5 Plus looks stunning from the front, and in our opinion, is a huge improvement over its predecessors. The phone is equipped with a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with a full-HD resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 424 pixels per inch. The display is protected by the corning gorilla glass. The size of screen is enough for the videos, movies and games with a great viewing angle and its sunlight is also decent.
- It packs with 5.2 inch LCD display, 16M colors
- Screen Resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 424 pixels per inch
- Metal body with rounded edges
- Dimensions: 150.2*74*7.7mm
- Weight: 155g
Moto G5 Plus Processor and OS
The Motorola Moto G5 Plus is powered by 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 4 GB of RAM. This processor is coupled with Adreno 506 GPU and the same software has been used in its rivals such as Xiaomi Redmi Note and Lenovo P2. The Phone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box.
- Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box
- 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
- 4 GB RAM
- Adreno 506 GPU
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Moto G5 Plus Performance
Motorola Moto G5 runs on Android 7.0. It has an Adreno 506 GPU with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. It is available in 3 GB RAM and 16 GB storage and 4 GB RAM and 32 GB storage options. The microSD card up to 128 GB can be installed in it. We saw Variant with 4GB RAM and 32 GB storage.
Fingerprint sensor worked fast during testing. We ran the Geekbrain test and found its single-core score 784. In this test, its multi-core score was 3741. Total score of AnTuTu Benchmark was 63,349. These scores are good for this segment’s smartphones. If we used it, the performance was very good. There was no problem even in multitasking and the app immediately switched.
Talking about gaming, we played games like WWE Immortals and Justice League and did not notice any kind of problem. Looking at content on full HD display also gives a great experience on this smartphone.
Moto G5 Plus Storage Capacity
The firm was announced three variants of the phone at MWC 2017 with 2GB, 3GB and 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64 GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.
Moto G5 Plus Call quality
Moto G5 Plus has 4G VoLTE. The call quality is quite good. The phone immediately locates the network and somehow the call drop was not even seen (we were at a place where the network is good).
Moto G5 Plus Sound
It can also be used for MicroSD card by removing SIM from the other SIM card slot of the G5 Plus Dual Nano-SIM. It has a mono loudspeaker which is quite good. It would have been nice if the speaker was slightly more loud. This makes sharing the screen with friends.
Moto G5 Plus Software
Here’s the latest version of Android. This includes standard features of NAGT, such as Split View Multitasking and Quick Reply Frames work well. Its interface is very much like stock. There are also no bloatware apps Moto’s gestures make this phone even better.
Moto G5 Plus: Security and Extra Features
The Moto G5 Plus supports two Nano-SIMs. It comes with 4G networks. NFC, VoLTE, and GLONASS are also supported. Talking about the security, it comes with a fingerprint sensor that provides you a better security option instead of password. Extra features of the mobile are 4G VoLTE, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS/GLONASS, microUSB and 3.5mm headphone jack.
- Two Nano-SIMs
- 4G Mobile, Volte Support
- Fingerprint Sensor
- 5mm Headphone Jack
Moto G5 Plus Camera Specification
Now come the Moto G5 Plus Camera, the Smartphone enhances your photograph taking experience as it gets a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front camera. Rear side camera comes with a dual autofocus pixel that helps you while capturing your life moments. The Moto G5 Plus primary camera sports with an f/1.7 aperture and dual LED flash and secondary camera comes with an f/1.2 aperture and display flash. Whereby you can take the picture shots in low lights areas. The camera has 8* digital zoom and an active viewfinder that recognize QR bar codes.
Now come to camera modes, all modes including professional mode are placed at the top right side. You can shots videos in slow motion and panoramas. The camera is capable of recording 4K videos at 30fps, which is a big advantage at this price point. You also get full-HD video recording at 30 and 60fps
- Rear Camera: 12-MP
- Front Camera: 5-MP
Moto G5 Plus Battery Back-up
Moto G5 Plus gets the power from a 3000mAh battery. The firm claims that battery can deliver up to 24 hours of mixed usage inclusing regularly checking emails, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook, using 4G data the entire time. You can watch the HD video around 12 hours and 10 minutes of continuous playback that’s amazing. Seriously, you will get impressed with the TurboPower charging functionality of Moto G5 Plus charger. If you charges mobile then you gets up to nearly 50 percent. The company however claims a more aggressive 60 percent power with just 15 minutes of charging which could be possible in ideal situations.
- 3000 mAh Battery
- 24 Hours Maximum Usage
- 12 Hours HD Video Playback
- Only 12-mintues gets 50 percent
Moto G5 Plus Price, Colors and Accessories
The Moto G5 Plus has been priced at Rs 16,999 in India but currently you can buy the phone at 13,999 at various online ecommerce portals. The mobile is available in Lunar Grey and Fine Gold colours. When, you get the Moto G5 Plus.The box peaks with a TurboPower charger in the retail box along with a Micro-USB cable and earphones. You can also find in the box the usual documentation and a SIM ejector tool with the Moto logo.
Moto G5 Plus Specification Summery
Body: Polycarbonate with aluminum back, Gorilla Glass 3, water-repellent nano coating
Display: 5.2-inch, 1920×1080 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
Moto G5 Plus Verdict: Buy or Not
Motorola has done a great job by switching to a metal body instead of plastic bodies. In result there is improvement in quality of the device and look like a premium phone. G5 Plus is better than its last Variant G4 Plus. There is more to all the good things of Moto G4 Plus.
Its design looks like the expensive Moto Z smartphone. Those who want to buy good phones at low budget will like it. It is a Value for Money Smartphone for Rs 16,999. You can also consider purchasing the Wave Honor 6X (Grey, 64GB) in the same range.