The newest members of the Moto G family feature crafted metal design — a first for Moto G — and powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processors.
Described by mobility media at Mobile World Congress as “The best budget phones just got better”, these devices start from US$299 for the 3/32GB version and feature a 5/5.2” screen, Qualcomm quick charge 3.0, almost pure Android 7, and sturdy aluminum frame construction.
Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus will be available beginning in March in various countries across Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America. Australian pricing and availability for the G5 and G5 Plus will be announced soon.
Moto has a strong US heritage and is now owned by Lenovo – you can read the back story here. It is one of the few brands that could upset the Applecart in the next few years.
While there are compromises to bring them in at a lower cost, none affect usability and the G5 and G5 Plus are good value for what they offer.
|5”, 5.2”, 1920 x 1080, 441ppi, IPS LCD||5.2”, 1920 x 1080, 424ppi, IPS LCD|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, eight core 1.4GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, eight-core 2.GHz|
|2/3GB RAM, 16/32GB Storage, microSD||2/4GB RAM., 32/64GB storage, microSD|
|13 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, auto-HDR||12 MP, f/1.7, 1.4 um pixels, dual autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, auto-HDR|
|5 MP, f/2.2|
|Wi-Fi AC, dual band; Wi-Di; Hotspot; Bluetooth 43.2, GPS, NFC, Radio||same|
|144.3 x 73 x 9.5 mm x 145g||150.2 x 74 x 7.7 mm x 155g|
|2800mAH REMOVABLE battery, micro-USB charge||3000-mAh REMOVABLE battery, micro-USB charge|
|Water resistant nano-coating||same|
To be blunt you pay for what you get and the Moto pedigree adds considerable value. It appears the camera is a very strong point and iTWire looks forward to reviewing these soon.