Motorola has expanded its product range with the budget level G5 and G5 Plus. The 5-inch and 5.2-inch devices are almost identical in looks. Although the larger G5 Plus manages to pull in much better hardware.
The Moto G5’s 5-inch display has a Full HD resolution, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. It’s distinctly midranged for the smartphone, which is likely where Motorola intends this to end up. Memory options come in either 2GB and 3GB options. That being said, the amount of RAM is determined by region. The same goes for the 16GB and 32GB storage options.
A similar situation exists for the Moto G5 Plus, with different markets receiving different RAM and storage configurations. These range across 2GB and 4GB RAM; and 16GB and 64GB internal storage. On the other hand, the G5 Plus is powered by a much more substantial Snapdragon 625 processor; which is very welcome.
Having only 16GB storage on a midrange devices is a little disappointing, but it looks like Motorola is banking on the microSD storage to make up for this deficit.
Rear cameras are 13MP and 12MP sensors on the G5 and G5 Plus respectively. What is interesting is that the 12MP on the G5 Plus has a aperture of f/1.7 with extra large pixels. The front camera on both phones is the same 5MP sensor.
Motorola has equipped both the smartphones with a fingerprint sensor, which is quite a feature considering the price point of the devices. Ideally, this would be complemented by NFC technology for use with electronic payment services. Which is only the case with the Moto G5 Plus. Curiously, the US variant of the smartphone seems to lack his capability.
The Moto G5 will be sold starting from €199 with 2GB RAM/16GB storage. While the Moto G5 Plus starts at $229 with 2GB RAM/32GB storage and €279 for 3GB RAM/32GB storage. We have no idea why the prices are listed in such a way, but it is perhaps an indication of which regional availability. Both smartphones will be appearing in their respective markets in March.