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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 16:06

Moto G5 and G5 Plus – quality smartphones at affordable prices


The Moto G “heritage” is one of premium features without a premium price tag. The all-new Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus remain true to this legacy, delivering what people want most without a premium price.

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.

The Moto G is proof that a premium phone with a great camera does not have to cost $1000 or more. The Asian competition knows this and has all but annihilated high cost, snob brands in China and elsewhere.

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.

G5 G5 Plus
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
Android 7 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.

Moto G5 


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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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