It’s been a while since we had this much excitement about an upcoming phone. But then Moto series, since it was relaunched with the Moto X and Moto G a few years ago, has always created a lot of buzz. The Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus are no different. In fact, they are the talk of the town in particular because the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus were a rather common looking. Even though these — Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus — are two good phones, people are hoping that the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus will bring back the sex (to quote Steve Jobs) back to the Moto series.
Incidentally, last night we got some a big drop on the upcoming Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus. There was a big leak, which revealed almost everything about the new Motos. So what do we know about them so far? A lot actually. And until these devices are formally launched, this is all that you also need to know.
Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus Price: Currently this is the big unknown. Although some information has leaked. But on the basis of the hardware that leaked last night it looks that the earlier pricing information was a little higher than expected. The leaked prices were Euros 189 for the Moto G5 and Euros 300 for the Moto G5 Plus. But on the basis of hardware, we feel that here in India the Moto G5 will cost somewhere under the Rs 10,000 while the Moto G5 Plus will sell for around Rs 15,000.
Launch in India: The new Moto phones will be launched by Lenovo, which owns Moto brand, at Mobile World Congress, possibly on February 26. In India, the phones will possibly launch around 2 to 3 weeks after the MWC launch.
Processor: This is where it gets interesting. The Moto G5 is said to use the Snapdragon 430 processor, which is slower than the Snapdragon 617. This is why we at India Today Tech feel that the Moto G5 will cost less than Rs 10,000 and will in fact replace the Moto E series, which will get the axe. This is also possibly the reason why the Moto E Power, which was launched just a several months ago has not been given the Android Nougat update.
The Moto G5 Plus, meanwhile, will use the Snapdragon 625 processor, which is the same one that powers the Redmi Note 4. It is a good processor which has a lot of power as well as is frugal enough to offer good battery life.
Software: Both the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus will use Android Nougat. As usual, expect Motorola to bundle a few Moto features with the Android Nougat.
Design: This is one area where the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus look to be very different from the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus. Although the basic contours, the rounded edges seem to be similar to the existing Moto phones, the overall style of the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus seems to be reminiscent of the Moto Z Play, which is a much better looking phone. The new Moto G5 phones also seem to have metal bodies that will give them an edge over others in the market.
Sadly, one aspect of the design is not changing and that is the fingerprint sensor. It is on the front, and that seems to again — similar to how it did with the Moto G4 Plus — take away from the coherency of the design.
Storage and RAM: The Moto G5 will have 32GB internal storage and 2GB RAM. The Moto G5 Plus will get 64GB storage and 2GB RAM. Plenty we say.
Screen size: This is another area where Motorola is doing some rethinking. The Moto G5 seems to have a 5-inch screen with fullHD resolution. Bravo for the high-resolution, although the size of the screen is smaller than what you get with the G4. This is another sign that hints that the G5 is going to be a sub-Rs 10,000 phone. The G5, meanwhile, gets a 5.2-inch screen. This is a good move as the smaller screen size makes the phone more compact.
Features: Just like the other Moto phones, the biggest feature in the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus is going to be the stock Android. At the same time, the Moto G5 phones will also support features like dual-SIM support, fast charging and a hybrid slot for the microSD card.
Battery: Given the fact that the new Moto G5 phones are smaller, the battery too is smaller. The Moto G5 has a battery with capacity of 2800 mAh. The battery inside the Moto G5 Plus will have the capacity of 3000 mAh. Although, given the fact that processors inside the new Moto phones are power efficient users can expect better battery life.
Bigger gap between G5 and G5 Plus: This time around there seems to be a bigger gap between the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus. This is particularly true about the processor. The Moto G5 Plus gets a processor than is so much faster, at least on paper, compared to what is inside the Moto G5.
Mysterious camera in G5 Plus: This is one area where we need more information. But from the leaks we know that the camera inside the Moto G5 Plus uses a 12-megapixel image sensor with dual-pixel autofocus. This is the sort of sensor we have seen inside much more expensive phones like HTC 10, Galaxy S7 and the Google Pixel. Is Moto G5 Plus getting the same image sensor? We don’t know. But if it is indeed the same sensor, expect absolutely fantastic camera performance. The rear camera in the Moto G5, however, seems to be the regular 13-megapixel sensor that we have seen in many phones that cost around Rs 10,000.
And selfie camera: Nothing to see here folks. Both the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus have the 5-megapixel regular selfie camera.
Overall, it seems that the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus are shaping up to be very exciting phones. They definitely look to be better than the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus, especially the Moto G5 Plus. But at the same time, their positioning in the market also seem to be changing with the G5 moving down the ladder while the G5 Plus going up. Of course, a lot of this is right now based on leaks. But come February 26 and we will have a much clearer picture.