The Moto G lineup has been quite popular in India courtesy of its combination of specifications, features and the price tag. Under Lenovo s stewardship, Motorola has now unveiled its latest Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus smartphones at the ongoing MWC 2017. While the formula largely remains the same, this time around the design has been overhauled, and there s a step up in terms of the overall build quality. Having spent some time using both the smartphones, here are my first impressions. Also Read - Motorola Defy 2021 rugged phone with 48MP camera, IP68 rating announcedAlso Read - Motorola Edge 2021 series to get 108-megapixel main camera as standard
Both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus don t look anything like their respective predecessors. If anything, they do resemble the more expensive Moto Z lineup a bit. Gone is the plastic body, and now there s generous use of aluminum which has really upped the premium factor on both the devices, and they feel quite sturdy in the hand. What s surprising however is that the back panel on the Moto G5 is removable, which is not the case with the Moto G5 Plus. Also Read - Best smartphones for photography under Rs 20,000 to gift for Father's Day
Though there s again quite a bit of difference between the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus, unlike last year, both devices now boast a fingerprint sensor embedded into the home button. The physical button up front also supports gestures, so you can swipe to go back to the previous screen, or simply keep your finger on top to return to the home screen. ALSO READ: Motorola Moto G5 vs Moto G4: What s new
The Moto G5 flaunts a 5-inch full HD display, and is powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon 430 SoC. It also comes with 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM options depending on the region. Storage options on offer are 16GB and 32GB, with an option to expand the memory using a microSD card. In the little time that I spent with the device, the overall performance was pretty smooth, and much of that comes down to the fact that the smartphone runs on a near-stock Android Nougat 7.0 out-of-the-box.
The Moto G5 Plus, on the other hand, comes with a 5.2-inch full HD display, and is powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon 625 SoC, which is known for the balance it offers between power and battery efficiency. The performance on the Moto G5 Plus is pretty smooth as well, with little to complain about in the time I spent with the device. We will however take a closer look at the smartphones performance when we review them. ALSO READ: Moto G5 Plus to launch in India on March 15: Price, specifications and features
The difference between the two smartphones continues over to the photography department as well. Where the Moto G5 is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear snapper with f/2.0 lens, the Moto G5 Plus is equipped with a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture. In the little time I spent with the smartphones, camera performance was over average at best, and there s not a huge improvement over the cameras on last year s Moto G4. The one big difference however is the addition of Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), wherein both rear cameras can focus on a subject at the blink of an eye.
Speaking of software, both Moto smartphones run on Android Nougat out-of-the-box with a near-stock experience. A few customizations include Moto Display to show notifications, and an option to disable the on-screen buttons. With this mode enabled, you will have to swipe on the home button for navigation or to open the multitasking window. Both Moto smartphones are also set to get Google Assistant, but the one s available at the demo zone didn t seem to have the option enabled.
Last year, the Moto G4 smartphones launched in a highly competitive price segment, and this year is no different. The sub-Rs 15,000 segment is still highly competitive with popular smartphones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Redmi Note 4 and the Lenovo Z2 Plus to name a few. The new Moto G5 smartphones may not seem like a huge improvement over their predecessors, but the upgrades have been made at the right places — display, processor and design. We will take a much closer look at both the smartphones when they launch in India on March 15. Until then stay tuned.