At the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona, Lenovo-owned Motorola announced two new smartphones. Successor to the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, the new Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus include better specifications and are up for a fierce competition in the mid-range segment. These smartphones will be available in fine gold and lunar gray color options, marking a shift from the conventional look and feel of the Moto G-range. The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus will go on sale globally in March, priced at $210 (approximately Rs 14,000) and $229 (approximately Rs 15,300) respectively.
Given that there won’t be much of a price difference when the smartphones launch in India, will it be worth the wait? We compare the new lineup running Android 7.0 Nougat with the older Moto G4 and G4 Plus to find out what’s new and whether you should upgrade.
Moto G5 vs Moto G4
What’s changed: One of the noticeable differences between the Moto G5 and the Moto G4 is the presence of the fingerprint sensor. Last year, the company added the biometric authentication sensor only on the higher-priced G4 Plus. However, given that fingerprint sensor has become the new industry standard, Motorola has now included it in even the lower-priced Moto G5.
Under the hood, the Moto G5 packs Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC with up to 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and 2,800mAh battery. In comparison, the Moto G4 houses Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB of internal storage and 3,00omAh battery.
What’s unchanged: The Moto G5 features the same camera specifications as the predecessor with a 13-megapixel rear camera along with a 5-megapixel front snapper.
Moto G5 Plus vs Moto G4 Plus
What’s changed: Interestingly, the display size of the Moto G5 Plus has shrunk this year. It comes with a 5.2-inch full HD display while the Moto G4 Plus features a slightly larger 5.5-inch full HD display. There’s certainly an improvement in terms of the chipset used. The Moto G5 Plus uses a Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with up to 4GB of RAM and 32/64GB of internal storage. In comparison, the Moto G4 Plus houses a Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor with 2GB/4GB of RAM and 16GB/64GB of internal storage. ALSO READ: Moto G5, G5 Plus launched at MWC 2017: Specifications and features
Additionally, the megapixel count has also been brought down this year. The Moto G5 Plus now comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera with dual autofocus pixels and f/1.7 aperture. It is accompanied with color balancing LED flash. There’s 8X digital zoom for photos along with 4K ultra HD video recording capability @30fps. For selfies, the 5-megapixel front shooter has been upgraded with subtle features including wide-angle lens and professional mode. In comparison, the Moto G4 Plus features a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and PDAF.
What’s unchanged: The battery capacity on the G5 Plus stays intact as its predecessor. It is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery with Motorola’s TurboPower fast charging technology.
In case you are mulling an upgrade to the newer Moto G lineup, it is wiser to consider the Moto G5 for the biometric authentication sensor, improved chipset, and of course the price difference if compared to the Moto G5 Plus. However, the (slightly) larger Moto G5 Plus has the advantage in terms of battery capacity and better specifications.
|Specification||Moto G5||Moto G4||Moto G5 Plus||Moto G4 Plus|
|Display||5-inch FHD||5.5-inch FHD||5.2-inch FHD||5.5-inch FHD|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor|
|Storage||16GB/32GB expandable||16GB/32GB (expandable up to 128GB)||32GB/64GB (expandable up to 128GB)||16GB/64GB (expandable up to 128GB)|
|Battery||2,800mAh||3,000mAh||3,000mAh with TurboPower||3,000mAh with TurboPower|
|OS||Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow||Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow|
|Price||$210 (approximately Rs 14,000)||Rs 10,499||$229 (approximately Rs 15,250)||Rs 12,499|