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Moto G5 and G5 Plus won’t win the specs war, but they’re worth a look

In Phones by Ramon Lopez2 Comments

LENOVO-OWNED Motorola didn’t unveil a new top-end phone at this year’s Mobile World Congress [MWC] in Barcelona. Instead, we got a duo of midrange handsets — the Moto G5 (click for complete specs) and the Moto G5 Plus (click for full specs) — that will jointly carry the torch for the brand’s best-selling G series this year.

They also jointly (and inadvertently) hijack the Moto M’s recent debut in markets including the Philippines, where the phone retails for P14,999 (about $300). And similar to the M, the Moto G5 and G5 Plus are fashioned out of aluminum and will be aggressively priced for what they offer.

That last bit is expected, of course; the G line of handsets has always been about good hardware and good specs at good prices. And based on what we’ve seen thus far, Moto hasn’t done anything to muck its winning formula up.

Official Moto G5 Plus video

Official Moto G5 video

If anything, the eye test shows that the G5 and G5 Plus are arguably Moto’s most attractive and most recognizable budget phones to date. Not to mention that at 5 and 5.2 inches, these phones will be a joy to use one-handed. Both LCD displays run at full resolution or 1080p. The fingerprint reader is located below the screen, and takes in swipes and taps to make navigating the almost-vanilla Android 7.0 Nougat interface easier.

The G5 and G5 Plus are arguably Moto’s most attractive and most recognizable budget phones to date.

Specs-wise, the chip inside the regular Moto G5 is Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 with up to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. The Moto G5 Plus spices things up with a more capable Snapdragon 625 processor, the same chip that makes the ASUS ZenFone 3 shine, and as much as 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It also shoots 16-megapixel stills and 4K video.

Battery life should be pretty solid, if not remarkable, with Moto claiming both phones offer all-day usage.

The two handsets are set to go on sale in select markets beginning March. The regular G5 starts from $199 (around P10,000), while the Plus version, the one we’re more excited about, will run you at least $229 (P11,500).

Image via CNET

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 12 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.