Those who follow smartphone announcements with regularity might remember the metal-bodied Moto G5 and G5 Plus from Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, where the pair made its debut.
The aluminum back cover is a first for Lenovo’s lower-end G series and marks a departure in terms of how the company designs and makes its phones, from top to bottom.
The aluminum back cover is a first for Lenovo’s lower-end G series and marks a departure in terms of how the company designs and makes its phones, from top to bottom. Last year’s Moto M was the first to don a metal construction, and now it seems there’s no going back for the entire Moto family.
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The Moto G5 and G5 Plus promise uncompromised performance in form factors that are just the right size — and with a new look. The former is a wee bit smaller, rocking a 5-inch screen, compared to the 5.2-incher G5 Plus. Both displays run at 1080p, sharper than most others in the category.
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Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets power both devices — a Snapdragon 430 with up to 3GB of RAM sits inside the G5, while the G5 Plus, as the name would have you believe, steps up to a more powerful Snapdragon 625 chip with 3GB or 4GB of RAM. The Plus variant also gets a better rear camera and a larger battery.
Mostly stock Android 7.0 Nougat comes standard on both phones, with a planned upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo later. Neither have a USB-C connector, which would have been nice to have, but the omission is understandable.
In terms of pricing, the Moto G5 starts at 199 euros (roughly P11,935 or $233) for the version with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage, whereas the G5 Plus with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage is priced at 279 euros (P16,734 or $327). Moto Philippines is expected to announce the local prices at the launch event, so check back on Monday for the full details and more.
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