Motorola Moto G5: Everything we know so far

UPDATE 17/02: official photos leaked, specs confirmed - The one true king of budget smartphones looks set to return, and possibly sooner than later

Motorola didn't just shake up the smartphone world when it launched the Moto G - it was more like a magnitude 7 earthquake.

It proved that cheap phones didn't have to be plastic slabs of hate and resentment. They could actually be good, desirable things you wouldn't be embarrassed to answer a call on. Sure, the price slowly rose over time, and the Plus model diluted things a little, but they were still the benchmark for all other phone-makers to try to measure up to.

And measure up they did. It's why the 5th generation Moto G is a huge deal for Motorola (and parent company Lenovo) - it needs to prove the King never lost its crown. 

We shouldn't have too long to wait to find out. Here's everything we know about the Moto G5 so far.

WHAT WE KNOW

>>> There'll be two models again

The G4 Plus might have been the most expensive Moto G yet, but it must have proved popular enough for there to be a successor. It looks like the G5 will arrive in standard and Plus variants, with the Plus model having a bigger screen, fingerprint sensor and more powerful hardware under the skin.

>>> 1080p is the order of the day

Both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus should arrive with a 1080p resolution panel - spread across 5in on the Moto G5, and 5.2in on the Moto G5 Plus. That's smaller than the G4 Plus, which turned up with a 5.5in screen. It'll probably be LCD, as OLED would bump the price up a little too high, but should be on par with previous Moto phones when it comes to image quality and brightness.

>>> It'll stay true to Moto's mid-range roots

The Moto G was never a speed demon, but could hold its own as a daily-use phone. The G5 should be no different, especially if it arrives with the spec currently running through the rumour mill. That should mean a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor and 2GB RAM, as well as 32GB of on-board storage and a 2800mAh battery. There won't be NFC, though, meaning no Android Pay.

>>> But the G5 Plus will pack more power

There could be a real leap from the vanilla G5 to the G5 Plus, if recent leaks are accurate - including a Snapdragon 625 octa-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and a bigger 3080mAh battery. It'll also have a fingerprint reader at the bottom, below the display - with a sleeker look this time around, a big improvement from the ugly square version that showed up on the Moto G4 Plus. it'll also support Android Pay out of the box, thanks to NFC.

>>> It'll run Android Nougat out of the box

It shouldn't really come as a surprise, seeing how Moto phones have always launched with the latest available version of Android. The Moto G5 should arrive with Android 7.0.1, either running a completely stock version or with minor, Moto-branded tweaks that will separate it from Google's Pixel phones.

We don't know if the Pixel launcher will be installed yet, or if the Google Assistant will show up though.

>>> Motorola will launch it at MWC

The invites have gone out (we've got one!) - Motorola will be announcing its new phones at Mobile World Congress later in the month. The show kicks off at 4.30PM local time on the 26th of February.

ALL THE LATEST NEWS

>>> 17 February 2017

Spanish retailers well and truly jumped the gun, posting listings, photos and specs for both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus (as spotted by DroidLife). It confirmed which phone would be getting what hardware, and gave us a first official look at both.

>>> 8 February 2017

Google Plus user Dan Cautella posted a pic showing a Moto G5 Plus, complete with spec-revealing sticker covering the screen. It seemingly confirms a Snapdragon 625 processor (the only octa-core chip Qualcomm makes for mid-range phones), 3000mAh battery with rapid charging, a front-facing fingerprint sensor, and NFC for mobile payments. Other specs like RAM and storage are still unconfirmed, but we do know it'll have a 12MP "rapid focus" camera on the back.

>>> 1 February 2017

Twitter leaker Roland Quandt posted a UK retailer's stock listings, seemingly confirming that the Moto G5 will be launching (in the UK at least) in mid-March.

>>> 17 January 2017

Motorola officially sends out invites for its Mobile World Congress press conference. The new phone will be revealed in Barcelona on the 26th of February at 4.30PM local time.

>>> 9 January 2017

A Romanian e-tailer listed a Moto G5 for sale, well ahead of the official launch. The photos certainly matched up with early leaked renders, giving the listing a bit more credability. The seller confirmed the full spec of the phone, including the fact it will arrive with Android Nougat out of the box. 

>>> 30 December 2016

Renders of the Moto G5, both in photo and video form, were posted by Android Authority and @OnLeaks, showing what was then called the Moto X (2017) - but based on the timing of Moto's MWC announcement, it looks like we might be in line for a Moto G instead. 

>>> 02 December 2016

The first in-the-wild photo of a new Motorola handset is spotted by SlashLeaks. It's labelled "Moto X 2017" but looks like it might actually be the Moto G5 Plus.