The Moto G5 Plus goes all out on the specs

The original value-for-money phone is back with a fancy camera and a dedicated microSD slot

The original Moto G really shook up the smartphone world - it had a stock UI, excellent-for-a-budget-device specs, and a pricetag that didn’t make you grimace. But in a world packed with accomplished budget and midrange devices, the Moto G5 Plus will need to do a lot more.

And at first glance, it does make its forebears proud. First up, the new Moto G (more accurately, the G5 Plus) gets an all-metal construction - something that’s become common in budget and mid-range phones over the past year but is new to the ‘G’.

Then there’s splash resistance, a 5.2in Full HD display, which should please folks sick of massive phones that are always a heartbeat away from a bad tumble. The display also gets Gorilla Glass 3 protection, useful if you’re the clumsy type. Sadly, it’s an older version of Corning’s tech, but we’ll live with it.

 

Motography

But attractive as the G5 Plus is on the outside, it’s got a lot more going for it. Case in point: The cameras. At the rear is a 12MP camera with an f/1.7 aperture - it’s got ‘dual autofocus’ and a large pixel size which should mean better low-light shots (essential as there’s no OIS). And yes, it shoots 4K video. The G5 Plus’s camera also has a pro mode and has a twist-to-launch feature. At the front is a 5MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture.

 
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Specs ahoy

There’s more good news looking at the spec sheet - The G5 Plus uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 - it’s not a gaming demon, but is a respectable mid-range processor with a reputation for being powerful yet frugal (and it’s often found in phones that cost a lot more). Then there’s 3GB or 4GB RAM, a fingerprint sensor, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC (yup, we’re glad to see a midrange device get NFC - should be handy once contactless payments become popular) and a 3000mAh battery with Moto’s ‘TurboPower’ charging.

Want yet another reason to but the G5 Plus? It’s a dual SIM phone with a dedicated microSD slot (supports cards up to 128GB)! Quite a rarity these days, we must say.

Hello, Nougat

That’s right - while the Moto G5 Plus will come with Android Marshmallow, an update to Nougat is out and you can expect an OTA as soon as you power up your new phone. You’ll also be pleased to know Google Assistant makes an appearance here.

The Moto G5 Plus goes on sale at Flipkart at midnight today - the 3GB RAM / 16GB storage version lists at ₹14,999, with the 4GB / 32Gb version coming in at ₹16,999. But hurry, as there are plenty of offers valid only on launch day - ₹1500 extra off on exchange, discount on SBI cards, a no-cost EMI, a buyback guarantee, and a discount on the Moto Pulse 2 headphones.