Motorola Moto G5: Everything we know so far

UPDATE: leaked pics confirm specs - 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.


>>> 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.

>>> 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 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 10:00PM IST on the 26th of February.