Moto G5 & G5 Plus Unveiled At MWC 2017

During Moto’s MWC 2017 event today, Moto announced and introduced two new smartphones, the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus. While these are different smartphones, they are on the whole, very similar smartphones, boasting an identical design, a similar spec breakdown and relatively speaking, similar pricing.

While the Moto G range is typically considered to be the affordable side of the Moto line of smartphones, over the years, this range has rapidly evolved offering consumers more, while still maintaining an extremely-competitive price point. This year is no different and one of the most notable changes compared to last year’s models, is that the Moto G5 and G5 Plus have done away with the previous model's plastic disposition and come sporting a metal unibody design. One which is not only more premium-looking, but also designed to be durable.

In terms of the numbers, the Moto G5 is now confirmed as coming with a 5-inch display which employs a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Inside, the Moto G5 will be available in two different RAM options, 2GB and 3GB RAM (depending on region), with internal storage limits set at either 16GB or 32GB. Both versions do come powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. Cameras come in the form of a 13-megapixel rear camera, along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. While additional features include a fingerprint sensor, a 2,800 mAh battery, support for fast-charging, 4G LTE support and Android 7.0 (Nougat) out of the box. Moving on to the Moto G5 Plus and as mentioned, much of what is on offer here is what is on offer with the standard Moto G5. So for instance, the Moto G5 Plus also comes running on Android 7.0 (Nougat), is also equipped with a display that sports a 1920 x 1080 resolution. As well as the same RAM options, the same fingerprint sensor, the same front-facing camera, and the same build quality and design. Where the two devices do differ though, is that G5 Plus comes with a larger 5.2-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, a higher level of internal storage (32GB or 64GB), a greater capacity (3,000 mAh) battery, and a 12-megapixel rear camera. One more difference is in the availability, as the standard G5 is not scheduled to make its way to the US. The G5 Plus on the other hand will be available to buy for $229.

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