MWC 2017: Motorola Launches Moto G5 And Moto G5 Plus With Premium Design

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Motorola has taken wraps off its much-awaited Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus smartphones at the MWC 2017 event in Barcelona. This time around, Motorola has done an overhaul with the G-series and has included metal design with well-rounded edges to give a premium look. Both the phones look classier than their predecessors - the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus.

Moto G5

For specifications too, Motorola has made some changes. The Moto G5 comes with a 5-inch full-HD screen and is powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 chipset coupled with 2GB/3GB RAM and 16GB/32GB storage (depending on the region). The storage on Moto G5 could be further increased up to 128GB via microSD card slot. A 2800mAh removable battery with fast charging technology backs the device. The Moto G5 features a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, f/2.0 aperture and PDAF along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera (wide-angle).

On the other hand, the Moto G5 Plus features a 5.2-inch full-HD screen and is powered by a 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor that is also found on BlackBerry's latest KEYone smartphone and Redmi Note 4. The G5 Plus boasts 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage (depending on the region). The storage on Moto G5 Plus is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. A 3000mAh non-removable battery with Turbo charging technology backs the device, which is claimed to offer up to six hours of battery back with just 15 minutes of charging.

The G5 Plus sports a 12-megapixel rear camera, which is touted as "the most advanced" by Motorola with other camera features such as dual-LED flash, 4K video recording, f/1.7 aperture, and dual autofocus. There is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera onboard.

Both the phones feature fingerprint scanner within the Home button. One of the biggest talking points for both the phones is the inclusion of Google Assistant, which was earlier limited to just Pixel phones by Google. Not just G5 and G5 Plus, other phones that run Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. The two new Motorola phones are also integrated with Moto Display, Actions, and Twist gestures. Particularly for the G5 Plus, there is a one-hand mode for single hand operations.
Pricing and Availability
The Moto G5 is priced at EUR 199 (approx. Rs. 14,000) and the Moto G5 Plus' starting price is EUR 279 (approx. Rs. 15,300). Both the phones are expected to debut in India in March.

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