Ah, the Moto G. One of the UK’s best-loved budget phones, although it has always been a bit of a confusing handset, users generally have not that much to complain about. Motorola have now launched the G5 and G5 Plus and here’s everything you need to know about the next generation of the budget king Moto G.
What are the specs?
The Moto G5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset with 3GB RAM, while the Moto G5 Plus has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 635 chip and 3GB of RAM.
In terms of internal storage, the G5 comes with 16GB only, which can be expanded via microSD, while the G5 Plus offers 32GB as standard, again with microSD expansion available.
There’s a fingerprint scanner on the front of both devices as we mentioned previously, which is less like the odd square version that was on the Moto G4 Plus, and more like the iterations we’ve seen from Samsung or HTC.
There’s also a 3.5mm headphone socket on both devices – so it doesn’t lose it like the Moto Z – but the Moto G5 and G5 Plus both use Micro-USB, rather than the newer, neater, USB Type-C, which is an odd decision. We’re expecting most handsets to shift to USB Type-C in 2017, although keeping the legacy connection could have just been to keep costs down.
The Moto G5 has a 2800mAh battery, which is compatible with Motorola’s Rapid Charger, while the G5 Plus has a Plus a 3000mAh battery that offers TurboPower charging. According to Motorola, this feature will deliver six hours of battery life in 15 minutes. The G5 Plus also has NFC on board, which the G5 doesn’t.
How much will it cost?
The Moto G family is well known for its extraordinary value, and that is set to continue into 2017. No Moto G has ever cost more than £200, with most of the updated models averaging £150-£170 – though the G5 Plus will be the first to break that trend.
What does it look like?