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Moto G5 Plus
CONCLUSION It’s hard to argue against the moto G5 plus as a top contender in the midrange segment, despite its imperfection.
It’s been only about three months since we last reviewed the Moto M, and back then it was one of the best phones we could recommend within its price range. Now, we have something that does better – the Moto G5 Plus.
While our review unit was the Lunar Gray variant, you can opt for the Fine Gold variant if you want something closer to the Moto M. In fact, the only two obvious differences you’ll see at a glance are that the shape of the camera bump is different, and that the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the front.
With closer scrutiny, you’ll also see that the charging port has reverted to the still common Micro-USB port. The 3.5mm AUX port has also oddly been placed at the bottom. The card trays this time don’t make you choose between a second Nano-SIM card and a microSD card anymore. It also has an interesting design to it, letting the microSD card sit on the front side and the two Nano-SIM cards sit on the rear side – all on a single tray. Finally, and likely only obvious when compared side by side, is the fact that the Moto G5 Plus is slightly smaller, with a 5.2inch form factor. The display resolution is still in Full HD, though.
Specification-wise, one key difference to note is that the Moto G5 Plus runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, which works wonders as a performance boost. Battery capacity is also negligibly smaller at 3,000mAh. Camera pixel count is also now at 12MP, with 5MP for the secondary camera.
As is the Moto tradition, it’s the closest you can get to stock Android Nougat outside of a Nexus or Pixel device. But the Moto G5 Plus has some extras up its sleeve, and they’re gesture controls. You can, for example, do a chopping motion with it to turn on the flashlight, or twist it to switch between using the rear- and front-facing camera. Another added bonus is that you can remove the on-screen buttons and just use the fingerprint sensor to replace all three – a tap mimics the home button, a left swipe acts as the back button, while a right swipe opens up all the apps you have recently launched.
As mentioned, the Snapdragon 625 equals to a performance boost for the Moto G5 Plus, and this is reflected in the benchmark scores it acquired. They are 469 for Sling Shot Extreme, 13,901 for Ice Storm Unlimited, 4,952 for PCMark Work 2.0, 63,857 for AnTuTu, 19,691 for Quadrant, and an average 36.3 fps on Epic Citadel running on Ultra High Quality and 1,776 x 1,080 resolution. Battery life is also rated at nine hours and 42 minutes when
Specifications processor qualcomm snapdragon 625 connectivity micro-usb, wi-fi 802.11b/g/n, bluetooth 4.2 memory 4gb ram with 32gb internal storage (expandable via microsd up to 128gb) sim card type dual nano-sim battery 3,000mah dimensions 150.2 (l) x 74.0 (w) x 7.7 (t) mm weight 155g warranty 1-year contact ecs ict berhad telephone (03) 6286 8222 url www.moto.com/my