Ges­ture num­ber five

Moto G5 Plus

HWM (Malaysia) - - UNLOCKED - by Ian Chee

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

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