Moto G5 Plus

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Len­ovo’s Mo­torola Mo­bil­ity used MWC 2017 to show off its new Moto G5 (page 52) and Moto G5 Plus, which are bril­liantly priced smart­phones that of­fer some of the fea­tures of its flag­ship but without the cost. We spent some time with both de­vices on the show floor to give you a closer look at the new smart­phones and of­fer our ini­tial thoughts about them.

Price

The Moto G5 Plus is set to ar­rive in ‘mid-spring’ but there’s no fur­ther an­nounce­ment just yet. We’d ex­pect that to mean an April re­lease date, but

we’ll keep you up­dated on that here. We do know that it will be avail­able from Car­phone Ware­house, though, and that it will start at £259, which sits it neatly in the mid-range cat­e­gory along­side the likes of the new Nokia 6 (also an­nounced at MWC 2017) and the Sam­sung Gal­axy A3.

That’s sig­nif­i­cantly more ex­pen­sive than the £169 Moto G5, though (pic­tured be­side the Moto G5 Plus above). We talk more about that later, so read on to find out more.

De­sign

The Moto G5 Plus is a good-look­ing phone that man­ages to stay com­pact de­spite its 5.2in dis­play. That’s smaller than the pre­vi­ous G4 Plus’s 5.5in dis­play and is an un­usual choice con­sid­er­ing the much cheaper G5 has a 5in dis­play.

The G5 Plus mea­sures 150x74x7.7mm and weighs 155g, which is suit­ably thin and light and felt com­fort­able to hold, par­tic­u­larly thanks to its slightly rounded back and edges. That’s also sig­nif­i­cantly thin­ner than the G4 Plus’s 9.8mm, but keeps the same weight.

Un­like pre­vi­ous mod­els of the G range, Len­ovo has opted for a metal body to add a more premium feel to the smart­phone, and it is avail­able in stylish Lu­nar Grey or Fine Gold colour op­tions. We like the cir­cu­lar, cen­tralised cam­era hous­ing on the rear of the phone, too.

Hard­ware

The G5 Plus’s dis­play is Full-HD and made with Go­rilla Glass 3, and we found it to be bright and crisp dur­ing our test­ing, al­though not as

out­stand­ing as the Moto Z’s Quad HD of­fer­ing and other flag­ship ri­vals.

In­side the Moto G5 Plus is a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 625 2GHz octa-core pro­ces­sor with Adreno 506 graph­ics, which should mean rea­son­ably speedy per­for­mance for a mid-range phone but it might strug­gle with some heavy­duty tasks and graph­ics-hun­gry games. It didn’t lag at all dur­ing our test­ing, even when switch­ing be­tween apps and launch­ing the cam­era, but we’re look­ing for­ward to get­ting the G5 Plus back to our lab to test its speed fully.

That chipset is paired with 3GB RAM in the UK, and there are 2GB and 4GB con­fig­u­ra­tions avail­able for US cus­tomers. We’ll get 32GB builtin stor­age with the abil­ity to add up to 128GB via mi­croSD card. We’re par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested to see just how much bet­ter the per­for­mance is com­pared

with the G5, which costs £90 less than the G5 Plus. The main dif­fer­ences be­tween the G5 and G5 Plus are the tiny in­crease in screen size (the G5 has a 5in screen com­pared with the Plus’s 5.2in), the more pow­er­ful pro­ces­sor and its bet­ter cam­era, so com­par­ing them is go­ing to be key to our fi­nal ver­dict be­cause that’s no small price dif­fer­ence.

The G5 Plus’s rear cam­era of­fers an im­prove­ment over its smaller sib­ling but not when it comes to megapix­els. It’s a 12Mp snap­per com­pared with the G5’s 13Mp, but with Dual Aut­o­fo­cus Pix­els for a sharper im­age and speedy fo­cus­ing. It also has a large f/1.7 aper­ture and big­ger pix­els to let in more light in darker con­di­tions.

The front-fac­ing cam­era is the same though, at 5Mp with a wide field of view and an f/2.2 aper­ture. It has its own flash, too. When it comes to video, the G5 Plus can cap­ture 4K Ul­tra HD (and im­prove­ment over the G5’s 1080p full HD).

There’s a 3000mAh bat­tery that Len­ovo claims will last all day, and there’s Tur­boPower charg­ing too to al­low you to give the smart­phone up to six hours of bat­tery power in just 15 min­utes.

You’ll find 4G LTE con­nec­tiv­ity and Blue­tooth 4.2, and it charges via Mi­cro-USB.

Soft­ware

The Moto G5 Plus runs An­droid 7 Nougat with Moto ex­pe­ri­ences, which in­clude Moto Dis­play and Moto Ac­tions. Moto Dis­play lets you see a preview of your no­ti­fi­ca­tions and up­dates without re­quir­ing you to un­lock your phone to let you de­cide whether you need to take ac­tion now or leave it for later. Moto Ac­tions, on the other hand, lets you ac­cess

apps much quicker with a sim­ple move­ment or ges­ture. You could open the cam­era by twist­ing your wrist, for ex­am­ple, or chop down twice to turn on the torch.

But what we re­ally loved was the abil­ity to use ges­tures on the fin­ger­print sen­sor to go back or open multi-task­ing, which means the com­pany has been able to do away with the phys­i­cal or ca­pac­i­tive back and multi-task­ing but­tons you’d usu­ally find flank­ing the home but­ton on an An­droid de­vice. That in turn means the de­vice man­ages to be more com­pact, but bet­ter yet we found it in­cred­i­bly in­tu­itive to use. In fact, it’s one of our favourite fea­tures on the Moto G5 Plus.

It comes com­plete with Google As­sis­tant, too, which means there’s even more that can be done on the phone much more quickly than ever be­fore.

Ver­dict

Over­all, we’re im­pressed by the de­sign of the Moto G5 Plus and the specs are good con­sid­er­ing the price tag, but we’d still con­sider opt­ing for the G5 in­stead. It’s a whole £90 cheaper and we’re not sure the ex­tra power and im­proved cam­era are worth that ex­tra cash. The 0.2in dif­fer­ence in screen size is hardly no­tice­able, ei­ther.

That’s not to say this isn’t a good mid-range phone, though. It can cer­tainly com­pete with the Gal­axy A3 and the Nokia 6, but so can the Moto G5 with that lower price. It’s a tricky one to rec­om­mend when it’s smaller and cheaper sib­ling is so great! We’ll have a fi­nal ver­dict for you when we’ve run all of our bench­mark tests on the G5 Plus and the G5, and fully com­pared the cam­eras, so check

back nearer their re­lease date to find out what we thought. Do­minic Pre­ston

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

• 5.2in (1920x1080, 424ppi) touch­screen

• An­droid Nougat 7.0

• 2GHz Qual­comm Snap­dragon 625 CPU

• Adreno 506 GPU

• 3GB RAM

• 32GB stor­age 12Mp main cam­era, dual-LED flash, sup­port for 4K video at 30fps

• 5Mp front cam­era

• Blue­tooth 4.2

• 4G LTE

• Nano-SIM

• GPS

• 3000mAh non-re­mov­able bat­tery

• 74x150.2x7.7mm

• 155g

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