Moto G5 Plus Review

Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5, the current models available within the Moto G series, are recently included in the trade show. Similar to 4th generation mobile phones, Moto G series provides two different models along with different screen sizes with similar specifications. Motorola currently referred to as Lenovo-owned Company launches globally and makes these phones a high priority in the Indian marketplace.

Moto G5 Plus Review

The company is not disappointing its customers with this model and launched at 10K in the India market. Moto G5 Plus & Moto G (32 GB Space) operates on the Android version v7.0 Nougat operating system.

This phone is powered by the Cortex A53 processor, 2 GHz, and Octa-core. It executes by utilizing the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8953 625 Chipset. It includes an internal storage of 32 GB and a RAM capacity of 4 GB. This phone has an IPS LCD display.

Moto G Plus weighs 155 grams and measures with 150.2 mm x 74 mm x 7.7 mm. The phones have screen resolution with Full HD (High Definition) of 1080 x 1920 pixels and also 424 PPI pixel density.

The rear side has a 12 MP camera and the front side has 5 MP camera with numerous features such as Touch to focus, Face detection, Auto Flash, and 8 x Digital Zoom.

Backed up efficient 3000 mAh battery and include Connectivity features such as NFC, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and many more.

Key Specifications

Find below the list of key specifications offered by Moto G5 Plus & Moto G5 mobile phones:

Outstanding Cameras

The rear camera has 12 MP with Dual Autofocus pixels that will help to focus around 60% faster when compared to other phones. You can switch the option to take group selfies by using the wide-angle front camera

Precision-crafted Metal Design

This is one of the first Moto G series phone to design with high-grade aluminum to get a better look

Tubropower Charging (All-day battery)

It feels much faster and works up to a maximum batter life for 6 hours within just 15 minutes charge

Octa-core Fast Processor

This phone uses the Octa-core processor of Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.0 GHz to allow the apps to execute smoothly on your mobile

Moto Experiences

Create your customized shortcut to utilize the at-most features such as to turn on your camera by twisting your wrist

Operating system: Android™ 8.1, Oreo version

System Processor/Architecture: 650 MHz Adreno 506 GPU and Octa-core CPU of 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor

Memory (RAM): Available in 3 GB or 4 GB

External Storage (ROM): MicroSD Card support available in 16 GB or 32 GB and can extend up to a maximum of 128 GB

Dimensions: Depth 7.7mm to 9.7mm, Width 74 mm & Height 150.2 mm

Weight: 155 g

Display: Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 424 PPI, Full HD (High Definition) of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2 mm (13.20 cm)

Battery Life: It utilizes an efficient 3000 mAh battery. It feels much faster and works up to a maximum batter life for 6 hours within just 15 minutes charge

Water protection – Nano -coating Water repellent screen

Available Networks: Edge/GSM, HSPA+/UMTS, and 4G LTE

Straps (model-based)

4G LTE (B40, 8, 5, 3, 1), HSPA+/UMTS (2100, 900, 850 MHz), Edge/GPRS/GSM (1900, 1800, 900, 850 Mhz), and XT1686 Moto G Plus. Depending upon the carrier, country, and model, the band coverage may vary.

Available Sensors: Proximity, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, and Fingerprint Reader

Rear Camera

Slow Motion video, 4K Ultra HD (30 fps), Video stabilization, Panorama, Auto HDR, Burst Mode, Professional Mode, Best Shot, Tap anywhere to capture, Quick Capture, Drag to exposure & focus, 4x for video, 8x digital zoom especially for images or photos, Dual LED flash with color balancing, ƒ/1.7 aperture, and Dual Autofocus Pixels with 12 MP

Front Camera: Beautification mode, Professional Mode, Display Flash, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Wide-angle lens, and 5 MP.

Video capture: 30 fps of 4k Ultra HD (High Definition)

Microphones/Speakers: 2-Mics and Front-ported loudspeaker

SIM Card: Dual Nano-SIM facility

Connectivity: 3.5 mm headset jack and Micro USB

Bluetooth: Bluetooth Technology 4.2 version

Wi-Fi (Wireless): 802.11 n/g/b/a (5 GHz + 2.4 GHz)

Location Services: GLONASS, A-GPS, and GPS

NFC: Yes

Base Colors: Fine Gold or Lunar Gray.

Design (Metal design in first Moto G Series)

When compared with the other mobiles in the phone industry, Moto G5 Plus gets the 5.2” full HD (High Definition) display and gets the top place within the space.

G5 Plus maintains a great balanced look and allows the users to prefer for front-mounted fingerprint sensor instead of using the rear one. It is equally proportioned bezels on the bottom and top. This is the first Moto G series to craft using a metal base.

Moto G5 Plus Review

The front & back edges are banded with Shiny aluminum along with metal backplate. The large circular camera module will appear similar to Moto’s premium Z-series mobile phones. It is hardly a deal-breaker and does not entirely made up of metal, it has plastic sides & bottom and the topside is inserted with small plastics.

Moto G5 Plus lacks the utilization of 802.11 AC Wi-Fi usage that blocks the users to reach the same connection speed when compared with other mobiles (ZTE’s Blade V8 Pro) while connected to other latest routers.

With regards to the Size, it has a larger 5.5” display with measurements of 5.46 ounces (5.91 x 2.91 x 0.3 inches) which is smaller with the Honor 6X Pro model of 5.71 ounces (5.94 x 3 x 0.32 inches).

Moreover, it has a huge difference in weight & size when compared with ZTE Blade V8 Pro of 6.53 ounces (6.14 x 3.03 x 0.36 inches). Those who prefer to use more compact mobiles can easily get the better pick of Moto G5 Plus mobiles.

Hardware & Features

The hardware available within the Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5 are somewhat different and both handsets vary into several variants. Most of them might expect that the phone may deliver the top-tier hardware but its stick to mid-tier & entry-level components within both G5 Plus and G5 respectively.

Moto G5 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC processor. Both GPU names are a little bit confusing. It has a sideways shift that Moto G4 is also packed along with Snapdragon 617 SoC processor.

Both Octa-core and SoCs models are utilized through the CPU cores of ARM Cortex-A3. S617 variant is split into two different clusters such as 1.2 GHz quad-core & 1.5 GHz quad-core. However, the S430 includes the entire 8-clocked 1.4 GHz quad-core cluster.

Even the Memory bandwidth is reduced when compared from S617 to S430. The S430 uses the minor downgrade Adreno 505 CPU when compared with S617 uses the Adreno 405 CPU.

Hardware Configurations

Moto G5 Plus & Moto G5 are available in two different configurations. One variant is 2 GB of RAM with 16 GB of NAND and another variant is 3 GB of RAM with 32 GB of NAND. Both Moto models support the MicroSD card expansion.

With regard to wireless connectivity, it offers Wi-Fi 802.11 n/g/b/a with dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2, and LTE Category 4. It lacks the latest technologies support such as fast LTE and Wi-Fi AC.

It also has various G5 Plus model configurations such as RAM capacity ranging from 2 GB up to a maximum of 4GB and 64 GB or 32 GB of NAND. Also, it offers MicroSD card expansion only a few sub-variants that support the NFC feature based on their region.

Moto G5 Plus is also compatible with Wi-Fi 802.11 n/g/b/a and Bluetooth 4.2 features similar to Moto G5 and also supports the faster LTE Category 6 feature.

Key Features:

Find below the list of key features offered by Moto G5 Plus & Moto G5 mobile phones. Some of the listed features may not be supported in Moto G5 model, but the entire features are available for Moto G5 Plus to utilize the maximum benefits:

Moto G5 Plus Review

Style Points

Moto G5 Plus provides the high-grade aluminum metal with bead-blasted and diamond cut to perfection. You can select Fine Gold or Lunar Gray colors. With a stunning look, you feel so smooth in your hand. It counts on durability and notices the precision craftsmanship.

Best Shot & Quick Capture

With the help of two wrist twists, you can access the rear camera quickly to never miss your memorable moment. Even double-twist can access the front camera.

You can snap a picture and your camera will automatically capture numerous shots intelligently by recognizing the various issues such as closed eyes or blurred images. It is advisable to get the best shot to yield the best results.

Most advanced in-class Camera – Moto G5 Plus offers the most advanced and best-in-class camera with 12 MP rear camera. With 60% faster, you can use the Dual Autofocus Pixels of the rear camera to get than ever before.

Even in low light (dark) or cloudy days, you can capture beautiful pictures. It is much easier to switch the front camera (5 MP) to use the wide-angle lens to capture the group selfies.

Fingerprint Reader

It is not necessary to remember your password or passcode. Make use of the fingerprint reader to access or unlock your phone instantly. Again touch the fingerprint reader to lock the mobile phone.

Turbopower Technology (All-day Battery)

Stay unplugged, you can use the all-day battery of 3000 mAh to hold enough power to utilize the entire day. The provided Turbopower charger will offer a quick 15-minutes charge to get 6 hours of battery life.

Moto Display

Moto Display will offer a quick preview of your updates & notifications so that without unlocking you can view the information on your mobile phone.

Expanded Storage

You can utilize extended storage with your new Moto G5 Plus mobile phone. It offers 32 GB internal storage to save your favorite photos, movies, and music. You can also extend your MicroSD card up to a maximum of 128 GB.


    • It includes impressive battery life and excellent camera features.
    • Android Nougat v7.0 version.
    • It has stellar value and design.
    • Make use of one-button navigation.
    • It does not feel or look similar to a budget phone


    • The camera should be a little bit faster.
    • Available only in 32 GB or 16 GB internal storage.
    • Iffy camera performance.
    • It is not possible to remove the battery from your mobile phone.
    • Moto MOD support and also lacks in NFC (particularly in the U.S region).


Moto G5 Plus could be more expensive with its vastly improved camera features. It can produce a dynamic range and impressive contrast to taking photos in its categories. It could be an absolute knockout, in case if Motorola decided to include the waterproofing to its device. The low price, competent specs, and premium build will suit for phone enthusiasts and deal-seekers.

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Having a keen interest in technology and gadgets, I love writing reviews and insights for electronic items like Smart Phones, Smart Watches, Games, Gaming devices, etc. I am a tech enthusiast with a passion for the smartphone world, been reviewing and experimenting with them for the last 8 years.

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