Although the success of the Moto G is stupendous in India, it is clearly not enough. So for the first time in years, Lenovo is giving it a makeover with the Moto G5 Plus. This is company’s most premium Moto G phone yet. It is also the most ambitious. It comes with a metal body. It also has a few special components like that much-talked about camera.
Overall, Lenovo is pitching the Moto G5 Plus as a phone. There are no perfect phones. The Moto G5 Plus, mostly good and occasionally great, too falls short of being perfect. But for its price, this is a mighty good phone.
The new Moto G5 Plus is the most radical makeover to the Moto G series since the first Moto G phone was launched a few years ago. The Moto G4 Plus too was different from the earlier Motos. But this time around the design changes are not subtle. They are complete. They are also for good, mostly. The Moto G5 Plus has an aluminium body.
Android 7 aka Nougat not only looks good and is easy to use, it also works flawlessly on the Moto G5 Plus. The hardware inside is good enough and given that there is no heavy skinning or unnecessary apps like security scanner in the background, the performance of the phone is good. The Snapdragon 625 processor inside the phone runs well and cool. It handles web browsing, photo editing etc well enough. There is no lag when you switch between the open apps.
When it comes to performance, the Moto G5 Plus doesn’t falter in any area. Although, in some it’s only good enough. That one area is screen. The 5.2-inch screen in the Moto G5 Plus is bright enough to be usable in direct sunlight. It is also sharp enough with FullHD resolution, and it can show nice colors. But contrast is where it barely makes the cut.
The Motorola Moto G5 Plus is powered by 2GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Motorola Moto G5 Plus packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The Motorola Moto G5 Plus runs Android 7.0 and is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery. It measures 150.20 x 74.00 x 9.70 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 155.00 grams.
The Motorola Moto G5 Plus is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.
The Moto G5 Plus too is not. But for its price, you can’t wish for more. For its price — INR 14,999 for 3GB/16GB and INR 16,999 for 4GB/32GB — the Moto G5 Plus offers more than enough to be the best all-rounder under INR 20,000 price bracket.