Motorola India launch the Moto G5 in February 2017, a trimmed-down version or you can say the younger sibling of the Moto G5 Plus, in India. Just like its predecessors of the Moto G4 series, the Moto G5 has been made available exclusively on Amazon India.
- 3 GB RAM
- 16GB STORAGE
- 5.0 inch full HD IPS display
- 13 MP rear(f2.0) and 5 MP(f2.2) front camera
- Metal body with finger-print reader
- Dual nano SIM with dual-standby (4G+4G) and VoLTE support SIM 1
- 2800mAH lithium-ion removable battery
- Android v7.0 Nougat OS
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor (1.4GHz) with Adreno 505 GPU
- 150.2 x 74 x 7.7mm in dimension.
- Screen resolution of 1080*1920 pixels at a PPI of 424 pixels per inch
MOTO G5 VS MOTO G5 PLUS-whats the difference?
Displays Differ But Not By Much
The most obvious differentiator between these two phones is their screen size but, unlike most ‘Plus’ smartphone variants, there isn’t a big step up to the larger model:
- Moto G5 – 5.0-inch IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080 pixels (441 ppi), 65.4% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Moto G5 Plus – 5.2-inch IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080 pixels (424 ppi), 67.1% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Yes you’ve got the same screen type, resolution and panel durability on both the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus. The latter does have fractionally smaller top and bottom bezels so you get a slightly higher screen-to-body ratio but – like the tiny difference in resolution density – there’s there’s no obvious winner here other than the 0.2-inches.
Design – Premium Materials On A Budget
The MotoG line may have started off with plastic chassis, but now even Motorola’s budget phones have switched to aluminium. This makes them a little heavier, but they are still compact devices:
- Moto G5 – 144.3 x 73 x 9.5 mm (5.68 x 2.87 x 0.37 in) and 145 g (5.11 oz)
- Moto G5 Plus – 150.2 x 74 x 7.7 mm (5.91 x 2.91 x 0.30 in) and 155 g (5.47 oz)
Visually there’s little to separate the two devices, though the Moto G5 Plus is notably thinner which means its camera protrudes while the Moto G5 is flush. More curiously you’ll also find the Moto G5 has the headphone jack on the top of the device, while the Moto G5 Plus has it on the bottom – I prefer the latter orientation but this tends to polarise opinion and may help you make a decision.
Cameras – Step Up Is A Step Down
It is arguably here, rather than it is size, that the Moto G5 Plus earns its ‘Plus’ branding:
- Moto G5 – Rear: 13MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, auto-HDR, 1080p video recording. Front: 5MP, f/2.2 aperture
- Moto G5 Plus – Rear: 12MP, f/1.7, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, auto-HDR, 4K video recording. Front: 5MP, f/2.2 aperture
Despite a slight reduction in megapixels, the Moto G5 Plus has a significantly higher aperture than the Moto G5 which gives it an advantage in both high speed and low light photography. You’ll also get native 4K video recording, though both phones have the same standard front facing camera and the slower aperture does betray the models’ budget roots.
Performance – Generational Clash
But perhaps the biggest reason to opt for the Moto G5 Plus over the Moto G5 is it contains a chipset which is one generation newer than the 2015-launched 430 and greater RAM and internal storage options:
- Moto G5 – Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 CPUs, Adreno 505 GPU, 16 / 32 GB internal storage, 2 or 3 GB RAM
- Moto G5 Plus – Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPUs, Adreno 506 GPUs, 32 / 64 GB internal storage, microSD (up to 256GB), 2, 3 or 4 GB RAM
In short: the Moto G5 Plus will deliver faster, more efficient performance than the Moto G5 and it has options for up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Combine this with the microSD storage and the Moto G5 Plus can be pimped out into a pretty premium performer.
On the software-side Motorola also continues to deliver its near-stock Android experience, which looks clean and works very smoothly (take note Samsung). That said Motorola’s record on delivering the latest Android updates as far as possible has dropped off significantly since the both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus only ship with Android 7.0 when Android 7.1 is already six months old.