Moto G5 Plus is a Bet­ter Bet Than G5


Lenovo-owned Motorola unveiled two variants of its 5th generation Moto G smartphones — the Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5 — at the Mobile World Congress 2017 and both of them are now on sale in India.


Both the devices sport an identical design and by the looks of it, both seem the same, but what lies on the inside is what makes a difference.

The Moto G5 Plus is available for sale on Flipkart while the Moto G5 is available exclusively at Amazon.

Similar to its more powerful sibling, the Moto G5 gets a high-grade aluminium frame — an upgrade on the plastic framework seen on the earlier Moto G devices–, giving the device a better finish and durability.

It features a 5-inch Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection which is a bit small compared to Moto G5 Plus’ 5.2-inch display.

Like the G5 Plus, the Moto G5 houses the fingerprint scanner in the capacitive button below the screen and will run on Android Nougat 7 out-of-the-box.

Processor – The Core Makes a Major Difference

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The Moto G5 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 octa-core SoC which clocks at 1.4GHz and is supported by Adreno 505 GPU.

Moto G5 Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC which clocks at 2GHz and is supported by Adreno 506 GPU.

While the chipset on the G5 Plus is based on the 14nm technology, the 430 on G5 is based on an older 28nm tech, which makes its performance laggy when compared to the new 625 chipsets.

Battery Backup

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The Moto G5 is backed by a 2800mAh battery with Turbo Charging-enabled which helps the device to charge enough for 6 hours of usage within 15 minutes of charge.

Compared to the Moto G5 Plus, G5’s battery won’t last as long and that’s just not because its bigger sibling has 200mAh on it. It’s also because of the processor’s 14nm tech which facilitates a longer battery life among other things.

More Memory and Storage on the G5 Plus

The Moto G 5 was launched in a single variant which sports 3GB RAM with 16GB internal storage. Its bigger sibling, however, gets two variants sporting 3GB/4GB RAM and 16GB/32GB internal storage.

Both the variants have a microSD slot which supports cards up to 128GB.


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The rear-camera of the Moto G5 Plus is a 12MP unit with dual autofocus pixels while the G5 sports a 13MP rear snapper with PDAF and dual LED flash.

Although the latter has better specs on the primary camera, the dual autofocus pixels on the G5 Plus ensure a better image quality as well as better night light photography.

Both the devices sport the same front-camera which is a 5MP unit with a wide-angle lens, making it easier to click group selfies.

The Moto G5 costs Rs.11,999 while the beefier variants of Moto G5 Plus cost Rs.14,999 and Rs.16,999 for the 3GB/16GB and 4GB/32GB variants.

Both the devices will be available in two colours: Lunar Grey and Fine Gold.


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Moto G 5 is a great budget option at the price but you get better features on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 for almost the same price. But if you are willing to spend some more bucks on an option that houses fresher tech, then the Moto G5 Plus is the device for you.

The new processor tech on the G5 Plus gives the device a commanding position in the price bracket it’s being offered.

The storage would’ve looked better at 64GB on the expensive variant but the design, build quality and stock android experience alongside a smooth functioning interface won me over.

I’d recommend the Moto G5 Plus if you’re ready to bear some extra expenses. Rest assured, the device will stay fresh for longer given the hardware it sports.

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