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Motorola Announces the Moto G5 and US Market G5 Plus

Yesterday at the big Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Motorola announced the next generation of its "G" series of mid-range phones. The new models are rather unimaginably named the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus.

Compared with their Moto G4 and G4 Plus predecessors, the most noticeable change is that the G5 and G5 Plus have a aluminum back panels rather than ones made of plastic.  Other specs for the G5 compared with the G4 (in parentheses) include:
  • Android version: 7.0 (6.0.1)
  • Screen: 5 inch 1080p (5.5 inch 1080p)
  • System on Chip: Snapdragon 430 (Snapdragon 617)
  • RAM 2 GB (2 GB)
  • Internal memory 16 or 32 GB (16 or 32 GB)
  • Memory cards supported: up to 128 GB (up to 128 GB)
  • Main camera: 13 MP f/2.0 with HD video support (13 MP f/2.0 with HD video)
  • Front facing camera: 5 MP (5 MP)
  • Fingerprint reader: yes (no)
  • Battery: 2800 mAh removable (3000 mAh non-removable)

Moto G5 Plus specs (G4 Plus in parentheses)

  • Android version: 7.0 (6.0.1)
  • Screen: 5.2 inch 1080p (5.5 inch 1080p)
  • System on Chip: Snapdragon 625 (Snapdragon 617)
  • RAM 2 or 4 GB (2 or 4 GB)
  • Internal memory 32 or 64 GB (16 or 64 GB)
  • Memory cards supported: up to 128 GB (up to 128 GB)
  • Main camera: 12 MP f/1.7 with 4K video  (16 MB f/2.0, HD video)
  • Front facing camera: 5 MP (5 MP)
  • Fingerprint reader: yes (yes)
  • Battery: 3000 mAh non removable (3000 mAh non removable)

Comparing the specs, it looks like the G5 is much closer to G4 Play (both have five inch screens, removable batteries and Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series processors) than it is to the G4 which has 5.5 inch screen, non-removable battery and a Snapdragon 600 series SOC. The G5 seems like a downgrade than an upgrade of the G4. However, for US residents, the G5 doesn't really matter as Motorola says that it will not be sold in the here.

That brings us to the G5 Plus which is US bound and a solid upgrade to the current G4 and G4 Plus. Motorola is saying that the G5 Plus camera is of flagship quality and is much better than the G4 Plus camera, despite having fewer pixels.

Like the whole G4 family, the G5 Plus will be sold as a "Universal Unlocked" device that can work on the AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint networks. It supports all the same bands as the G4 with the addition of band 66, which T-Mobile is starting to roll out, and band 38, which is used in Europe and Africa but not in the US. Motorola has posted full specs for the US Market Moto G5 Plus on the Motorola site.

Motorola says you will be able to buy the Moto G5 Plus "this Spring". Motorola hasn't revealed US pricing yet but speculation is that the 32 GB model will be between $229 and $259 and the 64 GB will be either $299 or $329.  For comparison the G4 launched last July at $199 (16GB) and $229 (32 GB) and the G4 Plus at $249 (16 GB) and $299 (64 GB).

Sources: Motorola, CNET, ArsTechnica


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  1. Aargh. I might be interested if the screen was around 5.0 inches or smaller, but zero interest in a phablet and as you say the G5 appears to be a downgrade from the G4.

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  2. I'm hoping this will lead to more sales on the G4. I would say the G4 Play too, but since Lenova isn't releasing the G5 here there probably won't be as much pressure to lower the price.

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    1. I recently bought the G4 Play for $100 from B&H Photo. I needed now . Couldn't wait for a price drop (...its coming).

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    2. I recently bought 3 of the Verizon G4 Play variant at Dollar General for my kids to use as a Wi-Fi only internet device. $40 each! Really good phone. I am using the Moto Z Play as my daily driver and I like using it. I've used several Motorola/Lenovo devices over the years and the durability of each phone is surprising.
      I thought the G5 2017 models would keep the screen size at 5.5 inches but I guess their marketing team thought a smaller screen is what most people want in this segment of their lineup.

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  3. Full specs are listed on the Moto product page if you click the full specs link:
    https://www.motorola.com/us/products/moto-g-plus

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  4. No NFC is disappointing. Seems like a mid-range phone like the G5 Plus should have that.

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  5. 5" phone is bulkier than galaxy s7?. Expected a compact phone with 140x69x8mm form factor.

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  6. I don't trust Chinese brand phone...

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    1. Yeah, I only buy phones not built in China.

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    2. ↑ made in china is okay. But Chinese company put backdoors on thier phone. Don't buy chinese company's phone.

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    3. Don't buy Apple IPhone. They made in China.

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  7. Is the Verizon G4 Play from Amazon universal unlocked too?

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    1. No it's locked to Verizon and lacks GSM support.

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  8. I like the all metal look but I don't understand the choice to shrink the screen when everyone else is making phones with bigger screens

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    1. Handier size - saves production cost, helps them meet a price point.
      Apple is sure not suffering, with 4" - 4.7" - 5.5."

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    2. I'm OK with the screen size, not OK with the overall size for the screen size.

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  9. I was hoping for a dual sim CDMA/GSM phone. Unfortunately, I'll pass on this.

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  10. I wish people would stop correlating number of pixels with camera quality. The G5 Plus camera is superior BECAUSE it has fewer pixels. Larger pixels are better than smaller pixels in low light situations. Take the Google Pixel phone as an example of doing it right.



    "Motorola is saying that the G5 Plus camera is of flagship quality and is much better than the G4 Plus camera, despite having fewer pixels."

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    1. So I guess it must be true because they told you so.
      But all that nonsense about sensor size and actual real pixel density means nothing at all. MegaPixels can be up sampled using software, that is true. What matters is the actual sensor not what the marketing teams tells you.

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    2. More pixels = better. It's a myth that it's not better.

      The camera being low res is a drawback.

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    3. Agreed, sensor size and quality, optics and image processing software all matter. Megapixel count is relatively unimportant.

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  11. The verizon g4 play that is specifically from amazon is locked or every verizon g4 play is locked?

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    1. All Verizon Moto G Play phones are locked.

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  12. No G5 model in the U.S, only Plus. I hope they drop the price of the G4 soon.

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    1. It already has. Yesterday, Motorola cut the 32 GB G4 and G4 Plus prices by $20 and the 64 GB G4 Plus by $50.

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    2. The G4 32GB model is cut by $30 to $199.99.

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  13. Does it work on UScellular?

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    1. Technically, yes. It supports their CDMA and LTE bands.
      You have to ask USC wheither they would activate it for CDMA calling/texting.

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  14. Ting just added the Moto G4 for $169, a good deal. Sprint and GSM models on sale.

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    1. Sanctimonious ApeMarch 1, 2017 at 1:36 AM

      Because the Sprint & GSM "models" are one and the same - the phone supports all major US carriers.

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    2. Phone is the same, but the SIM cards are not.
      So they advertise a Sprint and GSM model.

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  15. are they following LG's naming?

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    1. Sanctimonious ApeMarch 1, 2017 at 1:40 AM

      No. The Moto G series (as well as X & E) has been around for years, since Motorola was its own company (been bought & sold a couple times since). I could be wrong, but I think they beat LG to that naming convention.

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    2. Sure seems that way. I wonder how much LG likes the Moto G4, G5, etc references/confusions, especially when people don't write Moto first.

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  16. Since the G5 is not available in US/does not support US, what do people recommend for good 5 inch android? in $200-ish dollars.

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    1. HTC One A9. Sony Xperia XA. Galaxy S5. Nextbit Robin. Moto X 2014.
      Nexus 5 is too old to run the Android 6 well.

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    2. My N5 runs Android 6 just fine, even has more up to date security patch than the Moto G4 series. You have no idea what you're talking about, just another "spec snob."

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    3. Aww, sorry I hurt your feelings by dissing your old phone. No need to be defensive. There are plenty of issues documented in multiple forums about this upgrade (do a simple web search).

      Maybe you should try a newer phone to see just how well they run 6?
      And if you think you have better suggestions for the OP, why not take a risk and post them?

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    4. N5 was based on the LG G2 (!) and is about 3.5 years old, a senior citizen. No Band 12 support, etc., etc. And it feels like really cheap plastic in your hand. It looks plain, but it was thin for its age.
      Camera, call quality and battery life were just average, and I sold mine within 2 months of buying it.

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    5. FWIW, Lineage 14.1 (Nougat) runs faster and smoother on my Moto E LTE than stock Lollipop did. The Nexus 5 and the LG G2 have much faster processors and twice the RAM of my Moto E so I can't imagine they would have any problems with Marshmallow or Nougat.

      I'd be more worried about the old embedded battery in the N5 than performance.

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    6. Dennis, can you link to a current how to re installing Lineage 14.1 (Nougat) on a moto E? I'd like to read up, learn and decide if I want to give it a try.

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    7. CPU is not a problem. Other hardware spec'd before KitKat had a variety of issues with each update. No Android upgrade is perfect, and this phone had its share of problems or more. There are solutions and work-arounds, but It's hard to recommend this phone over much modern alternatives near the $200 price point. Especially with the cheap-feeling build, average camera and now-outdated data radio.

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    8. Some people will prefer the HTC M9 to the A9. Faster CPU and those BoomSound front-facing speakers. I like the A9 design better. Camera specs differ, but the the cameras perform about the same.

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  17. Does anyone know of an HTC BoomSound phone that is 5.5 inch screen or bigger? I have the Desire 816 but am surprised there are no other options...I don't really even care about the BoomSound, but that big speaker that I talk into gives my voice good quality, as opposed to most phones that just have a pinhole you talk into. I do voiceover work so my voice quality matters

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    1. Closest is HTC 10. 5.2" and BoomSound.

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  18. Are there any other big screen phones, from any manufacturer, that gives a large speaker/microphone for me to talk into, instead of just a pinhole?

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    1. You should probably looking an external mic then. Suggest searching for "external microphone for android". You'll find some good leads.

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  19. Beware of Motorola phones with removable batteries. They are indeed removable - but not replaceable. I found this out the hard way - bought a Moto G Play with removable battery for travel - I figured I'd buy a spare battery and pop it in when the other battery was out of juice.

    Except Motorola does not sell replacement batteries, no way, no how. Nor do any dealers. The only thing you can do is buy claimed OEM batteries from a very few sellers on Ebay but who knows what you really get.

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