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Moto G5 Plus Review: Best Budget Smartphone

Motorola has launched the 5th generation of the Moto G at Mobile World Congress in February. Moto G5 and G5 Plus are both available in India now. Moto G5 is exclusively available on Amazon India for Rs. 11,999, while Moto G5 Plus is exclusive to Flipkart.

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The Moto G family is known for their budget oriented devices and it has been a bestseller in India. We will talk about Moto G5 Plus in this article.

MotoG5 Plus was launched in India starting Rs. 14,999 for the 3GB RAM – 16GB internal storage and Rs. 16,999 for the 4GB RAM – 32GB storage. However, the 3GB RAM variant is not available on sale as of now.

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Moto G5 Plus, Fine Gold Variant

Moto G5 Plus Design

The smartphone comes in two color variants: Lunar Grey and Fine Gold. It features a 5.2-inch Full-HD IPS LCD display at the front. Similar to Moto G4 Plus, it has front firing speakers along with earpiece. There is a fingerprint sensor at the bottom of the screen which now doubles as a home button.

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Moto G5 Plus, Fine Gold

At the back, there is a circular camera housing similar to the Moto Z devices. The circular camera housing at the back has a sapphire glass cover which is less prone to scratches, unlike the last years Moto G4 devices which had a plastic cover.

The new Motorola device comes in an all metal frame with a non-removable back. The phone is 9.7-mm thin, and tips the scale at 155 grams. It is to be noted that the device has plastic edges to accommodate the antenna, but it also provides a non-slippery and firm grip to the phone.

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Moto G5 Plus, Back

At the bottom, there is a USB connector with a 3.5mm headphone jack. The left edge holds the volume rockers and a power button. The SIM tray sits at the top edge while the right edge remains clean.

Moto G5 Plus Specifications

The device packs some impressive specs considering the price, and despite low benchmark scores handles gaming and multitasking brilliantly. Thanks to the near stock Android Nougat experience. Here is a look at the specs:

  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 5.2-inch Full-HD IPS display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and a pixel density of 424ppi.
  • Water-repellent nanocoating.
  • 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB via MicroSD card(dedicated slot).
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-core CPU with Adreno 506 GPU.
  • Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
  • 12 MP shooter with Auto Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama Mode, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Digital Zoom, Video Recording. 5 MP front facing shooter for selfies.
  • Nano Dual SIM with 4G LTE connectivity for both SIMs.
  • NFC, Fingerprint Reader, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Ambient Light, Proximity. (No Compass)
  • 3000mAh battery with fast charging support.

The software experience is amazing on the phone and you will not feel like you are using a mid-range device. The device is first to feature Google Assistant which was earlier exclusive to Google Pixel devices.

Moto G5 Plus Camera

Motorola has provided some best camera phones in past few years. Moto G5 Plus has a 12 MP, f/1.7 aperture rear camera which is a Dual-pixel camera with Autofocus. Motorola says it can focus 60% faster than Moto G4 Plus camera. It comes with Colour balancing dual LED flash and 8X digital zoom for photos. It comes with a handful of modes viz: Professional Mode, Burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Video stabilization, 4K Ultra HD (30 fps), Slow Motion video.

The front camera is a 5 MP wide-angle lens with f/2.2 lens, display flash, and Beautification mode.

The device is capable of capturing 4k videos at 30fps.

Moto G5 Plus performs well under low light and artificial lighting conditions. It was compared with Samsung S7’s camera which had a great camera with the same aperture, but the camera lens was different.

The device offers a great camera at a price of Rs 16,999

Final Verdict

Really want to hear the verdict?

I think you already know it. It is the best budget phone in my opinion. Although, some might say that Motorola should have used a USB Type-C but I don’t think its much of an issue. Is it?

I will not say that the Moto G5 Plus is cheap, but it offers the best value for money.

In case you have any questions, feel free to ask us in the comments.

Giri Raj
Giri Raj

Technology enthusiast, part-time blogger, technical writer, and reviewer, MUSic is a basic necessity.✌