A new entrant in the Moto G family, Moto G5 Plus offers a lot of upgrades from its predecessors. But that is merely not enough. From a flagship such as Moto, you expect a lot of up keeping. Will Moto G5 Plus be able to live up to its expectations? Let’s find out!
Moto G5 Plus: Design and Display
In Moto G5 Plus, Motorola has kept the design similar to Moto Z and Moto Z Play. The slender aluminum body keeps you glued for quite some time. After that comes the display which features a 5.2inch full-HD screen. But unlike its previous phones, this time Moto comes with a protruding back panel for a camera. Using this phone with one hand is easy. The side buttons feature on screen. Also, the fingerprint sensor lies at the bottom of the display. The earpiece transforms into a mono speaker.
The sunlight legibility is ample. We wouldn’t say it is the best we have seen, but it is not bad either. It works well indoors, and the viewing angles are great. The display is sharp and showcases bright colors.
Moto G5 Plus: Software and UI
Moto G5 Plus is the first phone in this price range to come with Android 7.0 Nougat. As always, Moto G5 Plus features a stock Android feel. This is what is users go back to Moto phones for. It is a worthy mention every time. This time the UI feels lighter and easier to navigate through.
Long press the home button and you can activate the Google Assistant. However, Motorola confirmed that this is a feature that will take some time to come. The new users might not get the best of this feature. It is not clear when this feature will release.
With Android Nougat, you get to use the Split Screen feature. This means that multitasking is a cakewalk in this phone. Also, Nougat now groups all the notifications from one app in a single group. Moto G5 plus comes with a unique feature called “Data Saver.” So when your phone is on standby, it won’t keep using data unnecessarily.
Moto G5 Plus: Hardware and Performance
Packed with Snapdragon 625 SoC and an octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz, we’d say the phone performs rather well. This is the same SoC that we’d seen in Lenovo P2 and Redmi Note 4. It comes with three variants mainly 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB (RAM). With that, you have the option of choosing either 32GB or 64GB of internal memory. Although in India you have the 3GB and 4GB variants only with 32GB storage. MicroSD cards support up to 128GB.
We found that the phone multitasks smoothly. Games like Asphalt 8 and Dead Effect 2 can be played without a single lag. It can also play 1080p videos and audio. But we found that the sound quality was better in music apps than in inbuilt Google Music App.
Moto G5 Plus: Camera and Battery
The dual autofocus feature might be called a blessing in disguise. While the rear end does not look very smooth, it does give you good pictures. The 12MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture is smooth. The front camera with its 5MP and f/2.2 aperture is also pretty decent. It takes good photos in dim light.
The 3000 mAh battery is ample for a 5.2inch display and phone with these features. However, the split screen tends to drain the battery very soon. In our tests, the phone lasted for a day with heavy internet usage, movie watching, and gaming. Plus, a 20-minute charge can make the battery rise to 50% with turbocharging, which is great.
Moto G5 Plus: Final Verdict
Moto G5 Plus launched in India with a price of Rs. 14,999 for 3GB RAM and 16GB storage. For the 4GB RAM and 32GB storage, you pay Rs. 16,999. As you can see, the phone works precisely well and ticks all the boxes. Except for the camera feature which is okay but not great, the phone has few issues. If you want Android 7.0 Nougat phone, then this is the first one that comes in this price range. At this price Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is also a good phone, check out its review here.