Moto G5 Plus initial impressions

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Just a few weeks after they announced the Moto G5 Plus and the Moto G5  at this year’s Mobile World Congress, Lenovo announced the launch of the G5 Plus here in India. We were at the launch event yesterday and managed to take a quick look at the new Moto G5 Plus. Note that I had the handset for a very small amount of time and was unable to take a detailed look at the finer aspects of the phone.

Moto G5 Plus: Design

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The design of the Moto G5 Plus is a major departure from the “standard” Moto G look that many of us had gotten used to. Gone are the boring white and the plasticky panels — both of which have been replaced with a metallic unibody design that looks several notches premium. The first thing that came to my mind when I first saw the handset was the word “elegant”. If I had to nitpick, it would be about the bezel that was on the slightly thicker side. I also thought they could have accommodated a larger display in the same frame. The back panel of the handset is curvy and helps you hold the phone without having to worry about dropping it. While Lenovo has more or less retired the “Motorola” brand, they seem to have all intentions to continue using the “Moto” brand in the years to come. The phone prominently displays the “Moto” and the Motorola “batwings” logo on the front and the rear panel of the phone. The handset also felt pretty well-built especially when you compare it to the G4 Plus from last year.

Moto G5 Plus: Software

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Just like most other handsets from the Moto stables, the Moto G5 runs a near-stock version of Android 7.0 Nougat. The launcher is similar to Google Pixel’s launcher where you need to swipe up to invoke the app tray. The UI was pretty snappy and I did not notice any lag during my time with the handset. While the devices we had on display did not have integrated Google Assistant, buyers would be able to get their new Moto G5’s updated once they buy the phone.

In the controlled lighting conditions, I did not bother to use the camera since it would be an exercise in futility. We are hopeful of getting hold of a review unit soon where we should be able to test the camera to our heart’s content. I did check out the camera UI though which was a very basic affair. Some users may find the camera UI a bit too underwhelming since it lacks several gimmicky modes that they have been used to seeing.

Moto G5 Plus: Variants and Pricing

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Coming to the spec-sheet, the Moto G5 Plus gets the tried and tested Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked at 2.0GHz. For graphics, the handset uses the Adreno 506 GPU. in India, the Moto G5 Plus comes in two trim levels – an entry-level variant that gets 16GB of storage and 3GB of RAM and a higher priced variant that gets 32GB of memory and 4GB of RAM. Both these versions get the option to add a microSD card for memory expansion. In case you have decided to get the Moto G5, I will urge you to go for the 32GB version since 16GB is way too less for most users.

As for the pricing, Lenovo clearly seems to think consumers would be ready to pay a slight premium for the Moto G5 Plus this time round. The overall opinion, however, was that the phone is slightly overpriced for the kind of features that it has on offer. The entry level 3/16GB version has been priced at ₹14,999 while the 4/32GB version will set you back by ₹16,999.

More details of the Moto G5 Plus when we get our review unit. Watch this space!