Motorola unveils affordable Moto G5 and G5 Plus handsets


— 4:30 PM on February 27, 2017

After a round of leaks, Motorola has officially unveiled the Moto G5 and G5 Plus, the fifth generation of the companys bread-and-butter handsets, looking to offer mid-range features at a low-end price.

The G5 and G5 Plus offer some notable differences from each other. Motorola's American site only currently advertises the G5 Plus, while the UK site features both handsets. On top of that, there appear to be a few differences even among the same model names.

Both phones sport metal bodies and fingerprint readers this time around. The screen is a 1920x1080 display covered in Gorilla Glass 3, though the G5's measures at 5" while the one on the G5 Plus stretches to 5.2". A Micro-USB port handles data and charging, and yes, there's a 3.5-mm headphone jack, highlighting a distinct lack of courage from Motorola. While the G5 and G5 Plus have slightly different rear-facing cameras, the front-facing camera on both is the same 5MP number. There's also a microSD slot on tap to provide up to 128GB of additional storage.

Under the hood, the G5 is rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC clocked at up to 1.4GHz, with an Adreno 505 GPU. The phone can be found with 2GB or 3GB of RAM and has 16GB of internal storage. A 2800mAh battery with rapid charging powers all of the hardware. The rear-facing camera is a 13MP unit capable of capturing 1080p footage at 30FPS.

Meanwhile, the G5 Plus is powered by a Snapdragon 625 running at up to 2GHz, with an Adreno 506 GPU. Some markets are getting this phone with 3GB of RAM, while US customers can pick it up with 2GB or 4GB inside. The base model has 32GB of internal storage, though American consumers can also pick it up with 64GB. A slightly-bigger 3000mAh battery powers the G5 Plus and is infused with Motorola's TurboPower charging tech that should offer 6 hours of battery life with just 15 minutes of charging. For photos and video, the G5 Plus offers a 12MP camera that can handle 4K video at 30FPS.

The G5 and G5 Plus will be available in early March in some markets, though a US release date has yet to be announced for the G5 Plus. The Moto G5 starts at 199€, while the G5 Plus goes for $229 in U.S. shores and 279€ across the pond.

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