The Moto G5 and G5 Plus Are on the Way

By Tom Pritchard on at

In all the excitement last night, what with the announcement of LG's G6, the new slate of Nokias, and those Samsung tablets, it was easy to miss the fact that Lenovo announced two brand new Motorola phones. Meet the Moto G5 and the originally named Moto G5 Plus.

Unlike some phones and their 'Plus' variants, the G5 models do not come with the same specs. So if you want the best G5 you can get, you want the G5 Plus. That comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a Snapdragon 625 processor (octa-core with 4x 1.8 GHz and 4x 1.4 GHz), 2-4 GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel f/1.7 rear camera, 4K video recording, a 5MP front camera, 32-64GB of storage, microSD expansion, NFC, and a 3,000 mAh non-removeable battery.

The G5 comes with a 5-inch Full HD display, a Snapdragon 430 processor (octa-core with 1.4GHz speed), 2-3GB of RAM, 16-32GB of storage, microSD expansion, 13-megapixel f/2.0 rear camera, a 5MP front camera, 1080p video recording, and a removeable (!) 2,800 mAh battery. No NFC here, though, so kiss the mobile payment dreams goodbye.

Both phones run Android 7.0, and have fingerprint scanners in the home button.

The Moto G brand is known for its reasonable pricing, and the new phones are no exception. The base-level G5 (with 2GB of RAM) will cost £169, with the 3GB model also available for £179. The G5 Plus, on the other hand, will cost £259. Both will be available in three colours: Lunar Grey and Fine Gold, plus the O2-exclusive blue. The G5 goes on sale next month (March), while the G5 Plus has a slightly tenuous 'Spring' release window.

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