Lenovo launches Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus

Alex Kidman 27 February 2017

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As expected, Lenovo is strongly targeting the mid-range with its MWC 2017 Moto handsets.

Lenovo makes a large number of phones under its own branding, but in Australia the only Lenovo-produced phones that we see are those sold under the Moto brand.

The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus specifications leaked prior to MWC, and today Motorola made official what many already knew. The two new phones are, respectively, 5-inch and 5.2-inch 1080p devices running on 1.4GHz and 2.0GHz octa core processors.
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The Moto G5 comes with 2GB of RAM while the G5 Plus comes in 3GB and 4GB configurations depending on the internal storage load. The 16GB Moto G5 Plus has 3GB of RAM while the 32GB version has 4GB onboard. Both are Android 7.0 (“Nougat”) devices, with Google Assistant built in. The G5 Plus is also fast charging capable, while the G5 has a removable battery.

Australian pricing and availability was not disclosed, but based on the European pricing of 199 and 279 Euro respectively, we'd expect them to sell for around somewhere around $299 and $450 respectively when they do hit the local market.

Lenovo also announced new Moto Mod add-ons for its existing Moto Z and Moto Z Play phones, although the company did not announce a new Mod-capable phone in Barcelona. Instead, new Mods will hit the market in the next couple of months.

Power in the name of the game, it seems, with a variety of power mods the highlight of the new Mods on offer. The battery pack will offer a 50% power boost over the existing battery. Another mod will offer magnetic charging capabilities to the back of any mod while installed, which deals neatly with the issue of mods running down too quickly. Moto will also release wireless charging Mods in a variety of patterns, as well as a turbo charging mod. Finally, Moto will release a gaming Mod that adds physical gaming controls to Moto Mod compatible phones.

Moto also showed off several concept mods covering functions such as portable printing, multi-SIM mods, mods that turn phones into remote controlled robots and a mod that was evocative of Motorola's truly ancient Atrix tablet/laptop hybrid. There's no absolute timeline for any of these mods, which are just at the concept stage at this point.

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One surprising mod that was announced was a Moto Mod that integrates Amazon's Alexa voice assistant into the Moto Z phone. With rumours suggesting that we may see a full Amazon launch in Australia this year, that's possibly a mod that may see light of day in Australia. Moto representatives also stated that future Moto phones would come with already integrated Alexa functionality built in.

The Moto Mod architecture is quite open, with Moto representatives stating that they expect to see third party Mods "quite soon" in market.

MotoG5G5 Plus
Display5.0in5.2in
Resolution1920x10801920x1080
ppi441ppi424ppi
SoftwareAndroid 7.0Android 7.0
Storage16GB16/32GB
RAM2GB3GB/4GB
Battery2800mAh3000mAh
Front Camera5MP5MP
Rear Camera13MP12MP
ProcessorMSM8937 1.4GHz octa coreMSM8953 2.0GHz octa-core
Size144x73x8.9mm150.2x150.2x7.7mm
Weight149g160g

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