Motorola Moto G5: Pricing, availability and specifications

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Motorola’s Moto G5 is a solid bodied take on the budget phone market.

Motorola Moto G5 At A Glance

When does the Moto G5 come out? Available from 27 April 2017.
What’s new about the Moto G5? Metal body, Android 7.0, USB C
How much will the Moto G5 cost? $299 outright

What is the Motorola Moto G5?

Motorola has for some years now produced mid-range phones designed to appeal to the budget-conscious buyer who wants just a little more power than the really cheap Android phones flooding the market can provide. Mid-range phones in this range usually come with features that were premium just a generation or two ago, and that’s quite evident in what we know about the Motorola Moto G5.

Motorola announced the Motorola Moto G5 and accompanying Motorola Moto G5 Plus at Mobile World Congress 2017, but early leaks had already given away much of what we expected to see on these phones.

The Motorola Moto G5 is a metal body phone running Android 7.0 on an 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM sitting behind a 5 inch, 1920x1080 (1080p) display.

Is the Motorola Moto G5 powerful?

The Snapdragon 430 SoC that powers the Moto G5 isn’t a high end processor to speak of. Still, it’s designed to go into affordable phones, not premium ones, so for regular Android tasks it should be an average performer, especially combined with only 2GB of RAM.

Does the Motorola Moto G5 have a good camera?

The Motorola Moto G5 is equipped with a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front "selfie" camera, which is about par for the course for mid-range phones these days. Motorola has historically provided decent but not stellar optics on its smartphones to date, and we’d more pick the Moto G5 as adequate rather than exceptional based on those specifications.

How do I charge the Motorola Moto G5?

The Motorola Moto G5 uses a microUSB connector, rather than the newer USB C standard, although Motorola has built fast charging into the G5 via a separately sold charger. The Moto G5 sold in Australia will still come with a charger, but if you want Moto's Turbo Charging you'll have to buy a secondary charger to enable it.

Is the Motorola Moto G5 water resistant?

The Motorola Moto G5 has a water repellant coating, which is slightly below that of properly ratedr water resistance.

The practical upshot of that is that while the Moto G5 should survive a quick spot of rain if you’re taking an outside call, dropping it over the side of a boat could prove calamitous.

When will the Motorola Moto G5 be available in Australia?

The Motorola Moto G5 went on sale in Australia on 27 April 2017 for outright sales.

How much will the Motorola Moto G5 cost?

The outright sale price of the Motorola Moto G5 in Australia is $299, available via Motorola's Australian website as well as at physical retail through Harvey Norman, Good Guys and Officeworks stores.

Motorola Moto G5 Specifications

MotorolaMoto G5
Display5in
Resolution1920x1080
ppi441
SoftwareAndroid 7.0
Storage16GB+microSD
RAM2GB
Battery2800mAh (removable)
Front Camera5MP
Rear Camera13MP
Processor1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 octa-core
Size144.3 x 73 x 9.5mm
Weight145g

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