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? We’re still waiting on confirmation for Australian launch dates.
What’s new about the Moto G5? Metal body, Android 7.0, USB C
How much will the Moto G5 cost? Expected to sell at a low to mid-range price

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.

It’s expected that Motorola will announce the Motorola Moto G5 and accompanying Motorola Moto G5 Plus at Mobile World Congress 2017, but early leaks have given away much of what we expect to see on these phones.

The Motorola Moto G5 will be 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, although we’re yet to see a phone in Australia running that particular chipset. 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?

We’re yet to get proper hands-on testing time with the Motorola Moto G5. It 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?

While it’s not yet confirmed, it’s suspected that the Motorola Moto G5 will use the newer USB C charging connector to provide power to its removable battery. USB C has the advantage of being fully reversible, so you can’t plug it in the "wrong way" as you can with microUSB connectors. The downside here is that until it becomes more widespread, the odds of somebody else having a USB C charger are lower than with the more widely adopted older microUSB standard. That will change over time, but right now they’re not common.

Is the Motorola Moto G5 water resistant?

The specifications that have leaked to date suggest that the Motorola Moto G5 will have a water repellant coating, but there’s no mention of specific IP ratings that would suggest proper 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?

Motorola Australia has yet to confirm availability of the Moto G5 in Australia. Typically we tend to get Motorola devices relatively late in their scheduled lifespans, so there may be some wait to see the Moto G5 officially on Australian shores.

How much will the Motorola Moto G5 cost?

Moto’s G series phones are generally priced to sell, and with the G5 having a larger sibling in the form of the Motorola G5 Plus, we’d expect to see the Moto G5 Plus sell for around $350 or thereabouts.

Motorola Moto G5 Specifications

MotorolaMoto G5
Display5in
Resolution1920x1080
ppi441
SoftwareAndroid 7.0
Storage32GB+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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