Motorola Moto G5 Plus: Pricing, availability and specifications

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Motorola’s Moto G5 Plus offers a larger display and faster processing than the smaller Motorola Moto G5.

Motorola Moto G5 Plus At A Glance

When does the Moto G5 Plus come out? We’re still waiting on confirmation for Australian launch dates.
What’s new about the Moto G5 Plus? Metal body, Android 7.0, 5.2in display, 12MP Autofocus camera
How much will the Moto G5 Plus cost? Expected to sell at a high mid-range price

What is the Motorola Moto G5 Plus?

Just as with the Motorola Moto G5, the Motorola Moto G5 Plus is essentially a mid-range phone for consumers who don’t want to face the costs of a premium phone but want more performance than most budget phones offer.

It’s expected that Motorola will announce the Motorola Moto G5 Plus as well as the smaller Moto G5 at Mobile World Congress 2017, but all of the essential specifications have leaked giving us a clear picture of what to expect when the early leaks have given away much of what we expect to see on these phones.

Motorola’s Moto G5 Plus will be a metal body phone running Android 7.0 on an 2.0GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM. The display will be a 1080p (1920x1080) LCD panel measuring in at 5.2 inches.

Is the Motorola Moto G5 Plus powerful?

While we’ve yet to have the chance to test the Motorola Moto G5 Plus as yet, we can glean its likely performance based on those specifications alone. The Snapdragon 625 is found in the Huawei Nova Plus and when we tested that phone, we found it to have solid but unspectacular performance.

It’s feasible that the Motorola Moto G5 Plus may have an edge on Huawei’s mid-range phone, because it will come with the highly optimised Android 7.0 ("Nougat") operating system and, if Motorola acts to form, relatively little in the way of bloatware. Huawei uses its own Emotion UI as the launcher for its phones, and that brings with it some performance overhead. Still, you shouldn’t look to the Motorola Moto G5 Plus if you want blazing performance, but for everyday tasks it should be adequate.

Does the Motorola Moto G5 Plus have a good camera?

Motorola differentiates the Motorola Moto G5 Plus from the regular model by way of screen size, processor and camera specifications. Motorola’s Moto G5 Plus features a 12MP rear sensor with autofocus, and while numbers aren’t the whole game, that should give it a slight bump up from the regular Moto G5. We’ll need to test it properly to discern the full picture, but typically Motorola’s camera optics have always delivered decent rather than stellar pictures.

How do I charge the Motorola Moto G5 Plus?

One of the few features of the Motorola Moto G5 Plus that hasn’t been explicitly confirmed but is expected is that it will use the USB C standard to provide data connectivity and charging. USB C is a slightly larger plug than the microUSB charger you’re most likely used to if you’re an existing Android owner, but it has the advantage of being bidirectional. This means that you can’t plug it in the wrong way, because there is no wrong way. The one slight downside here is that your existing microUSB plugs won’t work, although if you have chargers with removable cables the charger part should work fine with a regular USB C cable.

Is the Motorola Moto G5 Plus water resistant?

Motorola’s specifications that have leaked so far state that the Motorola Moto G5 Plus will have a water repellant coating. That’s a carefully chosen set of words, because it doesn’t mean that it is water resistant. There’s no mention of IP ratings that would suggest that the Moto G5 Plus could survive full immersion, but it should be fine if you’re briefly caught in a rain shower.

When will the Motorola Moto G5 Plus be available in Australia?

Motorola hasn’t announced availability anywhere for the Moto G5 Plus as yet, so it’s very early days for Australian availability. Typically we tend to get Motorola products relatively late in their life cycle, so if you were very keen, directly importing an overseas model might get one into your hands a little faster.

How much will the Motorola Moto G5 Plus cost?

The Moto G series are typically priced for outright sale rather than contract terms to speak of. We’d expect the Moto G5 to sell for $350 or thereabouts, with the larger Moto G5 Plus possibly coming in more around the $600-$700 price point.

Motorola Moto G5 Plus Specifications

MotorolaMoto G5
Display5.2in

Resolution1920x1080
ppi424
SoftwareAndroid 7.0
Storage64GB+microSD
RAM2GB
Battery3000mAh
Front Camera5MP
Rear Camera12MP Dual Autofocus Pixels
Processor2.0GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core

Size150.2 x 74 x 7.9mm

Weight155g

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