Moto G5 and G5 Plus leak ahead of MWC

Posted: 16 February 2017 9:57 am


Moto’s new mid-range phones pack in Nougat behind their metal frames.

We’re just a little over a week away from when Mobile World Congress 2017 kicks off.

Traditionally, phone manufacturers use the weekend before MWC to announce new handsets, although Samsung has already broken with that pattern, given the Galaxy S8 won’t be announced at MWC.

In Motorola’s case, it’s gone the other way, albeit seemingly inadvertently. A leak from an electronics dealer, as reported by Droid Life, has shown almost every relevant specification for the Lenovo-owned manufacturer's upcoming mid-range Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus phones.

Both phones will run Android 7.0 ("Nougat") behind metal bodies with 1080p displays and lower tier Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. The presumably cheaper Moto G5 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, while the G5 Plus uses a Snapdragon 625. That’s the same SoC as Moto's own modular Moto Z Play.

Motorola is expected to launch more than just the G5 and G5 Plus at MWC, with expected upgrades to the Moto Z and Z Play, along with possible new entries in their Moto Mods enhancements for such phones. We’ll be reporting live from Motorola’s press conference in Barcelona, which takes place on 26 February 2017, or early in the AM Australian time on 27 February.

MotorolaMoto G5Moto G5 Plus
SoftwareAndroid 7.0Android 7.0
Battery2800mAh (removable)3000mAh
Front Camera5MP5MP
Rear Camera13MP12MP Dual Autofocus Pixels
Processor1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 octa-core2.0GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core
Size144.3 x 73 x 9.5mm150.2 x 74 x 7.9mm

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