Moto G5 Features, Specifications, Review, and More

The all-new Moto G5 from Lenovo is a significant upgrade over last year’s model. Users won’t be disappointed by its performance in everyday tasks. The Moto G5 looks great and can hold its own against similarly priced devices.

The newest Android version and the enhanced camera are both great additions. However, there are a few drawbacks, such as poor heat management and short battery life. The Moto G5 is a reasonably priced smartphone.

Moto G5

Moto G5 Design

The Moto G5 is nearly indistinguishable from its predecessor, but for a few small design tweaks. It comes in a retail package that is nearly identical to the “Plus” version save for the “Plus” label being omitted.

Although the G5’s screen is smaller, the device itself is not noticeably smaller. Lenovo announced during the global launch that the Moto G5 series took design cues from the high-end Moto Z family, and that much is evident.

The Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, however smaller, also features a 5-inch screen. The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus stand out from the crowd thanks to their unique designs. Lenovo said during the MWC 2017 trade show that both phones are constructed with Aluminium 6000, however it is less noticeable on the Moto G than on the Moto G Plus.

The back panel appears to be made of metallic-colored, rigid plastic. The Redmi 3S Prime and K6 Power from Xiaomi and the K6 Power from Lenovo also feature all-metal unibody designs, which may appeal to some consumers.

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Moto G5 Specifications and Software

The pixel density of the Moto G5’s 5-inch IPS LCD display is 441ppi, with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels (pixels per inch). It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor running at 1.4GHz with Adreno 505 graphics.

In addition to the 3GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage, microSD cards of up to 128GB in size are supported. We also think it’s cool that Moto G5 owners will have access to Google’s Pictures app, with unlimited cloud storage for two years at full resolution.

The phone has a 2800 mAh battery and is 144.3 x 73 x 9.5 mm. Two Nano-SIMs can be used, and 4G with Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is supported (voice over LTE). Features include FM radio, GPS/A-GPS, GLONASS, and Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n).

The Moto G5 is one of the first smartphones in its pricing range to feature a stock user interface and runs Android 7.0 Nougat, just like its more expensive sibling, the Moto G5. There are some cool software and gesture shortcuts on the Moto G5, too.

The Moto Display feature wakes the phone from sleep mode to preview alerts. According to Lenovo, this is superior to a standard LED indication since it can differentiate between various types of notifications.

Moto G5 Performance

The Moto G5 performed flawlessly in our day-to-day tests, and it had no trouble keeping up with many apps. The Moto G5 may serve as your primary vehicle and will not let you down whether you use it for work or play.

The smartphone is quick to respond to touch and loads apps. Quickness is also present in the fingerprint reader. For most uses, the 3GB of RAM is sufficient, but we do wish the business had released the 32GB version.

Users will quickly run out of the roughly 10GB of available storage space on a device with 16GB. The phone heated up, though, when we subjected it to benchmarks, games, and GPS navigation.

When playing a graphics-intensive game like Asphalt 8 for 20 minutes, the back panel will get quite hot.

At times, the phone became so hot that we had to set it down for a while. Heat was also generated when the back camera was used for video recording, though to a lesser degree. This happened to us on the Moto G5 Plus, but only while navigating using GPS.

Moto G5 Camera

The rear camera on the Moto G5 is 13 megapixels in resolution and features phase detection autofocus (PDAF), an f/2.0 aperture, and an LED flash. In addition to reading QR codes and barcodes, the camera allows for digital magnification of up to 8X while taking pictures. A 5 megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture is also included.

The main camera can shoot at a high rate of speed and focus quickly. The camera’s ability to take sharp images in bright light exceeded our expectations. Photos taken in natural light had accurate colors and little to no noise or distortion.

The camera performed well even in dim light and was able to adapt to different lighting scenarios. Although the HDR mode of the Moto G5 is useful for enhancing dynamic range, we achieved the best results by far when using the auto setting.

Moto G5 Battery

Lenovo claims a full day of mixed usage with the Moto G5’s replaceable 2800mAh battery. The battery failed to meet our expectations in the actual world. The Moto G5’s battery life was just 13-15 hours under intensive use before we started getting notifications to charge it. Moto G5 battery life was barely enough to last a day with moderate use.

The 10 hours and 15 minutes that our HD video loop test lasted is about par for the course. We appreciated that the phone could be quickly charged and that a 10W charger was included. After 30 minutes of charging, the phone was roughly halfway charged from dead. This is what sets it apart from other products in its price range.

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Lenovo has completed the introduction of the more expensive Moto G5 Plus and has now released the Moto G5 in India. Since Motorola’s revival in 2014, the Moto G line has been a popular choice among Indian consumers. Moto G smartphones are widely recognized as versatile and cost-effective.

At the launch of the Moto G5 in India on Tuesday, Sudhin Mathur, Managing Director of Motorola Mobility India and Executive Director of Lenovo MBG India, told us that there are approximately six million Moto G consumers in India.

He went on to say that Moto G is one of the company’s best-selling smartphone series in India. Lenovo hopes to cash in on this trend with its new Moto G5 line of smartphones.