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Moto G5 Plus hands-on review

Moto G5 Plus hands-on review: Two phones were unveiled by Lenovo at Mobile World Congress 2017 and the new Moto G5 Plus is the bigger, beefier iteration of an already promising handset. Here’s our hands-on review.

Moto G5 Plus: Specs at a glance

Screen size 5.2-inches
Screen resolution Full HD (1920×1080)
Weight 155 grams
OS Android 7.0
Front camera 5-megapixels
Rear camera 12-megapixels
Processor 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Memory 3GB RAM
Storage 32GB. Expandable via microSD up to 256GB
Battery 3000mAh w/ Turbo Charge

Moto G5 Plus: Hands-on review

Lenovo’s approach to the G series, like Motorola’s before it, is to instil premium experiences into an affordable handset and whilst the new G5 Plus isn’t quite as wallet-friendly as its smaller sibling, it also packs more of a punch, starting with its design.

Save for a colour-matched plastic border, the back of the G5 Plus is a sculpted piece of sandblasted metal. It’s a far cry from the flexible, removable plastic backs of last year’s G series phones, giving the phone a more cohesive look and feel, whilst also raising the bar for fit and finish on an affordable Moto such as this. There are also metal hardware controls, a headphone jack, a front-facing fingerprint sensor and a microUSB port for charging (Type-C didn’t make the cut it would seem).

Both G5 and G5 Plus clock in with smaller screens than their predecessors. The G5 Plus sports a beautiful 5.2-inch Full HD IPS panel that better walks the line of offering a larger media-friendly display, whilst also ensuring the phone is ergonomically sound for those who might fancy a bit of one-handed use.

Software-wise Moto’s known for its near stock take on Android and the new Plus is no exception, with only small modifications both old and new. You can still expect gesture-based quick launch features, but the apps drawer button has now been replaced with a swipe up gesture (Pixel-style), whilst the brand’s signature circular clock widget has been lightly reworked too.

Selfie lovers should find the 5-megapixel front camera sufficient, while the 12-megapixel rear snapper steals the show. Over the G4 Plus, 2017’s handset trades in PDAF for dual pixel focus technology and an impressively wide f/1.7 aperture that will hopefully up the phone’s low-light capture performance. This is also the first G family phone capable of shooting video at up to 4K resolution.

Such power comes courtesy of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chip, similar to the one found in other Lenovo phones like the Moto Z Play and Lenovo P2. It seems plenty fast in general app usage and UI navigation, with double the storage of the standard G5 on offer (32GB) and microSD expandability to help out when needed too.

There’s also a respectable larger 3000mAh battery, which Lenovo says will last all day without breaking a sweat, but should you have your concerns, the phone’s Turbo Charge support means you’ll be able to yield up to six hours use from just 15 minutes at the wall plug.

Moto G5 Plus: handheld

We don’t have to wait long to get our hands on the new Moto G5 Plus, with a UK launch date forming around mid-March and a price tag of £259 to go alongside it.

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Moto G5 Plus unboxing

We’ve got our hands on the Moto G5 Plus for our full review, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, here’s our full Moto G5 Plus unboxing video and a more in-depth look at the UI and features.