Motorola has come out with its brand new weapon to conquer the smartphone market, well-priced with two variants just under Rs.18,000. But does it have that power? Let’s see.
While all Moto phones look a bit like each other, this one stands out due to its unique metal body. Inspired by the premium Moto Z family of design, G5 Plus contains an oval finger-print sensor under the display, different from the previous one that was a square. Undoubtedly a good looking phone, it seems strong and sturdy with an aluminium finish and chrome styling at various spots on the front and back.
It comes with a power packed 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor and an Adreno 506 GPU. Other phones sporting such high-end processors cost an average Rs.10,000 more.
India is witnessing the launch of two variants: 3 GB RAM with 16 GB storage and 4GB RAM with 32 GB storage. Both cost 14,999/- and 16,999/- respectively. Both support microSD cards of up to 128 GB of storage as well.
It supports the dual-SIM system with 4G on both, but only one at a time. The VoLTE, NFC and GLONASS are also supported, which makes it a truly versatile model.
The battery is a strong 3000mAh that supports TurboPower fast charging, making it a good choice.
OS & Software:
This is also the first phone in its price range that runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. It also runs Google Assistant (after update) that can be activated by simply long-pressing the home button.
Performance wise G5 Plus does well. It launches apps quickly, is good at multi-tasking, and plays 1080p videos. While it does not show any lagging with latest games such as Asphalt 8 or Dead Effect 2, the audio quality is questionable. The earphones aren’t as good as expected and the built-in speaker, though loud, is low on clarity.
The camera performs well and captures impressive photos in nearly all sorts of lighting. It comes with a 12 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera. The rear cam comes with ‘Dual Autofocus Pixels’, which is a feature that allows you to lock the focus in a split second.
Should you buy it?
There is no doubt that in this price range, it’s one of the best options. It has a good battery life, design, display, performance, camera, a stylish metal body, and so on. It’s also the first to run Android Nougat. But it has issues too. While using GPS for long durations the back panel heats up tremendously. The camera’s performance in lower light could also have been better.
If you feel these issues don’t matter as much to you, and given the price it’s a good deal, then go for it!