Moto G5 Plus Review: Best Budget Moto with Balance of Performance and Design

Moto G5 Plus, The newest smartphone from Moto after being acquired from Lenovo. Comes with 12 megapixel camera resolution and full metal body
Moto G5 Plus,
The newest smartphone from Moto after being acquired from Lenovo. Comes with 12 megapixel camera resolution and full metal body

Motorola has been acquired by Lenovo and has been issued the newest mobile phone, Moto G5 and G5 Plus. The latest series Motorola Moto G5 Plus is a mobile phone with cheap price. Moto G5 and G5 Plus were first announced at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona, Spain, 2017.

Moto G5 and G5 Plus are the first cheap mobile phones from Motorola that brings the body metal. Thus the medium processed Smartphone competition will be more interesting with the presence of Moto G5 Plus. Want to know more about Moto G5 Plus Price and specification, check out our Moto G5 Plus review here.

The design Moto G5 Plus cursory looks similar to Moto Z that had previously been released by Motorola in September 2016. The design Moto G5 Plus is unique when compared to some other smartphones, the rear camera Moto G5 Plus looks very rounded and protruded. Although most body Moto G5 Plus is made from metal and weighs 155 grams yet still feels comfortable when gripped.


Moto G5 Plus has size 5.2-inch IPS LCD and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and pixel density 424 ppi. The home screen features fingerprint scanners located slightly down on the home button. At the top of the screen, there is an earpiece, selfie camera, light/proximity sensors. There is also the earpiece on the built-in loudspeakers are capable of producing nice sound.



Design Moto G5 Plus put the SIMcard on the top adjacent to the MicroUSB port. The volume button and the power button is located on the right side of the body of the phone, while the main microphone and a headphone jack are located on the bottom of the phone.


Motorola gives design the back side Moto G5 Plus by placing large rounded shaped main camera. Main camera lens Moto G5 Plus a 12-megapixel lens is supported with a dual tone and the LED flash. Little move down from the camera, there is a very distinctive Moto logo. Moto provides Moto G5 and G5 Plus with two colour options including colours of gold and grey. Based on our personal opinions, the design Moto G5 Plus is the best Smartphone design Moto today.


Moto G5 Plus Features: 5.2-inch Full HD display and 4GB of RAM and 3GB

Moto G5 Plus Specifications are equipped with the best features in the class. Different from previous mobile phone series, the display Moto G5 Plus brings the screen size 5.2 inches with a resolution of Full HD (1920 x 1080). While the hardware specification Moto G5 Plus is very resilient, based on the details we know Moto G5 Plus comes with a chipset from Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC and Octa-core with core Cortex A53 Clocked 2.0 GHZ.

Graphics processing Moto G5 Plus using GPU Adreno 506. Type of RAM on Moto G5 Plus brings 2 options, first option Moto G5 Plus 4GB RAM and the other 3GB. While the internal memory storage space has 32GB for type Moto G5 Plus 4GB RAM and 16GB of Internal memory for type Moto G5 Plus 3GB RAM. Moto G5 Plus carries a dual SIM card and both using Nano-sized SIMcards. Both variants have room for a dedicated external memory storage so that the two slots SIMcard can still be used while you added microSD card.

Moto G5 Plus camera capabilities can be said to be equivalents to several similar phones like Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime that has been equipped with a primary camera of 13 megapixels, but the main camera Moto G5 Plus only given 12 megapixel lens capability. In addition, the camera Moto G5 Plus is also equipped with an aperture of f/1.7 and the rear sensor autofocus and a dual-LED flash. Quality The video camera can record with 4K video at 30 fps. While the front camera lens Moto G5 Plus, given 5 megapixel and an aperture of f/2.2. I can say the front camera G5 Plus is almost the same as the production of mobile phone Xiaomi.

Moto G5 Plus Review switch on the connectivity side, G5 Plus is equipped with the ability to access Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot. Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR. GPS capability still using the standard specified with A-GPS, GLONASS. Interestingly Moto G5 Plus connectivity supports data transfer with NFC as most smartphones made by Samsung but depending on where the place Moto G5 Plus is marketed. Internet data access capability Moto G5 Plus has been supporting the LTE-A (2Ca) Cat6 which means it has a maximum download speed of up to 300Mbps and 50Mbps upload. Besides connectivity, Moto G5 Plus is able to run on the network VoLTE. Moto G5 Plus other features are equipped with a fingerprint scanner, operating system android V7.0 Nougat and battery capacity Moto G5 Plus is 3,000mAh.

Moto G5 Plus Display

Moto in the previous year had issued a series of Moto G with a 5.5-inch display, but the newest type Moto G5 Plus has a smaller size that is 5.2 inches. Moto G5 Plus screen resolution IPS LCD, Full HD (1080 x 1920) and a pixel density of 424 ppi.

Although the screen size is slightly reduced, but still look wider. The brightness of the screen is also very good, while under direct sunlight the screen brightness does not look faded.

For colour contrast and saturation level higher can activate to vibrate modes, but when realistic colour selected, then it can use the standard mode. The motto gives the latest features named Moto display function displays a large clock, battery level indicator, the time and date and other notifications. The feature can be enabled and disabled through the Moto app.

Software: Android V.7 Nougat

The Point of Moto G5 Plus compared to its competitors is Moto already uses the Android OS Nougat inside. In addition, Moto also ensures the G5 Plus subsequent updates will feature a Google Assistant.

The latest innovation Moto G5 Plus feature is the launcher that looks similar to Google Pixel Smartphone launcher. Moto also takes one of the features of the Lenovo Z2 Plus, which features a fingerprint sensor can serve as navigation on Android phones. Lenovo is the parent company of Moto after being acquired. This feature allows opening the multitasking menu window, simply by swiping the screen to the right.

That feature can work well on Moto G5 Plus, but if you prefer using traditional navigation with a flick of a finger on the screen rather than using swipe gestures. Overall, Moto G5 Plus software is capable of delivering smooth and responsive, although slightly lag, but we think is not a big problem.

Performance Moto G5 Plus

Moto G5 Plus Specifications use similar hardware with Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo P2. Technically, Moto G5 Plus specification uses Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon processor 625 with CPU Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 and GPU Adreno 506. It should not be much different from the ability Moto G5 Plus with Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo P2.

Based on our reviews, Moto G5 Plus is able to run applications smoothly, the response is quite fast, and run multitasking did not encounter significant obstacles. Some of the obstacles you experience when trying Moto G5 Plus is experiencing phone heating while running the gaming application and charge the battery simultaneously. The rest no significant constraint on Moto G5 Plus.

Results benchmarks show Moto G5 Plus has similar results to mobile phones made by Xiaomi that is Redmi Note 4. Moto G5 Plus uses chipset Snapdragon 625 with an Octa-core processor, GPU Adreno 506 that is a smart chip that brings high performance and efficiency. Smartphone Moto G5 Plus is suitable for daily use such as access to social media apps, browsing the internet and running light gaming apps.

The performance of the processor Moto G5 Plus fairly good it was pointed out that smoothly and without lag. Turning to the ability of Moto G5 Plus in making a call and the network quality is very good. The sound quality of the speakers is able to produce sounds loud event the speaker is the mono speaker. The sound quality Moto G5 Plus is above average in its range android smartphone.

Moto G5 Plus Camera: 12 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front camera

Moto provides enhanced quality camera sensor on the Moto G5 Plus. 12-megapixel rear camera lens and sensor f / 1.7 aperture, autofocus features and a dual LED flash. Moto G5 Plus does not carry the image stabilisation feature or advanced features autofocus camera technology. Even so, the camera G5 Plus is able to produce the best image quality. One could even say that the camera Moto G5 Plus is the best smartphone camera in its class.

Cameras with an outdoor location that is able to produce images with the best focus and fast, but when used in low light conditions such as indoors, focus and camera speed will slow down. You need to have a steady hand to take pictures. If not, the image produced by the camera will be blurry.

The camera can also shoot video at up to 4K, resolution at 2160p which look decent, but just like the photos, I wasn’t quite satisfied with the details. Front Camera G5 Plus does not impress me, bringing 5-megapixel lens and f / 2.2 aperture for selfie picture is good, but for someone who likes ‘stories‘ would not be impressed at all.

In the apps, the camera has features similar to the motto of the old series. There are features HDR, manual mode, panorama and also slow motion video. As affordable Moto G5 Plus price, the quality of the camera is also standard.

Battery: 3,000mAh with Turbo Charger Feature

Some smartphones began to shift attention to the power storage capacity of the batteries included Moto G5 Plus, which comes with a carrying capacity of 3,000 mAh battery. There are no constraints on the battery Moto G5 Plus in everyday use. Batteries G5 Plus comes with the feature ‘Turbo’ Charger so with this feature can perform battery charging in just one hour. Based on the test PC Mark Battery, battery capacity Moto G5 Plus can last up to 9 hours and 1 minute.


Moto G5 Plus is the latest series Moto G and also is the most expensive among the other series. Moto G5 Plus comes with two variants with the lowest variance bring 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, while the highest variant has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. Unfortunately, the Moto does not produce Moto G5 Plus with internal memory up to 64GB, but you can add a MicroSD card to the G5 Plus up to 256GB.

Moto G5 Plus price more expensive than the previous Moto G series due Moto G5 Plus design better by using a metal material, while the previous version of the Moto G uses a plastic material. But for fans of the smartphone made by Moto certainly, would not mind buying expensive Moto G5 Plus, specification and design are very reasonable and proportional to its quality.

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