Motorola's budget-friendly Moto G5 and G5 Plus set to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress


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While Samsung won’t be showing off its Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress in a few weeks time, we’ll still see a slew of new handsets unveiled from other manufacturers, one of them being Motorola. The company will launch two new smartphones at the event – the Moto G5 and G5 Plus – and thanks to FCC listing and online leaks, we know a few details about the devices.

Brazilian retailer Bemol has listing for both the phones, though they are thought to be placeholders that will change once Motorola officially reveals the devices. Both are believed to be mid-range handsets, with the smaller, 5-inch G5 rumored to feature a 2GHz octocore Snapdragon 430 processor (some sites report it will use a Snapdragon 625), Fast Charging support, come with 2GB or 4GB of RAM, and have 32GB of onboard storage that is expandable via a microSD card.

The G5 Plus reportedly comes with a larger, 5.5-inch screen, 4GB of RAM,a Snapdragon 625 processor, and a more powerful battery – 3,100mhA instead of the 3000mhA used by its counterpart. Both handsets use a 1080p resolution. There may also be a 3GB model launched alongside this version.

The Moto G5 has just passed through the FCC for certification, revealing some interesting features. It will ship with a DTV dongle that brings TV tuning capabilities to the device, have dual-sim functionality, and will support NFC for services such a Android Pay. Additionally, it will reportedly use a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front snapper.

Both handsets will come with Android 7.0 Nougat and be available in black or gold, with other color options set to be revealed at a later date.

Based on current listings, the G5 is expected to sell for $350 and the G5 Plus will retail at $475. We’ll get confirmation of the phones’ specs and price at MWC.

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Uncle Al

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Went to Motorola a few years back and haven't had any problems at all. Granted, I use the lower end smart phone and at $100 from Consumer Cellular, it more than takes care of my needs so any and all upgrades to the product line are welcome!


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Just bought my dad a Moto G4 a few weeks ago --- surprised to see them scale the G5 down to 5.0. I'm not a fan of larger phones, but 5.2 - 5.5 seems to be the sweet spot for me.


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I used a phone with an SD400 for almost 3 years, 720p 6" screen, never had an issue with it.
Granted, I don't do games, but for every day use, it was a great phone.
For the bulk of phone users, these "flagships" are way overpowered and over priced!


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I'm in owe that the Moto G still doesn't have a proper competitor in it's price bracket. It's an awesome phone and I can't seem to recomend it enough. Like P51 said for the bulk of phone users this is an awesome phone that will more than suffice.

I think the only thing that the Moto G lacks is a better camera lens, that would make it a killer phone.


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Great phone but since Lenovo has taken over there software update is appalling I am still waiting for an security update for my G+ since its launch day I wont be getting a Moto again because of this


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DTV is interesting if you live in an area with good OTA reception. While they're at it could they bring back FM radio being unlocked.


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My last 4 phones have been Motorola, I currently own the Moto Z Play and it's one of the best I've had, the battery life is simply amazing.