Moto G5 First Impressions (with video): Same DNA as G5 Plus but still very different

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Lenovo owned Motorola finally launched its Moto G5 in India as well. Earlier the company had launched its bigger variant the Moto G5 Plus last month and it got great reviews all around the world. We have also reviewed the Moto G5 Plus and found it to be pretty great for its price, so do checkout our review.

Anyway, today was about the Moto G5. It is the smaller variant of Moto G5 Plus. Although it shares most design elements from the G5 Plus, still it isn’t entirely same. We spent some time with Moto G5 at the launch event in Delhi and found some difference between the two Moto G smartphones. So here are our impressions of the Moto G5.

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About the design, as we have already said, the Moto G5 shares the same design language as Moto G5 Plus, but the major difference between the two is unibody design and removable back & battery. While the G5 Plus is a completely sealed unibody smartphone without removable battery, the now launched Moto G5 features a removable battery (2800mAh removable battery with support for fast charging) and a removable back panel which isn’t entirely metal. The finish however is brushed metal but the cover is plastic with a very thin metal plate inside. We aren’t sure why Motorola decided to keep that plate inside and what purpose does that solve, what we assume is that it could be an insulating element.

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So when you remove the back panel of Moto G5, you’ll find the two SIM card slots along with a dedicated microSD card slot which sits right on the top of SIM 1. This is particularly good for users who want to use two SIM cards alongside taking advantage of extra storage with microSD card. The variant that made it to India is the 3GB variant of Moto G5 which has 16GB internal storage onboard, and it might be too less for some people.

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About the other internal parts, the processor is a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC which in our limited time with the device didn’t struggle to perform well. Although we know that’s not how it’ll be when we put the Moto G5 under stress testing, so do wait for our final review.

Meanwhile checkout our Moto G5 First Look Video below.

Upfront, the Moto G5 features a 5-inch full-HD IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and it is 0.2-inch lesser than the Moto G5 Plus which has 5.2-inch 1080p display. But the big difference between Moto G5 and G5 Plus is the rear camera. The Moto G5 packs a 13-megapixel rear camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) and dual-LED flash, while the G5 Plus had a 12-megapixel Rapid Focus camera with PDAF, f/1.7 aperture, dual-LED flash and it could shoot 4K video, and it was impressive in our review.

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Similar to G5 Plus, the Moto G5 also packs a fingerprint scanner on the ‘Home Button’. The button is touch capactive (not clickable) and only serves to unlock the smartphone/ use fingerprint scanning.

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So what do we think about Moto G5 at Rs. 11,999?

From our limited time with the device, we feel that Moto G5 has all the great elements of a good overall smartphone and it is backed by a brand like Motorola & Lenovo. But what it lacks is a processor that could give a tough competition to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4. Having said that, we will still reserve our final verdict on the Moto G5 until our final review. So do stay tuned.

Pricing and Availability

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The Moto G5 is priced at Rs. 11,999 and will be available in Lunar Grey & Fine Gold colour options from Amazon India from April 4 at 11:59pm. Motorola has also got few cover accessories for the G5, but the pricing is not yet disclosed.

Moto G5 Image Gallery

Moto G5 First Look Image Gallery