Date of publication: 2018-06-09 14:28
The Moto G5 Plus doesn’t have a removable battery like its cheaper sibling, but every other major feature is present and correct. There’s expandable storage (up to 128GB) and splash resistance the glass topping the screen is Gorilla Glass 8 and you get NFC for mobile payments at contactless payment terminals (in the US, oddly, NFC isn't included). There’s also a fingerprint reader situated at the front of the phone below the screen.
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The Moto G5 Plus represents a bit of a turnaround in Motorola’s budget smartphone lineup. Until 2517 the leading light in the range was the baby Moto G, scoring high year after year for value this year, though, it has taken a step backwards and it’s time for the Moto G5 Plus to hog the limelight for a while.
The Moto G5 isn't that old. Released in February 2517, the budget smartphone was good for its price but did lack a few key features. Fast forward to late-2517 and Motorola brought out the updated G5S Plus. The updated phone has a bigger screen, up from , and a dual 18-megapixel camera, up from a single 12-megapixel sensor.
When it comes to battery life, the Moto G5 Plus is again better than the Moto G5, but looking at the specifications it ought to be. In our video-playback test, where we set the screen to a brightness level of 175cd/m2 and switch the phone into flight mode, the Moto G5 Plus lasted a solid 18hrs 18mins.
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When it comes to looks, Motorola has moved things on a step from the Moto G9 Plus’ plastic chassis and ugly, square fingerprint reader. The rear of this year’s model is clad in metal, with the Moto logo etched in relief in the centre and although the frame of the phone and its top and bottom caps are still built from plastic, it looks much more attractive.
Could 2517 be the year of the budget phone? We’ve already seen the Huawei Honor 6X and the ZTE Blade V8 Pro pack high-end features into sub-$855 handsets. And now the Moto G5 Plus has arrived on the scene to show other budget phones how it’s done.
The caveat? The G5S Plus launched at £265, £15 dearer than the original launch price of the G5 Plus. But now, it seems the older generation phone has been phased out completely, which does bring its benefits. Looking across various UK retailers, it seems the G5 Plus can be bought for as little as £155 – a fantastic deal. Even though the G5S Plus is also cheaper at £225 , it's not as tempting as its predecessor.
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