8.5/10
Informr score
The Motorola Moto G 5G Plus currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 14 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Inexpensive
  • Large, sharp screen
  • Good battery life
  • Fast charging
  • 5G compatible

What's bad

  • So-so fingerprint scanner
  • Bad design on SIM tray

Motorola seems to keep releasing new models this year, creating quite the varied lineup of options. While some reviewers criticized the sheer number of releases, how does the new Motorola Moto G 5G stack up?

Design

Motorola opted for a plastic shell to the disappointment of most reviewers. However, the design of the blue plastic back-plate lessens the blow, adding textured flare underneath the clear backing.

On an odd note, reviewers had a problem with the SIM tray design. In their words, it took several minutes and attempts to get the SIM card to stay in the tray before closing it.

Otherwise, there was little said -- either good or bad -- about the phone’s design.

Display

The phone’s 6.7-inch screen offers a lot of space in a slightly different way. The phone is taller than it is wide so while it may be a little different when it comes to watching media a lot of reviewers said the length of the phone was nice for reaching most of the display with a thumb and holding the phone in one hand.

The fact that it’s not OLED but LCD instead is somewhat negated with the 90Hz refresh rate making it smooth and fast even if it’s not the sharpest display.

Performance

The Motorola Moto G 5G is reliable and smooth. It doesn’t have the fastest processor available, but reviewers said that it wasn’t necessary. The fact that it supports 5G seems irrelevant now unless you live in one of the limited markets already supporting the recent technology. But it is an effective way to future-proof a phone in 2020.

Software & Storage

Android 10 is standard for new phones, but reviewers loved Motorola’s subtle tweaks to the software, such as shortcuts to apps and disabling notifications and phone calls while gaming. It also offers 64-128GB of storage space, but if that isn’t enough a MicroSD slot makes expanding storage space simple.

Cameras

The 48MP rear-facing lens delivers decent quality images but reviewers said there was some struggle when it came to unusual lighting, either by not having enough or having too much. On bright sunny days there may be lens flare and saturation issues. You’ll also find an 8MP ultra-wide lens for extended shots as well as a 5MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor.

The cameras have several modes including portrait and night mode.

While the phone supports recording 4K video, reviewers mentioned that when stability control is on there is some loss in detail.

Battery Life

Running full tilt with 90 minutes of gameplay, 4 hours of regular use, and multitasking the Motorola Moto G 5G pulled an astonishing 15 hours of activity according to reviewer testing reports. That’s plenty of battery life -- especially if you were to tailor things down a bit in terms of screen brightness and the number of apps open at a given time. At that point, you may find that your phone will outlast your workday or a weekend media binge.

Audio

Reviews about the phone’s audio are mixed. Some said the one speaker located at the bottom of the phone was tinny or flat. Other reviewers raved about how loud the sound could get. It seems it’s up to personal preference. But most importantly perhaps, if you don’t like the speaker, the phone has a headphone jack so you can use your favorite headphones.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 6.7-inch LCD display
  • 2.4 GHz Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G processor
  • 4 - 6GB of RAM
  • Android 10
  • 64 - 128GB of onboard storage MicroSD slot for expansion
  • 48MP rear-facing lens, 5MP macro lens, 2MP depth sensor, and 16MP selfie camera
  • 5000mAh battery

Bottom Line

The Motorola Moto G 5G seems to check all the right boxes when it comes to being dependable and functional. It’s not an overpowered beast of a phone but it doesn’t have to be. Somehow, Motorola has found the sweet spot when it comes to performance and value for a reasonable price. Overall, the comments made about the phone were positive while the negatives only sounded nit-picking at best.

Pocket Lint says, “That's the thing about this Moto G. It's not really the 5G part that's the biggest sell, despite it being in its name. It's just how well it sits with its features across the board.”

Trusted Reviews comments, “You’re a getting an Android phone that easily matches handsets that cost twice the price. Performance is great, the software is clean and the screen is bright and fast. It charges up quickly and lasts for ages and it even takes pretty good photos. Add to that 5G and the new Moto G easily earns a place as one of 2020's best value smartphones.”

Tech Radar states, “The Moto G 5G Plus is a good all-rounder with a better chipset, battery life and screen quality than many other devices at its price point.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.4 GHz
Screen Size
6.7"
Camera
48+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechRadar

The Moto G 5G Plus is a good all-rounder with a better chipset, battery life and screen quality than many other devices at its price point. It’s also got a bigger screen than its siblings. The fact that it’s also 5G-compatible makes it an even more tempting offer, as it’s the cheapest 5G phone at la...

- Nick Rego, Tom Bedford, TechRadar
Tech.Co

The G 5G Plus isn’t a bad phone. It has some impressive features, such as a super-long battery life, as well as a generally attractive design and Motorola’s clean and simple UI. However, it has some quirks which would put us off buying one. The side-mounted fingerprint sensor is annoying, the camera...

- Tom Fogden, Tech.Co
ZDNet

Despite its plastic build, moderate complement of internal storage, average speaker and arguably excessive camera count, it's hard to be tough on the 64GB Moto G5 5G Plus. With great battery life, a large screen, some nice personalisation features and the future-proofing of 5G support, it's a budget...

- Sandra Vogel, ZDNet
NextPit

When using the Motorola Moto G 5G Plus daily, I ended up quickly forgetting that I am carrying a mid-range smartphone. This is mainly due to the fast processor and the speedy performance combined with the 90-Hertz display. Not only that, but the operating system version also helps as minor tweaks ma...

- Benjamin Lucks, NextPit
Recombu

It’s not the prettiest, but the Moto G 5G is a fantastic 5G Android phone for under £300 with fast performance, long battery life and a good main rear 48-megapixel camera. 

- Max Parker, Recombu


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Screen Size
6.7"

The Motorola Moto G 5G Plus's screen size is 6.7 inches with 1080 x 2520 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G (7 nm) 2.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
48+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 48+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
5000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5000 mAh battery.

Moto G 5G Plus Specs

Overview
Release date July 8, 2020
Regions available United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Networks
5G:
700/1800/2100/2500 /2600/3500/3700 MHz
LTE:
700/800/850/900 /1500/1800/1900/2100/2300/2600 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G (7 nm) 2.4 GHz
Internal Storage 64/128 GB
RAM 4/6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Surfing Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.8 x 7.4 x 0.9 cm (6.6 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 207 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating Unknown
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2520 pixels
Pixel density 409 pixels
Size 6.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, HDR10, 90Hz refresh rate
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
48+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (5 MP, F2.2, Macro), 3rd camera feature (8 MP, F2.2, Ultra-wide), 4th camera feature (2 MP, F2.2, Depth), HDR, Slow motion recording, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0, 2nd camera feature (8 MP, F2.2)
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio Unknown
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Unknown
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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