Specs summary


The Motorola Moto G5 Plus's screen is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm 8953 Snapdragon 625 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS).

13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery.

Downgraded camera and questionable update policy tarnish another solid upgrade.

- Andrew Cunningham , Ars Technica 

The Moto G5 Plus is definitely recommended for those looking for good camera performance, and it provides good value in the budget price range.

- Prasid Banerjee , Digit 

Reviews summary

Based on 14 reviews

What's good  

  • Price
  • Solid performance
  • Bright, crisp display
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • Plenty of storage
  • Good battery life

What's bad  

  • Tinny speaker
  • Weak low-light camera performance
  • No USB Type-C
  • Non-removable battery

The Moto G series has set the bar for budget-friendly Android devices. The G5 Plus has some big shoes to fill in the wake of the G4 and G4 Plus. While they’ve added some metal and the latest version of Android, creating a good budget phone is about balance.

Does the Moto G5 Plus keep the G Series at the top of the budget charts? Reviewers have had a few weeks to test their devices and we’re bringing you the best of the reviews across the Internet.

Let’s dig in!

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Lenovo’s made a big deal out of the new metal chassis for the G5 Plus. While reviewers liked the design, they were quick to point out it’s not a full metal case. The upgrade to a metal back also means no more removable battery.

Despite these concerns, reviewers liked the design of the new phone. PC Magazine said, “It's easy to mistake the phone for a much more costly device.” Ars Technica UK gave a similar opinion, saying, “It’s still lighter in your hand and a little chunkier than comparable high-end phones, but at first glance you might have trouble distinguishing it from a metal or glass-and-metal phone.”

Flipping around the front, you’re greeted by a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display. In the budget tier, the screen is often where you’ll see the biggest difference. However, reviewers raved about the screen on the G5 Plus. Android Police called it “a very good display with accurate colors and superb viewing angles.” Android Central was also pleased, saying, “Color calibration is, to my eyes, on par with devices double the price.”

One area where reviewers weren’t in agreement was the fingerprint scanner. While it performed its basic functions well, reports on the new finger gesture controls were hit or miss. It worked well for reviewers, but many didn’t like the concept.

Android Guys, on the other hand, gushed about the feature. They said, “It’s freaking brilliant and I love it. I want it on every phone from here until they come out with something better. The learning curve was minimal and it just makes sense.”

For performance, reviewers were all in agreement. The 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon processor impressed. Android Police said, “Gaming won't be particularly good on this phone. Simple titles are fine, but the 3D capabilities of the 625 are lacking.”

Depending on the model you choose, you’ll find either 2 or 4GB of RAM. Most reviewers recommended the extra cost for the 4GB. While both run smooth now, it adds some room for graceful aging as apps continue to grow.

The G5 Plus ships with Android 7.0 Nougat—something many phones twice its price still doesn’t do. Reviewers were pleased with the subtle tweaks to the Android experience. PC Magazine summed up opinions well, saying, “aside from the included Moto app (which lets you configure Active Display and gesture settings), there's no bloatware to speak of. Since there's no bloatware, you have plenty of free internal storage: 53.71GB on the 64GB model.”

Which brings us to our next variation. You’ll find both a 32GB and 64GB model. While 32GB is enough storage for many, you won’t get the 4GB of RAM without going for the 64GB option.

For those looking to work on the go or keep their media collection in their pocket, the phone also supports microSD cards up to 256GB.

The next big upgrade touted by Lenovo is the G5 Plus’ camera. You’ll find a 12MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing selfie shooter. Overall, reviews of the camera were positive—for the price bracket. Android Central said, “The speed at which the Moto G5 Plus, even in low-light conditions, adjusts to the scene, is astonishing.”

However, many reviews pointed out that the lack of Optical Image Stabilization can make low-light shots tricky. Android Police noted, “You have to hold the phone quite still, and it's a good idea to take a few shots to make sure you get at least one that isn't blurry.”

If you’re looking for a phone you can use all day without worrying about your charge, reviews show the G5 Plus is a great choice. Android Guys used their test model for two weeks and declared, “Two days of regular use comes easy. I’ve had this phone for seven days and I’ve charged it three times. It isn’t the battery life champ that the Moto Z Play is, but it’s damn good and in the upper echelon of devices.”

Reviewers loved most everything about the G5 Plus. The only major complaint was a lack of NFC. This means you won’t be able to use your phone for mobile purchases. Android Police summed up opinions well, saying, “You make some sacrifices when you buy a budget phone, but the Moto G5 Plus requires the fewest. It has capable hardware that allows for smooth operation, a good display, an accurate fingerprint sensor, clean software, solid build quality, and above average battery life."

Reviews (8.4/10 Avg. rating)


Great value mid range mobile

from Recombu
The Moto G5 Plus is a worthy continuation of the great value Moto G family, offering a more than satisfying user experience at an affordable price. Anyone after a dependable mobile snapper will be happy with the easy-to-use camera, while the impressive battery life and smooth performance make for a solid all-round smartphone... Full review
Android Police

Still the king of budget phones

from Android Police
You make some sacrifices when you buy a budget phone, but the Moto G5 Plus requires the fewest. It has capable hardware that allows for smooth operation, a good display, an accurate fingerprint sensor, clean software, solid build quality, and above average battery life. The camera is fine, but this is still one of the things that betrays the Moto G5 Plus as a budget phone. It's also not the most attractive phone I've ever seen, but it sort of grows on you... Full review
Android Community

The new standard for budget phones

from Android Community
The Moto G5 Plus is an awesome little phone, and that it's available for just over $200 is one of its greatest assets. Things could have gone either way for the Motorola brand under Lenovo, but it seems that the Moto G line has maintained what made it great in the first place: excellent hardware coupled with simple, unencumbered software, and a price tag that screams value... Full review
PC Magazine

Sets a new standard for affordable unlocked phones

from PC Magazine
If you're looking for a great phone that won't break the bank, the Motorola Moto G5 Plus checks all the boxes. It has a premium metal build, a sharp display, long battery life, a solid good camera, up-to-date software, and some pretty cool unique features... Full review
Tom's Guide

Budget done right

from Tom's Guide
While the Moto G5 Plus doesn't offer quite as much value for the money as the $229 ZTE Blade V8 Pro, it's a fantastic option for budget-conscious shoppers and easily one of our favorite phones priced under $300. For Amazon Prime members who can take advantage of exclusive discounts, the G5 Plus is a slam dunk... Full review
The Verge

A new value champion

from The Verge
The Moto G5 Plus is simply an outstanding phone for the money. It’s cheap, comes without monthly installments or commitments, and you can take it anywhere. Sure, spending $100 or $200 more will get you a better overall package in the OnePlus 3T, or the hard-to-believe battery longevity of the Moto Z Play. But not everyone can do that. And though the Moto G5 Plus is by no means the best smartphone available today, it’s hard to find a better one at this price — especially if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber... Full review
Phone Scoop

A mid-range Android smartphone that covers the basics and then some

from Phone Scoop
Motorola traded in the cheap, flashy plastics of older G series handsets for finer, more sedate metals in the G5 Plus. The result is a pleasing handset that looks and feels better than the price point. The phone has a great full HD screen, excellent build quality, and a nice size/weight. Everyone will be happy with the battery life and wireless performance, though call quality was a bit of a drag... Full review
New Atlas

The best budget smartphone

from New Atlas
If saving cash is your priority and you want to keep your smartphone purchase down to $300 or less – with no installment payments or carrier strings attached – you can't beat the Moto G5 Plus. It's one of the most consumer-friendly smartphones, prioritizing value above all else. Perhaps most importantly, it's also a pleasure to use – delivering the basics with a no-frills, workmanlike efficiency... Full review
Ars Technica

The king of budget Android

from Ars Technica
At £250, the G5 is still a great budget Android phone. But these days that’s just as much about the total lack of credible competition in the space as it is about the G5 itself. If Nokia and HMD’s Nokia 6, for instance, can deliver on its promise of a well-built phone with unskinned Android and fast updates for about the same price, the Moto line is suddenly going to start looking a lot worse. Nokia and HMD need to prove themselves, but unfortunately Lenovo has already proven that it doesn’t especially care about quick updates anymore... Full review
Android Guys

The best value on the market

from Android Guys
If you’re looking to spend $300 or less on a phone, this should be your only choice. There are no better phones on the market at this price point than the Moto G5 Plus. And it’s not even close. If you want to increase your budget, go get a OnePlus 3T for the more premium materials, USB type-C, NFC, and Dash Charging, but I think the Moto G5 Plus offers the best value on the market right now... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date March 15, 2017
Regions available USA, United Kingdom, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /850/900/1800/2600/2500 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm 8953 Snapdragon 625 Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB or 64 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Fine Gold, Lunar Grey
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.0 x 7.4 x 1.0 cm
(5.9 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 155 grams
(5.5 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 424 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
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 Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Unknown
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture ƒ/1.7
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 8x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, Burst shot, HDR, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info Wide angle lens
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio Unknown
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Unknown
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
Notepad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Also available in 2 GB of RAM.
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