As expected, Moto G5 (Moto G 2017) and Moto G5 plus were announced in Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017. You can get one as early as in March 2017.
Unlike Moto G4 (Moto G 2016), there are no Play series for Moto G5. This does make sense.
Now, for Moto G fans, it is easier to make decisions: G5 or G5 Plus. We will post a detailed comparisons of Moto G5 and G5 plus later.
In this post, I will explain to you some desired new features and improvements (compared to Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 Play) in Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus.
For detailed features, please check the official user manual of Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus
Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are smaller
Moto G5 has a 5-inch full HD display and G5 Plus has a 5.2-inch display (full HD as well).
This means G5 and G5 plus are smaller than last year’s Moto G4 and G4 Plus (both are 5.5″).
The physical dimensions of Moto G5 and G5 Plus actually are comparable to the size of Moto G4 Play.
Lenovo didn’t give any explanation or justification on the scaling back in display. If you prefer big display, you may skip Moto G5.
Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus got a metal finish with aluminum backcover
Lenovo tried hard to give you a premium feeling on Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus with full metal design.
The backcover is no longer plastic as in all previous generations of Moto G phones. Moto G5 and G5 Plus got an aluminum backcover.
It seems we will see more and more all-metal or metal-glass middle-range phones.
Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus come with near-stock Android Nougat
Motorola was applauded for offering near-stock Android with fast update.
It seems Lenovo kept this practice in Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. Both phones have Android Nougat 7.0 pre-installed.
Furthermore, Google Assistant was also available in both phones.
Both G5 and Moto G5 Plus have fingerprint reader below the screen
Fingerprint sensor can be found in G5 and Moto G5 Plus.
And the fingerprint sensor was placed in the front of the phone below the display.
This is different from the implementation in Moto G4 Plus, which got a fingerprint sensor in the back.