Motorola has announced the G5 and G5 Plus at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, following several months of speculation.
The kings of budget have returned with a metal jacket, but which will be the Moto for you? Here is the difference between the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus.
Motorola Moto G5 vs G5 Plus: Design
- Moto G5 Plus bigger and heavier
- Both have metal body
- Both have front-mounted fingerprint sensor
The Motorola Moto G5 and G5 Plus share a very similar design, more so than the Moto G4 and the G4 Plus. They both offer a metal build, along with the signature "M" below the Moto Z-like large circular camera housing on the rear that encompasses both the lens and the flash module.
The G5 Plus has a slightly protruding rear housing, while the G5 doesn't and the headphone jack for the G5 will be on the top of the device, while the G5 Plus has it on the bottom.
Both devices have a fingerprint sensor on the front within a capacitive button, which looks more like what HTC offers on its devices rather than the square found on the G4 Plus and they both have the volume rocker and power button in the same place.
The G5 measures 144.3 x 73 x 9.5mm and weighs 144g, while the G5 Plus measures 150.2 x 74 x 7.7mm and weighs 155g, making it the slightly larger and heavier of the two devices, as its name suggests.
Motorola Moto G5 vs G5 Plus: Display
- Moto G5 Plus has larger display
- Moto G5 has slightly sharper display
- G5 Plus has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
The Motorola Moto G5 comes with a 5-inch display while the Moto G5 Plus has a slightly larger 5.2-inch display.
Both screens offer a Full HD resolution, which puts their pixel densities at 440ppi and 423ppi, respectively. This means the smaller G5 will theoretically have a sharper, crisper display but a difference this small wouldn't be noticeable to the human eye.
The Moto G4 and G4 Plus use an IPS LCD display so it is presumed the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus do the same, though Motorola hasn't specified. The Moto G5 Plus is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 but the Moto G5 doesn't appear to be.
Motorola Moto G5 vs G5 Plus: Camera
- Moto G5 Plus offers more advanced camera
- Both come with 5MP wide-angle front camera
- Moto G5 Plus has Dual Autofocus Pixels
The Motorola Moto G5 comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with phase-detection autofocus, 1.1µm pixels, an aperture of f/2.0 and an LED flash. Its front-facing camera is 5-megapixels with a wide-angle lens, 1.4µm pixels and an aperture of f/2.2. There is also a display flash on board.
The Moto G5 Plus has a 12-megapixel Dual Autofocus Pixels rear camera with 1.4µm pixels, an aperture of f/1.7 and a colour-balancing dual LED flash. Despite having a lower resolution than the G5, Motorola has said the G5 Plus offers the most advanced camera in its class, hammering home what we all know: megapixels aren't everything.
The Moto G5 Plus is capable of 4K video recording, while the Moto G5 can only manage up to Full HD. The G5 Plus does however have the same 5-megapixel front camera as its smaller brother.
Motorola Moto G5 vs G5 Plus: Hardware
- Faster processor on Moto G5 Plus
- Both offer 3GB of RAM
- Moto G5 Plus has larger battery capacity
The Motorola Moto G5 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chip, while the Moto G5 Plus comes with the slightly faster and more capable Snapdragon 625. Both offer 3GB of RAM in the UK, though there are some G5 models that have 2GB in other countries.
The G5 has 16GB internal storage as standard and a 2800mAh battery, while the G5 Plus has 32GB as standard and a 3000mAh battery. Both have microSD support for storage expansion up to 128GB.
The two devices also both have a 3.5mm headphone jack, as we mentioned previously. They are also charged via Micro-USB rather than USB Type-C but fast charging is available on the G5 Plus, and the G5 is compatible with the company's rapid charger.
Motorola Moto G5 vs G5 Plus: Software
- Both launch on Android Nougat
- Same experience likely
The Motorola Moto G5 and G5 Plus both launch on Android Nougat with Motorola's experiences over the top, including Moto Display and Moto Actions. Traditionally, Motorola has offered very little bloatware on top of Android's software meaning users get a more refined experience than some other manufacturers.
Motorola Moto G5 vs G5 Plus: Price
- Moto G5 Plus more expensive
The Motorola Moto G5 will go on sale in March for £169, while the Moto G5 Plus will go on sale in late April for £269, putting £100 difference between these two models.
Motorola Moto G5 vs G5 Plus: Conclusion
The Moto G5 Plus has a larger display, faster processor, better camera, more internal base storage and a slightly larger battery capacity over the Moto G5.
It also offers NFC and quick charging, though all of these extras come at a cost. If your budget allows for it, the Moto G5 Plus appears to be the Moto to go for on paper, but as the G4 and G4 Plus proved, bigger isn't always better.
We will update this feature as soon as we have reviewed both models to let you know what they are like with real world use.