The 2017 Mobile World Congress is currently under way and a number of impressive devices have already been unveiled. Lenovo, for its part, introduced two new smartphones in the Moto G5 and G5 Plus.
Lenovo debuted the new Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus smartphones at its press event last Sunday. One of the most intriguing aspects of the new handsets is that they feel like high-end devices yet they come at very affordable prices. The Moto G5 and G5 Plus feature some impressive specs for their price such as fingerprint scanners and the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. However, the main reason why the two new Lenovo smartphones feel like premium devices is their metallic design.
A few weeks before the opening of the 2017 MWC, a leak surfaced showing what the Moto G5 smartphone from Lenovo looked like. The leaked image from an online retailer called Ktronix indicated that the device would come in a metallic frame as evidenced by the presence of chamfers.
The Moto G5 comes with a 5-inch Full HD LCD display with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. The larger Moto G5 Plus measures 5.2 inches and also comes with the Full HD display. Both displays are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
9to5Google details the other specs of the G5 which include a 1.4 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16 to 32GB of internal storage which may be expanded to 128GB via the microSD card slot. The Moto G5 also comes with 13MP rear and 5MP front-facing cameras along with a 2800 mAh removable battery.
The Moto G5 Plus runs on a 2.0 GHz Snapdragon 625 processor and comes with 2 to 4GB of RAM and a sealed 3000mAh battery. Its internal storage ranges from 32 to 64GB while the rear camera is one pixel lower than that of the G5's. However, the G5 Plus' 12MP rear camera comes with dual autofocus.
According to The Verge, one issue with the devices is the absence of NFC in those to be distributed in the U.S. market which means Android Play is out of the question. Both devices at the demo also came without Google Assistant but Moto devices are expected to have AI integrated eventually.
The Moto G5 will not be initially available in the United States but the 32GB/2GB RAM Moto G5 Plus will retail for $229 starting April. The Moto G5 and other Moto G5 Plus variants will start selling in other parts of the world in March.