LENOVO-OWNED Motorola unveiled the Moto G5 and G5 Plus during its Mobile World Congress (MWC) press conference on Sunday.
Motorola's Moto G smartphone have long been applauded as among the best affordable Android devices on the market, and the firm is hoping to continue this legacy by kitting out its latest offering - the Moto G5 and G5 Plus - with an all-new aluminium construction, ditching the customisable plastic chassis of old.
Both models have also been equipped with a fingerprint sensor, a feature that was last year reserved for the higher-spec Moto G4 Plus.
The Moto G5 and G5 Plus retain the same Full HD displays as the Moto G4 and G4 Plus, but this time they measure in at 5in and 5.2in, respectively.
Both handset have been upgraded from Marshmallow to Google's new Android Nougat software, which Motorola has left largely untouched save for a few custom applications.
Like the LG G6 which was unveiled early today, Google Assistant comes baked-in, the firm artificial intelligence (AI) assistant that promises more intelligent, conversational responses than the likes of Apple's Siri. However, neither the Moto G5 or G5 Plus offers built-in NFC, which means Android Pay won't be supported.
The Moto G5, which the firm claims offers "premium features for all", packs a smaller 2,800mAh battery than the 3,000mAh cell inside the G4, but Motorola claims this will easy get you through an entire day on a single charge. The firm's rapid charger is also included, which gives you "hours of power in just a few minutes."
The Moto G5 Plus (below), naturally, packs a larger 3,000mAh battery TurboPower charging, giving you up to six hours of battery life in just 15 minutes.
The Plus model also packs a 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, compared while the standard Moto G5 offers a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 SoC, 2GB RAM and 16GB built-in storage.
On the camera front, the Moto G5 packs a 13MP main camera with phase detection autofocus, while the G5 Plus sports a 12MP f/1.7 sensor with Dual Autofocus Pixels, which Motorola claims makes it capable of focusing 60 per cent faster than G4 Plus before it.
The Motorola G5 and G5 Plus will be available starting in March, although exact UK availability details have not yet been announced. In Europe, the handsets will be available from €199 (around £170) and €279 (around £245) respectively. µ
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