Motorola’s new budget smartphones are here.
The Moto G and Moto G Plus, the 2017 updates to previous Moto G handsets, come with a string of impressive new features which once again look set to make them the go–to handsets for those who want high–end specs without breaking the bank.
Read on and we’ll tell you the five key things you need to know about Motorola's new contenders.
1 Smaller, brighter screens
Last year’s Moto G4 and G4 Plus both featured 5.5–inch Full HD displays.
However, this year Motorola has downsized and has equipped the G5 and G5 Plus with five-inch screen and 5.2–inch screen respectively.
Both retain Full HD display technology, though, with their smaller size meaning they will be slightly brighter than their older stablemates.
The good news is that they should also be easier to handle than last year's models, which were somewhat too large to be used one-handed.
2 Lots of storage
Motorola has gone all out when it comes to storage on the Moto G5 and G5 Plus.
The former features a decent 32GB of internal capacity, while the latter comes with a more than ample 64GB.
As with many of the best Android phones, though, this can be bolstered via microSD, with support for cards that have as much as 128GB of space.
Considering how much expensive flagship phones with less storage cost (hello, Apple), this is a major win for Moto.
3 Impressive cameras
While both phones feature a five-megapixel front–facing selfie camera that will doubtless produce passable personal pics, round the back things are a lot more interesting.
The Moto G5 features a 13-megapixel camera with phase detect autofocus, something usually found on phones that cost more than twice the price. The G5 Plus has a 12-megapixel snapper with dual autofocus.
Both cameras are shaping up to be much better than those found on similarly priced smartphones.
4 Powerful processors
The plunge in the cost of processors has meant even budget phones can offer the kind of power that until recently was reserved for a few top–end phones.
The G5 has a 1.4Ghz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, while the G5 Plus clocks in at 2.0GHz with a similar octa-core set up.
It all means that both devices will be able to handle multi-tasking and power-hungry apps without slowing down to a crawl.
5 Smaller batteries
The G5 will come with a 2800mAh battery. That marks a drop from 3000mAh in the G4.
However, the improved processor and Android Nougat’s power-saving mode means that users shouldn't notice any dip in how long the phone keeps going between charges.