Moto G5 vs. Moto G5 Plus. Who's better and Why!

06 March, 2017 | Nyakundi
Moto G5 vs. Moto G5 Plus. Who's better and Why!

Motorola is a Lenovo-owned brand that has been producing great phones for quite a long time now. Recently, Motorola released Moto G5 and Moto G5 plus as the brand’s new kingpin-icon to replace the Moto G4 and G4 plus. The two phones look very much alike even though the pricing of these two phones somehow exhibit a striking difference. Now, which phone is better? What is the main difference between them? Which one should one prefer?

Let us begin with what is similar between Moto G5 Plus and G5

Both phones run on Android 7.0 Nougat, they have a biometric (fingerprint reader) identification and of course they both have a full HD display. Since Motorola releases hardly come with any preinstalled Motorola-specific application, you can expect a striking resemblance between the two phones. The overall general feel is as though these phones are alike. Even so, in this edition, I dug deeper to showcase the difference and thus the pricing difference. Below is a detailed explanation of the contrast.

and here is what makes a difference.


Nothing much can draw a separation line from the design of the two phones from a far as they all share similar color schemes and the same metallic-frame look. However, on a closer look, the Moto G5 Plus has got a slightly extended bump on the rear camera while the Moto G5 goes flat. In addition, G5 has its headphone jack-hole at the top whereas the G5 plus has its jack at the bottom. Moto G5 measures (144 X 73 X 9.5) mm while the Moto G5 Plus measures (150 X 74 X 7.7) mm. G5 weighs 144g while G5 Plus weighs 155g. In general, the Motorola Moto G5 Plus is somehow wider and will fell a little heavier than its counterpart when held by hand.

Motorola G5 Plus

Screen / display

A keen observer will not fail to notice that Moto G5 Plus has a slightly wider screen than Moto G5 as the former has a 5.2’ screen while the latter has a 5.0’ screen. In addition, the G5’s screen will tend to be sharper and ultimately brighter than Moto G5 Plus. This is because Moto G5 has a screen pixel density of 440ppi (Pixels per Inch) while G5 Plus has 423ppi. Even so, both phones offer a full HD (1080p) screen resolution.

Camera of Moto G5 Plus and G5

There seem to have been a general shift of focus by mobile developers from developing great phone-cameras into developing great performing phones. Surely, the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus had really awesome cameras with 13MP and 16MP rear cameras respectively and a 5MP front snapper. Their predecessors, Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, have 13MP and 12MP rear cameras with 5MP accompanying front cameras. Drawing from the two, it is clear that the former phones performed better than their predecessors in their rear camera resolution quality. However, all the phones have retained the same cute front camera quality of 5MP. In addition, the newer releases have incorporated very great software support for the camera that makes them invincible to the older releases.

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Processor and Memory/Storage

The Moto G5 runs on a Snapdragon 430 processor while the Moto G5 plus runs on a Snapdragon 625 processor. G5 supports 2GB and 3GB RAM options while the G5 Plus supports a 2GB, 3GB and 4GB RAM options. In addition, G5 comes either with 16GB or 32GB internal storage while the G5 Plus has either 32GB or 64GB internal storage. Of course, both gadgets support external Micro SD extensibility up to 128GB.

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