Moto G5 & G5 Plus Launched: Specs, Pictures, India Release Date, Indian Price and Everything Else You Need To Know!

So the wait for "probably" the most awaited budget smartphone unveiling in MWC is now over. Motorola, owned by Lenovo, have taken wraps off their latest budget offerings- the Moto G5 and G5 Plus- the successors to the very successful Moto G4 and G4 Plus on Tuesday. New numbers after the 'G', but the same aim- powerful specifications at budget prices. This time though, they've skipped on the 'Play' variant, for the better. With all that said, let's get the specs out of the way.

Moto G5

This is the cheaper variant, that comes with a 5 inch with Full HD or 1080p resolution which gives a pixel density of 441 PPI. On processor front, the G4 is powered by the tried and trusted Snapdragon 430 chipset, which is a decent entry level chip. The 430 consists of eight Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4GHz. Also, Adreno 505 is on-board ho handle graphics. There are two storage-RAM variants: 16GB-2GB and 32GB-3GB. The good news is that both will support Dual SIM (4G VoLTE) and expandable storage up-to 128GB via a Dedicated Micro SD card slot. 
On Optics front, the G5 has a 13MP f/2 Sony sensor at the rear with support for PDAF. On the front is a 5MP fixed focus f/2.2 sensor for the occasional selfies. Though we're not sure, but it's pretty obvious that the Video recording resolution on both the smartphones will max out at 1080p.
The G5 is powered by a removable 2800 mAh battery, which is claimed to give more than a day's usage with one full charge, and given Motorola's optimization with Android, we believe their claim.

Moto G5 Plus

This is the more-powerful variant, that comes with a 5.2 inch full HD display, that equals to a pixel density of about 425 PPI. On processor front, this one is powered by the Snapdragon 625, which has eight Cortex-A53 cores, maxing out at 2.4 GHz. Graphic duties will be handled by the Adreno 506 GPU. Just like the G5, there are two storage-RAM variants: 16GB-2GB and 32GB-3GB. Both will support expandable storage via Micro SD.
On Cameras front, the G5 Plus has a powerful 12MP f/1.7 lens at the rear with dual-autofocus pixels and dual tone flash. No prizes for guessing, this sensor will produce some excellent bokeh, thanks to that large aperture. A 5MP camera will be found on the front.
The G5 Plus has a 3000 mAh non-removable battery with TurboCharge technology to refuel the battery faster. 

What's similar?

Both the phones will come with Android 7 Nougat (We don't know whether 7.0 or 7.1) out of the box and both devices will come loaded with Google's AI App- the Google Assistant. Also, both these phones will have a feature called 'One Button Nav', which lets the fingerprint sensor (which is on the front of both the phones) include gestures like single tap to go back and tap and hold to go to home. Yes, we've seen this implementation in Lenovo's ZUK Z2 Plus and it's a good thing as it gives more screen estate by hiding the on-screen navigation bars. Also, both the phones will Have Moto's AlwaysOn display and Moto Gestures. Both phones have retained the Micro USB port and the 3.5mm headphone jack. Both phones will have support for dual band WiFi, 4G and NFC.

India Launch Date, Price and Availability

Lenovo hasn't stated a clear launch date for the Moto G5 yet, but it is expected to hit the Indian shores by April. 
Update 1- 27th Feb 2017: The Moto G5 Plus will be launching on the 15th of March in India, as made official through a Facebook Post by Motorola India. We'll see an increase of price from the Moto G4, with the Moto G5 starting at about ₹13999  and the G5 Plus starting at ₹15999. However, we'll have to wait till the official launch to know the exact pricing.
Update 2- 14th March 2017: The Moto G5 Plus has been launched in India for Rs. 14999 and Rs. 16999 for the 32GB and 64GB variants respectively. You can buy them from Flipkart Here.
The phones will reportedly NOT be online-exclusive this time; as we came to know from a Lenovo employee. Given that Lenovo has captured a good hold on the offline market in India, the phones might be sold offline as well. However, if they plan to put it for sale via online retailers, we expect the phone to be Flipkart exclusive. We'll confirm this once there is an official statement.

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