Motorola's upcoming Mods include a game pad and one that supports Alexa

After teasing the phones for long, Motorola has finally launched the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2017 event in Barcelona, today. The other, a virtual reality headset, uses a Moto Z handset's screen as a VR display, much like Samsung's Galaxy Gear.

Both the smartphones boast a metal unibody and don a fingerprint sensor on the front, which also acts a home button. It's interesting to see Motorola go with Alexa as the virtual assistant of choice, especially since Google just announced that its own Google Assistant will soon come to phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and higher.

Moto G5 features a a 5-inch Full HD LCD display. It is powered by Snapdragon 625 processor which is clocked at 2GHz. Storage on both phones can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card (Hybrid). In the camera department G5 equip with a 13-megapixel f/2.0 system with phase detect autofocus, and the Moto G5 Plus with a 12-megapixel f/1.7 camera with dual-focus pixels. The G5 Plus features a 12MP "advanced" camera, and a 5MP front camera. It also supports 4G LTE connectivity, along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Global Positioning System. The smartphone comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor which works in tandem with a 2GB/3GB RAM along with 16GB/32GB of internal storage.

As far as storage is concerned, the smartphones will be available in 16GB, 32GB or 64 GB storage variants with the option to expand the memory by up to 128GB via microSD card.

"Now coming to Moto G5 Plus, it comes with a 5.2" FHD display, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. With the slightly powerful specification, the Moto G5 Plus comes with a 3,000mAh non-removable battery and is mentioned to give 6 hours of battery life with the 15 minutes of charging using the Turbopower charger.The device measures 150.2 x 74 x 7.9 mm and weighs 155 grams.

Hello from the other side: Moto's G phones have always had a singular reason for existing: Value. And while the United Kingdom price of the G5 translates to about $210, that phone will not officially be released stateside. Overall, though, the company has kept changes minimal, and most of the major improvements have been limited for its superior companion, the Moto G5 Plus.

Regarding pricing and availability, as we mentioned in the introduction, the Moto G5 won't be launched in the US.

As expected, the Moto G5 and its elder sibling, the G5 Plus would come with an all-metal build which is a welcome move considering these devices are budget-friendly. An "efficiency mode" automatically picks when is best to charge the phone's internal battery, to make sure you're not shortening its lifespan with unnecessary cycles.

  • Latoya Cobb