What you need to know
- Motorola's Moto G lineup continues to grow, this time with the Moto G 5G Plus.
- Key specs include the Snapdragon 765, a 90Hz display, 5000 mAh battery, and more.
- Pricing starts at €349 in Europe, with availability also planed for KSA and UAE.
It's a new day, and that means another Moto G phone is joining Motorola's budget lineup for 2020. I've given Motorola a bit of grief for releasing so many phones this year, but at least the newest addition — the Moto G 5G Plus — looks rather promising.
Moving beyond the clunky name, there's a lot about the handset that has us excited. At the heart of the Moto G 5G Plus is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processor, which should offer very good performance in addition to its 5G connectivity. This is officially the most affordable 5G phone in Motorola's lineup, coming in at a much lower price compared to the $1000 Motorola Edge+ and $700 Motorola Edge.
The front of the Moto G 5G Plus is home to a 6.7-inch Full HD+ display, and it comes with a couple of unique characteristics. In addition to it featuring a 90Hz refresh rate for buttery smooth animations, you'll also find two front-facing cameras as evident by the dual hole-punch cutouts. There's a 16MP primary camera and 8MP ultra-wide camera, meaning the Moto G 5G Plus could be the phone to get if you're an avid selfie-taker. In regards to the camera combo on the back of the phone, we're met with a total of four sensors — a 48MP primary camera, 5MP macro camera, 8MP ultra-wide camera, and 2MP depth camera.
Under the hood, the Moto G 5G Plus has a few other noteworthy specs. There's a 5000 mAh battery that's paired with 20W TurboPower wired charging, 4 or 6GB RAM, 64 or 128GB of storage (expandable up to 1TB), a 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC for Google Pay, and a water-repellent design. There is also a fingerprint sensor on the phone, but it's hidden on the right frame below the volume buttons (and also doubles as the power/lock button).
All of that sounds really great, but don't get your hopes up quite yet. The Moto G 5G Plus is only launching in Europe, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. If you happen to live in any of those locations, sales begin on July 8, and pricing starts at €349 for the 4GB RAM/64GB storage model and goes up to just €399 if you want 6GB RAM/128GB storage.
Thankfully, all hope is not lost. Alongside the announcement of the Moto G 5G Plus, Motorola is committing to releasing a sub-$500 5G smartphone in North America "this fall." The wording suggests that it'll be different from the Moto G 5G Plus that's heading to Europe, so it's unclear what's in store for us. There's been talk of a regular Moto G 5G, and if that's the phone Motorola launches for North America, it'll be interesting to see how it compares to the Plus.
Part of me is a little annoyed at Motorola continuing this strategy of releasing countless different phones, but at the same time, the specs-to-price ratio of the Moto G 5G Plus is really solid. A lot of these specs are shockingly similar to that of the Motorola Edge, which as mentioned above, costs $700 in the U.S.
What say you? If you had the chance to buy the Moto G 5G Plus, would you go for it?
The best Moto G in the U.S.
Don't live in a market that's getting the Moto G 5G Plus? Don't forget about the Moto G Power! It has a very good Full HD+ display, reliable performance, fun cameras, and a huge 5,000 mAh battery — all at a price your wallet will be very happy with.
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