Moto G5 Plus review

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By Paisal Chuenprasaeng

Moto in the bag

The latest generation of Moto’s G series has a few inconveniences but the quality of its camera more than compensates

Superslim and light, the new Moto G5 Plus budget smartphone will delight shutterbugs with its good quality camera.

Weighing just 155 grammes and ranging in depth from just from 7.7 mm at the edges to 9.7mm in the middle, it’s made from high-grade aluminium and comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD display with 1920×1080 pixels that’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The back cover is well finished and the phone is available in two colours – Lunar Gray and Fine Gold.

The G5 Plus is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octacore processor running at 2 GHz. The CPU might not be top of the line but the performance is good, especially when it is equipped with 4 gigabytes of working memory or RAM. It has 32 GB of internal storage, which is expandable with a micro SD card by up to 128 GB though a disadvantage here is that the micro SD slot shares the slot with the second nano SIM slot, meaning you’ll need to choose between having a second SIM or expanded storage.

The G5 Plus runs on the latest Android 7.0 operating system and I was impressed with its performance during the test. Menus and the touchscreen were responsive. Apps, games and video clips never slowed and the smartphone could play High-Resolution Audio format of FLAC 24bit/192kHz smoothly and with good sound. I tried it with Sony’s MDR1ABT High-Res headphones and the sound quality was very good, the instrument details clear and the bass powerful.

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The G5 Plus’s dual SIM is not difficult to set. I could easily set one SIM for 4G data connection and another for SMS use. You can set the phone so it asks you which SIM to use each time for voice calls.

The G5 Plus has fast 4G LTE data connection. I tried it on TrueMove H’s LTE network. Applications were downloaded very fast and my snapshots were backed up to my Google Photos cloud storage in no time.

I measured the connection speed with Ookla’s Speedtest app and found that the G5 Plus achieved a download speed of 73.56 Mbps and an upload speed of 30.07 Mbps.

The G5 Plus’s fingerprint reader is located at the front below the bottom of the screen. Be warned though: unlike other brands, the reader does not function as a home button. It is just used for reading scanned and saved fingerprints to unlock the phone. If you are used to using a home button with a builtin fingerprint reader, you might found it awkward to use, at least initially. To return to the home screen, use the soft button on the display instead.

5 Plus has a good quality main camera with 12 megapixel resolution and Dual Pixel autofocus technology, allowing it to focus very fast. Compared to the Moto G4 Plus, G5 Plus’s main camera uses 10 times more pixels on the sensor for autofocusing, so it is capable of locking onto a subject up to 60 per cent faster than its predecessor’s camera.

I was able to take sharp fast-action shots, one of which showed a speeding passing train. The main camera also has burst mode that allows multiple shots to be taken by pressing and holding the onscreen shutter button.

The main camera has a bright and fast lens with an aperture of f/1.7 so it performs well even in lowlight environments. Moreover, you can easily adjust the exposure for each shot to brighten or darken by tapping on the spot you want the camera to measure the light and then drag the exposure circular bar.

During the test, I was able to capture beautiful and colourful shots using the auto mode. There is also a professional mode that allows you to change shooting parameters on your own, including focus, white balance, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity and exposure compensation.

The main camera is capable of shooting 4K Ultra HD video at the frame rate of 30 fps.

The G5 Plus comes with 5MP front camera with wide-angle lens for group selfie shots and the front camera also uses display flash technology for better selfie shots in lowlight environments. It also has Beautification mode for making your selfie outstanding.

ver, the front camera also comes with Professional mode so you can tweak the best results.

The Moto G5 Plus has 3,000 mAh battery that allowed me to survive a day in normal usage. Moreover, the battery supports TurboPower mode that provides battery for six hours of usage with just 15 minutes charging.

Moto G5 Plus has a suggested retail price of Bt9,990. Customers who purchase Moto G5 Plus with True service package 4G+ Super Smart 599 up, with an advance payment of Bt1,500 will receive an exclusive discount of Bt5,500. Prepaid customers who purchase Moto G5 Plus at Bt9,990 will receive free 4G data for 6 months.

Moto G5 Plus Key specs:

– Networks: 4G LTE (Cat 6), UMTS/HSPA+, GSM/EDGE

– OS: Android 7.0 (Nougat)

– CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 2.0 GHz octacore CPU and 650 MHz Adreno 506 GPU

– Memory: 4GB RAM

– Storage: 32GB, expandable with microSD card by up to 128GB

– Display: 5.2inch Full HD 1920x1080pixel display, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3

– Cameras: 12 MP rear camera with Dual Pixel aufocus, f/1.7 aperture lens; 5MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture lens

– Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n

– Location services: GPS, AGPS, GLONASS

– Sensors: Fingerprint reader, Acceleromter, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Ambient Light, Proximity

– Battery: 3,000 mAh with TurboPower technology

– Dimensions: 150.2×74.0x7.79.7mm

– Weight: 155g

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