If you thought that we might have been overly excited while previewing the new Moto G5
and G5 Plus
phones at the MWC expo, well, it was with a good reason. Not only are the phones with one of the best value-for-money ratios from a reputable brand in the Android world at the moment, but they also punch above and beyond their $200-$300 range.
Take the Moto G5 Plus, for example. About the only ho-hum thing about this midranger is the screen-to-body ratio, but, given that it has a 5.2" display, the phone's overall footprint is not very large anyway. The rest of the specs and design are pretty good for the $250 average price tag - premium metal chassis, 2 GHz Snapdragon processor, and a modem that works with all carriers, including Verizon and Sprint, as well as a 1080p display, and decent 3000 mAh battery capacity with extremely fast "Turbo" charging.
G5 Plus did well in this tricky indoor shot against the window, and now we know why
What caught our attention in the G5 Plus, however, is the main camera. Moto claims that it is the "most advanced camera in its class," and when we briefed through the specs, it dawned on us that it might be the very same camera sensor that is in Samsung's flagship Galaxy S7
and S7 edge
, which has been earning numerous praises in our camera comparisons for the last year or so. Granted, simply planting this sensor and lens doesn't guarantee the same results, plus the G5 Plus doesn't feature optical image stabilization, but if Moto plays its imaging software game right, the results should be pretty comparable
Moto has not only apparently placed the same 12 MP sensor with large pixels, and the same record wide for a phone f/1.7 aperture, but also has appropriated Samsung's exclusive and yet-to-be-beat Dual Pixel
focusing technology that has been present only in the S7/edge
so far. Thus, Moto touts 60% improved focusing speeds compared to conventional phone cameras, which, together with the wide aperture should help in low-light and with fast-moving objects.
Despite the midrange chipset, the G5 Plus also records 4K video, and, if the footage sports the same instantaneous continuous focus that the S7 and S7 edge are capable of, the G5 Plus will become an even better value for money than we initially thought. Check out our first camera samples with the G5 Plus
, and notice the indoor performance of this midranger.