Moto G5 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) vs Nokia 6: specs comparison

If you're in the market for a new mid-range Android phone, 2017 looks to be a year full of great options. Three of the options that certainly deserve your attention are the Moto G5 Plus, Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), and Nokia 6. All three handsets are built around metal frames, offer 1080p displays, fingerprint scanners, at least 3 GB of RAM, and octa-core processors. Moreover, they have good cameras.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is the most compact phone of the bunch, and the Nokia 6 is the largest - but that's no surprise, as the Nokia model sports a 5.5-inch display, whereas both the Moto G5 Plus and the Galaxy A5 have 5.2-inch screens.

Each of these phones has strengths and weaknesses. For example, the Galaxy A5 (2017) is about $150 more expensive than the other two, and runs Android Marshmallow. On the other hand, the A5 is dust- and water-resistant, and is already available to buy in the US via Amazon (more exactly, for now, only the international model can be purchased).

The Moto G5 Plus likely has the best rear camera (with 4K video - absent on the other two phones), while the Nokia 6 is obviously better if you need more screen estate. Both the Moto G5 Plus and the Nokia 6 should be released in the coming months in the US, although, at the moment, we don't know if the Nokia device will be officially offered here.

Take a look at the detailed specs comparison below. If you were to choose, which of these three handsets would you rather get?

Motorola Moto G5 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) vs Nokia 6


Display size

5.2 inches
5.2 inches
5.5 inches


1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

424 ppi
424 ppi
401 ppi




67.18 %
71.51 %
71.58 %

Peak brightness

450 cd/m2 (nit)

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 8953
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7880
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 8937


Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Octa-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Octa-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit


Adreno 506
Mali-T830 MP3
Adreno 505



Internal storage

64 GB
32 GB
32 GB


Android (8.1 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat)
Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow)
Android (9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo, 8.0 Oreo, 7.1 Nougat)



3000 mAh
3000 mAh
3000 mAh


Fast charging
Fast charging
Fast charging

Talk time (3G)

16.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1404 min)
18.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1404 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

32.0 days (768 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)

Internet use

3G: 13 hours; LTE: 16 hours; Wi-Fi: 18 hours

Music playback

53.00 hours
22.00 hours

Video playback

19.00 hours



Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

12 megapixels
16 megapixels
16 megapixels


Phase detection autofocus
Autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Laser and Phase detection autofocus


Aperture size: F1.7; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.5"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 27 mm
Aperture size: F2.0; Pixel size: 1 μm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)


Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Video calling, Video sharing
Video calling, Video sharing


5 megapixels
16 megapixels
8 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)



5.91 x 2.91 x 0.38 inches (150.2 x 74 x 9.7 mm)
5.75 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches (146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm)
6.06 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches (154 x 75.8 x 8.4 mm)


5.47 oz (155 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.61 oz (159 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.96 oz (169 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)


Back: Aluminum; Frame: Plastic
Back: Glass; Frame: Metal
Back: Aluminum


Water, Dust; IP 68


Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)


Touch sensitive control keys
Touch sensitive control keys

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 229
$ 229



1. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Nokia 6 good phone

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Moto is the better 1 out of the 3.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Plus it's running with the latest Android 7.1. Not to mention the Moto G's have a great track record of getting the latest updates, very fast.

9. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Moto G5 is the best value out of the three with 64GB of storage and reasonable chipset. Samsung would be the most powerful but most expensive. (Also, slow updates after the 1st year of release) Nokia would probably be the weakest of the 3 but has a larger screen and is cheapest. My pick is also the Moto G5!!!

3. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The A5 is just too damn sexy.....

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You're one of those people who deems a thing sexy, I see.

5. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

What can I say.... Sexualizing objects is my thing :D.

7. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Damn ugly. G5 and N6 is sexy. Didn't know phones that have more curves is sexy. Out off all iPhones the iP5 is sexy, due to having less curves.

6. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

samsung a5 2017 looks much better than iphone 7 plus

10. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Moto G5 plus is best between those 3.But moto g5 plus screen body ratio is not good.Too much bezels.Also there is camera bump on back.Its better to increase battery and made the phone thick instead of that camera bump.Good design is that which makes the phone more reliable and durable.Without any back protective cover its camera glass can be easily scratched.

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