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

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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

OSAndroid (7.0)Android (6.0)Android (7.1)
Dimensions5.91 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)
Weight5.47 oz (155 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (154 g)
5.96 oz (169 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (154 g)
5.96 oz (169 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (154 g)
MaterialsMain body: Aluminum; Accents: PlasticMain body: Glass; Accents: MetalMain body: Aluminum
FeaturesFingerprint (touch)Fingerprint (touch), Touch sensitive control keysFingerprint (touch), Touch sensitive control keys
RuggedSplash resistantWater, Dust resistant 
IP certified

IP certified - The IP code indicates the degree of protection against dust and water. The first number represents dust protection, while the second represents water protection. In IP67, for example, 6 means a completely dust-tight device, while 7 means the device can stay immersed in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. In IP68, a higher level of water protection is expected, but exact numbers aren't specified: both depth and continuance are specified by the manufacturer on per device basis.

 IP 68 
Physical size5.2 inches5.2 inches5.5 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

424 ppi424 ppi401 ppi

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

67.18 %71.51 %71.58 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness  450 cd/m2 (nit)
Camera12 megapixels16 megapixels16 megapixels
FlashDual LEDLEDDual LED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

Focal length (35mm equivalent)26 mm27 mm 
Camera sensor size

Camera sensor size - A bigger camera sensor is able to capture more light, and thus produce better photos.

Pixel size

Pixel size - The size of an individual pixel on a camera's sensor. The bigger, the better.

1.4 μm 1 μm
Hardware FeaturesAutofocusAutofocus, CMOS image sensorAutofocus
Software FeaturesTouch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingTouch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingTouch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
FeaturesDigital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharingVideo calling, Video sharingVideo calling, Video sharing
Front-facing camera5 megapixels16 megapixels8 megapixels
Video capture  1920x1080 (1080p HD)
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

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

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bitOcta-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nmOcta-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Adreno 506Mali-T830 MP3Adreno 505
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

4 GB RAM (933 MHz) / LPDDR33 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 1033 MHz) / LPDDR33 GB RAM (800 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

64 GB32 GB32 GB
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

microSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

3000 mAh3000 mAh3000 mAh
Fast ChargeYesYesYes
Talk time (3G) 16.00 hours
the average is 43 h (2593 min)
18.00 hours
the average is 43 h (2593 min)
Stand-by time (3G)  32.0 days (768 hours)
the average is 24 days (585 h)
Internet use   
3G 13 hours 
LTE 16 hours 
Wi-Fi 18 hours 
Music playback 53.00 hours22.00 hours
Video playback 19.00 hours 
Screen mirroringWireless screen shareWireless screen shareWireless screen share

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

800, 1900 MHz  
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20, 28Bands 2, 3, 4, 7, 12, 17, 28
LTE (TDD)Bands 38, 41Bands 38, 40, 41Bands 38
DataLTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, UMTSLTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPALTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSPA
Mobile Payment Samsung Pay 
Shopping information
MSRP price€ 279 / $ 229€ 429€ 229 / $ 229

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posted on 28 Feb 2017, 11:08 1

1. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 344; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)

Nokia 6 good phone

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 11:24 3

2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4278; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Moto is the better 1 out of the 3.

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 13:34

8. sgodsell (Posts: 4731; Member since: 16 Mar 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.

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 19:26

9. Tabby_Tiger (Posts: 274; Member since: 23 Jan 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!!!

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 11:28 1

3. kiko007 (Posts: 5188; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)

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

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 11:39 1

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4278; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 11:59

5. kiko007 (Posts: 5188; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)

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

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 12:59

7. Z..... (banned) (Posts: 355; Member since: 01 Feb 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.

posted on 28 Feb 2017, 12:13 1

6. liberalsnowflake (banned) (Posts: 273; Member since: 24 Feb 2017)

samsung a5 2017 looks much better than iphone 7 plus

posted on 01 Mar 2017, 01:13

10. Shubham1221 (Posts: 123; Member since: 29 Jul 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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