Mobile World Congress

For the mid-range, budget user

The new metal body gives the Lenovo Moto G5 and G5Plus (above) a more premium look and design.
The new metal body gives the Lenovo Moto G5 and G5Plus (above) a more premium look and design.PHOTO: REUTERS

Lenovo's newest phones in its Moto line are the latest in the budget-friendly Moto G series. The Moto G5 and G5 Plus are mid-range phones with budget prices, but boast near-premium features and the latest in software, like the Android 7.0 mobile operating system.

The Moto G5 will retail for €199 ($297), while its slightly more premium brother, the G5 Plus, will cost €279 - which are very competitive prices in the mid-range market. Both phones are expected to launch in Asia later this month.

The G5 is a small, svelte phone with a 5-inch display, but the screen unfortunately looks smaller than it is because of its large bezel. The G5 Plus is only slightly bigger, coming with a 5.2-inch screen. Both their full-HD displays are sufficient for everyday multimedia use like watching YouTube or scrolling through Instagram.

The most noticeable upgrade to the budget G line is the metal body that the G5 and the Plus now have, compared with the cheaper-feeling plastic construction of the G4.

This gives them a more premium look and design, which is a pretty good deal.

Another huge plus is software. Both phones get the latest Android version and updates, and are still rocking the stock Android operating system, which means no software bloat or third-party software.

Budget consumers thus get access to the same software updates, such as Google's new Assistant software, at the same time as other premium flagship users.

The G5 may stall a bit on the spec side, with only 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, while the G5 Plus has 32GB of storage. That's sufficient memory to launch apps smoothly, although it does feel slightly slower than flagship phones with double the RAM.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2017, with the headline 'For the mid-range, budget user'. Print Edition | Subscribe