Specs summary


The Motorola Moto G5's screen is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 Octa core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS).

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2800 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 34 days standby time, 1991 minutes (2G), 425 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The Moto G5 offers a lot, and its price/performance ratio is quite good.

- Florian Wimmer , Notebookcheck 

The Moto G5 Plus faces more competitors than its predecessors, but it's still one of the best budget phones.

- Kyle Wiggers , Digital Trends 

Reviews summary

Based on 21 reviews

What's good  

  • Detailed and crisp display
  • Premium build and feel
  • Great phone for the price
  • Good color reproduction and details in daylight photos
  • Relatively smooth performance

What's bad  

  • Display doesn’t have great contrast
  • Low light photos have noise and color degradation

Known for offering premium phones at affordable prices, Lenovo’s Moto G-series is a popular choice for phone buyer’s looking for a good deal.

Does the Moto G5 stick with what’s made the brand so popular?

Reviews are out and we’ve dug through them all to bring you this summary. Let’s see what they’re saying!

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The G5 steps away from the standard design choices of its predecessors by adding touches of metal. The back panel is aluminum. But it isn’t a unibody design. In fact, plastic makes up the rest of the phone’s body.

Still, the added heft of the aluminum provides what reviewers consider an excellent feel and premium appearance. With that said, most admit that compared to other phones, the G5’s design “isn’t likely to turn heads…”

The G5’s greatest strength is its 5-inch IPS LCD screen. With its 1080-by-1920 resolution, it offers a pixel density of 441ppi. This means it’s just as sharp as the Google Pixel and iPhone 7 Plus.

Still, the screen has limitations. Experts noticed the screen didn’t offer quite the same depth of color or contrast as more expensive phones. This wasn’t a deal breaker for most reviewers as they only noticed the differences when comparing it side-by-side with other flagship phones.

So how can the Moto G5 be so affordable if it has a great screen and excellent build quality? The answer lies in the internal specs.

It comes with a 1.4GHz octa-core processor and up to 3GB of RAM. While this might sound impressive, the processor itself is weaker than the G4’s older processor. When critics put the G5 through benchmark tests they found it slower than the G4 on paper.

In actual use, however, they did not experience lag. And while there were some frame rate drops when playing graphic-intensive games, overall it performed admirably. PC Advisor adds, “The G5 never feels like it’s under-performing despite its benchmarks.”

The biggest limitation is internal storage. Of the 16GB included, only 10GB of free storage is available for use. Fortunately, there’s a microSD slot for easy expansion.

As for battery life, the 2800mAh battery provided a full day of charge for most critics even with heavy usage.

For you smartphone photographers, the 13MP camera didn’t wow reviewers. But it also didn’t disappoint.

They could capture good details in well-lit situations. Images showed little noise, vivid and accurate colors and excellent contrast. Many even praised the app itself as it is easy to use, focus and allows advanced controls—such as exposure adjustment.

In lower light situations, noise increased and color fidelity dropped. This did not surprise reviewers. Overall, they consider it a decent camera—especially for the price.

Overall, while many didn’t feel the G5 brings anything incredible to the table, reviewers still consider it an excellent value. Techradar states, “… this is still a great buy…” NDTV adds, “… it won’t disappoint you in daily use…”

Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)


Dependable everyday performance and great all-day battery life

from Recombu
There's little to sway us from our initial verdict, even with the newcomers that arrived on the scene since the Moto G5's original launch. It's still a stylish smartphone that's comparatively compact with a great screen, great everyday performance and battery life, and a competent primary camera for the £169 price tag... Full review

A premium touch arrives on the best-selling budget Android

from TechRadar
With a shiny new metal body, a super-slick fingerprint sensor and decent specs, the Moto G5 offers real value for money. It’s another obvious choice for Android bargain hunters... Full review

If price is everything, this is the budget phone to buy

from Pocket-lint
With other manufacturers pushing into pricier brackets, the Moto G5 sticks to its £169 guns and delivers a fairly knock-out performance for the price point. It's more sophisticated to look at than its G4 predecessor, will handle all manner of tasks easily, and has a nifty fingerprint scanner too... Full review

Inexpensive can be exciting

from finder.com.au
Motorola has enjoyed a lot of success with the Moto G line, and it’s not hard to see why. The Moto G5 isn’t a stellar handset in performance terms, but it’s an entirely suitable one for essential smartphone tasks, priced in a way that makes it appealing on its own terms... Full review
What Hi-Fi

Audio performance isn’t what it might be but this is still a great budget phone

from What Hi-Fi
The G5 adds another successful handset to Moto’s growing line of budget wins. That said, considering its strong performance almost entirely across the board we can’t help but find its audio performance a bit of a let-down, even at this level... Full review
Canadian Reviewer

Almost perfect as a midrange device

from Canadian Reviewer
The Moto G5 is a tremendous accomplishment, specially for the price. It is almost perfect as a midrange device and is really one NFC chip and USB Type-C port away from being a great choice. For users who don't see themselves using mobile payments or want the latest standard in connectivity, the Moto G5 will be sufficient for most of their needs... Full review
Mobile Syrup

A $250 smartphone with everything you need

from Mobile Syrup
At $250 and with so much to commend it, the Moto G5 has become my new favourite budget device, and in some respects rates on a par with mid-range devices I’ve tried, particularly when it comes to battery, design and UI. Those who don’t need a premium device or are looking for a phone to buy outright for easy roaming might be hard pressed to find a better all-encompassing option... Full review

A decent cheap phone that gets the job done

from PhoneArena
This super cheap price segment that the Moto G5 belongs to is all about compromise, though, and the G5 makes a lot of those compromises: the design is outdated, the camera is decidedly average, battery life is good, but not great, and the performance is decent, but not future-proof. That said, we can't deny the fact that the Moto G5 presents us with what's probably the best possible all-around experience at this super-low price point... Full review

A very interesting lower midrange alternative

from Notebookcheck
At first glance we can already tell that the Moto G5 is indeed a very interesting smartphone: affordable yet equipped with a premium display, light metal case, decent interior, and user replaceable battery. Lenovo seems to be on a mission to prove that even competing in the lower midrange market doesn’t necessarily have to mean dark, low resolution displays and slow communication ICs... Full review
The Indian Express

A good, but not game-changing smartphone

from The Indian Express
There aren’t many faults in the Moto G5; still it is hard recommending this phone. Instead Moto G5 Plus seems a more better proposition, even though it is more expensive. Essentially you’re paying for a better processor, more storage, a better camera, and a larger screen. The G5 Plus is clearly a better phone over the G5. If you’re not interested in either of the phones, the Redmi Note 4 might be the better option... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date March 11, 2017
Regions available Canada, United Kingdom, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
700/2100/800/850 /900/1800/2600/2300 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 Octa core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 32 GB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2800 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 493 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 425 minutes
3G Surfing Time 368 minutes
4G Surfing Time 368 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
1991 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 34 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Fine Gold, Lunar Grey
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.4 x 7.3 x 0.9 cm
(5.7 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 145 grams
(5.1 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture ƒ/2
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 8x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, Burst shot, HDR, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info Wide angle lens
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Also available in 2 GB of RAM.
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