There's one quality nearly all 5G phones have in common: They're expensive. It will cost you at minimum $999 to buy a Motorola Edge Plus or one of the phones from the Samsung Galaxy S20 family. Depending on the carrier, the OnePlus 8 and LG V60 are slightly less expensive ranging from $700 up to $900 respectively. And who knows how much Apple will charge for its heavily rumored iPhone 12, which is expected to have 5G. So it's a real surprise to see Motorola launch the Moto G 5G Plus, a truly affordable 5G phone.
Motorola is no stranger to budget phones, having launched four new Moto phones in 2020 that cost between $150 and $300. Motorola is also no stranger to 5G. In 2018, its Moto Z3, along with a separately sold 5G Moto Mod, was the first official 5G phone. And last year, the company offered the Moto Z4 and the 5G mod for only $500 as a bundle.
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The new Moto G 5G Plus is built from the ground up to support 5G. It is available in Europe as of July 8 for 349 euros (with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage) or 399 euros (with 6GB RAM and 128GB). The starting price converts to £315 or AU$565. Motorola says it's committed to releasing a sub-$500 5G in the US in the fall, but it's unclear whether that affordable 5G device is the Moto G 5G Plus, another version of it or an entirely new device.
The Moto G 5G Plus packs support for sub-6GHz 5G, so low- and midband 5G, not the fastest millimeter-wave 5G, but it puts it in direct competition with the more expensive Samsung Galaxy S20, OnePlus 8 and still unreleased Motorola Edge. The 5G Plus also has a 6.7-inch full HD display with a 90Hz refresh rate (no word if it's an LCD or OLED). It has NFC and packs a 5,000-mAh battery, just like the excellent Moto G Power and Motorola Edge Plus. It has a Snapdragon 765 5G processor — the same one found in the upcoming Motorola Edge.
The Moto G 5G Plus has many cameras. There are two selfie cameras on the front, nestled like a vampire bite in the display. One has a wide-angle lens, the other has an ultrawide-angle lens. On the back are three cameras. The 48-megapixel main camera uses pixel binning to create 12-megapixel photos. There is also an 8-megapixel ultrawide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera and a depth sensor.
Take a closer look at the Moto G 5G Plus specs and how they compare to other 5G phones available today.
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus specs vs. Motorola Edge, OnePlus 8, LG V60, Samsung Galaxy S20
|Motorola Moto G 5G Plus||Motorola Edge||OnePlus 8||LG V60 ThinQ 5G||Samsung Galaxy S20|
|Display size, resolution||6.7-inch FHD+||6.7-inch FHD+ OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels||6.55-inch AMOLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels||6.8-inch OLED; 2,460×1,080 pixels||6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 3,200×1,440 pixels|
|Dimensions (Inches)||6.61 x 2.91 x 0.35 in||6.36 x 2.8 x 0.37 in||6.3 x 2.8 x 0.31 in||6.67 x 3.06 x 0.35 in||2.72 x 5.97 x 0.311 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||168 x 74 x 9mm||161.6 x 71.1 x 9.29 mm||160 x 72.9 x 8 mm||169.3 x 77.6 x 8.79 mm||69.1 x 151.7 x 7.9 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||6.63 oz; 188g||6.63 oz; 188g||6.35 oz; 180g||7.72 oz; 218g||5.75 oz; 163g|
|Mobile software||Android 10||Android 10||Android 10||Android 10||Android 10|
|Camera||48-megapixel (standard), 8-megapixel (ultra-wide), 5-megapixel (macro)||64-megapixel (standard), 8-megapixel (telephotos), 16-megapixel (macro/ultrawide-angle)||48-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide), 2-megapixel (macro)||64-megapixel (standard), 13-megapixel (wide-angle), time-of-flight camera||12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)|
|Front-facing camera||16-megapixel, 8 megapixel||25-megapixel||16-megapixel||10-megapixel (standard)||10-megapixel|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865||64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2.0 GHz)|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB||128GB||128GB, 256GB||128GB||128GB|
|RAM||4GB, 6GB||10GB||8GB, 12GB||8GB||12GB|
|Expandable storage||Up to 1TB||Up to 1TB||No||2TB||Up to 1TB|
|Battery||5,000 mAh||4,500 mAh||4,300 mAh||5,000 mAh||4,000 mAh|
|Special features||5G enabled, 90Hz refresh rate, 20W Turbo Power charging||5G enabled. 90Hz refresh rate, 18W Turbo Charging||5G enabled; Warp Charge; 90Hz refresh rate||5G enabled; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging, Fast Charging 4.0||5G enabled; 120Hz refresh rate; water resistant (IP68)|
|Price off-contract (USD)||TBD||$699||$699 (8GB RAM/128GB), $799 (12GB RAM/256GB)||$800 (without Dual Screen case); $900-$950 (with)||$999|
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