Motorola once had an upper hand in the entry level smartphones range, and is now trying to make a comeback in that area. The below 10k range is strongly held by Miami and a few other companies, the G5 Play might just make a dent in the system. The G5 Play is an upgrade from the previous G4 Play which offered an HD display, 1/2GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 410 SoC chipset with an inbuilt storage of 8/16GB. The Moto G5 Play is a significant boost from those stats. One might even say that Motorola has brought the ultimate device in terms of upgradation from the previous handset in the series. The device is said to launch on the 20th of May, 2017. Priced at just below 10k, the device seems to have just the right kind of specs suited to the entry-level package.
The Motorola G5 Play will be available in two color variants, white and black. The device will sport a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display, protected by Gorilla Glass (no confirmation if it is the Gorilla Glass 5 or lower), and a pixel density of 440 ppm. Motorola phone always seem premium to hold and to sue and the G5 Play doesn’t fall short of this expectation. Unlike its predecessor, the G5 Play will have a front mounted fingerprint sensor, a necessity in every device nowadays. The top part of the G5 Play appears to have quite a lot of bezel while the bottom section is significantly lower. The bezel can be the making or breaking of a phone’s reputation nowadays, and Motorola seems to be taking a fair amount of risk by not lessening it to a more manageable screen: body ratio.
Taking into account that the price of the Moto G5 Play might fall in the following months, the device sports some decent power as it comes with the Snapdragon 625 chipset, with an octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz on a 64-bit architecture. The graphics processor is an Adreno 506. Although 2GB by any means is less, some devices in this range are offering 3GB of RAM, and the more the merrier. Motorola should have at least tried to make it 2.5GB in order to remain competitive. The Snapdragon 625 is the main attraction this range and although in the past it had a lot of heating issues, we may be optimistic in concluding that Motorola has resolved those issues before using the cheapest, and also the 625 is a quite old processor compared to its times. In terms of storage, the G5 Play comes with 16GB inbuilt space that can be expanded via an SD card.
Although the picture quality remains alluded to us, the camera seems pretty nice for the price range. The Moto G5 Play packs a rear 13MP shooter and a 5MP front camera. There are no mentions about the sensors that are being used. The rear camera, however, has a dual tone LED flash feature with digital zoom and phase detection autofocus. Videos are recorded at FullHD resolution(1920x1080 @30fps). The camera also supports slow motion videos.
The G5 Play has one front mounted loudspeaker and supports all the basic codec formats of media files, namely 3GP, MP4, DivX etc.
The G5 Play is powered by a non-removable 3000 mAh Li-Ion battery, which supports the quick charging feature. Wireless charging is unavailable for this device.
The device has dual sim slots, both supporting 4G sim cards and also with the additional of the VoLTE support. OTG is supported on the device, however, unlike other phones, who are starting to migrate to the Type-C port, Motorola thinks that they will stick to the conventional 2.0 USB ports. The G5 Play also comes with the new and improved Bluetooth 4.0 and the Wi-FI supports up to 3 types bands i.e., Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
The Motorola is a significant upgrade from its predecessor. The device is not waterproof and the inclusion of an older chipset might affect the sales of the device in the long run.WHAT WE LIKED