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23 mayo, 2021

The Mobile World Congress is usually the setting chosen by brands to present their strongest proposals for 2017. But this year, while brands such as LG or Huawei bet on the high-end, Lenovo did the same with the mid-range and brought us the renewal of its legendary Moto G.

As we saw last year, the new Moto G5 arrive in two versions. The most advanced of the two, the Moto G5 Plus, was already on the Xataka test table and now we have to thoroughly analyze its little brother, that Moto G5 that, with a price of less than 200 euros, wants to remain the king of the mid-range.

The mid-range today is full of smartphones so interesting that it is difficult to choose one. If we were to find a culprit for this situation, that would undoubtedly be the first Moto G. Motorola, at that time owned by Google, knew how to create the winning formula with that first model, a combination of price and specifications that was a sweet treat for those looking for a complete mobile without missing out on the savings that, make no mistake, is the vast majority.

The Moto G5 returns to the origins with a more compact size (5 inches) and releases two important novelties: aluminum design and fingerprint reader.

Since then, Motorola has continued to repeat the same formulaBut along the way, it has had to adapt to changes in the market, technology, users and even the company itself, sometimes with more success than others.

After a Moto G4 that moved away from the tradition of previous models with a 5.5-inch panel, Lenovo returns to the roots with a more compact size (5 inches). In addition, it adds two important novelties: aluminum design and fingerprint reader, a function that they already brought us last year, but only in the ‘Plus’ version. With these arguments and maintaining the good value for money that characterizes its kind The Moto G5 is introduced.

Moto G5, technical specifications

MOTO G5

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

144.3 x 73 x 9.5mm and 144.5g

SCREEN

5-inch IPS FullHD 1,920 x 1,080 pixels 441 dpi

PROCESSOR

1.4GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 430 450MHz Adreno 505 GPU

RAM

2 GB (there is a 3 GB model)

MEMORY

16 GB + MicroSD up to 128 GB

CHAMBERS

Rear: 13 MP, PDAF, f / 2.0 lens, LED flash, auto HDR, FullHD videos Front: 5 MP, f / 2.2 lens, on-screen flash

CONNECTIVITY

4G LTE Cat 4, WiFi a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / Glonass, minijack, MicroUSB

FINGERPRINT READER

Yes, front

SOFTWARE

Android 7.0 Nougat

DRUMS

2,800 mAh

PRICE

225 euros

Design: consistency with an aluminum suit that is not noticeable

The first stop of this analysis is the design, a section that in the Moto G5 comes with quite a few changes. However, Lenovo has managed to maintain that visual style that makes it clear that we are facing a Moto G. But not just another Moto G, one from Lenovo.

At first glance, one of those changes from previous generations is its rear camera. Lenovo has wanted to maintain a design line consistent with the rest of its line of smartphones and is committed to placing the camera on that characteristic black circle. Yes indeed, in this case there is no hump, Although it should be noted that this is thanks to the fact that the profile measures 9.5 millimeters – its older brother, the Moto G5 Plus, is thinner and its camera does stick out.

Moto G5

Another detail to consider with respect to the rear is the integration of aluminum. I am of the opinion that the material itself is not responsible for a good design, the important thing is how it has been worked and that the construction is well done. But I also know that fashions rule and each material has some connotations. In this case, aluminum comes to tell us that we are facing an attractive and quality design. Is that so?

Yes and no. It is true that the Moto G5 has an aluminum rear, I noticed it because of that cold touch right out of the box, but it does not feel like an aluminum mobile to use, something that I already mentioned in the first impressions at the MWC. The main reason is that aluminum is only present in a part of the terminal, but also that its back cover can be removed, that is, it is not unibody.

Lenovo limits the use of aluminum to the central part of the back case. The upper and lower areas of this piece, as well as the edges that hug the terminal, are made of plastic. Not only is it a detail that is noticeable to the touch, but we can also appreciate it with the naked eye by the change of finish between one material and another.

The design feels comfortable in hand and has good finishes, but the use of aluminum is practically anecdotal; it only covers part of the back cover, which by the way is removable.

Is this a negative thing? No way. Although the Moto G5 does not get to convey that cold and solid feeling that we find in other metallic phones, it has good finishes and it feels very comfortable in hand. In addition, the fact of being able to open the cover allows us to access the battery for its replacement if necessary. By the way, highlight that the Moto G5 is the first in the range that allows you to replace the battery manually, the previous models also had a removable case but the battery was integrated. To find a problem, when we want to access the SIM and MicroSD slots, it is necessary to remove the battery and, therefore, turn off the mobile.

Did you need that piece of aluminum? If we take it strictly from a construction point of view, the answer is no; its inclusion has a purely aesthetic purpose. Personally, mixing materials just because ‘it is fashionable’ seems to me to be a totally dispensable detail, they could have used only plastic and saved that back in two finishes that I don’t quite like, but it cannot be ignored that the title of ‘aluminum design ‘weighs, although it appears anecdotally.

Ultimately, the Moto G5 will not win any design contest, but it does not intend to. Lenovo has managed to maintain the identity of the Moto G and be consistent with its most recent design language, in addition to being very comfortable and functional on a day-to-day basis. In the end, this is what counts in a terminal of its level.

Moto G5

If we continue to walk through the anatomy of the Moto G5, surrounding the front we have a plastic edge with a chrome finish, while the screen is all covered in glass. At the top is the Moto logo, just above the earpiece / speaker and to the left the front camera. The novelty is under the screen.

Yes, the fingerprint reader comes to the Moto G family, this time in full. The Moto G5 is no longer left behind and this year it also benefits from this option, catching up with its Plus variant. The fingerprint reader is one of those improvements that, once you try it, you can no longer live without it and I like that we have more and more mid-range smartphones that include it.

Moto G5

I will talk about how it works later, now it’s time to comment on its design. It is appreciated that Lenovo has discarded that square button that we saw with the Moto G4 Plus and they repeated with equipment such as Moto Z itself. Now the shape of the fingerprint reader is oval and there is no profile surrounding it, but it is integrated into the glass of more discreet way. A detail to highlight is that It is not a physical button that we can press, it works by touch; just rest your finger to detect the fingerprint.

I also like that they have kept the fingerprint reader on the front. I consider it to be the best location for this piece since I usually look at the mobile many times while I have it on the table, even if it means that the frame is wider.

The rest of the physical buttons (power and volume) are on the right side, while the minijack and microUSB connectors are on the upper and lower edges respectively.

Display: FullHD resolution looks more if the bottle is ‘small’

Moto G5

I said before that the Moto G4 was a change within the Moto G line and the consolidation of Lenovo’s new leadership. Going up to 5.5 inches was one of the decisions of the Chinese company, something that did not quite fit in and in this Moto G5 they rectify, returning to the manageable 5 inches that we had in the third generation Moto G.

Although it seems that the frames that surround the terminal could have been adjusted more, the Moto G5 can be used with one hand without difficulty. In addition, its rounded shapes contribute to a good grip.

But although the Moto G5 returns to the origins with the diagonal of its screen, maintains FullHD resolution It was released for the first time with last year’s generation and we already know that the shorter the diagonal, the pixel density increases.

The Moto G5 once again opts for a manageable 5 inches, but retains the FullHD resolution of the previous generation and the sharpness benefits.

Thus, if the Moto G4 offered a concentration of 401 pixels per inch, the Moto G5 benefits from its size to increase the figure to 441 dpi, which is not bad for a mid-range that costs less than 200 euros. The images are sharp and the viewing experience is very good.

As for the screen technology, Lenovo continues to bet on the IPS system and offers us a good level of contrast and fairly faithful colors. If we browse through the settings we find that the Moto G5 offers us two color modes: standard and vivid. Curious that in our test unit the intense mode was activated by default.

Regarding the level of brightness, it is high enough to use the mobile outdoors, the ‘but’ is that the automatic brightness system does not respond as quickly as can be expected. When we go from a dimmer environment to another with intense lighting, it is common that it takes time to adjust the brightness level of the screen and, on some occasions, I have even had to adjust it manually from the settings panel rapid.

Performance and autonomy: fluidity and good sensations

Moto G5

Being the little brother has its downsides and in the case of the Moto G5, the most obvious has to do with performance and memory. While the Plus version mounts a Snapdragon 625, the Moto G5 is satisfied with a Snapdragon 430, one of Qualcomm’s proposals designed for simpler devices.

The chip in question has eight Cortex A53 cores and works at a maximum frequency of 1.4 GHz. In the RAM section we have 2 GB (There is a version of 3 GB of RAM that costs 209 euros) and the storage remains at 16 GB with the option of expansion via MicroSD.

The Snapdragon 430 is perfectly capable of moving the system smoothly and we rarely encounter lag or excessively long loading times.

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