Rumor Roundup: Moto G5 & G5 Plus Slated to Have Water Repellent Coating, Fast Charging & Android Nougat

With Mobile World Congress right around the corner, the 2017 smartphone season has officially begun. We've heard plenty of rumors that Lenovo, the company who owns Motorola, would be debuting successors to last year's wildly-popular Moto G4 lineup in Barcelona at MWC, but now, that's been all but confirmed.

Colombian telco KTRONIX briefly published a pair of product pages that gave us all the juicy details on the new Moto G5 and G5 Plus, so there's not much left to the imagination now. Those pages have since been taken down, but you can still view the cached version of the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus pages to see for yourself. Or even better, just take a look at the G5 Plus in the gallery below.

The Moto G5 Plus in all its glory. Image via K-Tronix

Moto G5 Plus - Key Specs & Info

Let's start with the Moto G5 Plus, as it's the bigger and more powerful model. Key specs here include a 5.2-inch 1080p display, an upgraded Snapdragon 625 processor (when compared to the regular G5), and a rear camera with a larger pixel size that captures 25% more light.

  • display: 5.2-inch 1080p
  • dimensions: 5.91 x 2.91 x 0.31 inches
  • weight: 5.47 ounces
  • storage: 64 GB (expandable via microSD)
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • processor: 2.0 GHz Snapdragon 625
  • rear camera: 12 MP "Dual Autofocus Pixels"
  • front camera: 5 MP wide-angle lens
  • battery: 3,000 mAh
  • charging: TurboPower
  • water resistance: water repellant coating
  • fingerprint sensor: yes
  • other Sensors: NFC, gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light, proximity
  • operating system: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • colors: grey or gold

Motorola doesn't list an IP rating for either of their phones, so I wouldn't get too excited about the water-resistant coating, as the phone is likely still not submersible. They do, however, state that the "TurboPower" charging feature will get you up to 6 hours of battery in 15 minutes of charging. On a final note, the renders make it look like the G5 Plus will have a removable battery, but this information wasn't listed in the leak, even though it was clearly stated that the regular G5 model would have a removable battery.

Moto G5 - Key Specs & Info

Next, let's check out the more affordable model, the Moto G5. This one packs a 5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 430 processor, and most certainly will come with a removable battery.

  • display: 5-inch 1080p
  • dimensions: 5.68 x 2.87 x 0.37 inches
  • weight: 5.11 ounces
  • storage: 32 GB (expandable via microSD)
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • processor: 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 430
  • rear camera: 13 MP
  • front camera: 5 MP wide-angle lens
  • battery: 2,800 mAh
  • charging: rapid charging
  • water resistance: water repellant coating
  • fingerprint sensor: yes
  • other sensors: gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light, proximity
  • operating system: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • colors: grey or gold

Just to reiterate, neither of these devices seem to be IP certified, so the water repellant coating is likely to be more of a novelty than anything (though it should at least help in the rain). The regular Moto G5 has a few downsides when compared to the G5 Plus—for instance, it lacks NFC compatibility for Android Pay, and uses standard rapid charging instead of Lenovo's proprietary TurboPower—but the phone's lower price should help make up for that.

Pricing & Release Date

We don't know the exact pricing for either of these devices, at least for US customers. However, we expect both phones to be similar to last year's models in terms of cost, which would put the G5 in the neighborhood of $200, and the G5 Plus somewhere around $300.

When it comes to a release date, we expect both of these phones to be officially announced on February 26, 2017, at Mobile World Congress. As for when they're hitting shelves? That's still unknown, but we should have a better idea after MWC.

Cover image via K-Tronix

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