The affordable Moto G 5G Plus packs value and 5G connectivity for Europeans

Motorola launched one of the most affordable 5G phones you can buy in Europe. For those in the US, the company promises a sub-$500 budget 5G phone this fall.

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Motorola combines its expertise in affordable phones with its knowledge of 5G to create the Moto G 5G Plus.


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.

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 .


On the front of the Moto G 5G Plus are dual-selfie cameras and on the back are three cameras plus a depth sensor.


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 PlusMotorola EdgeOnePlus 8LG V60 ThinQ 5GSamsung Galaxy S20
Display size, resolution 6.7-inch FHD+6.7-inch FHD+ OLED; 2,340x1,080 pixels6.55-inch AMOLED; 2,400x1,080 pixels6.8-inch OLED; 2,460x1,080 pixels6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 3,200x1,440 pixels
Pixel density NANA402ppi395ppi563ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.61 x 2.91 x 0.35 in6.36 x 2.8 x 0.37 in6.3 x 2.8 x 0.31 in6.67 x 3.06 x 0.35 in2.72 x 5.97 x 0.311 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 168 x 74 x 9mm161.6 x 71.1 x 9.29 mm160 x 72.9 x 8 mm169.3 x 77.6 x 8.79 mm69.1 x 151.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.63 oz; 188g6.63 oz; 188g6.35 oz; 180g7.72 oz; 218g5.75 oz; 163g
Mobile software Android 10Android 10Android 10Android 10Android 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 camera12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)
Front-facing camera 16-megapixel, 8 megapixel25-megapixel16-megapixel10-megapixel (standard)10-megapixel
Video capture 4K4K4K8K8K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765Qualcomm Snapdragon 765Qualcomm Snapdragon 865Qualcomm Snapdragon 86564-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2.0 GHz)
Storage 64GB, 128GB128GB128GB, 256GB128GB128GB
Expandable storage Up to 1TBUp to 1TBNo2TBUp to 1TB
Battery 5,000 mAh4,500 mAh4,300 mAh5,000 mAh4,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor SideIn-screenIn-screenIn-screenIn-screen
Headphone jack YesYesNoYesNo
Special features 5G enabled, 90Hz refresh rate, 20W Turbo Power charging5G enabled. 90Hz refresh rate, 18W Turbo Charging5G enabled; Warp Charge; 90Hz refresh rate5G enabled; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging, Fast Charging 4.05G 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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