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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There's one quality nearly all
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
and LG V60 are slightly less expensive ranging from $700 up to $900 respectively. And who knows how much
will charge for its heavily rumored iPhone 12, which is expected to have 5G. So it's a real surprise to see
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
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
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