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CNET First Look
Moto G and G Plus are powerful, water resistant and cheapMotorola's new phones look to continue its winning streak of powerful Android tech that won't break the bank.
[MUSIC] In the last few years, Motorola's been really good at making phones that are surprisingly powerful, while not costing very much money. can that excellent trend continue? Well, let's find out. We're taking a look at the new Moto G, and the Moto G Plus. Let's start with the Moto G, so this is a 5.5 inch display, really pleasingly that's a full HD resolution so they haven't scrimped on the pixels, and the phone's body is water resistant so this thing should survive being spilled in your beer. Flip this bad boy around, that's a 13 megapixel camera on the back on the front that's a five megapixel camera, so you should get selfies that are reasonably crisp, which is important. It's got an optical processor so it should be reasonably quick. And it's running Android Marshmallow, which is a recent version of Android. Now, Motorola typically doesn't do too much meddling with Google's own operating system. So what you get here should be a fairly clean and intuitive experience. Moving on, this is the Moto G Plus, which looks exactly the same, and it kind of is. The screen is the same size, the resolution's the same size, and it has the same processor as well. Where it does differ, however, is the camera. Instead of the 13 megapixel snapper that you get on the Moto G On the back here, is a 16 megapixel camera. And that's not all, it also has a laser auto focus, so it should be good for taking photos of fast moving subjects, like cats, for instance. A final hidden treat, is that the G Plus also has a fingerprint scanner. You can see it here, underneath the screen. So two pretty good all around Android phones but let's talk about the price. Moto G is going to cost only £169 when it goes on sale in the UK in early June, while the G Plus is going to cost £199 when it goes on sale shortly after, in mid-June. That means a bunch of these phones are pretty affordable. We'll have to wait until the full review before we can find out exactly how capable they are, of course, but my early impressions are that 30 pounds isn't that much different to get that slightly better camera.