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Moto MWC 2017 Announcements: Everything you need to know

Moto and Lenovo have announced the Moto G5 and G5 Plus at MWC 2017. They also announced a few new Moto Mods coming this year for the Moto Z.

Moto G5

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The Moto G5 is now has an aluminium body which is vastly different from the G4 and G4 Plus’ plastic builds. The Moto G5 also has Moto’s water-repellent nano-coating and there’s a fingerprint sensor below the screen, which is a 5-inch 1080p LCD display.

You’ll also find a 2,800 mAh battery inside the standard G5 with support for Moto’s Turbo Power. There’s also a microUSB port.

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Inside the G5, you’ll find a Snapdragon 430 processor, either 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (with microSD card slot). The G5’s main camera is 13-megapixels with f/2.0 aperture and is capable of shooting 1080p video at 30fps. The front-facing camera is 5-megapixels with a f/2.2 aperture.

The G5 will be available in two colours, Lunar Gray and Fine Gold.

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Moto G5 Plus

The Moto G5 Plus has the same metal build as the G5 and the same two colour options. The screen is a 5.2-inch 1080p display with 424ppi.

Inside the G5 Plus, you’ll find a Snapdragon 625 processor, either 2GB or 4GB of RAM, either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage (and a microSD card slot).

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The main camera on the G5 Plus is 12-megapixel with a f/1.7 aperture. The camera on the G5 Plus is also capable of shooting 4K video at 30fps. The front-facing camera is the same 5-megapixel one on the smaller G5.

The G5 Plus also has a 3,000 mAh battery with support for Moto’s TurboPower as well as microUSB.

Both the G5 and G5 Plus will be running Android 7.0 Nougat and have the Google Assistant as well as Moto’s usual features like Moto Display and Moto Actions.

The standard G5 will be coming to Canada while the G5 Plus will not. Pricing was not announced for the G5 for Canada but the G5 Plus starts at $229 USD for 32GB of storage & 2GB of RAM.

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New Moto Mods

Moto also unveiled some new Moto Mods for the Moto Z but didn’t give a lot of details.

The first is a Moto-branded power pack which adds 50% more battery and will retail for $49USD when it launches in March. There is also a charging adapter so you can charge your Mods separate from the your phone, a wireless charging mod and a Turbo Charger mod. Moto also showed off a gamepad mod that will allow you to turn your Moto Z into something that resembles a Nintendo Switch or PlayStation Vita.

There will also be a Moto Mod that adds a speaker that has Amazon Alexa built-in, which will be coming later this year.

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These Mods will be released over the next few months, no pricing was given.

Source: Moto, (2), (3), (4)




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