After a very busy year, Motorola today announced another addition to its 5G lineup, the Moto G 5G Plus, the company’s first 5G phone to come to is budget-friendly G-series lineup.
The Moto G 5G Plus maintains the aesthetic of Motorola’s G-series but is a noticeable upgrade from the Moto G Power or Moto G Stylus. For starters, it ships with the faster and more efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 chipset compared with the Snapdragon 665 chip you’ll find on the Power or Stylus. And while the entry-level Moto G 5G Plus has the same 4GB/64GB configuration as its less expensive siblings, Motorola also created an upgraded 6GB/128GB variant that’s available for about $55 more.
In addition to a more powerful processor and an additional storage configuration, there’s another feature we’re happy to see. The Moto G 5G Plus will be the first in the lineup for 2020 to feature NFC for mobile payments.
The camera stack also gets a significant bump. The rear camera stack on the Moto G 5G Plus features a 48MP primary sensor along with an 8MP ultra-wide and 5MP macros lenses, as well as a 2MP depth camera. One the front you’ll find the same 16MP sensor as the Moto G Power and Stylus in addition to an 8MP wide-angle lens.
Motorola’s latest G-series smartphone ships with a Qualcomm X52 modem, which theoretically supports multi-band 5G at peak download speeds of 3.7Gbps and 1.6Gbps down. That said, the Moto G 5G Plus will only support sub-6GHz 5G connections since most carriers outside the US are focused on building robust low-band 5G networks before they transition to mid band and mmWave.
The Moto G 5G Plus is available today throughout most of Europe. The 4GB/64GB configuration will set you back 349 Euros. The 6GB/128GB variant will sell for 399 Euros. Both phones will be available in the UAE and Saudi Arabia later this year.
While the price tag on the Moto G 5G Plus would surely turn heads in the US, it’s entering a much more competitive market in Europe. It joins the solid lineup of sub-$500 smartphones that includes the Oppo Find X2 Lite and Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G.
Although the Moto G 5G Plus will not be available in the US, there is some good news: Motorola plans to announce a different 5G phone for the US market later this year that will be available for less than $500. We’re hoping it will support multi-band 5G on at least some carriers.