Moto G5 specs leak out via GFXBench

About a week ago, specs for the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus both leaked courtesy of Brazilian online retailer KTronix. Today, we get to see if the Moto G5 specs revealed by the retailer match those disseminated by benchmark testing site GFXBench. Let’s first check out the specs on the benchmark site. It shows that the Moto G5 will carry a Gorilla Glass 3 protected 5-inch display carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution. The Snapdragon 430 SoC will be under the hood, featuring an octa-core CPU running at a clock speed of 1.4 GHz. The Adreno 505 GPU is included.

So far, the GFXBench specs line up perfectly …

Moto Mod with QWERTY keyboard slider coming soon to Indiegogo

The last QWERTY slider that carried the DROID brand was the Motorola DROID 4, released in February 2012.  No Motorola DROID 5 was ever released, and the QWERTY slider soon became a  look from the past. But as with any fashion, what was out could be in again. A page on crowdfunding website Indiegogo is taking email addresses of those interested in a Moto Mod that would add a QWERTY slider to the phones in the Moto Z line up.

A render of the finished product reveals a QWERTY that carries five rows; the top row is dedicated to numerals. Besides the keyboard, the accessory also features …

This is Verizon's Moto G5 Plus

Verizon Wireless is seemingly planning to release the Moto G5 Plus – a smartphone that should be officially announced at MWC 2017 later this week, on February 26.

Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) today revealed renders showing Verizon’s version of the Moto G5 Plus, which unsurprisingly resembles the previously seen (international) variants of the handset.

With a metal rear shell and a round camera bump, the Moto G5 Plus looks quite different from the Motorola Moto G4 Plus that it’s replacing. The G5 plus is also a bit smaller than its predecessor, as it sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display instead …

Buy an unlocked 16GB Moto G4 Play for $99.99 from B&H Photo

B&H Photo is one of those stores in New York City that is a retail landmark. If you’re a longtime PhoneArena reader, you’ll recognize the name from some of the great smartphone deals that they have offered in the past. The store is located at West 34th Street, less than half a mile from the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. Today, B&H has a great deal on the unlocked 16GB Moto G4 Play for those who shop online.

Normally sold at B&H’s store and on the website for $149.99, an instant $20 savings takes the price down to $129.99. But wait! There’s more. While you …

New Motorola Moto G5 Plus image shows up, reveals some features

First spotted in early January, the unannounced Motorola Moto G5 Plus can now be seen in a new leaked photo. Apparently originating from Brazil, the photo shows the smartphone with a marketing cover over its display – thus, we can check out some of its highlight features.

Until now, we assumed that the Moto G5 Plus would sport a 5.5-inch display, but the newly leaked image shows that the screen is actually a 5.2-inch one. This means that the Moto G5 Plus won’t be significantly larger than the normal, 5-inch Moto G5 (which is expected to be launched alongside it). In any case, the screens …

Android 7.0 starts rolling out to the unlocked Moto Z

Good news today for those who purchased the unlocked Motorola Moto Z directly from the manufacturer. As promised, the update to Android 7.0 has begun rolling out to the handset OTA. That means that those sporting the model will soon be able to avail themselves of the new features that come with Android 7.0. We are talking about the enhanced version of Doze which improves your battery life, the multi-task multi-screen, an improved notification system, the ability to close all open apps with a single tap, and more. It also adds support for Google’s Daydream VR platform.

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The Motorola Moto G5 might hit retail in the middle of March, just weeks after announcement

The upcoming Motorola Moto G5 is one of MWC 2017’s poorly kept secrets. We know almost everything about the smartphone in advance, and we are now being clued in about its eventual retail release. A UK retailer – allegedly Clove – listed the Moto G5 (with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage) in Gold and Grey, saying first stock is due mid-March. This means the smartphone will be available for purchase not long after its announcement at MWC 2017. The conference goes between February 27 and March 2.

The Moto G5 is rumored to feature a 5-inch 1080p resolution screen and be powered by the Qualcomm …

Android 7.0 update for the German Moto Z Play is delayed until next month

Motorola Germany’s official Twitter account is delivering some bad news today to owners of the unlocked Moto Z Play in that country. The update to Android 7.0 that was expected to hit the phone by the end of January, is now scheduled for March. And the Moto Z Play isn’t the only Moto handset in Germany that is affected by a Nougat delay. The Moto G4 family made up of the Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 Play were also supposed to receive the tasty Nougat update at the end of last month. But this never happened.

With the delay, German owners of the Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 Play …

B&H bundle deal takes $400 off the purchase of a Hasselblad True Zoom and the unlocked Moto Z bundle

B&H Photo sells cameras, obviously. The Manhattan based retailer also sells smartphones. So what could be more natural for B&H than to bundle the svelte Moto Z handset with the Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod? The latter connects to the phone with the use of magnetic pins and comes with 10X optical zooming capabilities. It features a 12MP sensor and records video at 1080p. The Moto Z is the thinnest premium smartphone around at 5.19mm. It features a 5.5-inch screen with a 1440 x 2560 resolution screen, and is powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset. This version has 4GB of RAM and 64GB …

Hands on Motorola Moto G

Motorola set the gold standard for budget phones with the first Moto G, and its new one is set to raise the bar yet again. Other sub-$200 phones will turn green with envy over the 2015 Moto G’s fun customizable color options, waterproof build, and sharp 13-megapixel camera. It’s a killer budget phone, and Motorola’s selling it for just $180 — $10 more than HTC’s sleek Desire 626S, which has slightly less powerful specs.

The kick-ass camera and Moto Maker customization options are the cherries on top an already sweet deal, but is it worth buying if you’ve got an older Moto G or some other budget phone? We’ve used the new Moto G for a few hours – Here are our first impressions.

Make it your own with Moto Maker
Most budget phones are as ugly as homemade sin – with the noted exception of HTC’s Desire 626, which was recently released. Motorola’s new Moto G is prettier than most, and Motorola offers some truly fabulous colorful back covers that will overjoy anyone who’s bored to death of black. We saw a charming golden rod yellow, hot pink, bright green, and a number of other excellent color options at the Motorola launch event. You can even customize the metal accent on the back of the phone with a bright pop of color.

The fact that the Moto G has LTE, costs $180, and is fully waterproof is incredible.

It’s a brilliant idea to expand Moto Maker’s customization engine to the Moto G. Even though it’s Motorola’s cheapest smartphone, it’s also one of its most popular devices ever – especially in emerging markets. Anyone who wants to buy their kid a cool looking phone or just wants to save money on their own device will be glad to have more than the basic black option.
The build is mostly solid, and despite lacking a metal frame, the Moto G feels sturdy and solid. The slight curve to the back makes it comfortable, though it is chunkier in the middle than HTC’s Desire 626. The only issue we had with the back cover is that it creaks if you press down next to the metal insert in the center on the back. The Moto G is a budget phone, so it can’t be perfect, but after holding the HTC Desire 626, which has a seamless plastic build that feels wildly premium for such a cheap phone, the little creak was disappointing.

It could simply be an issue with our early review unit, though. The models on the tables at the event seemed fine – of course, it was impossible to hear the tiny creaky sound what with all the tech journalists bustling about.
It’s waterproof
It’s also important to note that the Moto G is waterproof in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes, thanks to an IPX7 rating. We saw a Moto G take a dive into a shallow pool and live to tell the tale. It even played a movie the whole time it was underwater. Waterproofing is something that should be on every phone, but it’s not – even on many leading flagship phones. The fact that the Moto G has LTE, costs $180, and is fully waterproof is incredible.

Solid specs for a sub-$200 phone
The Moto G’s durable waterproof body sports a 5-inch touchscreen with a 720p resolution. Although it’s not 1080p, the Moto G’s screen is luminous and sharp. If you want to pick a fight about pixels, you shouldn’t even look at phones that cost less than $400. That said, 720p looks great on the Moto G, and only pixel purists will notice the absence of those extra pixels. Unlike some previous Moto G phones, this one is also fully loaded with 4G LTE high speed capabilities.

Powering the new Moto G 2015 is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 processor, a quad-core 64-bit chip running at 1.4GHz. It may not be the fastest processor in the world, but it’s a lot faster than the Snapdragon 210 in the HTC Desire 626, which is still better than what you’d find in almost any budget phone. Motorola will offer two versions of the Moto G: a 2GB RAM and16GB storage combo, and another 1GB RAM and 8GB storage version. Regardless of which one you choose, the MicroSD card slot will allow you to expand the memory significantly.
A 2470mAh battery powers the phone, and should last all day – especially with that 720p screen. Just like the Moto X and all of Motorola’s phones, the Moto G runs pure Android 5.1.1 Lollipop as Google intended. Fans of stock Android will be very pleased with the nice clean look.

A flagship phone’s camera on a budget phone
The camera alone is likely motivation enough for many wallet-conscious shoppers to consider the Moto G. After all, the exact same 13-megapixel camera on the back of the Moto G can be found on the Nexus 6, which in case you’ve forgotten is a $600+ flagship smartphone made by both Motorola and Google. Although Motorola gets a lot of complaints with its cameras, the Nexus 6 camera was pretty decent, and it’s more than good enough for a budget phone.

The camera also sports an improved lens, an IR filter, an f/2.0 aperture, and a dual-tone color-balancing flash unit. We’ve taken a few pictures of it on this sunny day in New York, and it took some lovely pictures of the Empire State Building. Indoor shots are iffier, and we’ll need to test it more before we make a definitive ruling. Even so, it’s undoubtedly one of the best cameras on a sub-$200 phone.

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A 5-megapixel selfie camera sits on the front that’s higher resolution than the front-facing cam on any iPhone, which again, costs $500+. Motorola invested in cameras on the Moto G, which makes perfect sense, people buy smartphones, in part, to take nice pictures. However, most budget phones offer terrible cameras with super low resolutions. Not so with the new Moto G.


If you’re looking for a good smartphone, you don’t need the latest and greatest, and you’ve got $200 burning a hole in your pocket – look no further than the Moto G. Based on our first few hours with the device, it’s a splendid budget phone. The customization options, high-res camera, and decent battery take it to another level that most budget phones don’t come close to approaching.
We’ll post a full review in the near future with more details on the camera, performance, and battery life, though, so stay tuned.

Excellent value for the $180 price
Customizable back covers
Waterproof rating of IPX 7
Great 13-megapixel camera

Not the fastest processor
Plastic back is a little creaky