Motorola G 5G Plus: First look and impressions


With 5G now becoming the norm on many high-end smartphones, Motorola’s aim is to make it accessible to everyone. The Motorola G 5G Plus brings you exactly that at an extremely affordable price tag.

Design and build quality

The Motorola G 5G Plus comes in a Surfing Blue finish on its plastic rear. This unfortunately attracts fingerprints but is not a big deal if you use the out of the box case. The front of the device is glass while the frame is made from plastic. In the hand, the phone is quite chunky at 9mm thick however Motorola has done a good job with weight distribution. Despite of its 207g weight, it feels much lighter in the hand. On its left, the phone sports a dedicated Google Assistant button and the SIM tray. Here, you can either equip it with two 5G nano-SIM cards or a single nano-SIM and micro-SD card. Usually, budget smartphones come with a hybrid triple-card slot that enables you to house both the two nano-SIM cards as well as the micro-SD card. However, it is not the case here.

Due to the G 5G Plus sporting a glossy finish, fingerprints tend to show up with usage

The body of the G 5G Plus is splash resistant, with the right side boasting a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and the volume rocker. Personally, the placement of the buttons seems a bit too high especially for the large body of the smartphone. The top of the smartphone only has a secondary noise cancelling microphone while the bottom packs a single speaker, the primary microphone, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Type-C USB port to charge the smartphone’s 5,000mAh battery using Motorola’s 20W TurboCharge.

Display and performance

The front of the Motorola G 5G Plus sports a 6.7-inch IPS LCD Full HD+ flat panel. While you get ample screen real estate, sometimes it feels a bit too much. More so, the IPS panel definitely lacks the vibrancy that a typical AMOLED panel may bring at this price tag. Nonetheless, the G 5G shines when it comes to performance.

The single speaker setup may not be immersive but it is loud

Inside, you find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G processor alongside 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. This is coupled with a clean software experience in Motorola’s My UX draped over Android 10. From our brief time with the device, it has felt snappy and responsive and we expect it to stay that way. Moreover, there is no unnecessary bloatware pre-installed on the phone aside from Moto Actions, which are useful for quick access.


For selfies, you find a dual-camera configuration on the top left of the screen. There is a 16MP sensor alongside an 8MP ultra-wide sensor giving you a good amount of versatility. The primary camera on the flip-side is made up of four sensors. There is a 48MP unit with quad-pixel binning alongside an 8MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro and 2MP depth sensor.

The smartphone’s camera bump is not as pronounced as many others which is a good thing

Looking at this on paper, it gives you enough room to take a variety of pictures. Plus, you get to benefit from software features such as Night Vision and the use of AI for the perfect picture. We will be putting the sensors to the test a bit further in the next few days.

Pricing and availability

The Motorola G 5G Plus is available at an impressive Dh1,299 price tag. You can purchase it from Lulu Hypermarkets, Carrefour, and Moreover, you can also purchase it from both Du and Etisalat starting at Dh52.