Motorola Moto G5 Launches Exclusively on Amazon For Rs. 11,999; Should You Get It?


Moto G5 Launch

Lenovo’s Motorola smartphones are extremely popular in India, and the company recently unveiled the latest installment of the G series in India. Motorola launched Moto G5 Plus first at Rs. 16,999 via Flipkart only.

Now, partnering with Amazon India, Moto G5 has been launched at a retail price of Rs. 11,999, which is cheaper than last year’s Moto G4. The company has upgraded the internals and provided a minor facelift to the front and back of the smartphone.

Take a look at the specifications below –

  • Moto G will feature a 5-inch full HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 shield
  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core CPU, Adreno 505 GPU coupled with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage with microSD card of 128GB compatibility
  • 13MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and an LED flash, 5MP front wide-angle camera
  • 2,800mAh removable battery with rapid charging
  • Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with Google Assistant, 4G LTE ready
  • Metal body with fingerprint sensor on the front, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Dual nano-sim and VoLTE support
  • Pre-loaded with Amazon India app, Amazon Kindle app and Amazon Video app

At the price set by Lenovo, it seems like a really good deal. In fact, the smartphone has a few features that are offered in the higher segment. However, the phone lacks a punch other Chinese manufacturers offer.

You can purchase the smartphone in two colours – Fine Gold and Lunar Grey from Amazon India from today. It is interesting to see Motorola’s exclusive partnership with two different e-commerce majors so as to drive sales independently.

Should you get G5 with a budget of Rs. 12,000?

From the perspective of owning a good brand, decent smartphone features and decent after sales service, G5 checks all the boxes. However, the market is so mature at this price point that it is difficult to not compare with other smartphones.

For starters, LeEco Le 2 is available at the same price, but offers a larger screen, higher internal memory, larger battery, better camera and a better processor by Qualcomm that results in better performance. Le 2 has been packaged really well and having personally used it, I can vouch for its authenticity.

The king of Chinese manufacturers, Xiaomi, offers fierce competition with a massive 4,100 mAh battery, better and faster Snapdragon 625 chipset, 4GB RAM, improved camera sensors and a larger display.

Then there are other manufacturers like Lenovo K6 Power, Honor 5C and Asus Zenfone Max that offer larger battery and screen which make the smartphone worth the price tag. Motorola seems to have gone conservative and focussed on the design of the phone. Instead, the internals should have been beefed up and matches with competitors.

Motorola G5 as a standalone smartphone is a good deal, but the competition in the sub-12k segment makes it not worth the money you’re spending. If you’re all about brand and legacy, then you can purchase G5 or G5 Plus, otherwise Xiaomi and LeEco are offering excellent smartphones at a lower price.

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