Motorola is bringing 5G connectivity to its midrange Moto G lineup with a new Moto G 5G Plus model – but it won’t be released in the US.
The Moto G 5G Plus has a 6.7-inch FHD + display with a refresh rate of 90 Hz and two advanced cameras (a 16-megapixel selfie camera and an 8-megapixel ultrawide, a first for Motorola). There is also a quadruple reversing camera system: a 48-megapixel main lens, a 5-megapixel macro camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
Rounding out the spec sheet is a 5000 mAh battery, 20W USB-C TurboPower fast charging, NFC support and a 3.5mm headphone jack. (Notable absences include a fingerprint reader, wireless charging, and waterproofing, all of which were absent from other midrange Motorola phones.)
But the main specification here is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processor, which is equipped with an integrated X52 5G modem, making the Moto G 5G Plus the cheapest 5G phone Motorola has sold to date. The Snapdragon 765 only supports sub-6GHz 5G, so you can’t use it with mmWave networks, but it’s still a big step forward in making 5G more accessible.
Motorola has been making 5G devices for longer than almost anyone in the mobile phone industry. Thanks to the 5G Moto Mod for the Moto Z series, it has arguably released the first “5G” phone. But all of its 5G devices were expensive: the Moto Mod cost $ 349.99 at launch (in addition to the cost of a Moto Z3 or Z4 phone). And the other 5G phones, the Motorola Edge and Edge Plus, cost $ 699 and $ 999 respectively.
The Moto G 5G Plus seems to change that by offering 5G phones for under $ 500. It comes in two versions: a € 349 (about $ 392.27) model with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage and a $ 399 (about $ 448.47) version with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. That’s far less than any other 5G phone the company has sold to date.
The Moto G 5G Plus will launch on July 8 ‘across Europe’, with additional launches in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates scheduled ‘in the coming months’.
However, US customers are not completely left out. Motorola says it is “committed to launching a $ 500 North American 5G device this fall,” although the company is not saying whether that will be a US version of the Moto G 5G Plus or a completely different phone.