Moto G Plus Makes Entry into the Indian Markets with an Improved Device: A Brief Analysis
Sat, 18 Mar 2017
Moto's new model Moto G Plus has made way into the consumer space in India only after a week of being unveiled in Mobile World Congress 2017 in February. It was released alongside Moto G, which has still not been made available to the Indian subcontinent. The Moto G Plus comes with better power, processor, and design that seem to fill in for the major lacuna observed in its predecessors. While Moto G4 Plus was a minor upgraded version of G series, this one has some serious changes to look out for.
The phone was available for sale on the online store of the exclusive retail partner Flipkart on March 15 from 11:59 onwards. A host of offers had been announced by the e-commerce company to boost the sale. The direct competition of the Moto G4 Plus would quite obviously be the recently launched and very popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. Other phones in the same range that may prove as rivals are Honor 6X and Nokia 6. Even Vibe K6 Note and Moto M belonging to the same parent company Lenovo are doing quite well in the same segment.
The Sudhin Mathur, the Managing Director of the Motorola Mobility India told the reporters that India is among the first markets where the Moto G Plus is being placed and the expectations are quite high after the great cumulative success of the G-series. The series altogether saw a sale of 6 million units in India itself. He also added that the company is planning to bring Moto G5, the base model of G5 Plus too very soon.
It is time now to check the highs of this new model, which had created quite a stir ahead of its launch through several leaks.
- The first and foremost thing about the phone that makes it stand out is its premium look, different from what we have seen before in Moto phones. Moto G5 Plus is encased in an aluminium unibody frame with rounded curves and chamfered edges. The Nano-coating for the water repellence is also provided for extra protection. The metal design is a complete winner and lends the phone, the much needed elegance, the absence of which led to incompleteness in various models, despite having good features.
- Moto G5 Plus runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and like Nexus, other Moto phones provide the stock Android experience to the users. This gives the edge to the handset in comparison to the other rival brands. As announced by Google, every phone with Nougat & Marshmallow update shall have Google Assistant and it pre-loaded in this new model of the brand owned by Lenovo. It is well known that Google Assistant is an upgraded extension of Google Now and is comparable to Apple's Siri, a very efficient virtual assistant.
- In terms of imaging also the phone has some impressive features, that is to say wider lenses and brighter capturing quality. The sensors fulfil the basic demand of today's camera friendly users in mind. The 13-MP rear shooter has a f/1.7 aperture, Dual Autofocus Pixels, Dual-tone LED Flash (colour balancing). It can record 4K videos at the speed of 30 fps and with 1080p HD resolution. The wide-lens, f/2.2, 5-megapixel selfie snapper, with Display Flash and two modes, is also humbly decent. Although not a pro-camera, the detailing and overall performance is good enough for regular photography.
- Moto Experiences, seen in earlier handsets of Moto will stay with the users of this latest too. The novel shortcuts are classified as One Button Nav, Moto Display and Moto Actions. Users can navigate through the screen using Fingerprint Scanner on the phone in the case of the first feature. The second one lets users to glance through the notifications and updates without having to unlock the phone with a nudge. Lastly, the third category combines simple gestures like twisting of wrist or chopping down twice for using the favourite features, without touching any button.
- The substantially good 3000 mAh battery combined with blazing fast 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC and graphically superior 650 MHz Adreno 506 GPU ensures smooth functioning of Moto G5 Plus. The processors make it perform incredibly and the fabulous power backup of the phone can make it last throughout the day. In addition to this, the handset comes with a support of 15W TurboPower charger that is capable of rendering a service of six hours with a rapid charge of 15 minutes (as per the claims of the company).
The 155g weighing Moto G5 Plus with a 5.2-inch IPS LCD, full HD display comes in two shades of Lunar Grey and Fine Gold. Priced at INR 14,999 for 3GB RAM/16GB ROM and 16,999 for 4GBRAM/32GB ROM, the phone is worth clinching. The features of the dual Nano-SIM supporting phone also include Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 4G LTE, Bluetooth v4.2 LE, 2-Mic supported front-loaded loudspeaker, Micro USB v2.0 with USB Host, 3.5mm Jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), A-GPS/Glonass and NFS, etc.