The Moto G5 Plus has a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, which is also inside the Moto Z Play. My review unit had 4GB of RAM (some have 2 or 3GB). The G5 Plus supports both 2.4GHz + 5GHz band Wi-Fi. In use, the phone was fast and responsive. The camera was peppy, playing games like Super Mario Run was smooth, and social media apps like Instagram and Snapchat worked without a hiccup — even when adding filters.
The camera uses a 12-megapixel sensor similar to the one in the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8 (it’s a dual-pixel sensor if you’re following along) — that makes autofocusing fast and accurate. In most situations, I got good sharp photos. But in darker locales, for example inside a bar, the autofocus slowed and I started to see noise in the pics (blurry specks and sprinkles).
Low-light photography is always a challenge, which is one reason why Apple and Samsung have optical-image stabilization built into their flagship phones. The Moto G5 Plus doesn’t. Overall image quality is still very good compared to other entry-level and midrange phones.
Video on the Moto G5 Plus is also good. Digital stabilization helps smooth out small shakes and you have the option to shoot either HD or 4K video — both with nice results. The camera defaults to HD video.
The 5-megapixel selfie camera has a wide-angle lens with beauty mode that smooths your features and hides blemishes — if you’re into such things (this is typical on Android phones). The pics are nice and my skin never looked so young!