Hands-on photos show off Moto G5 with new design and fingerprint gestures

It’s proving more and more difficult with each passing year for manufacturers to keep their new smartphones a secret. Just days after a huge leak showing off promotional materials for Lenovo’s upcoming Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, hands-on photos have appeared online showing the smaller device in all its glory – and with one interesting new feature.

Join us after the break for the details.

As you can see in the above photo, the Moto G5 will come with a sleek new aluminum body that is rumored to come in Lunar Grey (pictured) and Fine Gold. We already knew about this design, but these photos all but confirm it. The most interesting part of this new leak, however, is in regards to the fingerprint sensor.

According to the web site Dudu Rocha, who exclusively released these images, the fingerprint sensor will come with gesture support to navigate around the Moto G5 interface. Swipe your finger to the left on the sensor and you will move back, while swiping to the right will bring up the multitasking screen. It’s unclear if this means the standard buttons for those functions will be removed or if this is an added feature that can be turned on or off. It seems like an interesting choice for sure and we will have to wait until hands-on time to see how it feels on a daily basis.

What we are already expecting with the Moto G5 is for Lenovo to continue with midrange specs at an affordable price, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that performance will take a hit. Both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus will come with a Full HD (1080p) display at 5-inches and 5.2-inches, respectively. It seems a little strange that the Plus model’s display would be so close in size to the regular, but there are several other differences for it to stand apart.

In addition to the display size difference, the Moto G5 Plus is expected to come with a Snapdragon 625 processor, instead of the Snapdragon 430 in the smaller model. While both phones will support expandable storage, the Moto G5 Plus will come with internal storage of 64GB instead of 32GB, and a larger 3000mAh battery compared to the smaller version’s 2800mAh. A nice addition to the Moto G5 Plus will be NFC, which has been absent until now and will be exclusive to the larger model. Both phones will come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

As always, leaks should be taken with a grain of salt until an official announcement is made. However, what we’ve seen so far looks very likely and anything that may change at this point will most likely be software related. Lenovo will be announcing the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus on February 26 at the MWC 2017 in Barcelona.

What do you think of the new design and possible gesture support?

Source: Dudu Rocha


About the Author: Kevin Arnold

Kevin has been obsessed with technology ever since the days of playing with commands in MS-DOS. As a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology where he studied a combination of New Media Programming and Photography, Kevin lives in New York City where he works as a photo retoucher. His first "smartphone" was the good old LG Voyager with its slide-out physical keyboard. The first Android device Kevin owned was the now-infamous HTC Thunderbolt, which he still has in a drawer somewhere. Currently rocking both the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, Kevin has a (un)healthy obsession with phones and has owned more than he can remember. When he's not shopping for a new phone, Kevin enjoys lots of food and wine, video games, astronomy, and the Big Apple.