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Motorola launches its first affordable 5G handset, the Moto g 5G plus for Europe

After a host of leaks and speculation, Motorola has finally taken the covers off its new mid-range 5G handset, the Moto g 5G plus. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 765 processor. As the name suggests, the main selling point of the smartphone is support for 5G connectivity at a budget. This model, however, might not be making it to the U.S.

As for the specifications, the phone comes with a 6.7-inch Full HD+ HDR10 certified display with a 90Hz screen refresh rate, making it a decently specced display. The aspect ratio of the screen is 21:9. In terms of camera prowess, the phone packs a quad-camera setup, with the primary sensor duties done by a 48MP unit. The sensor uses a “Quad Pixel” technology, meaning it uses pixel binning to produce 12MP images from the sensor. The rest of the cameras include an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 5MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor.

For the front-facing cameras, the company has gone for a dual punch-hole setup, with the primary unit housing a 16MP sensor coupled with an 8MP 78-degree ultra-wide lens. Interestingly, the front camera also uses pixel binning to produce 4MP images.

The device houses a large 5000mAh battery and is topped up by a 20W TurboPower fast charger that is included in the box. It also comes with NFC, enabling tap to pay and other NFC-based applications. Biometric authentication happens via a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, which is a

As for software, the company says that its Android 10-based My UX tightly integrates with Google’s stock Android, and that it also comes with “unlimited storage” for Photos since the default gallery on the device is Google Photos.

The Moto g 5G plus will be made available in Europe starting July 8, in two variants – a 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage version prices at €349 or a higher-tier 6GB RAM and 128GB storage version priced at €399. Storage can be expanded via a microSD card.

While the Snapdragon 765 supports both, mmWave and sub6 networks, the blog post only seems to mention the latter. It is possible that that could be due to the limited availability and nascency of the faster mmWave bands. Overall, the device sport impressive specs at the given price, in line with previous Moto g phones that were considered to be bang for the buck.

While this phone will not be making it to the market, the company does add that it “plans to launch a sub-$500 5G device in North America this fall”. It will be interesting to see what such a device would pack. When it does launch, it will be more affordable than the recently released Verizon exclusive Galaxy A71 5G UW.

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