The fifth-generation Moto G5 is available to buy from £129 unlocked. We compare the UK’s cheapest deals for the Moto G5, Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus.

If you’re looking for an affordable mid-range smartphone, my current recommendation is to buy a handset from the Moto G family. With a solid design and fantastic specifications, the Moto G handsets are priced at just a fraction of the cost of an iPhone 8 or Galaxy S8.

There are four handsets to choose from in the latest generation of the Moto G family. They are the Moto G5, Moto G5S, Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5 Plus. Constructed from high-grade aluminium, the handsets have a premium design along with full-HD displays and a 64-bit octa-core processor.

On the top-of-the-range device, the Moto G5S Plus, you’ll also get dual-camera technology with two 13-megapixel sensors, a larger 5.5-inch display and a powerful Snapdragon 617 processor.

In this article, we’ll look at the best value deals for buying a Moto G smartphone in the UK. We’ll start by looking at the best deals for an unlocked Moto G5, Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus. We’ll then go on to compare the best value deals on Pay As You Go and on a Pay Monthly contract.

SIM Free & Unlocked

The simplest way to buy a new Moto G is to get it SIM-free from an electronics retailer. As you’re buying a handset that’s already unlocked, you’ll be able to use it on the mobile network of your choice. You can order a free Pay As You Go SIM card to use with the handset or you can take advantage of a low-cost SIM-only deal. Alternatively, you can also stay on your current tariff (just put your existing SIM card into the new Moto G).

Which Moto G5?

There are currently four handsets to choose from in the Moto G5 family:

Model Display Camera Processor Storage Battery
Moto G5 5.0″ full HD 13 megapixels 1.4GHz octa-core 16GB 2,800mAh
Moto G5S 5.2″ full HD 16 megapixels 1.4GHz octa-core 32GB 3,000mAh
Moto G5S Plus 5.5″ full HD 13 megapixels (dual) 2.0GHz octa-core 32GB 3,000mAh
Moto G5 Plus 5.2″ full HD 12 megapixels 2.0GHz octa-core 32GB 3,000mAh

Cheapest Moto G5 Retailers

If you’d like the regular Moto G5, this is currently available from £129.95 SIM-free and unlocked. Argos has the cheapest available price for the version with 2GB of RAM but for better performance, we recommend buying the 3GB version from Motorola Direct. It’s priced at just £149 when you use the UKWELCOME10 voucher code (this is a special Black Friday promotion expiring on the 9th December).

The Moto G5S (sometimes also known as the Moto G5 Special Edition) is available from £189 unlocked. It comes with a larger 5.2-inch screen, a higher-resolution 16 megapixel camera and 32GB of built-in storage. The handset is available to buy for £189 unlocked at Motorola Direct when you use the UKWELCOME10 voucher code during checkout.

Finally, if you’d like the Moto G5S Plus with its larger 5.5-inch screen, dual-camera technology and faster Snapdragon 615 processor, this is currently available to buy from £249 unlocked. Once again, the lowest price is available at Motorola Direct when you use the UKWELCOME10 voucher code for £10 off and for free delivery.

The Moto G5 is also available at a range of other retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, the Carphone Warehouse, Currys and more:

Retailer Moto G5 Moto G5S Moto G5S Plus Moto G5 Plus
16GB / 3GB 16GB / 2GB 32GB / 3GB 32GB / 3GB 32GB / 3GB
Motorola Direct* £149.00 with voucher
with £10 voucher*
£189.00 with voucher
with £10 voucher*
£249.00 with voucher
with £10 voucher*
Argos £129.95 £229.95 £269.95
Amazon.co.uk £149.99 £129.95 £218.92 £259.00
John Lewis £169.95
Very £169.99 £219.99
Carphone Warehouse £169.99 £199.99
Currys £169.99 £199.99
Clove £169.99 £219.00 £259.00

* On Motorola Direct, use the UKWELCOME10 voucher code for a £10 discount. Students can get 10% off in lieu of this by verifying their status through this page.

As well as buying a Moto G smartphone, you may also wish to buy a micro-SD card. This allows you to add up to 256GB of additional storage to your handset. You can buy a 32GB micro-SD card for approximately £12 and a 128GB micro-SD card for approximately £40. For anyone needing even more storage, you can buy a 256GB micro-SD card for approximately £150.

Pay As You Go

Top Up LogoIf you’d like the regular Moto G5 with 2GB of RAM, you can sometimes save a little bit of money by buying it on Pay As You Go. Here, you’ll be getting a subsidised handset that will sometimes be locked to the mobile network you buy it from. Typically, you’ll need to make a minimum initial top-up of £10 or more when buying a handset on Pay As You Go.

At present, giffgaff has the best price for a regular Moto G5 on Pay As You Go. You can get the Moto G5 with 16GB of storage for an upfront price of just £139. The handset will come with a giffgaff SIM card where a £10 monthly top-up will get you 3GB of internet, 500 minutes and unlimited texts. The handset will be provided to you unlocked.

You can also buy the Moto G5 on Pay As You Go from O2 and Tesco Mobile. O2 charges £15 for unlocking (available once you’ve had the handset for more than 12 months). On Tesco Mobile, you’ll be able to unlock the Moto G5 for a fee of £10.

Mobile Network Moto G5 Other Moto G5 Handsets
16GB / 2GB 32GB / 3GB
giffgaff £139.00 Get it SIM-free and then order a free giffgaff SIM card.
O2 £149.99 Get it SIM-free and then order a free O2 SIM card.
Tesco Mobile £159.00 Get it SIM-free and then order a free Tesco SIM card.
EE Get it SIM-free and then order a free EE SIM card.
Three Get it SIM-free and then order a free Three SIM card.
Vodafone Get it SIM-free and then order a free Vodafone SIM card.

Unfortunately, the Moto G5S, Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5 Plus are not currently available to buy on any Pay As You Go networks. However, you can use any model of the Moto G5 on any Pay As You Go network in the UK by buying it SIM-free and then ordering a free Pay As You Go SIM card.

Pay Monthly

If you’re looking for a Pay Monthly contract, you can currently get the regular Moto G5 on a 24-month contract from giffgaff, O2 and Tesco Mobile. If you’d like to use the Moto G5S or Moto G5S Plus, or if you’d like to use any other mobile network, you’ll instead need to buy the handset SIM-free and then choose a SIM-only deal.

With 500MB of Data

If you only use mobile internet very occasionally, the Moto G5 is available on entry-level tariffs with 500MB of data per month. For this, you’ll typically pay in the region of £12 to £20 per month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
Tesco Mobile5005,000500MB£0.00
upfront
£12.50
monthly
£300.00
giffgaff500Unlimited3GB£50.00
upfront
£14.42
monthly
£396.08
O2500Unlimited500MB£0.00
upfront
£19.00
monthly
£456.00

With 1GB of Data

Realistically, we’d probably recommend choosing a data allowance of at least 1GB per month even for light/occasional users. This reduces the likelihood of you running out of data mid-month and makes it possible to use the internet more regularly on-the-go. For 1GB of data per month, you could pay between £14 and £23 per month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
Tesco Mobile5005,0001GB£0.00
upfront
£13.50
monthly
£324.00
giffgaff500Unlimited3GB£50.00
upfront
£14.42
monthly
£396.08
O25005001GB£0.00
upfront
£23.00
monthly
£552.00

With 2GB of Data

For regular smartphone users, a 2GB tariff will be much more suitable. The following table shows 24-month contracts with a Moto G5 and with at least 2GB per month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
Tesco Mobile1,0005,0002GB£0.00
upfront
£14.50
monthly
£348.00
giffgaff500Unlimited3GB£50.00
upfront
£14.42
monthly
£396.08
O25005003GB£0.00
upfront
£26.00
monthly
£624.00

With 4GB of Data

For heavy data users, the following table shows 24-month contracts with a Moto G5 and with at least 4GB of data per month:

NetworkMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
Tesco Mobile3,0005,0004GB£0.00
upfront
£18.50
monthly
£444.00
giffgaff750Unlimited4GB£50.00
upfront
£16.42
monthly
£444.08
O25005005GB£0.00
upfront
£30.00
monthly
£720.00

Before ordering a Moto G5 from any of the mobile networks above, it’s strongly recommended you check the coverage in your area. Please select a mobile network to see their online coverage map:

Which Moto G?

Moto G5 vs Moto G5S

In our opinion, the Moto G5S Plus is the handset to choose if you’re willing to fork out the extra cost for it. Key differences between the Moto G5, Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus include:

  • The Moto G5S handsets have a better camera. Whereas the regular Moto G5 has a 13-megapixel camera, the Moto G5S has a 16-megapixel camera. The Moto G5S Plus has dual 13-megapixel cameras (the dual cameras give improved low-light photography and better depth-of-field).
  • The Moto G5S handsets have a larger display. Whereas the regular Moto G5 has only a 5.0-inch screen, the Moto G5S has a 5.2-inch screen and the Moto G5S Plus has a 5.5-inch screen.
  • The Moto G5S handsets have a larger battery and TurboPower charging. Both the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus have 3,000mAh batteries (this is about 7% larger than the 2,800mAh battery on the regular Moto G5). With TurboPower charging, the Moto G5S handsets should also charge a lot faster.
  • The Moto G5S handsets has twice as much storage as standard. You’ll get 32GB of internal storage on both the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus. In comparison, the regular Moto G5 only includes 16GB of built-in storage. All of the Moto G handsets allow you to add up to 256GB of additional storage through the micro-SD card slot.
  • The Moto G5S Plus has a faster processor with more RAM. It has a 2.0GHz octa-core processor (Snapdragon 625), compared to the 1.4GHz octa-core processor (Snapdragon 430) on the regular Moto G5 and Moto G5S. This should give you better performance and a smoother experience.

The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of some of the key differences between the Moto G5, Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus:

Motorola Moto G5
Motorola Moto G5S
Motorola Moto G5S Plus
Release Date2017, Mid Range2017, Mid Range2017, Mid Range
SoftwareGoogle Android 7.0Google Android 7.1Google Android 7.1
Display
Size5.0-inch display5.2-inch display5.5-inch display
TypeLCDLCDLCD
Resolution1920x1080 pixels1920x1080 pixels1920x1080 pixels
Pixel Density441 pixels per inch424 pixels per inch401 pixels per inch
Camera
Rear Camera13 megapixels16 megapixels13 megapixels
Auto-Focus
Flash LED flash LED flash Dual-LED flash
OIS
Front Camera5.0 megapixels5.0 megapixels8.0 megapixels
Internals
ProcessorSnapdragon 430Snapdragon 430Snapdragon 625
Speed1.4GHz octa-core1.4GHz octa-core2.0GHz octa-core
Internal Storage16/32GB32GB32GB
External Storage Up to 256GB micro-SD Up to 256GB micro-SD Up to 256GB micro-SD
Handset Weight145g157g168g
Battery2,800mAh3,000mAh3,000mAh
Mobile Networks
3G Networks Up to 42Mbit/s Up to 42Mbit/s Up to 42Mbit/s
4G Networks
SIM Card TypeNano SIMNano SIMNano SIM

Moto G5 vs Moto G4

In March 2017, Motorola released the fifth-generation Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. This was followed-up by the release of the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus in September 2017. Key differences between the fifth-generation Moto G5 and the fourth-generation Moto G4 include:

  • The Moto G5 handsets have a metallic design. The most noticeable difference is a new premium metallic design on the Moto G5 handsets. The fourth-generation handsets had a plastic design, but could be customised through the Moto Maker tool.
  • Some of the fifth-generation handsets have a smaller display. Both the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus had 5.5-inch displays. Most of the fifth-generation handsets have a slightly smaller screen (5.0-inches on the Moto G5 and 5.2-inches on the Moto G5S & Moto G5 Plus). The Moto G5S Plus has a 5.5-inch screen, as on last year’s Moto G4. Both the fourth-generation and fifth-generation devices have a full-HD (1080p) resolution screen.
  • The Moto G5 handsets have an upgraded camera. The Moto G5S Plus gains dual-camera technology whilst the Moto G5 Plus gets Dual Autofocus Pixel technology.
  • The regular Moto G5 has a slower processor than the Moto G4. Motorola’s fourth-generation handsets used a mid-to-high-end Snapdragon 617 processor. While the Moto G5 Plus has an upgraded processor in the form of a Snapdragon 625, the regular Moto G5 sees a small downgrade to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor.
  • Fingerprint sensors are now standard on the Moto G5. Previously, only the Moto G4 Plus had a fingerprint sensor (the regular Moto G4 didn’t have one).

The following table shows a comparison of some key specifications:

Motorola Moto G5
Motorola Moto G4
Release Date2017, Mid Range2016, Mid Range
SoftwareGoogle Android 7.0Google Android 6.0
Display
Size5.0-inch display5.5-inch display
TypeLCDLCD
Resolution1920x1080 pixels1920x1080 pixels
Pixel Density441 pixels per inch401 pixels per inch
Camera
Rear Camera13 megapixels13 megapixels
Auto-Focus
Flash LED flash Dual-LED flash
OIS
Front Camera5.0 megapixels5.0 megapixels
Internals
ProcessorSnapdragon 430Snapdragon 617
Speed1.4GHz octa-core1.5GHz quad-core &
1.2GHz quad-core
Internal Storage16/32GB16/32GB
External Storage Up to 256GB micro-SD Up to 256GB micro-SD
Handset Weight145g155g
Battery2,800mAh3,000mAh
Mobile Networks
3G Networks Up to 42Mbit/s Up to 42Mbit/s
4G Networks
SIM Card TypeNano SIMMicro SIM

About the Moto G

The Moto G is Motorola’s family of mid-range Android smartphones.

The Moto G devices are notable for having quality specifications at only a fraction of the price of rival flagship smartphones. For instance, the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus have a metallic design and a full-HD screen. This is the same resolution as the screen on the iPhone 8 Plus (a handset that will typically cost you more than three times as much).

Other highlights of the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus include the 64-bit Snapdragon octa-core processor and a bloatware-free version of Google’s smartphone operating system, Android 7.0 Nougat.

The following table compares the Moto G5 to the Apple iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8:

Motorola Moto G5
Apple iPhone 8
Samsung Galaxy S8
Release Date2017, Mid Range2017, Flagship2017, Flagship
SoftwareGoogle Android 7.0Apple iOS 11.0Google Android 7.0
Display
Size5.0-inch display4.7-inch display5.8-inch display
TypeLCDLCDOrganic LED
Resolution1920x1080 pixels1334x750 pixels2960x1440 pixels
Pixel Density441 pixels per inch326 pixels per inch570 pixels per inch
Camera
Rear Camera13 megapixels12 megapixels12 megapixels
Auto-Focus
Flash LED flash Quad-LED flash LED flash
OIS
Front Camera5.0 megapixels7.0 megapixels8.0 megapixels
Internals
ProcessorSnapdragon 430Apple A11 BionicExynos 8895 Octa
Speed1.4GHz octa-core1MHz dual-core &
1MHz quad-core
2.3GHz quad-core &
1.7GHz quad-core
Internal Storage16/32GB64/256GB64GB
External Storage Up to 256GB micro-SD Up to 256GB micro-SD
Handset Weight145g148g155g
Battery2,800mAh1,821mAh (14 hours talktime)3,000mAh
Mobile Networks
3G Networks Up to 42Mbit/s Up to 42Mbit/s Up to 42Mbit/s
4G Networks
SIM Card TypeNano SIMNano SIMNano SIM

For more information about the Moto G family, please see the official Motorola website.

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  • Hello Ken
    I’ve just today received my new G5s Plus as a direct (and unfortunately necessary) replacement for my G5 Plus that I lost 10 days ago. With the G5 Plus, I made use of both the dual sim capability and the expanded memory via MicroSD card.

    I was both surprised and rather disappointed to find that the G5s Plus does not support the same configuration i.e. dual SIM plus a MicroSD card. 🙁 I have checked this with Motorola and they confirm it is the case.

    The supported combinations are a) a single SIM, b) two SIMs or c) a single SIM plus a MicroSD.

    This is a retrograde step IMHO. I now have to consider whether or not to keep this phone and alter my way of using it or return it under Motorola’s 14 day “no quibbles” return policy.

    It’s a real pity because I was very happy with my G5 Plus and being in a situation where I had to get another phone, I went for the latest “improved” version.

    I can find no description or information anywhere that reveals this “quirk” of the design. Maybe it is something that you can make clear to potential buyers via your excellent website.

    • Hi Martyn,
      Many thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, lots of smartphone manufacturers have towards this new design where the second SIM card slot doubles up as a micro-SD card slot. In fact, this is probably now more common than having a dedicated micro-SD slot in a dual-SIM smartphone (though some dual-SIM smartphones without a hybrid SIM slot still exist). There is a hack that some people use so they can have both a second SIM card and a micro-SD card in the slot at the same time (however, it’s very fiddly and involves taking apart your SIM card so I’d probably recommend against it for this reason).
      Ken

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