New Moto G5 photos confirm removable metal back

Photo of Motorola's Moto G4 Plus smarphone

Late last week, a Spanish retailer accidently posted press renders of the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. And while those images were revealing, they still left a lot unknown about Motorola’s two new smartphones.

Thanks to a website called, which has obtained in-person photos of the Moto G5 from one of its readers, we now have a better idea of what to expect from the upcoming device.

Moto G5 back plate

Notably, the source confirms the smartphone’s backplate is made of metal, not plastic as it appeared to be from the leaked images that came out last week. Moreover, the backplate is reportedly removable (there are no photos that show this explicitly), granting access to a user replaceable battery.

The other interesting detail revealed by the photos is that the G5 ditches on-screen navigation buttons in favour of capacitive touch ones. The source doesn’t mention anything to this effect, but hopefully users have the option to switch to on-screen navigation.

Moto G5 fingerprint sensor

Lastly, the images confirm the Moto G5 will ship with Android Nougat pre-installed.

Motorola is scheduled to announce the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus later this week at Mobile World Congress.