Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5S Specifications and Review

Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5S Specifications and Review

Lenovo’s Moto G series has long stood for great value, and has seen tremendous sales in the Indian market. Since 2014, 7 million Moto G units have been sold in India alone. The fifth-generation Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus were launched here just a few months ago, and while they may still be available, Lenovo has decided to introduce refreshed special editions of both phones.

The new Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus were launched in India late last month. Both promise new features and upgrades that will help Moto stay competitive. The company has been on a launch spree this calendar year, bringing new Moto E, Moto C, and Moto Zdevices to the Indian market, plus the Moto X4 internationally. The reason for the rapid refresh of the G series, according to Lenovo, is that the Rs. 15,000 and above segment is seeing a steady rise in demand, and there has been a change in consumer spending. Will this strategy work this time around for Lenovo? Let’s try to find out.

Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5S design

For Lenovo, Moto G devices are more about providing value for money rather than promising top-notch specifications at dirt cheap prices. In terms of design, these models have been functional but not always the most attractive. The fifth-generation Moto G models finally introduced metal rear panels, and now the special editions take this to the next level.

The Moto G5S and G5S Plus have all-metal bodies with a nice finish, which is a huge improvement from the polycarbonate used on the previous models. The Moto G5S Plus in particular now feels quite premium.

Recent Moto devices have all had a similar design language which isn’t a bad thing. It has become easy to recognise Moto-branded devices in a crowd. Both new phones have fingerprint readers at the front which work flawlessly. Both have almost identical front panels with similar placement for the front cameras, flashes sensors, and earpieces.

There’s an old-style Micro-USB port on the bottom of each phone, along with a speaker grille and microphone. The rear panels have raised circular bumps for the cameras and flashes, and the iconic batwing Moto logo. The antenna bands are still pretty visible. Overall, the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus look refreshingly good compared to their predecessors. Both phones also boast of a water-repellent nano-coating for protection against accidental splashes.

Compared to the Moto G5 Plus . the Moto G5S Plus is slightly wider and isn’t very easy to use with one hand because of its large chin. At 168 grams, the weight is manageable. The Moto G5S, on the other hand, feels more ergonomic and is better suited to one-handed usage. At 157 grams, it feels light for a metal-bodied phone.

The 5.5-inch full-HD screen on the Moto G5S Plus appears bright, and both text and images appear crisp. The colours really pop on this screen, and we had no real issues with it. Viewing angles and brightness seemed good too.

The 5.2-inch full-HD screen on the Moto G5S was good enough for daily use with decent brightness, but we found it too reflective for our liking. Under direct sunlight, we found ourselves struggling without pushing the brightness all the way up. It has good viewing angles but we found outdoor use a little difficult.

Both phones ship in playful green retail boxes with “special edition” printed on the front, confirming that these are upgraded versions of the fifth-generation Moto G phones. You can find a Turbo Power charging adaptor, Micro-USB cable, SIM ejector tool and headset in each box.

Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5S specifications and software

The Moto G5S Plus features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC clocked at up to 2GHz, coupled with 4GB of RAM.

One of the most marketed features of the Moto G5S Plus is its dual rear cameras. There are two 13-megapixel sensors with f/2.0 apertures and a colour-correcting dual-LED flash. At the front, it sports an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, wide-angle lens, and an LED flash.

The Moto G5S Plus has 64GB of storage which is expandable using a microSD card (up to 128GB). This is a hybrid dual-SIM phone with two Nano-SIM slots, one of which is a shared microSD slot. Connectivity options on the smartphone include 4G, Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The smartphone is backed by a 3000mAh battery, and the TurboPower charger can provide up to 6 hours of battery life with a 15-minute charge. It weighs 168 grams and measures 153.5×76.2x8mm.

Coming to the smaller sibling, the Moto G5S features a 5.2-inch full-HD display, also with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The Moto G5S is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core SoC clocked up to 1.4GHz, coupled with 4GB of RAM. Much like the Moto G5S Plus, the company is marketing the camera capabilities of the Moto G5S as well though there’s only single camera. It sports a 16-megapixel sensor with PDAF, an f/2.0 aperture, and LED flash. On the front, there’s a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, wide-angle lens, and an LED flash. The Moto G5S has 32GB of storage which is expandable using a microSD card (up to 128GB). Connectivity options on the smartphone include 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi n (dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The smartphone runs on a 3000mAh battery and has the same TurboPower charger. It weighs 157 grams and measures 150×73.5×8.2mm.

Both, the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus, run on Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box which isn’t the latest available version for Android devices. Similar to other Moto devices, the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus have software enhancements from Motorola.

There are Android 7.1 goodies like the ability to perform quick actions by long-pressing the icons of supported apps. There’s also split-screen multitasking. Both phones offer a near-stock Android experience with some very minor tweaks from Motorola such as Moto Actions and Moto Display. Under Moto Actions, you can activate One-Button Nav which allows you to navigate using only the fingerprint sensor. A double-chop motion can activate the flashlight, and you can twist your wrist to launch the camera app. You can also swipe down from the centre to the bottom left or right corner to shrink the display area on the screen, which makes one-handed use easier. Under Moto Display, users get a Night Display mode which reduces blue light, and makes notifications fade in and out while the device is in standby.

Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5S cameras

The Indian market is filling up with dual-camera smartphones, and the Moto G5S Plus is the latest to join the club. It perfoms well enough, though it did take some effort to get shots right. Unlike the Xiaomi Mi A1, the dual cameras on the Moto G5S Plus took some used to getting to. You can refine shots with post processing but it still requires some effort. Depth shots in good light appear to have nicely blurred backgrounds, but the edges of the foreground subjects aren’t always defined well. On the other hand, the Moto G5S Plus seems more capable when it comes to low-light photography. We were able to capture some decent depth shots in low light with good amounts of detail and well-controlled noise.