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Moto G5S and G5S Plus Review - Great Cameras, Excellent Hardware

By R. Tandon 26 October 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments

Motorola has recently launched its latest additions to the Moto G series, the Moto G5S and Moto G5S plus models, following on the success of the G5 and G5 Plus. The special editions of the fifth generation, features improvements in many features, with Motorola flaunting the dual cameras of the Moto G5S Plus. In this review, we’ll be looking at the two new models, and highlight the key differences between the G5S and G5S Plus.

Design, Display and Camera

Right Image: Motorola Moto G5S Plus

Moto G5s Plus

Design: Both the Motorola Moto G5S and G5S plus have a similar design, with polished all-metal bodies. Motorola has really improved with every generation in fitting premium bodies on its budget phones. As expected of a phone with a larger screen, the Moto G5S plus is comparatively heavier (168 g) and larger in size (153.5 x 76.2 x 8 mm) than the Moto G5S (150 x 73.5 x 8.2 mm, 157 g)

Display: The 5.5 inch Full-HD screen of Moto G5S plus provides detailed and vibrant viewing, whereas the more compact Moto G5S comes with a smaller 5.2 inch HD screen. Both touch screens are IPS LCD with 16 M colours to offer good viewing angles and colour production. These editions come with corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, which offers complete safety and standard display view. For users who use their phone for heavy multimedia, the large and higher resolution screen of the G5S Plus is recommended. The G5S on the other hand has the advantage of its more compact nature, allowing it to be easier to hold and more comfortable in your pocket. That being said, both models are quite slim and are easy to hold.

Camera: The Moto G5S plus comes with dual 13 Megapixel rear camera, with a f/2.0 aperture. This is a major improvement from the G5 Plus, which only had a single rear camera. Video quality has also been as they now can be featured more clearly with 2160p at the rate of 30fps. The front camera of the G5S plus is a 8 Megapixels ensor. On the Moto G5S, Motorola has decided to stick witht the single rear camera, however it takes photos at a higher 16 Megapixel resolution. The front camera of the G5S is 5 Megapixels. Both these phones also have some additional features like geo tagging, focused touch, face detection, auto HDR, panorama, and beauty mode.



Motorola Moto G5S

Right Image: Motorola Moto G5S

Battery Life: These Moto devices are powered with a large 3000 mAh battery. As a result, both should be able to last a single day if you are a medium user. If you do find yourself in a tricky battery situation though, the TurboPower charger allows to quickly recharge.

Software: Moto G5S and G5S plus devices run on the very latest Android 7.1 Nougat version, to cover you for the latest security patches and allow you to easily multitask. These gadgets also offer software enhancements (upgrade to Android 8.0) to enjoy more advanced features and functionalities. With Moto actions, one can also swipe the fingerprint sensor for actions such as such as going back or accessing recent apps.

Processor: The Moto G5S plus is powered with Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 octa-core Chipset (2Ghz) which is faster than Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 Octa core Chipset (1.4 GHz) of Moto G5S model. Both processors should be able to easily handle basic and medium tasks with minimal lag.

Storage and RAM: Moto G5S Plus and the G5S both comes with 32GB of onboard of storage and 3GB of RAM to allow you to store many apps and files, and smoothly run them. If you do require more storage though, these also support MicroSD card storage expansion up to 256 GB which is sufficient to store data such as photos, files, videos. Both the G5S and G5S Plus comes

Dual SIM & Additional Features: The Moto G5S and G5S are both Dual SIM 4G+3G, to allow you to insert two nano sim cards that will both work simultaneously. However note that the second SIM slot and the microSD slot is shared, so you can choose between inserting a second sim or a microSD, but not both. The usual additional features of fingerprint sensor, NFC, proximity, accelerometer, gyro are all there.


Those who are planning to buy an popular and reliable smartphone with excellent hardware, screen and cameras at a budget price should really check out with Motorola Moto G5S and G5S Plus models. Where to buy? Mobileciti has the lowest price delivered anywhere in Australia, so make sure to check out the Moto G5S and G5S Plus now.

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