Octa-Core, 2 GHz, , Cortex A53.
4 GB RAM
|5.5 inches (13.97), Full HD, 401 PPI IPS LCD|
Auto-focus, Dual LED Flash
8 MP Front Camera, Auto-focus, Dual LED Flash.
3000 mAh, Fast Charging.
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The Moto G5S Plus is one of the best smart-phones in its price range to go for. The performance is excellent, which in combination with a long battery backup, makes it a suitable smartphone for long hours of gaming and heavy tasks usage. The battery supports fast charging too. The camera quality is amazing; both the shooters capture perfect shots and videos, be it outdoor or indoor. In addition, other features such as gorilla glass, splash-proof body, fingerprint sensor etc., make it a complete smart-phone.
The Moto G5S Plus flaunts a 5.5-inch IPS LCD Full HD 1080p display covered by Corning Gorilla Glass v3. Acting as the brain of the smartphone is a 2.2GHz Cortex A53 octa-core processor aided by 3GB of RAM and Adreno 506 graphics engine. The Moto G5S Plus is beautifully crafted in a full metal body which weighs 155 grams and measures 150.2 x 74 x 9.7mm. It is embedded by a fingerprint sensor and features a splash-proof body.
Motorola has launched its first smartphone featuring a dual lens rear camera, the Moto G5S Plus. It looks very similar to the old Moto G5 Plus but packs better specs at a very competitive price. Just like the Moto G5 Plus, the Moto G5S Plus features an all-metal unibody design. The main differentiator is the rear facing dual camera set-up. In addition to that, there are few cosmetic changes too. The screen size is bumped up to 5.5″ as compared to the 5.2″ on G5 Plus, the front camera is slightly upgraded too and everything else seems quite similar. This phone is available only in one variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage, you also expand the storage up to 128GB through a hybrid sim slot. Let’s see how this phone fairs as compared to its predecessors and also let’s check out the brand new dual camera set up.
With yet another moto g this year, Motorola is following the OnePlus route. As the OnePlus 3T was just an incremental upgrade from the 3, this one is also an incremental upgrade from the G5 plus.The main highlighting upgrade is the dual lens camera.
The fifth generation Moto G family came with a full metal body and this new member, G5S Plus took it to the next level. The G5S Plus sports a new design made from a single piece of high-grade aluminum finish which has chamfered edges all over which gives it a mature look which can stand out in the battle of big companies. The antenna lines on the back of the phone look neat. The camera hump on the back makes the phone wobbly when placed on a flat surface but when you see the camera structure craftmanship [emphasize], you’ll love the precise detailing and diamond cut on the outer ring of a camera. The big camera lens is made up of glass which looks nice, and there is no scratch yet on it in our usage which I can say is quite scratch resistant like the front glass which is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The power button and volume keys are made up of metal and the power button is jagged for easy identification, buttons are easy to click and they are also diamond cut on the edges if you look closely. Overall I’m really impressed by the built quality. Except this [pause 1 sec] the earphone plug, it doesn’t completely fit inside the jack, I tried it with other earphones too and ended with same results. The fingerprint sensor is on the front of its primary color. The display is full HD but the one thing I don’t like in our blush gold variant has odd black borders.
And the onscreen home button on this phone is like just the google pixel, the four colored dots animates upon touching. The one thing that’s bit odd is the onscreen navigation bar in an opened app which turns completely black instead of being transparent which in my opinion wastes too much of screen estate.
Both, the Moto G5 and the special edition come with the same processor that is the Snapdragon 625 which is a 2 GHz octa-core processor and for rendering graphics, it comes with an Adreno 506 GPU.
Motorola which is known for its stock android and with little or no bloatware disappointed us a bit this time. Apps like “LinkedIn” and “Outlook” come pre-installed and they cannot be removed. And the phone comes with, as usual, the smooth stock Android and the taste of Moto apps and features added in for the better user experience. Most of the gestures and features in the Moto G5 Plus are there in the previous Moto phones as well. The Moto app provides several options to customize the phone gestures. We get the iconic chop-chop motions to turn on/off the flashlight and twisting the device twice will open camera anytime, if you are already in a camera app then the twisting again will result in switching the camera from back to front. And there are also many other gestures provided by the app. And Motorola with its strong beta testing army, assures the Oreo update coming soon. So far the experience with G5S Plus is positive.
The camera department is where all the differences lie between the G5S Plus and the older G5 Plus. The hardware differences between the G5S Plus and G5 Plus go beyond merely having a second camera. The primary cameras on both phones are completely different. While the G5 Plus has a 12MP camera with f1.7 aperture, the G5S Plus has two 13MP f2.0 camera. Its seems that moto has downgraded the camera just to add a secondary lens. Both the cameras have same sensor and optics but the secondary lens does not have a color filter and can only “see” in black and white so there is no optical zoom like the OnePlus 5 or iPhone 7 Plus. And because of the lack of color filter which is a good thing, the second sensor can capture more light and more detail. The software then combines the data from both sensors and creates one image that, in theory, has more detail and less noise than just using a single sensor. Unlike some other phones with a monochrome secondary sensor, the G5S Plus doesn’t let you capture images in monochrome using only the second sensor. What you can do is use it as a depth sensor to capture images with a blurred background like the one we get in DSLRs.
The camera app on the G5S Plus is standard Moto app. The only addition is an option to capture images using the depth feature. The app simulates a rough blurring effect behind the subject. The effect looks quite bad in the live preview, but the final blur effect is much better. Once captured, you can use some editing tools to adjust the intensity of the background blur, remove the background or even replace the background with another image.
Regarding image quality, we found the images to be good quality. The images came out looking decent with good amount of detail and low noise. The dynamic range isn’t great, but you can use the HDR mode to capture some great shots. As for the depth effect, the camera struggled to apply the effect on most objects.
And the problem with the camera is that it’s slow. This could be due to both sensors working together and the hardware just not capable enough to process all that information fast enough, but the camera just generally feels slow while taking a regular picture. And if we turn on HDR or Night mode then it slows down even more. The depth effect, which takes about 5 seconds to capture and process the image once you hit the shutter.
The video recording on Moto G5S Plus is better than it takes still photos. We get an option to record in full 4K resolution @ 30fps or 1080p resolution @60fps, the recorded videos are stabilized so shakiness in the video is eliminated to some extent. Overall the video quality is decent and the recorded voice is also good.
So our final thoughts are that the image quality of regular still photos is good, the depth effect needs more work both regarding the actual quality of the images and the time it requires to process them. And we had no issues while video recording. So we are not fully convinced by the camera performance and we aren’t too disappointed as well.
Gaming performance on this phone is top notch. We played games like Asphalt and Nova 3 at the highest graphics settings, which gave good results -with little or no frame drops. Well, the phone heats quite a bit after about 10 minutes of gaming but doesn’t overheat. The phone handles multitasking very well.
The mono speaker present on the bottom of the phone is quite loud and clear but lows are absent at high volume. And the audio output in headphones is average.
Just like the Moto G5 Plus, the 3000 mAh is continued on this phone too. Battery drain due to the screen is approximately same or more owing to the increase in the screen size. It takes about 2 hours to fully charge it from 0-100%. You can get a screen on time of about 5 to 6 hours with normal usage. And for someone like me with heavy usage on cellular data can get up to 4 hours of screen-on time. Heating of the phone during charging is evident due to the turbo charge technology. But the heating starts to dissipate after 60% charge.
The phone supports two nano sim with a hybrid micro SD card slot. The call quality on VoLTE is good and clear and the primary microphone records voice pretty clearly. There is no led notification light. It ships with all the basic sensors except the compass navigation sensor but navigating without the compass wasn’t much of an issue.
The camera department is where all the differences lie between the G5S Plus and the older G5 Plus. The hardware differences between the G5S Plus and G5 Plus go beyond merely than having a second camera. The primary cameras on both phones are completely different. While the G5 Plus has a 12MP camera with f1.7 aperture, the G5S Plus has two 13MP f2.0 camera. It seems that Moto has downgraded the camera just to add a secondary lens. Both the cameras have same sensor and optics but the secondary lens does not have a color filter and can only “see” in black and white. And because of the lack of color filter which is a good thing, the second sensor can capture more light and more detail. The software then combines the data from both sensors and creates one image that, in theory, has more detail and less noise than just using a single sensor. Unlike some other phones with a monochrome secondary sensor, the G5S Plus doesn’t let you capture images in monochrome using only the second sensor. What you can do is use it as a depth sensor to capture images with a blurred background like the one we get in DSLRs.
The dual camera is the main highlight of this phone.The 12MP rear sensor is replaced by a 13MP monochrome and 13MP RGB sensor with a slightly larger aperture of f/2 as compared to f/1.7. The increase in the aperture takes a toll on the low light images big time as the noise starts creeping in. The shutter lag is evident as it was with the G5 plus. The biggest camera feature on this phone is the depth effect. The depth effect performs well but obviously cannot be compared with the OnePlus 5, Samsung Galaxy S8 or the iPhone 7 plus. This one has an added depth editor which allows us to adjust the background blur, change the background. But most of these features are in the beta stage right now. Let’s wait and see how Motorola develops these features.
The front-facing camera has an 8MP sensor with an aperture of f/2 compared to the old 5MP sensor. The front-facing camera takes better pictures than the previous model, but it’s not extraordinary.
Talking about the video, the maximum quality supported is 4k at 30fps. Electronic stabilization is only available in 1080p at 30fps. So that’s a downer.
The improvement in design and build quality over the standard model is very nice. The display is also slightly larger, which makes us appreciate it even more. The overall experience of the phone was impressive and it does a pretty good job on all the day to day activities. But Moto could do better in battery department and depth mode. The premium metal design at this small price makes us hard to complain. But in the end, the G5S Plus does improve upon an already good smartphone, making it one of our top picks for a phone in this price range.
|Launch Date||Aug 29, 2017 (official)|
|Operating System||Android v7.1 (Nougat)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM|
SIM 1 : Nano
SIM 2 : Nano
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Screen Size||5.5 inches (13.97 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)|
|Pixel Density||401 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Touch Screen||Multi-touch - Multitouch Supported|
|Screen to Body Ratio||71.13 %|
|Screen Protection||Gorilla Glass 3|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953|
|Processor||Octa-Core, 2 GHz, , Cortex A53|
Front : Metal
Back : Metal
|Colors||Lunar Gray, Fine Gold|
|Internal Memory||64 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 128 GB|
|USB OTG Support|
|Resolution||13+13 MP Primary Camera|
|Sensor||CMOS Image Sensor image sensor|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Flash||Dual LED Flash|
|Image Resolution||4128 x 3096 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Burst mode|
|Camera Features||8 x Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus|
|Video Recoding||3840x2160 @ 30 fps|
|Resolution||8 MP Front Camera|
|Flash||Dual LED Flash|
|SIM Size||SIM 1 : Nano, SIM 2 : Nano|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Same as SIM 1|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11, a/b/g/n/n 5GHz|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|Location||Yes, with A-GPS, with Glonass|
|Cable Type||microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope|