The Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus smartphones are being introduced as ‘Special Edition’ in the Indian market with some upgrades (especially in the camera department). The Moto G5S Plus has dual rear cameras while the Moto G5S sports a single 16-megapixel rear camera.
Apart from this, the company on Tuesday also slashed the price of the Moto G5 Plus smartphone in India. The 4GB variant of the Moto G5 Plus was launched in March for Rs 16,999 and is now available in India for Rs 14,999.
The new Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus have been introduced with some new features and minor hardware upgrades. But will this phone be able to compete with the existing rivals? The answer to this question will be available only after review. But we tell you the first glimpse of the new Moto device.
Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5S Design
The design of both the new phones in the Moto G5 series is similar to the previous Moto G5 Plus (Review) smartphone. Both the devices feature a metal unibody design and feel sturdy in the hand. However, we didn’t like the antenna bands on the rear panels of the Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5S as many phones already in the market share a similar design. The front is also similar to the Moto G5 Plus. There’s a fingerprint scanner at the bottom of the display that can be used as a one-button navigation button for gesture-based access to Home, Back or Recent apps.
The curved edges allow the phone to fit easily in the hand. The Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus also come with front-facing LED flash along with the camera sensor. The signature batwing icon is engraved on the rear along with the Moto branding on the front. Like the Moto G5 Plus, the primary sensor on the rear is raised, which means that care has to be taken when placing the phone on a flat surface or else the lens may get damaged. We recommend that you use a rear cover. The good thing is that the metal design makes the handset feel good to use.
Considering that the Moto G5 wasn’t entirely a metal phone, the Moto G5S is a major upgrade. However, the metallic rear means that the phone slips a bit.
Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5S Specifications
Starting with the larger variant, the Moto G5S Plus sports a 5.5-inch Full HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top. On the other hand, the Moto G5 Plus has a 5.2-inch Full HD display. Much like the original variant, the Moto G5S Plus is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clocked at 2.0GHz and coupled with 4GB of RAM. This phone will be available in 64 GB storage while support for microSD card up to 128 GB will be available. The phone packs a 3000mAh non-removable battery and comes with a TurboPower charger in the box. The Moto G5S Plus will be made available in Lunar Gray and Blush Gold colours.
Coming to the smaller variant, the Moto G5S sports a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. It has 3 GB RAM. This phone has 32 GB inbuilt storage and the storage can be increased up to 128 GB via microSD card. The Moto G5S packs a 3000mAh battery and also comes with a TurboPower charger in the box.
Both the phones run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat which is equipped with features like Moto Action and Moto Display. These are Motorola’s exclusive software enhancements.
The most important feature of Moto G5S Plus is the dual rear camera given in it. This phone has two rear cameras of 13 megapixels and depth editor. Both cameras have been given aperture F / 2.0, dual LED flash. Apart from this, features like Quick Capture, Best Shot, Tap to Capture, Panorama Mode, Burst Mode, Auto HDR, Video Stabilization, Slow Motion Video and 4K Ultra HD Video Recording are there. The phone has an 8-megapixel front camera for taking selfies and video chatting, which comes with wide-angle lens, aperture F / 2.0, LED flash, panorama mode, professional mode and beautification mode. This smartphone has a 16-megapixel rear camera with aperture F / 2.0, LED flash and phase detection auto focus (PDAF). Apart from this, features like Best Shot, Professional Mode, Burst Mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Video Stabilization, Slow Motion Video are also there. On the other hand, there is a 5-megapixel front camera for selfie, which is equipped with wide-angle lens, aperture F / 2.0, LED flash, professional mode and beautification mode. For the camera performance of the Moto G5S Plus in low light, we will have to wait for the review.
Our initial thoughts on the Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5S
We liked its performance in the limited time we spent with the Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5S. The touch response of the phone is good and multitasking is also good. Compared to the Moto G5 Plus, the camera of the Moto G5S Plus has been upgraded in some departments. The depth effect was good in some of the pictures we took. However, we will reserve our judgment on the performance and camera of the Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5S until we complete our detailed review process.
The Moto G5S Plus has a bigger screen and dual rear cameras and costs just Rs 1,000 more than the Moto G5 Plus. In the Moto G5S, where minor changes have been made to the metal body and hardware. The Moto G5S Plus and Moto G5S have been introduced in India for Rs 15,999 and Rs 13,999 respectively. With these prices, the new Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus smartphones will take on the likes of Samsung Galaxy J7 Max, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and the upcoming Xiaomi and Coolpad.