Motorola Moto G5S Plus Review

Motorola Moto G5S Plus Review
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  • Great build quality
  • Long battery life
  • Very good value
  • Punchy LCD screen
  • Simplistic UI


  • Outdated micro-USB
  • Significant camera shutter lag
  • No NFC
  • Sub-par speakers
Motorola Moto G5S Plus – Select your focus. Unleash your creativity.

Motorola Moto G5S Plus diamond cut and painstakingly polished for a flawless finish, it’s stunningly beautiful and stronger than ever. Choose from Lunar Gray or Blush Gold designs.

Now movie night can be anywhere. Bring blockbusters to life on an impressive 5.5″ full HD display with the vivid colors and fine details you’d expect to find only on a premium phone. With a blazing-fast Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, powerful graphics capabilities, and support for 4G speed, annoying lags and load times are a thing of the past.

Stay unplugged. The 3000 mAh all-day battery holds enough power to get you through your day. When it’s time to power up, don’t slow down. The included TurboPower™charger provides up to 6 hours of battery life with just a quick 15 minute charge.

Snap crystal clear shots, then add a blur effect to make portraits pop. Switch up a classic black & white snap with a splash of color. Or, have some fun replacing the background with any image from your Google Photos Library.

Switch to the 8 MP wide angle front camera with LED flash for picture-perfect selfies, day or night. Use Panorama Mode to capture more of a scenic background.


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Announced2017, August
Dimensions153.5 x 76.2 x 8 mm (6.04 x 3.00 x 0.31 in)
Weight168 g (5.93 oz)
SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Splash resistant
DisplayIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
5.5 inches, 83.4 cm2 (~71.3% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~401 ppi density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
OSAndroid 7.1 (Nougat), planned upgrade to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
CPUOcta-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUAdreno 506
Card slotmicroSD, up to 256 GB
Internal Memory64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
Primary CameraDual 13 MP, f/2.0, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, auto-HDR
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Secondary Camera8 MP, f/2.0, LED flash
Alert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackYes
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX
NFCYes (market dependent)
USBmicroUSB 2.0
SensorsFingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

The Motorola Moto G5S Plus is an incredibly compelling piece of hardware. We crowned its younger sibling the Motorola Moto G5 Plus the king of budget back in April of this year, and this newer ‘S’ variant improves upon this model in every way.

For $229 you’re getting a modern day exterior, a lightning fast fingerprint reader, simplistic and compelling software with a guaranteed update to Google’s latest version, and even dual cameras (though we’ve seen much better). Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 performs admirably accompanied by the 3/4 GB RAM options, and storage shouldn’t be an issue due to the option for micro-SD expansion.

Coming in at just $10 more expensive than the G5 Plus, there really isn’t any reason not to pick up the G5S Plus. It looks and feels better in every way, and though the specs are very similar, you’re still getting more RAM and dual cameras with an improved body in the latter. What’s not to love?

The Motorola Moto G5S Plus might not be the most premium device in the world, but it is a pretty damn good phone. For the price, it’s hard to ask for much more.

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Motorola’s special edition G5S Plus is supposed to be the essential update to the fifth-generation Moto Gs. But competition from phones like the Honor 6X has already set the bar quite high in January—dual cameras, a fingerprint sensor, and strong hardware equipment are now a must in this price category, and Motorola still lags behind here. Now Motorola offers a sleek device, but is moving away (but not quite) from the best bang-for-the-buck category at almost $300.

This is bad timing for Motorola. It shows the new Motorola Moto G5S and G5S Plus were released too early. They should have waited for the new Snapdragon 630 processor, which would have taken better advantage of the dual camera, and it is frankly dangerous to schedule the release so close to the standard Moto G5. Motorola should expect to lose the trust of buyers that have an outdated device in their hands after just half a year. It’s a sad truth because the Motorola Moto G5S Plus is actually a very decent smartphone.

But when you look at the competition and its failures in hardware and software, it doesn’t merit that half star to a full 4.

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The Motorola Moto G5S Plus is generally a quick and responsive phone. Over a couple of weeks’ use it has had a couple of spates where waking from standby has taken a little longer. And compared with a more powerful phone like the Google Pixel apps are slower to load.

However, as with the Moto G5 Plus performance is great for a phone that costs hundreds of pounds less than top-end models. Games also run very well and there’s just the slightest occasional frame rate jitter in Asphalt 8, but nothing to make it seem a cut-price experience.

This is an excellent gaming phone, and even the speaker is fairly good. It’s just a single driver on the bottom, so you don’t get stereo or perfect sound dispersal when you’re playing ‘landscape’ but it’s loud and has enough power to avoid sounding weedy.

The Motorola Moto G5S Plus uses the Snapdragon 625 processor, an octa-core CPU with all-Cortex-A53 cores. This tells you it’s a mid-range chipset at best, but it does the job for a phone with a 1080p screen and well-optimised software. The Moto G5 Plus uses the same core hardware.

The 4460 points in Geekbench 4 is respectable and the 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM is pretty standard for phones at this level.

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The Moto G5S Plus is, in a specs sense at least, not a major step up from the Moto G5 Plus. Its dual camera setup isn’t worth getting that excited about and the processing power is similar.

However, in person the shift is greater. Build quality has been dramatically improved and the larger screen offers something missing from the last wave of Motos. And we’re glad to see the 5.5-inch screen option return as it’s much better for gamers and video streamers.

Coming up with a new phone this quickly is likely to confuse some buyers, but we’d recommend this over the Moto G5 Plus.

If you want a high-quality phone from a well-known brand but don’t want to spend too much, the Lenovo Moto G5S Plus is for you.

It’s much larger, and slightly better-spec’d, than the Sony Xperia XA1 and has a much more straight-forward approach than the Honor rivals like the Honor 6X.

At almost the same price as the Moto G5 Plus there’s no reason to buy the older phone unless you can’t handle the G5S Plus’s larger screen. It’s a top option among budget handsets in general too.

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The Motorola Moto G5S Plus is better than the G5 Plus in tangible ways — the build quality and the display are better and bigger, respectively — but with a $50 price jump over its predecessor, the G5S Plus probably isn’t the budget king for most people if your main priority is saving a bit of money. The G5 Plus can handle anything you throw at it, also has a 1080p display, and comes in a 4GB of RAM / 64GB of storage configuration. If you want a bigger screen, the G5S Plus is the answer. For everyone else, the G5 Plus is still good enough.

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I have no idea why the Motorola Moto G5S Plus exists. It’s a nice phone, and it sure looks and feels great — certainly better than any budget phone Motorola has made before. But it’s just not a true upgrade over the Moto G5 Plus.

I’m not telling you to go out and buy a Huawei or a ZTE; I’m telling you to buy another Motorola. Specifically, if you’re looking at the entry-level $279 Moto G5S Plus, which comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, look instead at the upgraded Moto G5 Plus, which features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. At $299, it’s around the same price and, in my opinion, better prepared to handle the onslaught of the real world.

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The Motorola Moto G5S Plus is much more of an evolution than a revolution, but that’s what we expected given the “S” branding. It brings a nicer metal design, an excellent display, smooth performance, a long-lasting battery, and close-to-stock software. The only real downside is the camera; the bokeh effect is a novelty, and it could use some work in the speed and low-light departments. In fact, I’d go as far as to call it a downgrade from the G5 Plus’s due to the loss of dual pixel autofocus, which is very unfortunate.

Like with the G5 series, we’re not getting the standard G5S stateside. The 5.5″ display might be a little big for some, but I personally think the size is just right. My review unit is the $349.99 4GB/64GB model, but if it were my money and I had to have a G5S Plus, I’d go for the cheaper $279.99 3GB/32GB model. 3GB is enough RAM for a device of this nature, and the 32GB can be expanded upon with a microSD card (I have a 128GB card in mine).

This is still $50 more than the G5 Plus’s pricing for both 32GB and 64GB models, which is a steep climb for a nicer exterior, a larger display, an extra gigabyte of RAM on the base model, and an arguably inferior camera. But as a launch promo, both storage tiers are $50 off, effectively making them the same prices as the slightly older model. That might sound like a good deal on paper, but the fact that Lenovo feels the need to discount a brand-new phone right out the gate this significantly really says something about its confidence in the MSRP. Perhaps it realizes that the $349.99 model is stepping on the toes of the $400 Moto Z2 Play.

If you need to purchase a phone now and can get that launch discount, I’d recommend the 3GB/32GB model at $229.99, but otherwise, I’m not so sure. The G5 Plus, which is still only half a year old, can be had for as low as $179.99 when sales are being run. Plus, there’s still no NFC to be found, which is outrageous on this device in particular. I really don’t understand why something that costs a few bucks can’t be included on a device that is steadily moving upmarket, as evidenced by its $50 price hike.

I’m used to having flagship devices as my daily drivers, and despite its faults, I must say that the Motorola Moto G5S Plus gives the feel of a much more expensive phone. Of course, that can be attributed to the upmarket rise of the Moto G line. I used a Moto G4 Plus for a few weeks about a year ago and found it very impressive, but the G5S Plus takes it to a whole other level. If this thing had a better camera and better graphics performance, it might be staying in my pocket for another few weeks.

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