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Moto G5S Plus Review: Everything You Need To Know!

A few days ago, Motorola launched the Moto G5S Plus alongside the Moto G5S – two of the brand’s best budget smartphones within the Moto G lineup. While Motorola calls them special editions, these two phones are actually mid-cycle refreshments that return with almost the same specifications as before but feature subtle, yet important, updates. This will be a full on moto g5s plus review wirth respect to previous model and benefits.

Even though the two phones were released alongside each other, the Moto G5S Plus is our primary focus for today. Running on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the G5S Plus provides a software experience similar to that of the G5 Plus, except it lacks an icon pack and a new launcher.

Unlike before, the mid-life refresh has given it a more premium look, better front and rear camera resolution, and a crisp, more responsive display.

So What Benefits does the new Moto G5S Plus Avail to the Customer?

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To begin with, the charming G5S Plus comes with a powerful Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. As a result of this combo, performance is seamless and lacks lagging. In addition, the new model gains more storage than before. The standard G5S Plus storage capacity now stands at 64GB up from 32GB.

Its powerful system paired with good memory ensures that buyers of this phone can rely on it for heavy web browsing and multitasking. Heavy gamers may find it extremely desirable and fun to use.

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Secondly, the refreshed Moto G5S Plus comes with two powerful cameras both at the front and at the back.

Although both cameras have 13-megapixels, the one at the back lacks a color filter.

On the bright side, however, it is more reliable when more details need to be captured. The images are decent and of top-notch quality regardless of any prevailing weather conditions.

Last but not the least, the new G5S Plus comes with a premium all-metal design – a massive improvement over its immediate predecessor. According to Motorola, "the new design is painstakingly polished for a flawless finish."

Thanks to the new design language, the new model lacks the cheapness that’s often associated with plastic-made devices. This, therefore, gives it a more premium, upscale appearance in comparison to its former self.

As of this date the Moto G5S plus price stands at $299 (Rs. 16,999 in India)

Pros of Moto G5S Plus

As can be seen from the new G5S Plus specifications above, it’s a no brainer fact that it scores impressively against its peers. Some of its outstanding merits are covered below.

Owing to a butter smooth Android software and relatively powerful internal system components, the refreshed G5S Plus flies through day to day tasks without showing any signs of fatigue. In addition to the guarantee of a lag-free performance, the G5S Plus also features a sleek design and Android purity all the way.

A fully charged G5S Plus lasts up to six hours, at least according to Motorola. This, the manufacturer says, is due to the combination of the 3,000m Ah battery and the Adreno 506 GPU with a strong TurboCharge support.

Again, Motorola added a few exciting features to its new model. These changes include an always on display called Moto Display, a karate chop to turn on the flashlight, gestures like flicking your wrist to activate the camera and more.

As if those features aren’t enough, Motorola also added a 'Night Display' feature. This is dependent on user defined times, and when activated cuts out blue light automatically.


There has been no change in the battery size over the standard model. Just like the previous model, the new one is still a lithium ion 3,000mAh.

The main hardware hasn’t changed as well. Save for the subtle tweaks on the casing, the rest of the elements return unchanged.

When it comes to the camera, users will find the depth effect not be that great. Again, the dual camera is unable to capture well native B&W photos.

Lastly, there’s no USB-C port, hybrid SIM slot, and no compass sensor and magnetometer

Moto G5S Plus Specs

Operating System

Android™ 7.1, Nougat


Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 430 processor with an up to 1.4 GHz octa-core CPU,
Adreno 505 with GPU supporting up to 450 MHz

Internal Memory(ROM)

32 GB internal, up to 128 GB microSD Card support


150mm (H) x 73.5mm (W) x 8.2-9.5 mm (D)


157 g


13.20cm (5.2”)
Full HD 1080p (1920×1080)
424 ppi
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3


All-day battery (3000 mAh) TurboPower™ for up to 5 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging

Water protection

Water repellent nano-coating

Network Support

4G LTE (Cat 4)

SIM Card

Dual nano-SIM


802.11 a/b/g/n


Rear Camera
16 MP
Phase detect auto-focus (PDAF)
ƒ/2.0 aperture
LED flash
8× digital zoom for photos, 4× digital zoom for video
Drag to focus & exposure
Quick Capture
Tap (anywhere) to capture
Best Shot
Professional Mode
Burst mode
Auto HDR
Video stabilisation
Slow motion video
1080p HD video capture (30 fps)

Front Camera
5 MP
Wide-angle lens
ƒ/2.0 aperture
LED flash
Professional mode
Beautification Mode


Micro USB, 3.5 mm headset jack


Bluetooth version 4.2 BR/EDR+BLE


Bottom-port loud speaker






Fingerprint reader
Ambient Light

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