Only six months have passed since we analyzed the Moto G5 Plus, an Android where the icing on the cake was in the user experience and not in the camera, as it was in previous generations. To take a leap forward in the photographic section, Motorola presents the Moto G5S Plus, a mid-range with double camera, competitive specifications and a reliability of use that few manufacturers manage to transmit.
We have been testing it these weeks and here we bring you our Moto G5S plus review. A smartphone that goes from the 5.2 inches of the previous model to the 5.5 inches with FullHD resolution, so popular with premium mid-range mobiles.
We are facing a device that continues to be a continuous renewal of the Moto G range but that updates its characteristics to continue competing and become one of the options to consider when looking for a good, nice and cheap mobile to give this Christmas.
Moto G5S Plus, video review
Moto G5S Plus, technical specifications
|Moto G5 Plus|
|Physical dimensions||153.5 x 76.2 x 8.0-9.5 mm
|Screen||5.5 inch IPS
Gorilla Glass 3
|Resolution||1,920 x 1,080 pixels (424 pixels per inch)|
|Nuclei||Octacore 2.0 GHz|
|Memory||32GB + microSD (up to 128GB)|
|software||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC
4G Cat. 6
|Ports||Micro USB, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Rear camera||Rear: Dual 13 + 13 MP with f / 2.0 aperture, 4K video|
|Frontal camera||8 megapixels, wide angle, f / 2.0, on-screen flash|
|Others||TurboPower fast charging, splash resistance|
|Price||299 euros on Amazon|
A premium design at the height of higher ranges
The Moto G5S Plus is a smartphone with a 5.5-inch screen that goes from a combination of aluminum and plastic in the Moto G5 Plus to a metallic unibody body that as we could see in the first impressions offers very good sensations. In the previous model its casing was removable but in this one everything is more compact, more premium and with a good grip in hand. It is not slippery at all and all the elements and details of the mobile are well finished.
We lose being able to remove the battery but nowadays we recommend everyone not to. With the Moto G5S Plus we have a smartphone that in hand feels much more solid and compensates. Despite the change in bet and the transition to a unibody device, the general features remain the same as in any Motorola this year: rounded corners, oval fingerprint reader on the front, Motorola logo on the back and for the first time a double camera integrated on that round piece that is already beginning to be recognizable.
Except for that bulge for the camera, the Moto G5S Plus has an excellent design, with good grip and an aluminum unibody body.
Precisely the double camera is the protagonist of the Moto G5S Plus and not only because of the photographic results. The design also influences as it stands out considerably with respect to the slim body of the device. While we officially have 7.7mm thick, with the camera it goes up to 9.7mm. This causes two things, on the one hand it is thin in hand and does not weigh but when placing it on the screen on the table the device dances if we press on the sides. Although nothing worrisome since it has very good grip and does not slip in any position. We do worry about the lens that seems to be scratched, although after a few days, being careful, we have not noticed any significant scratches, which suggests that it is quite resistant.
|Moto G5S Plus||Moto G5 Plus||Xiaomi Mi A1||bq Aquaris V Plus|
|Dimensions (mm)||153.5 x 76.2 x 8.0-9.5 mm||150.2 x 74 x 7.7-9.7 mm||155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm||152.3 x 76.7 x 8.4 mm|
|Screen / front ratio||71.3%||67.1%||70.1%||71.34%|
The Moto G5S Plus follows the design that we see in most Android devices. On the right side we have the volume button and the off / on that features a distinctive rough touch. The left side is smooth and metallic, only with the slot for the microSD and nanoSIM.
In the upper part we have the 3.5mm jack, in the lower part the microphone, the speakers and the microUSB port. Yes, we have already passed the middle of 2017 and there are still mobiles with this connection. A pity that Motorola has not decided to bet on a technology with a future such as USB Type C.
For the front we have the 5.5-inch screen with fairly wide top and bottom edges, the “Moto” logo at the top and just above the front camera, the LED flash and the proximity sensor, no trace of the notification LED. Below we have the fingerprint reader that can be used for NFC and to perform touch gestures and it works really well, although without reaching the level of precision that we have for example with Huawei.
We do not understand why Motorola has not opted for USB Type C.
The rear is again fully metal. With the Motorola logo in the center, two antenna lines, the noise canceling microphone and the famous circular bulge for camera.
The Moto G5S Plus is splash resistant although it does not possess real water and dust resistance like other higher end devices.
How does the Moto G5S Plus sound? The speaker is at the bottom and the volume is quite powerful, up to about 100db. It is in a position that is not usually covered, although it is quite directional so we do not have that feeling of surround sound that we do have with the double front speaker. No headphones come in the box, but when I connect the ones I use regularly, they are heard very well. We also have FM Radio and in general we can say that the Moto G5S Plus passes the multimedia section with a good note.
Going up to 5.5 inches suits the Moto G5S Plus
Motorola bets on a 5.5 inch IPS panel with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and a density of about 401ppp. It is protected with Gorilla Glass 3 and occupies a screen ratio of 71.3%. We believe that the Moto G5S Plus is right at this size and looking back we don’t understand how the Moto G5 Plus was still at 5.2 inches. Now finally the Plus means a plus, not only in power but also in size.
The images offered by the screen of the Moto G5S Plus are good, sharp and with good viewing angles. That feeling of being in front of a good smartphone is partly achieved by elements such as the screen that have a high level. The tactile response is also very fluid and the colors are natural, although far from the usual saturation in AMOLED screens. Here about color tastes, never better said.
We have a very good quality IPS FullHD panel, although perhaps it lacks a high maximum brightness for outdoors.
What about the glitter? Indoors the experience is good although in more difficult conditions we believe that it is not enough. We miss more nits and an automatic brightness setting to suit the conditions.
Yes we can establish a night screen mode in which the blue light is automatically reduced and will show yellow tones that affect sleep less. Another screen-related software tweak is that we can hide the navigation buttons taking advantage of the fingerprint reader. Through gestures sliding from one place to another we will replace the back, home and multitasking buttons and thus gain a few millimeters of screen.
We also find the option “Moto screen”, an alternative to the popular “Ambient Display” where we have notifications on the screen off. Low-power and appearing on the lock screen, notifications will be displayed and quick responses are allowed without the need to unlock it.
If it works why touch it: solvent performance and battery
The internal components chosen for the Moto G5S Plus are identical to those of the Moto G5 Plus. The processor is a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 with 8 cores at 2GHz. The GPU is an Adreno 506 at 600MHz and they accompany us 3GB of RAM next to 32GB of base internal storage plus microSD up to 128GB.
The experience offered by this combination is excellent, achieving a very good balance between battery optimization and power enough to play. We have noticed some occasional warming but nothing decisive.
There is no evolution in technical specifications, but the Snapdragon 625 is still the best cheap, powerful and efficient processor option.
For lovers of benchmarks, here is a comparative table with the most popular ones. We already anticipate that they are practically identical to those of the Moto G5 Plus. We are facing a renovation in size, design and camera, but if we are looking for power there are no great news.
|Moto G5S Plus||Moto G5 Plus||Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)||Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime||Huawei Nova Plus|
|Processor||Snapdragon 625||Snapdragon 625||Exynos 7880||Snapdragon 625||Snapdragon 625|
|RAM||3 GB||3 GB||3 GB||3 GB||3 GB|