Moto G5S Plus First Look: Dual cameras on a mid-segment Moto smartphone

By Sameer Mitha | Published on 29 Aug 2017
Moto G5S Plus First Look: Dual cameras on a mid-segment Moto smartphone

Motorola has announced the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus in India. The smartphone will be available exclusively on Amazon India at Rs 15,999 and will offer 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage.

It hasn’t even been 6 months that the Moto G5 Plus hit store shelves and today we have with us its successor – the Moto G5S Plus. If you look at the specifications of the two devices, they are identical except for the display size and the front and rear cameras. The display has been upgraded from a 5.2-inch 1080p display to a 5.5-inch 1080p display. The front camera has also been upgraded from a 5MP camera (without flash) to an 8MP camera, which is accompanied by a flash. The rear camera has received the biggest upgrade – going from a single 12MP camera to a dual-13MP setup. The Moto G5S Plus has become slightly heavier too. At the bottom, we have the mono speaker grill accompanied with the microUSB port and on the top, we have the headphones jack. The Moto G5S Plus is a dual-SIM phone, but the second SIM slot is a hybrid slot. So, you will have to choose between expandable storage or a second SIM. 

Moving to the build and design, the smartphone has an all metal design and the review unit we received was lunar grey in colour. It has a matte finish and looks quite elegant. It has a 5.5-inch display as compared to the Moto G5 Plus’ 5.2-inch display, but the device has gained a mere 3.2mm in height, which means that the screen to body ratio has increased. The dual rear cameras have a bump and this may be an inconvenience and cause scratches. We have seen smartphones fit dual rear cameras flush with the body and that just adds to the overall ergonomics to the device. For its price, the Moto G5S Plus feels extremely well built, but we are reserving our final judgement for when we complete our review. 

In terms of software, The Moto G5S Plus runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and the software is pretty close to stock. It has the Moto app, giving you access to Moto Actions and Moto Display – something we’ve seen on the Moto G5 and G5 Plus too. The review unit we received has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and it runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 platform, same as its predecessor. The device is priced at Rs 15,999 and we will comment on the performance of the smartphone, its battery and the camera when we put it through its paces. The Moto G5S Plus can be purchased from Amazon India starting midnight tonight.  

The pricing of the Moto G5 family of phones is as follows. Moto G5 has a new price of Rs 11,999, the Moto G5S with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage is priced at Rs 13,999, the Moto G5 Plus with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage is priced at Rs 14,999 and the Moto G5S Plus with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced ar Rs 15,999

The Moto G5S Plus has some launch offers for you to check out. You get Rs 1,000 off on exchange of your old Moto phone, no cost EMI available on all credit cards, Moto sports headphones will be available at Rs 499 instead of Rs 1599, get 80% off (up to Rs 300) on Amazon Kindle app and Jio users get additional 50GB data. Buy Moto G5S at Rs 13999 from amazon.

The right of the Moto G5S Plus has the power button and the volume rocker

The bottom of the device has the mono speaker and microUSB port along with a mic

The Moto G5S Plus has a 5.5-inch 1080p display

It is running on ANdroid 7.1 Out-of-the-box

The G5S Plus has a fingerprint sensor below the display

The dual rear camera setup is a bump and doesnt sit flush at the back

The device has an all metal design giving it a sturdy premium look

Sameer Mitha

Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.

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