The Moto G5S Plus has a 5.5in 1080p IPS LCD screen, similar to that of the Moto G4 Plus. It’s a great size for watching videos or playing games and the resolution is sharp enough for most uses. Even the 4K Sony Xperia XZ Premium with its 4K screen and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 render at 1080p much of the time.As with previous Moto phones, the Moto G5S Plus doesn’t have an ultra-wide colour gamut panel like Samsung Galaxy phones.
However, it gives the impression of being well-matched to the sRGB standard, if not the more excitable colour profiles the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Sony Xperia XZ default to. It covers 85.5% of sRGB, which is enough to appear vivid and punchy to the naked eye and its 1,477:1 contrast ratio just pips the iPhone 8 Plus.This is a satisfying screen look at. More colour punch isn’t always better and I rather like the mostly natural look of the Moto G5S Plus. There are two display modes to choose from as well: a normal one and a vibrant mode that pushes the abilities of the panel a bit more. However, as this is a mid-tier IPS LCD rather than a high-end AMOLED panel, there’s not actually a huge difference between the two.
From a distance, the Moto G5S Plus looks similar to the Moto G5 Plus. The style and build are quite different, though. The older Moto G5 Plus was sold as an aluminium unibody phone, but substantial parts of its frame are plastic. This G5S Plus has an all-aluminium frame that looks and feels a lot more like those of phones costing much more.Its only plastic parts are the little lines towards the top of the rear that give the Moto G5S Plus’s antennas space to transmit. Wireless antennas do not function well through metal.The Moto G5S Plus feels great in the hand, its slightly curved back minimising the very slight extra bulk of the 8mm thickness. This is the first time the Moto G series has the build standards of a truly high-end phone.
The Moto G5S Plus is the first Moto G phone to have dual rear cameras. One of the great strengths of this series has been its avoidance of most gimmicks, so either Lenovo has changed direction or dual-cameras have now become the norm for mid-range phones.In top-end flagship phones, dual cameras are used for low-loss zooming or wide-angle capture. However, the Moto G5S Plus simply lets you take photos using the synthetic shallow depth of field effect that became common in phones around four years ago.And despite using fairly good-quality 13-megapixel Sony IMX258 sensors on the back, the Moto G5S Plus’s take on depth of field isn’t all that good either. It’ll get confused when shooting complicated objects and capture is a little slow.If you keep things simple, though, and photograph portraits of people against a fairly distant background, the results can be dramatic.
Daytime photo quality is very good, too, as we’ve come to expect from this series. Dynamic range is good for a lower-cost phone, largely down to some post-shoot optimisation and both detail and colour are solid.Night and low light photos won’t impress, though. The detail and sharpness of your shots rapidly declines as the ISO sensitivity increases and, since the Moto G5S Plus doesn’t have optical image stabilisation (OIS) it doesn’t/can’t slow down the shutter to combat this.There’s also more shutter lag to the G5S Plus camera than in the last generation. Taking photos doesn’t feel instantaneous, which could be down to the camera software not being quite up to speed with the new two-eyed hardware. Hopefully, Motorola will improve this with future software updates.At the front, the Moto G5S Plus has an 8-megapixel selfie camera with flash. It, too, suffers from slight shutter lag but image quality is fair and there’s an LED flash for selfies in dingy rooms. Unlike some front LED flashes, it’s a pretty powerful unit that has a real effect on lighting. Watch those angles, though, as it can create some unflattering shadows.
Performance and Battery life
The Moto G5S Plus uses the Snapdragon 625 CPU. This is a low- to mid-range processor with eight Cortex-A53 cores, the kind used in some higher-end phones as day-to-day efficiency cores.It’s also the same CPU used by the Moto G5 Plus, so there’s no obvious increase in real-world performance. However, there is a slight change in benchmark scores.
Motorola Moto G5S Plus smartphone was launched in August 2017. The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels. Motorola Moto G5S Plus price in India starts from Rs. 15,299.
- Good build quality
- Stock Android
- Turbo charging support
- Decent camera performance
- Slightly bulky
- No VoLTE support at launch
- Gets warm in use
- No notification light