Moto G5s vs G5s Plus

Mo­torola has re­vealed up­dated ver­sions of its Moto G5 fam­ily, the G5s and G5s Plus. But what’s the dif­fer­ence? MARIE BLACK re­ports

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We ex­plain the key dif­fer­ences be­tween the two new bud­get phones from Mo­torola to help you choose which is best for you.

What’s dif­fer­ent?

For a start, the price. The Moto G5s is £40 cheaper than the G5s Plus at £219, and if you’re on a tight

bud­get that could make all the dif­fer­ence. Nei­ther phone is on sale just yet (they should be on sale im­mi­nently), but Ama­zon is al­ready list­ing prod­uct pages for the Moto G5s and Moto G5s Plus.

Out of the box the first thing you’ll no­tice is the dif­fer­ence in size. The Plus model is roughly 3mm taller and wider than the G5s, but they are of a sim­i­lar thick­ness. Cor­re­spond­ingly, the Plus weighs in a bit heav­ier at 168g ver­sus 157g.

This is be­cause the G5s Plus has a larger screen – 5.5in against 5.2in. If you want to watch films and play games this could be use­ful, but other than sheer size the screen is ac­tu­ally not any bet­ter than that on the G5s. They each have the same num­ber of pix­els – a full-HD res­o­lu­tion of 1920x1080 – but be­cause they are more tightly packed on the G5s the screen should be sharper (424ppi vs 401ppi). This is such a tiny dif­fer­ence, though, we’d be amazed if any­one could tell the dif­fer­ence.

The Moto G5s Plus has a bit of ex­tra grunt, too, though nei­ther of these bud­get phones are go­ing to of­fer flag­ship per­for­mance. In place of the G5s’ Snap­dragon 430 and in­te­grated Adreno 505 GPU it has the Snap­dragon 625 and Adreno 506. Both are octa-core chips.

The most im­por­tant dif­fer­ence be­tween the two is in the cam­era de­part­ment. Both will suit selfie fans thanks to a ded­i­cated LED flash at the front, though the Plus will turn out sharper im­ages thanks to its 8Mp lens (over 5Mp in the G5s).

For more se­ri­ous pho­tog­ra­phy the G5s has a 16Mp, f/2.0 cam­era with sin­gle-LED flash at the rear, which is

ca­pa­ble of shoot­ing full-HD (1080p) video. The Moto G5s Plus trumps it with a 13Mp, f/2.0 dual-cam­era, dual-LED flash and sup­port for 4K video.

If you want a dual-SIM phone you should opt for the Moto G5s, but note that in some ter­ri­to­ries (likely in­clud­ing the UK) it will be sold as a sin­gle-SIM phone. Con­nec­tiv­ity is oth­er­wise largely the same be­tween the two hand­sets, save for the fact the Plus model lists Wi-Fi sup­port of the dual-band va­ri­ety.

One fi­nal mi­nor dif­fer­ence might be found in the colour­ing of each model. While both the G5s and G5s Plus list grey and gold ver­sions, the Moto G5s is re­ferred to as ‘fine gold’ and the Moto G5s Plus ‘blush gold’. With­out see­ing the two side by side we’re not en­tirely sure what is the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two.

What’s the same?

Pretty much every­thing else, in­clud­ing the mem­ory (3GB) and stor­age (32GB with sup­port for mi­croSD up to 128GB) al­lo­ca­tions.

Both phones charge over Mi­cro-USB with sup­port for Turbo Charge and have 3,000mAh bat­ter­ies. But be­cause the Moto G5s Plus is more pow­er­ful and has a larger screen, we would ex­pect its bat­tery life to be slightly shorter than that of the stan­dard Moto G5s.

Each also sup­ports NFC, Blue­tooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS, and fea­tures a 3.5mm head­phone jack, bot­tom-fac­ing mono speaker, two mics and a fin­ger­print scan­ner.

Nei­ther Moto G5s model is fully wa­ter­proof, though they fea­ture a ‘wa­ter-re­pel­lent nano coat­ing’, which means they are in essence splash­proof.


With only a small dif­fer­ence in its over­all size the more pow­er­ful G5s Plus with dual-cam­eras is likely to be the bet­ter buy here. How­ever, when you’re buy­ing in the bud­get mar­ket price is every­thing, and the £40 dif­fer­ence could be enough to tip the bal­ance in the favour of the G5s. The smaller model also has the po­ten­tial to of­fer longer bat­tery life, but we’ll see when we get them into our Test Cen­tre. Marie Black

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