Moto G5S Plus

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Long has the Moto G line of bud­get smart­phones been con­sid­ered excellent. Not just at An­droid Ad­vi­sor but world­wide, we’ve come to ex­pect a lot of phone for not a lot of money when the lat­est one comes out. There are only two real dif­fer­ences be­tween the older G5 Plus and this newer G5S Plus – the larger screen and dual cam­eras.

Thank­fully, the G5S Plus con­tin­ues the trend and is the best Moto has ever made. It costs a lit­tle more than you might ex­pect, but the ex­tra money is worth

it for a phone that packs dual cam­eras, de­cent bat­tery life with fast charg­ing, a sleek de­sign and of­fers su­perb per­for­mance.


We pre­fer the de­sign of the G5S Plus to the rest of the G5 fam­ily of phones, in­clud­ing the G5S. The an­tenna lines are more prom­i­nent, but look better than the older de­sign where you could see the gaps be­tween the parts used.

Now, you have a uni­body metal fin­ish that feels far more pre­mium than the price tag might sug­gest and is a far cry from the plas­tic builds of older Moto G phones. The G5S Plus has smart cham­fered edges to the de­sign that make it feel pre­mium as well as eas­ier to hold. While not the slimmest phone, it is easy to hold though ap­proach­ing un­com­fort­able in one hand given the larger 5.5in screen.

It has rel­a­tively large top and bot­tom bezels, but that is to be ex­pected for the price. They don’t go to waste though, with a de­cent sized fin­ger­print sen­sor at the bot­tom and a front fac­ing cam­era and flash at the top. The rear is plain save for a cir­cu­lar cam­era bump that houses dual cam­eras and a flash, with the Mo­torola logo sit­ting in a small in­dent where you might roughly lay a fin­ger while hold­ing the de­vice.

The plas­tic Moto G phones were great, but this alu­minium feel is much better.


The G5S Plus has a larger screen than the G5 and G5 Plus at 5.5in. It is a 1920x1080 Full HD IPS LCD with

401ppi and a reg­u­lar 16:9 as­pect ra­tio. It’s pro­tected by Go­rilla Glass 3 for drops and scuffs, but it’ll still smash like most other phones if you aren’t care­ful.

The screen is pleas­ingly vivid and bright for an LCD (as op­posed to a more ex­pen­sive OLED panel) and con­tent looks great. There is not a lot of com­pro­mise here, even on a phone that costs dou­ble.

Text, videos and games looks great, with punchy colour re­pro­duc­tion though if you scroll quickly, text does blur some­what un­til you stop. This is par­tic­u­larly no­tice­able with black text on a white back­ground, but is a trait present in all dis­plays of this type and price.

Pro­ces­sor, stor­age and RAM

The Moto G5S Plus has a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 625 pro­ces­sor, a mid-range chip that is known for its excellent power ef­fi­ciency. It de­liv­ers excellent bat­tery man­age­ment along­side above-av­er­age pro­cess­ing speeds for most peo­ple. This is prefer­able to the weaker Snap­dragon 430 in the G5 and G5S, and the boost in power in the G5S Plus is in­cred­i­bly wel­come.

In our tests gam­ing, mul­ti­task­ing, video streaming and pho­tog­ra­phy were excellent, with only a hint of lag here and there – to be ex­pected on a Snap­dragon 625, but noth­ing that lim­its us­abil­ity.

The phone comes with a just-pass­able 32GB in­ter­nal stor­age, but with the op­tion to ex­pand up to 256GB with a mi­croSD card. This ver­sion has 3GB RAM, more than enough for most tasks bar high in­ten­sity games. There is an­other ver­sion avail­able in some re­gions with 64GB stor­age and 4GB RAM, though that will af­fect the price asked.


The most no­tice­able up­grade on the G5S Plus is the dual cam­eras. For the first time on a Moto G se­ries phone, you can take por­trait style bokeh ef­fect pho­tos – a fea­ture on Moto’s £700 Z2 Force on a phone that costs £259.

The sen­sors are both 13Mp with an aper­ture of f/2.0. They prod­uct excellent shot in full day­light, but strug­gle in low light with de­tail­ing and colour re­pro­duc­tion. As long as your stick out­doors and are a ca­sual phone pho­tog­ra­pher you won’t mind, but you should buy the G5S Plus if you are look­ing for the best pos­si­ble cam­era ex­pe­ri­ence on a phone.

The front-fac­ing 8Mp cam­era is also patchy at best, but fine for Snapchat self­ies and Skype video calls.

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