Moto G5s Plus and G5s: Mid-year upgrades done right?


We first saw the Moto G5 and G5 Plus at this year’s MWC in Barcelona. This was the fifth iteration of the hugely successful budget G series and was received with great amounts of positive feedback. Motorola took this feedback on board, like most brands do. But unlike most brands, it didn’t wait a whole year to show customers that it’s listening. Instead of proving its might with next year’s Moto G6, Motorola released a mid-year G5S and G5S Plus.

Before we jump into what Motorola did to create two updated G series devices, lets first check their specifications out.

Moto G5s and G5s Plus: Specifications

  Moto G5s Moto G5s Plus
Technology 2G/3G/4G 2G/3G/4G
Dimensions 150 x 73.5 x 8.2mm 153.5 x 76.2 x 8mm
Weight 157g 168g
SIM Single SIM (nano SIM) or Dual SIM (nano SIM, dual stand-by) Single SIM (nano SIM) or Dual SIM (nano SIM, dual stand-by)
Display 5.2 inches Full HD IPS LCD 5.5 inches Full HD IPS LCD
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat, confirmed upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo Android 7.1 Nougat, confirmed upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo
Processor  Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
CPU Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 506
RAM/Storage 3GB/32GB 3GB/32GB or 4GB/64GB
Card slot microSD, up to 256GB microSD, up to 256GB
Main Camera 16MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, LED flash Dual 13MP, f/2.0, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Video  Full HD @ 30fps 4K @ 30fps
Front Camera 5MP, f/2.0, LED flash 8MP, f/2.0, LED flash
Connectivity  Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
USB microUSB 2.0 (with fast charging) microUSB 2.0 (with fast charging)
Security Fingerprint sensor Fingerprint sensor
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3,000mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3,000mAh battery
Colors Lunar grey, fine gold Lunar grey, fine gold
Price Dh799 Dh1,099


So what is the feedback Motorola addressed?

1. Display

The Moto G5 and G5 Plus came with 5- and 5.2-inch Full HD LCD displays that a lot of people didn’t like. Motorola decided to sort that out with the G5s bumped up to 5.2 inches and the Moto G5s Plus to 5.5 inches.

The displays are bright, clear and offer great viewing angles. Colour can be adjusted according to preference in the settings too. Even in the UAE’s harsh sunlight, the display provides decent visibility.

2. Design

While the design differences may not be obvious at first glance, improvements have been made. The screen now has curves that merge into the body. The device’s aren’t entirely metal at the back with visible antenna bands that are far sleeker than the earlier iterations. Thanks to the new design, the build feels whole and solid. The changes are subtle and work to the advantage of the devices.

3. Camera

This year saw a broad range of devices bring in dual camera systems. Unfortunately, the G5 and G5 Plus weren’t part of the trend. Moto decided to take the matter into consideration. The G5S Plus comes with a dual 13MP camera set-up where one is an RGB (colour) sensor and the other a monochrome one.

Having a monochrome sensor enables the second camera to capture more light and detail, leaving the RGB sensor to focus on what it does best. The phone combines the details from both cameras to create a far better image than its predecessor.

Depth of field-based images have been all the rage this year and you don’t need to shell out flagship money to get your hands on such images. The dual camera on the Moto G5s Plus is completely capable of doing the same too. While one camera concentrates on the foreground, the second concentrates on the background, resulting in images such as the ones in the gallery below.

The front camera on the G5S Plus also gets a boost from 5 to 8 megapixels.

Here are some of the samples taken from the Moto G5s Plus’ main camera.

Moto G5s and G5s Plus: Perks

Apart from all the above mentioned upgrades, like all Moto devices the G5S and G5S Plus come with Moto Action. This constitutes the Moto Display as well as Moto Gestures, which you can use to access your camera and your torch.

Moto Actions - Torch
Chop chop to torch. It’s surprising how much this tiny gesture became one of our most-liked Moto features offered on these devices
Moto Actions - Camera
Twist to activate the camera and again to switch between front and rear shooting

The devices will also see an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo, which is great news for anyone looking at picking up something future-proof. The upgrade can be expected to bring the updated Android UI, greater battery management and better camera functionality.

Moto G5s and G5s Plus Orep
Moto G5s and G5s Plus users will receive an Android Oreo upgrade

With great battery life, a good display, a new camera, great design and build quality, the Moto G5s and G5s Plus are ideal for anyone who doesn’t want to spend too much on their smartphone – as well as those who can’t afford to.

We have to give Motorola props for the mid-year upgrade in the G series. What do you think of the company’s move? Let us know in the comments below.


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