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|
|Dimensions||150 x 73.5 x 8.2mm||153.5 x 76.2 x 8mm|
|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|
So what is the feedback Motorola addressed?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.