Motorola Moto G5S Plus Camera, Gaming, User Experience, Battery Review

Recently, we wrote our initial impressions about the Motorola’s first dual camera smartphone in the Indian market- the Moto G5S Plus.

The smartphone was launched late last month in the Indian market for Rs 15,999 and one can purchase it only on Amazon India. Moto G5s Plus is the successor to the Moto G5 Plus smartphone which was launched last year and comes with single rear camera. 

Motorola Moto G5S Plus Camera, Gaming, User Experience, Battery Review

The market is getting flooded with Dual rear camera smartphones and lot of them are available in the budget segment. Recently Lenovo Launched the K8 Note, K8 Plus, Micromax Dual Note, Panasonic Eluga 500, Coolpad Coolplay 6 and Xiaomi Mi A1 and many more. All these have one thing in common – Dual rear camera. Like the bezel less displays, Dual camera is in vogue and every smartphone manufacturer is jumping to offer the Dual camera setup.

But at the same time Dual camera needs a good processor, good optimization and good camera lens which can produce images with bokeh effect without looking artificial or having random blur on things.

Moto G5s Plus Initial Impression is Impressive

The Moto G5S Plus impressed us at first glance, which we even wrote in our first impression article.

I would suggest you read about Moto G5s Plus Design, Display, camera, and Initial thoughts here –  Motorola Moto G5S Plus First Impression – A Good Camera Phone.

So you get a good background of the Moto G5s basic features and design.

But after using the smartphone extensively for more than 10 days now, we have to change our initial impression a little bit, especially with regard to the dual camera.

Read on to know how the Moto G5S Plus performed in our extensive use. We will be covering about the camera, gaming, user experience, and battery in this review as we have already covered most other things in the Initial Impression article. 

Camera Review and Sample Images

This is where the major upgrade can be seen from Moto G5 Plus. The G5S Plus is the first Moto smartphone to come with dual cameras in the Indian market.

The phone has two 13 MP sensors at the back, which is coupled with a dual tone LED flash. The front-facing camera is also upgraded to 8MP unit from a 5 MP shooter seen on the Moto G5 Plus.


Camera in Day Light Condition

In good lighting conditions, the G5S Plus performs well with images having all the details. The images are on par with the G5 Plus’s 12 MP camera. However, the camera doesn’t produce decent images in low-light conditions. This is where the lack of smaller f/1.7 aperture comes into play.

Images Below are taken in the Day light condition and they are really impressive.

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The dynamic range and details are also good with the Moto G5s Plus camera.

Moto G5s Plus Camera Sample

The low-light performance of the G5S Plus is not as good as we have seen on the G5 Plus.

Depth Sensing and Bokeh Effect Using Dual Camera

The primary aspect- the secondary sensor is used to capture depth in the images. There’s a dedicated depth sensor as well, which doesn’t work that great, even in good light situations. Overall, the depth sensor is a hit or miss in the Moto G5S Plus.

Image taken without the depth sensor

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Image Taken using Depth Sensor with Bokeh Effect

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Camera App and Modes

Initially, Motorola did not offer any depth choose mode when capturing the image. But a recent update to the camera app added that feature. Also, there’s a dedicated depth editor mode where you can edit with options such as selective focus, replace the background, and selective B&W. 

Camera App

The camera app itself is laggy, and Motorola needs to update it to improve the performance and speed. Motorola’s first dual camera smartphone is okay but some more updates and refinements are needed for the Dual camera.

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Moto G5s Plus

The videos from the camera are less shaky and come with good amount of details and the microphone also picks up sounds well.

Day-To-Day Real Life Performance

Being powered by the energy-efficient Snapdragon 625 chipset, the Moto G5S Plus offers excellent day-to-day performance. And coupled with 4GB of RAM, multitasking is a breeze as well. However, Motorola’s memory management is aggressive as the G5S Plus doesn’t keep more than 10 apps in the memory.

There are some interesting UI features like the One Button fingerprint navigation, chop 2 times to open the flashlight or twist your wrist to open the camera App without unlocking the device which are really handy in day to day use.

The audio via the loudspeaker is not very loud as well as it doesn’t fill a closed room, but sufficient enough to hear the other person talking.

The device runs stock Android 7.1 Nougat with June 2017 security patch on top. It did not receive any software update in the entire period.

Moto G5S Plus Gaming & Benchmark Review

Gaming wise, the G5S Plus handled all the heavy games with such as Asphalt 8, Dead Trigger 2, and Mortal Combat 5. You can install more games, thanks to the 64GB internal storage.

The Snapdragon 625 is an octa-core processor with a maximum clock speed of 2.0GHz. Call quality is superior in the G5S Plus. Coming to the benchmarks, the G5S Plus scored as follows:

Benchmark Performance Scores

Moto G5s Plus Benchmark scores

1) AnTuTu Benchmark (tests overall performance)-64629

2) 3D Mark (tests GPU)- Ice Storm Unlimited- 13711

3) Geekbench 4: Single Core: 842; Multicore: 4220

4) GFXBench- T-Rex (1080p)- 23fps

The benchmark scores are pretty standard and these are also the scores achieved by other Snapdragon 625 smartphones.

Battery Life

The G5S Plus comes with a 3000 mAh non-replaceable battery. The battery life is decent, similar to other Snapdragon 625 devices. The phone offered a screen-on time of more than four hours every day with intensive usage, which is very decent.

Also, it comes with Turbo Charge support which fully charges the smartphone in just 90 minutes. We are quiet impressed with the charging speed and time taken to charge the smartphone and the battery also holds the charge without any apps misbehaving to drain it. 


The Moto G5S Plus now has a very tough competitor in the form of Xiaomi Mi A1, and both the phones are very good option in the sub 15k price range.  This is the first Motorola smartphone with Dual cameras, while the camera is good for day light it struggles a lot in the evening or night shots. 

The video recording from the camera is good and details are evident when you playback the footage on a big display. The camera comes with an option of recording 4K videos as well. Front selfie camera is also decent with its 8 Megapixel lens and can take good shots in the daylight condition.

The gaming performance and overall UI and UX is smooth and we did observed that the G5s plus gets warm after some time of playing games and that is common for most metallic phones. Overall it has a great build quality and design plus added advantage of good service from Motorola.

I am also doing testing for the Xiaomi Mi A1 parallely and it is an impressive phone, would be sharing a detailed review in couple of days.

Also, I would suggest you read about Moto G5s Plus Design, Display, camera, and Initial thoughts here –  Motorola Moto G5S Plus First Impression – A Good Camera Phone.

So you get a good background of the Moto G5s basic features and design.

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