Motorola’s vast expansion of its product lineup may be hated by many, but the company is giving us some sizable and worthy products.
That’s what happened with every Motorola product launch this year. So far, the Lenovo’s company has launched a total of nine products in India- Moto G5, Moto G5 Plus, Moto C, Moto C Plus, Moto Z2 Play, Moto E4, Moto E4 Plus, and the most recent Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus.
Every lineup has its own unique identity. The Moto C and C Plus are for entry-level buyers looking for alternatives of Xiaomi Redmi 4A and Redmi 4. The Moto E4 and E4 Plus are slightly premium models of the Moto C and C Plus. The Moto G5, G5 Plus, G5S, G5S Plus are mid-range products.
The Moto Z2 Play is a great upper mid-range smartphone, which is also a modular device.
The Moto G5S is not a major upgrade over the Moto G5, but the G5S Plus is a worthy successor to the Moto G5 Plus. We’ve purchased the device from Amazon India for Rs. 15,999 on the launch day itself.
Read on to know our initial impressions of the smartphone.
Motorola priced the G5S Plus in India at Rs. 15,999. The device is available in two color options- Lunar Gray and Blush Gold. We picked the Lunar Gray color variant of the device because it looks much better than the Blush Gold color option.
Coming to the design aspect first, the Moto G5S Plus is entirely made of metal. For the unknown, the G5 Plus has a metal back but the side, top, and bottom frames are made of plastic.
Motorola learned a lesson and gone with a complete metal body, which is on-par with other budget smartphones such as Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Lenovo P2, Honor 6X, etc.
Also, the G5S Plus feels more premium than the G5 Plus when taken into hands.
Coming to the display aspect secondly, the G5S Plus has a bigger 5.5-inch display, but the resolution of the smartphone is still at 1080 x 1920 pixels. The pixel density of the G5S Plus is reduced to 403 PPI from 424 PPI seen on the G5 Plus. The display on the G5S Plus is slightly better than the G5 Plus.
This is where the major upgrade can be seen. The G5S Plus is the first Moto smartphone to come with dual cameras to 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 8 Megapixel from a 5 MP shooter seen on the Moto G5 Plus.
Take a look at the camera sample below.
There are not many differences in the hardware specs for the Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5s Plus. They are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset clocked at 2.0 GHz and come with Adreno 506 GPU.
In India, the G5S Plus comes in a single 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variant.
Also, the battery capacity in the phone is still at 3000 mAH. The software side of the matter, the G5S Plus has the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat with June 2017 security patch update installed. The Moto G5 Plus is stuck on Android 7.0 Nougat.
The Moto G5S Plus is a great successor to the Moto G5 Plus. And at a price of Rs. 15,999, it is just Rs. 1,000 more than the price reduced 32 GB / 4 GB variant of the G5 Plus. We will cover a separate gaming, camera, and user experience review in coming days after we have spent some more time with the smartphone.
Also Xiaomi has launched the Xiaomi Mi A1 in the Indian market priced at Rs. 14,999 which also comes with a Dual camera setup.
It will be really interesting to pitch both the smartphones against each other, we have got the Mi A1 and also will be posting the review for it in a couple of days after thorough testing.
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