Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix 8 MP, f/2.0, LED flash
Average of 2 scores (from 1 reviews)
Reviews for the Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Good but is it better? The Moto G5 Plus impressed us in our recent review. Lenovo has now released a successor six months later with a dual rear-camera system. Can the Moto G5s Plus overcome one of the weaker points of its predecessor?
Source: Android Smartphone - 6/18
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 11/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 64% performance: 47% display: 82% mobility: 57% workmanship: 80%
Motorola Moto G5S Plus is a special edition of the G5 Plus with an improved design, camera system, and a bigger display. Quite simply, it’s a more premium version of its predecessor. The best thing about the Moto G5S Plus is that it didn’t lose anything that made the G5 Plus great. It just improved on its shortcomings. The Moto G5S Plus features an all-metal unibody design that feels decidedly superior to the G5, which has a plastic frame with select metal parts. There’s a new camera housing for the dual 13MP shooters (a first for the Moto G line), and the 5.5-inch 1080p display is probably the most notable aesthetic change, compared to the 5.2-inch display on the G5 Plus. The screen is still excellent, delivering bright colors, thanks to the IPS LCD display. It has the same quick Snapdragon 625 processor, the same 3,000mAh battery (with fast charging) that will easily get through a day, and 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The only other difference is that the G5S Plus comes with Android 7.1 out of the box (compared to 7.0 for the G5 Plus), but Motorola has promised that it will be updated to Android Oreo in the coming weeks. The Android OS in the Moto G5S Plus is essentially stock, safe for Motorola’s flourishes like Moto Actions and Moto Display, which are both helpful in their own rights. And the fingerprint sensor is quick and can double as a home button, which is a nice touch.
The camera isn’t awful, but it isn’t great. Motorola followed the trend of dual rear cameras, but it only uses the second 13MP lens for depth effects and monochromatic tricks, which can be fun. It makes autofocusing fast and accurate. In most situations, a user will get good sharp photos. However, it is a challenge for these cameras under low light. Low-light photography is always a challenge, which is one reason why Apple and Samsung have optical image stabilization built into their flagship phones. However, the Moto G5 Plus doesn't. Overall image quality is still very good compared to other entry-level and midrange phones. A user can use the Moto Depth Editor to do things like changing the focus, use selective black and white, or replace the background. Video on the Moto G5 Plus is also good. Digital stabilization helps smooth out small shakes and user have the option to shoot either HD or 4K video. Both options deliver nice results. The camera defaults to HD video. The front-facing camera does do decent work, thanks to an 8MP sensor with a wide-angle lens. It has beauty mode that smooths facial features and hides blemishes. At its price point, the G5S Plus is definitely one of the main competition in its range.
Qualcomm Adreno 506: Integrated graphics card in the Snapdragon 625 SoC and based on the new 500-series architecture with support for Vulkan, OpenGL ES 3.1 + AE (3.2) and UBWC.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
625: Mid-range octa-core SoC with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cpu cores at up to 2 GHz, an Adreno 506 GPU, a DDR3L-1866 memory controller and a X9 LTE (Cat 7) modem. Manufactured in the modern 14nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
It is a very small display format for smartphones. You should by no means be mis-sighted and you will generally see very little on the screen and only have a small resolution available. In return, the device should be very small and handy.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Motorola: Founded in 1928, the US-based company mainly focuses on communication technology such as smartphones. The original company Motorola Inc was split up in 2011. Motorola Mobility got the smartphone division and was taken over by Google in 2012 and Lenovo in 2014.
The company is known for its cell phones and other electronic devices such as smartwatches, tablets and accessories. Motorola was one of the first companies to produce cell phones, and in recent years has also innovated in the areas of 5G technology and modular smartphones (Moto Mods). Motorola is also active in public safety and professional communications, providing solutions for government agencies, businesses and other organizations. The company has operations in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America and employs more than 10,000 people worldwide.
74.15%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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