Here we are doing the unboxing and overview of the Moto G5s Plus smartphone in this video. The phone is available exclusively through Amazon priced at Rs. 15,999.
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Moto G5S Plus Overview
The box is similar to what we got in the past from Motorola, a colourful box with Lenovo branding, and specifications on it. We have the standard documentations about SAR values and other stuff. It comes with standard type earphone, which you might not use at all. If you are planning to listen Music in this smartphone, I would recommend getting better headphones. The SIM ejector, and a turbo charger. Sadly, it comes with a MicroUSB port and cable, Moto should have used a USB Type C port instead of the MicroUSB port, the new Xiaomi Mi A1 has it.
The Moto G5s Plus is slightly larger than the Moto G5 Plus, and it has an all metal body, with good build quality. The Moto g5S Plus is 8.1mm thick, not considering the camera bump. It is also a little heavier than the Moto G5 Plus. The extra weight doesn’t make it uncomfortable to use, the phone does feel nice and solid in hand, but it is not good for single hand usage.
Just like many previous models, this one also has a nano coating, which makes it water resistant. On the front, we have a larger 5.5-inch display. It is still a full HD IPS LCD display protected by corning gorilla glass 3. Due to the larger display size, the pixel density is a little less than the Moto G5 Plus about 400 pixels per inch compared to 425, but you won’t notice it in daily usage. Above the display, we have the earpiece, an 8-megapixel front camera with LED flash. Below the display is the fingerprint sensor, which is also able to work as a home button.
On the rear panel are the secondary noise cancelling microphone, the dual rear cameras with dual LED flash, the Moto logo with the dimple, and antenna bands at the bottom.
On the right, we have the power buttons and volume rockers. The power button is textured, to let you identify it easily from the volume buttons. To the bottom the primary microphone, speaker and the MicroUSB port are placed. The 3.5mm headphone jack sits alone at the top. On the left, the phone has a hybrid SIM and MicroSD card tray, which means you can either use two SIM cards or one SIM card and one MicroSD card at the same time. It is kind of disappointing since the Moto G5 Plus did provided dedicated MicroSD card slot.
Most of the internals of the Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5S Plus are the same, both smartphones are powered by the same 2GHZ octa core snapdragon 625 with the same 3000 milli ampere battery. Motorola is claiming up to 6 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging. Globally there are variants with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, but in India only the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage variant is available.
The G5S Plus runs on stock Android Nougat out of the box with less bloatwares. The fingerprint scanner works very well, nothing impressive. You can swipe left to go back, right to open recent apps, tap once for home, press and hold to turn the display off, and if you want to access Google assistant, press and hold longer.
The camera app is same as other moto devices, but the shutter speed is slow, even with auto HDR turned off. The biggest highlight of the Moto G5S Plus will be the dual rear camera setup. This smartphone comes with one 13 megapixel RGB sensor and another 13 megapixel monochrome sensor. The Moto G5 Plus had a better f1.7 aperture than the f 2.2 in Moto G5S Plus. There is a pro mode for advanced users and we can record 4K videos in 30 frames per second.
The Moto G5 Plus had the same price tag before the launch of this smartphone, now it is available at 1,000 rupees cheaper. The Moto G5S Plus offers double the storage, more metallic build, larger display, a higher resolution front camera and a dual rear camera setup for 1,000 rupees extra than the Moto G5 Plus. What we lose is the earpiece as a speaker feature and the dedicated MicroSD card feature from Moto G Plus. We will put the phone to test soon in camera, gaming and speed tests. The full review will be detailed and we will upload it this week itself. If you have any questions about the Moto G5S Plus, post them in the comments section, we will include it in the full review.