Motorola Moto G5S Plus: Review

The good thing The Moto G5S Plus maintains the favorable points of the G5 Plus but improves in design and adds the double camera to the rear. In addition, it has 3GB of RAM (in Latin America).

The bad The double camera does not give the expected performance and the blur effect is not up to the height of other cameras of this type. The screen increased, lost resolution and the weight also increased compared to the G5 Plus.

Conclusion The Moto G5 Plus is one step above the Moto G5 Plus. The update between one and another was not necessary but the improvements make the G5S Plus much better than the G5 Plus.

If someone asks me about a good mid-range cell phone, the Moto G5 Plus is the first thing that comes to mind because of its (almost) clean Android, reliable brand, clean and well-built hardware and the fingerprint reader that can also be used instead of the virtual buttons.

But my answer is about to change.

Moto G5S Plus Analysis

Motorola has a revised and improved version of the already excellent cell phone and is called Moto G5S Plus, a cell almost identical to the Moto G5 Plus but with a change in its back: the rear camera is now double, a trend that has been popularized in high-end phones – such as the iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy Note 8 and Huawei P10 – and which Motorola hopes to start in the mid-range.

Editor’s note: At the end of this analysis, Motorola Mexico has not yet announced the price of the phone. We will update this when the official price is announced. This analysis was done with the 3GB version in RAM of the Moto G5S Plus.

On paper, the Moto G5S Plus only has one letter of difference with its brother, but in fact the design has changed drastically.

The differences are more substantial in your back. The G5S Plus cell phone not only has the double camera, but also has a smoother finish on the back and a few fringes that serve as antennas (classic on aluminum bodies). The design is much more elegant, more premium.

The port is still micro-USB but now the speaker is visible on the bottom with several holes to one side of the connection port. In the hand, the new cell phone feels bigger and slightly heavier (the exact differences are in the table, below). That feeling makes the G5S Plus feel much more durable than the G5 Plus.

There is not much text to explain the design of the Moto G5S Plus: it has a well-built metal body, the body looks good in different tones (can be achieved in dark gray, light blue and gold-trimmed); the phone is not waterproof (though it does splash) and has the big bevels of your family.

The phone still offers great benefits and features in its design at a low price in the midrange.

The phone grew a little to make room for the 5.5-inch screen and, in doing so, the cell phone lost a few pixels from 424 to 401ppp and although the images should lose some quality, this is almost imperceptible and we continue to face a very good quality IPS panel that offers an excellent visualization to be in front of a middle range phone.

Moto G5S Plus Review
In addition, the panel can be further harnessed by removing the three classic Android onscreen buttons and their functions are passed to the lower reader, one of my favorite functions on Motorola phones and that some other manufacturers like Huawei are already adopting

The Moto G5S Plus is designed for consumers who go for a good performance phone without having to break their heads, but who want the best of all categories and that’s what this phone has: there is a 825-core Snapdragon 625 processor running to 2.0GHz.

The version we tested is 3GB of RAM, a well-received jump of the 2GB in RAM that had the G5 Plus version in Mexico and Latin America (although in other countries could get the version of Moto G5 Plus 3GB and 4GB). With these 3GBs (which come in handy to help double the rear camera) the phone feels more fluid than its previous version of lower capacity and in general the phone behaves well in all scenarios.

Perhaps the general effects of the operating system (opening / closing applications, moving menus) make the phone feel a little slow but that can be partially disabled by reducing the duration of effects
from the developer settings in the phone menus – something I recommend doing to improve the overall experience and make the cellphone feel more fluid.