Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus Specifications and Release date

Moto G5S – Lunar Gold

Motorola has launched two new phones in Motorola G family – Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus. Not long ago Motorola launched Moto G5 in the market and now it has launched it’s enhanced versions with improved camera quality and battery life. These two mid-ranged phones are priced around Eur 249 ( Rs 19,000) for Moto G5S and Eur 299 ( Rs 22,700) for the Moto G5S Plus. The ‘S’ in both the versions of the phone stands for Special edition.

The launch date for these Phones have not been finalized yet but it is expected to hit the markets in August of 2017.

Before looking into the details and checking out what new and better in Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus,let us look at the technical specifications:

Moto G5S:
  • Weight – 157 gms
  • Screen Size – 5.2″
  • Rear Camera – 16 MP
  • Front Camera – 5 MP
  • Internal Storage – 32 GB
  • RAM – 3 GB
  • Processor – Snapdragon 430
  • Battery – 3000 mAh Li-Ion
  • Thickness – 8.2 mm
  • O.S – Android 7.1
  • Finger Print Sensor – Front
Moto G5S Plus:
Moto G5S Plus – Lunar Grey
  • Weight – 168 gms
  • Screen Size – 5.5″
  • Rear Camera – 13 MP
  • Front Camera – 8 MP
  • Internal Storage – 64 GB
  • RAM – 4 GB
  • Processor – Snapdragon 625
  • Battery – 3000 mAh Li-Ion
  • Thickness – 8 mm
  • O.S – Android 7.1
  • Finger Print Sensor – Front

Seeing the specifications, clearly the enhancements done in Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus are mainly in Camera and battery life. Moto G5 was announced in February 2017 and just 6 months down the line there are new versions announced of the same series. Clearly, Moto G5 battery and Camera quality were not upto the mark to compete with other phones in the same range like – Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo Z2 Plus.

The screen size of 5.2″ is also a bit bigger in Moto G5S when compared to 5.0″ in Moto G5. There is more juice in the new version than it’s predecessors. Moto G5S have a battery of 3000 mAh, while Moto G5 had the battery of 2800 mAh. So, not a major enhancement in the battery area as well. Moto G5S plus did not got any enhancement in terms of battery capacity. Moto G5 plus and Moto G5S Plus, both have a battery capacity of 3000 mAh.

The most surprising downside of the new versions is the the processor. When Moto G decided to launch the new enhanced version of Moto G5 within a span of just 6 months and  there is no improvement in the processor is a bit depressing. While other phones in the same range have an upgraded processors  like Snapdragon 820 in Lenovo Z2 Plus, Moto G5S plus still runs on Snapdragon 625.

The major enhancement:
Moto G5S Plus Dual Camera

The major enhancement in these new versions is in the camera department. While the Moto G5 has 13 MP rear camera, Moto G5S has 16 MP camera. Moto G5S Plus is equipped with a dual rear camera. The dual 13 MP rear camera(one monochrome and one color) is the major enhancement done in the new Moto G5S plus.  Dual camera will help you take more focused photos and also gives you professional portrait photos.

The front camera on Moto G5S plus is now 8 MP and has also a flash to it. So taking selfies in low light will no more be an issue with Moto G5 phones.

Moto G5S plus is also equipped with dash charging, which means you can get 6 hours of power with just 15 mins of charging. They have launched the Moto G5S range only in two colors – Lunar Grey and Blush Gold.  Not sure, why there is no white and black color option launched but it would have been better to have other color options as well.

Rest all the features remain same. Both the phones have the metal unibody design and have the finger print sensor on the front. While Moto G5S comes with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage which is expandable  and Moto G5S Plus comes with 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which is also expandable.

Opinion:

While Moto G5S and Moto G5S plus have a better cameras, but still the pricing seems to be a bit overpriced when compared to other phones in the same range which have better processors and battery life. If you have already bought a Moto G5 then do not hurry to switch the phone to the new versions. If you are planning to buy a Moto G5 then it would be advisable to wait for a some time to let Moto G5S hit the market. Spending few extra bucks for a better camera and enhanced battery won’t be harmful.

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