Motorola Moto G5S Plus

8/10 AVG.
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8/10
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The Motorola Moto G5S Plus currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 26 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

With a solid mix of performance and design, the Moto G5S still serves as a shining example of what a mid-tier phone can be. Unless you are looking for a top notch camera, reviewers all consider the phone one of the best releases from Moto—or the mid-tier market—yet.

What's good

  • Excellent value vs the competition
  • Good battery life
  • Solid, all-metal design
  • Fast, accurate fingerprint scanner
  • Near-stock Android experience
  • Fast charging support

What's bad

  • Inconsistent camera
  • Weak low-light camera performance
  • Slow software updates
  • Chassis prone to scratches and scuffs

As the top tier of Moto’s latest budget-friendly line up, the Moto G5S Plus combines a large screen, solid design, and capable specs with a price that is a fraction of the prices of flagship phones. But the mid-tier market is increasingly competitive, and the G5S Plus is more of a minor update to the previous G5 Plus than a new release. Does it still offer the compelling value and experience that keeps Moto fans coming back for more?

One of the first things the sets the G5S Plus apart from its predecessors is the all-metal unibody design. Apart from the thin plastic bands covering the antennas, it’s all smooth, cool aluminum. Reviewers found the phone both eye-catching and a pleasure to hold. Both comfortable in the hand and reassuringly sturdy, they had no complaints on the design front.

Unfortunately, there are reports of minor scuffs and scratches on the finish after a few weeks bouncing around in pockets or bags with keys and other objects. If you’re the type that prefers a pristine look, a case is recommended.

Heading around front, you’ll find a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD panel with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner tucked into the chunky screen bezels. While the cheaper G5S and previous G5 series offer better pixel-per-inch ratings thanks to their smaller screens, we found no complaints regarding blurry text or a lack of detail.

While the screen is dim when using manual controls, both vivid color profiles and automatic brightness controls impressed reviewers with eye-popping color, excellent contrast, and plenty of daylight visibility.

Unless you’re looking to play the latest games on their highest settings, the octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor in the G5S Plus offers plenty of power. Switching between apps is a fluid experience and the phone flips through emails, loads web pages, streams media, and snaps photos with no hesitation or stuttering.

The phone offers variants with 3 to 4GB of RAM. If you’re a heavy multi-tasker or want a modest boost in responsiveness, reviewers felt the premium price for the 4GB model was more than reasonable. As a bonus, upgrading RAM also brings double the storage space.

You’ll find either 32 or 64GB of internal storage depending on the variant you choose. Should you need more space for apps, movies, or music, support for microSD cards up to 128GB in size offers more than enough space to keep all your favorites on hand.

While the phone shipped with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, Moto promises 8.0 Oreo at some point. Still, there’s little chance it will see the latest Android 9.0 P that is heading into beta.

The dual-lens 13MP rear camera is one area where reviews varied drastically. Unlike many dual-lens arrangements, the second lens doesn’t allow for wide angle shots, native black and white shots, or other advanced features you’ll find in higher-end phones. While the phone uses it to power a portrait mode feature which blurs backgrounds, reviewers found that results were hit or miss. However, when the phone captured a good shot, it offered excellent detail, contrast, and color reproduction.

Coupled with poor low-light performance, many found the camera frustrating in all but the best of lighting.

The 8MP front-facing lens, strangely, fared better. With the included flash, the camera takes detailed, sharp selfies with little delay.

The phone’s 3,000mAh battery is good for a full day of moderate use. If you’re light with usage, reviewers found you might squeeze a day and a half from a single charge. When it is time to recharge, Turbo Charge charging means you’ll get a full top off in just under 2 hours despite the slower microUSB charging standard.

Overall, opinions of the phone are positive. Alphr states, “There’s basically nothing else out there that matches the Moto G5S Plus formula at a similar price.” Digital Trends reinforces the opinion, saying, “... we would argue that it’s the best-performing phone in [its] price range, which is no small feat. Sure, it’s not a flagship-tier device—but for the price it’s an excellent-quality handset.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Notebookcheck

The Motorola Moto G5s Plus is a great mid-range smartphone that does not have any significant drawbacks. The battery life is strong, the display is bright, the performance is reasonable, while the workmanship and case stability are excellent.

- Florian Schaar, Notebookcheck
TechNave

It's a fairly decent phone with good gaming capabilities, strong battery pack, useful user interface and motion sensors, the fun Depth mode function and comes in pure stock Android.

- Abel Wong, TechNave
WhistleOut

The Moto G5S Plus is one of the best budget smartphones around right now, and is an admirable successor to the G5 Plus. The screen is a little bigger, the camera is a little better, and it's still great value. If you're after a bang for buck smartphone, the Moto G5S Plus deserves your utmost conside...

- Alex Choros, WhistleOut
PhoneArena

This model still represents the sort of middle-of-the-road compromise that will likely resonate with a lot of shoppers.

- Stephen Schenck, PhoneArena
GSMArena

Okay imaging aside, there's not much wrong with the Moto G5S Plus. Having spent some time with it, we can't say we're thrilled but we're by no means disappointed either. That's the thing - the Moto G5S Plus is a midrange phone and it doesn't need to excite, it just needs to be good enough for the pr...

- GSMArena


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Motorola released the Moto G5S Plus on August 31, 2017.


The Moto G5S Plus price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Motorola Moto G5S Plus prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola Moto G5S Plus user manual here.


Motorola backs up the Moto G5S Plus with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Moto G5S Plus has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
5.5"

The Motorola Moto G5S Plus's screen size is 5.5 inches with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm 8953 Snapdragon 625 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.1 Nougat (Update Available: 8.1 Oreo) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 497 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Moto G5S Plus Specs

Overview
Release date August 31, 2017
Regions available USA, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
700/2100/800/850 /900/1800/2600/2300 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat (Update Available: 8.1 Oreo)

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Processor Qualcomm 8953 Snapdragon 625 Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.42 W/kg
Body: 0.99 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 605 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 497 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 428 minutes
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 49 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Lunar Gray, Blush Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.3 x 7.6 x 0.9 cm (6 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 168 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (13 MP 2nd camera, ƒ/2.0), Slow motion recording, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Panorama, Wide-Angle lens, Front camera flash
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments

US variant with 64 GB of storage comes with 4 GB of RAM.

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Critic Reviews


Notebookcheck

Exceeds expectations, just like its predecessor

from Notebookcheck

The Motorola Moto G5s Plus is a great mid-range smartphone that does not have any significant drawbacks. The battery life is strong, the display is bright, the performance is reasonable, while the workmanship and case stability are excellent.

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The Motorola Moto G5s Plus is a great mid-range smartphone that does not have any significant drawbacks. The battery life is strong, the display is bright, the performance is reasonable, while the workmanship and case stability are excellent.

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TechNave

Strong battery pack and affordable pricing

from TechNave

It's a fairly decent phone with good gaming capabilities, strong battery pack, useful user interface and motion sensors, the fun Depth mode function and comes in pure stock Android.

Read full review

It's a fairly decent phone with good gaming capabilities, strong battery pack, useful user interface and motion sensors, the fun Depth mode function and comes in pure stock Android.

Read full review

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WhistleOut

Budget smartphone that doesn't feel like a budget smartphone

from WhistleOut

The Moto G5S Plus is one of the best budget smartphones around right now, and is an admirable successor to the G5 Plus. The screen is a little bigger, the camera is a little better, and it's still great value. If you're after a bang for buck smartphone, the Moto G5S Plus deserves your utmost consideration.

Read full review

The Moto G5S Plus is one of the best budget smartphones around right now, and is an admirable successor to the G5 Plus. The screen is a little bigger, the camera is a little better, and it's still great value. If you're after a bang for buck smartphone, the Moto G5S Plus deserves your utmost consideration.

Read full review

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PhoneArena

Attractive build, decent value

from PhoneArena

This model still represents the sort of middle-of-the-road compromise that will likely resonate with a lot of shoppers.

Read full review

This model still represents the sort of middle-of-the-road compromise that will likely resonate with a lot of shoppers.

Read full review

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GSMArena

The phone has its strengths, and they're in areas that matter

Okay imaging aside, there's not much wrong with the Moto G5S Plus. Having spent some time with it, we can't say we're thrilled but we're by no means disappointed either. That's the thing - the Moto G5S Plus is a midrange phone and it doesn't need to excite, it just needs to be good enough for the price.

Read full review

Okay imaging aside, there's not much wrong with the Moto G5S Plus. Having spent some time with it, we can't say we're thrilled but we're by no means disappointed either. That's the thing - the Moto G5S Plus is a midrange phone and it doesn't need to excite, it just needs to be good enough for the price.

Read full review

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Tech Advisor

Improves on all previous generations to make it the best Moto G smartphone ever

from Tech Advisor

The Moto G5S Plus is not only the best Moto G phone ever, it’s the best phone under £300 you can buy today. Yes, it is slightly more expensive than the G5 or the Nokia 5, but what you gain in build quality, photography and performance are well worth the extra spend.

Read full review

The Moto G5S Plus is not only the best Moto G phone ever, it’s the best phone under £300 you can buy today. Yes, it is slightly more expensive than the G5 or the Nokia 5, but what you gain in build quality, photography and performance are well worth the extra spend.

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Alphr

A lot of phone for a very reasonable price

from Alphr

The Moto G5S Plus is the most desirable Moto G handset we’ve seen in a long time. It’s certainly an improvement on the original G5 Plus: the larger screen is better for games and videos, and the unibody casing makes it feels much more like a premium smartphone.

Read full review

The Moto G5S Plus is the most desirable Moto G handset we’ve seen in a long time. It’s certainly an improvement on the original G5 Plus: the larger screen is better for games and videos, and the unibody casing makes it feels much more like a premium smartphone.

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Digital Trends

Moto redefines “budget” once again

from Digital Trends

It offers excellent value for money, better performance than others in this price range, and an awesome software experience. Nothing’s perfect – as shown by the camera – but for the price, this is about as good as it gets.

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It offers excellent value for money, better performance than others in this price range, and an awesome software experience. Nothing’s perfect – as shown by the camera – but for the price, this is about as good as it gets.

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finder.com.au

Excellent mid-range value

from finder.com.au

The Motorola Moto G5S Plus stands out for its robust physical design and good battery life performance, as well as the lowest cost dual lens camera we've seen on a mid-range phone to date. That makes it a very good option for those who want to buy a phone outright.

Read full review

The Motorola Moto G5S Plus stands out for its robust physical design and good battery life performance, as well as the lowest cost dual lens camera we've seen on a mid-range phone to date. That makes it a very good option for those who want to buy a phone outright.

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The Verge

Premium design at a budget price

from The Verge

The Moto G5S Plus is better than the G5 Plus in tangible ways — the build quality and the display are better and bigger, respectively — but with a $50 price jump over its predecessor, the G5S Plus probably isn’t the budget king for most people if your main priority is saving a bit of money.

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The Moto G5S Plus is better than the G5 Plus in tangible ways — the build quality and the display are better and bigger, respectively — but with a $50 price jump over its predecessor, the G5S Plus probably isn’t the budget king for most people if your main priority is saving a bit of money.

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