Lenovo has been on a launch spree with its Motorola-branded phones. In the last few months, the company has launched smartphones like Moto G5, Moto C and Moto E4 Plus in India. In a segment which is quite saturated Motorola already has a slew of phones the company has launched yet another device. The Moto G5 Plus is the latest out of Motorola’s arsenal and is the successor to the G5S Plus. Motorola has gathered a loyal fan following in this segment Moto G5 Plus is priced at Rs 15,999 with its competitive pricing and reliable specifications. Is the G5 Plus good enough to live up to Motorola’s brand equity? Is it good enough to make its mark? And more importantly, is it as good as its specifications on paper? Read the rest of review to find out
Maybe it’s a sibling thing after all as the Moto G5S Plus bears a striking resemblance to the G5 Plus. Not that they’re identical twins as the G5S Plus comes with an all metal unibody that makes it look premium. And unlike its predecessor, it does not have certain elements made of plastic something that we thought made it look more high-end than Moto G5 Plus. The Moto G5S Plus smartphone comes with a slightly curved back panel and rounded edges. When we held the device in our hand, it felt solid right away and we could easily perform all functions with one hand.
The front panel of the device is something we have seen a number of times in other smartphones from the same family. It remains dominated by the 5.5-inch full HD display and has a home screen button with integrated fingerprint sensor. On the top of the display, there is a selfie camera, LED flash and an earpiece placed. The top of the front panel also has the ‘Moto’ branding on it. On flipping over you see the non-removable back panel which is completely made of metal. It has the dual rear camera set up, which protrudes out, and also features antenna bands running on top and bottom. Right at the center of the back panel lies the Motorola logo.
The volume rocker and power buttons are sandwiched on the right edge while the SIM tray is placed on the left edge of the smartphone. At the bottom, you’ll see a microUSB port and speaker grilles while at the top there is a 3.5mm jack.
There are certain pros and cons in the design of Moto G5S Plus the design is repetitive but the all metal unibody gives it a premium look. However, it also makes the device a little slippery to hold. Also, because the dual rear cameras protrude out, one has to be very careful while placing the smartphone on any surface as there is always a chance of damaging the lens. A few flaws aside, the design of the smartphone and the good build quality left us suitably impressed.
The display of the smartphone is certainly worth talking about. The Moto G5S Plus comes with 5.5-inch full HD (1080x1920p) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top. It showed bright and vibrant colours we noticed no pixilation. There was no strain on the eyes when the device was used in dim-lit conditions. Even sunlight legibility of the smartphone is commendable. Images appeared sharp but the colours were a bit saturated. But other than that, we couldn’t find any other flaw. The viewing angles of the smartphone were good too.
The Moto G5S Plus’ display is unquestionably a major highlight of the phone. there are other smartphones in the same price bracket that do offer better display quality. Motorola has also added a feature called ‘Night Display’ which cuts out blue light and gets automatically activated based on user defined times.
Powered by 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4GB RAM, the smartphone offers 64GB of internal storage and can hold microSD cards of up to 128GB. Moto G5S Plus runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box Motorola exclusive software enhancements. The smartphone houses a 3000mAh non-removable battery and comes with TurboPower charger.
The combination of Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage and stock Android, the performance of Moto G5S Plus does not disappoint.
It worked smoothly during the time we used it and never showed any lag or slowed down. Multi-tasking on the phone is smooth whether it’s listening to music, playing games watching YouTube videos, using Google Maps for navigation the Moto G5S Plus handled it all with utmost ease. Browsing on Chrome and using multiple tabs and apps was also not a problem for the Moto G5S Plus.
The stock Android on the device does come with its own set of tweaks. There are different app icons and the device supports gestures like turning on the camera by clicking the power button twice. These tweaks add to the fun quotient of the smartphone.
The fingerprint sensor of the device is a big plus. There wasn’t a single time during our usage when it didn’t unlock the phone even with moist fingers.
Moto G5S Plus is powered by Snapdragon 625 processor and has 3,000mAh battery on board. Taking these two factors into consideration, we expected it to have a very good battery life.
The smartphone’s battery did last an entire day with moderate usage. But with heavy usage, the device needed to be charged again by the end of the day. Though what works in the favour of the device is that it doesn’t take too long to get fully charged.
One thing that was disappointing though was that the smartphone has a tendency of heating up whenever it is used for navigation. It begins warming up within half an hour of using Google Maps on it. While watching videos on the smartphone, the sound output could’ve been better though the video quality was satisfactory.
If you are fond of gaming and are looking for a budget smartphone, Moto G5S Plus is an option that you can consider. We played a variety of games Fruit Ninja, Super Mario Run among others and the Moto G5S Plus tackled them well
The dual rear cameras on the smartphone are adequate. While one works like a normal smartphone camera, the other can be used for clicking pictures with Bokeh effect.
Most pictures turned out to be respectable but the colours were saturated. Unless you’re too fussy about vibrancy of images, you won’t find a problem with the smartphone camera. Though keep in mind that images with bokeh effect were a tad disappointing. There were times when the object in focus also got blurred and there were times when we couldn’t even make out the difference between a normal shot and a Bokeh one.
The selfies from the front camera were good and clear. If you are someone who loves uploading selfies on social media, just turn on the beautification feature and the self-portraits would turn out to be much better.
We ran a few tests on the device to test its performance. It scored 65343 in Antutu Benchmark test and 850 and 4379 respectively in Single Core and Multi Core of GeekBench test.