Motorola Moto G series is one of the most popular mid-range smartphone line-up in the Indian market. It introduced the first online exclusive handsets in the country and as per Motorola; the company has sold over 7 Million Moto G smartphones till date.
In last four years, the company has produced five generations of feature loaded budget Moto G devices that offer stock Android experience, durable build quality and reliable everyday performance. The company has today added two more products in the Moto G lineup with the launch of Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus. The company calls them the special edition Moto G5 smartphones.
The smartphones run stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat, boast unibody metal design and offer full HD displays. Moto G5S Plus also brings forward dual-lens camera setup to Moto G lineup. It will be available for Rs. 15,999 exclusively on Amazon and at Moto Hubs. The smaller Moto G5S is priced at Rs. 13,999 and will sell at leading mobile retail stores, Moto Hubs and on Amazon.in
Let's find out what Motorola has to offer this time with the new Moto G devices.
Unibody metal design with premium look and feel
You will instantly relate with the design of the new Moto G devices if you own or have used a Moto G series handset earlier. Motorola G5S Plus and G5S sport the familiar Moto look and feel that includes signature circular camera module at the rear panel and rounded edges.
The company claims that the handsets are carved out from a single block of metal and yes they does offer sturdy feel in hands. The unibody metal smartphones are also quite ergonomic due to sleek form factor and correct placement of hardware buttons and connectivity ports.
Full HD displays with Corning Gorilla Glass protection
Moto G5S Plus sports a 5.5-inch Full HD screen which is very responsive and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.The smaller Moto G5S sports a 5.2-inch Full HD screen with Gorilla Glass protection. The displays are crisps and bright.
During the launch event, I kept both the units side by side and found that the smaller Moto G5S's screen produced natural colors while the screen on the Moto G5S Plus showed a warmer color tone. It might be a unit specific issue and we will test another unit to give a final verdict on it.
Camera: Dual-lens camera setup comes to Moto G line-up
Moto G5S Plus has got a considerable camera upgrade. The smartphone features a 13MP+13MP dual-lens camera setup that works on f/2.0 aperture. The dual camera follows the familiar two-lens implementation where one sensor captures Monochrome information and the other- the RGB sensor takes care of colours in the images you capture. The camera can sense depth information to create Bokeh effect. An 8 MP wide angle lens is provided for selfies.
The picture quality is good in daylight and images have good level of detailing. The photographs you capture look vivid and show natural colours. The dual-lens setup also manages to create a natural looking Bokeh effect. Motorola has also added 4K Video support in Moto G5S Plus.
As far as Moto G5S is concerned, the smartphone sports a 16 MP main camera with phase detection autofocus (PDAF), f/2.0 aperture, LED flash, and an 8X digital zoom for photos. The rear camera on Moto G5S also showed some really good results. We will evaluate the camera performance of both the handsets in detail in our comprehensive review.
Qualcomm Snapdragon CPUs and 4GB RAM
Moto G5S Plus is backed by the popular mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. The octa-core CPU is clocked at 2.0 GHz and is paired up with Adreno 506 GPU to handle graphical intensive tasks. The smaller Moto G5S is powered by a Snapdragon 430 CPU and has Adreno 505 CPU for graphics.
Both the handsets have 4GB of RAM to handle multitasking. The bigger Moto G5S Plus comes with 64GB internal memory and you will get 32GB internal storage with the Moto G5S. The internal storage on both the handsets can be expanded by up to 128GB via microSD card. Sadly, there's no dedicated microSD card slot and you have to compromise either on storage or on connectivity as the handsets ship with hybrid SIM card slots.
During my initial testing, Moto G5S Plus worked brilliantly and did not show a single lag. The stock Android experience combined with ample RAM and a speedy CPU made the handset run without any performance issues. The front mounted fingerprint scanners are also very fast and can be used to perform back, home and multitasking screen functions with simple right-left swipes.
Wait for our final review where we will test the gaming and other important performance aspects of both the handsets.
Android 7.1.1 Nougat Stock Android with nifty Moto tweaks
Carrying the Moto tradition of offering no-nonsense software, the new Motto G handsets run stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The company has only added some nifty Moto software tweaks to enhance the everyday user experience. There were no unwanted apps and all you have is a clean and minimal stock Android experience.
Battery and Connectivity
Both the handsets are backed by a 3,000mAh battery units and ship with a Turbo charger in the package. The company claims that the TurboPower charger can offer up to 5 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes.
As far as connectivity is concerned, both the handsets have Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, GPS, hybrid SIM card slots and GLONASS.
With stock Android experience, full HD screens and ample RAM and storage, both the handsets seem like a fair deal for consumers. Especially the Moto G5S Plus that also offers a capable dual-lens camera setup. At Rs. 15,999 and Rs. 13,999, the new Moto G series handsets will give a tough fight to other Chinese brands such as Xiaomi, Honor, Coolpad, OPPO/Vivo etc. in the Indian market. Even the parent company Lenovo which has recently introduced Lenovo K8 Note will face a tough competition.
Stay tuned on GIZBOT for our full review on Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus smartphones.