Motorola intros the Moto G5S and G5S Plus: Unibody designs, larger screens

Motorola just announced two improved versions of its Moto G5 and G5 Plus smartphones (released earlier this year): Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus, both running Android 7.1 Nougat. Recently, we've heard quite a lot about these handsets, and it turns out that most of the rumors were spot on.

The Moto G5S and G5S Plus (pictured above) are larger than the G5 and G5 Plus, and come with "all metal unibody designs" - their bodies are made out of single pieces of high-grade aluminum, instead of aluminum and plastic, as is the case with the older phones.

The Moto G5S sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display (instead of the 5-inch 1080p screen of the regular G5), and packs a slightly bigger battery - 3000 mAh, instead of 2800 mAh. RAM and storage space have been upgraded, too (3 GB and 32 GB), while the rear camera is now a 16 MP one. The rest of the new phone's features appear to be similar to those of the G5, including a Snapdragon 430 processor, and a 5 MP front-facing camera.

With a 5.5-inch 1080p screen (instead of the 5.2-inch 1080p display of the G5 Plus), the Moto G5S Plus is the largest Moto G phone to date. It's also the first to offer a dual rear camera: a 13 MP one with enhanced features like selective focus - perfect for portraits with blurred backgrounds. Moreover, the front-facing camera has been upgraded from 5 MP to 8 MP. Some of the specs that haven't changed (compared to the G5 Plus) include an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, and a 3000 mAh battery. The Moto G5S Plus will have two variants: 3 GB of RAM + 32 GB of storage space, and 4 GB of RAM + 64 GB of storage space.

Both the Moto G5S and G5S Plus will be a bit more expensive than their predecessors. The Moto G5S should be offered for $249, while the G5S Plus will be sold starting at $299. Motorola says that the two new smartphones are "coming to the US this fall" - they will be unlocked and compatible with all carriers. Meanwhile, both devices will be available in Europe as soon as this month, starting at €249 and €299, respectively.

Are you looking forward to buying any of these new Moto handsets?

source: Motorola Blog

Related phones

Moto G5S
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat
Moto G5S Plus
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo



15. thatjeffdude

Posts: 1; Member since: May 02, 2018

I bought a Moto G5S Plus somewhat recently and it had the following issues: - A popping sound is heard when a notification sound finishes playing on the external speaker of the phone - Audio is still very quiet even at max volume while headphones are plugged in (audio is fine without headphones, with the exception of the previous problem) - Phone crashes often while using googlemaps and driving - Phone irregularly turns off during the night - Wifi Cutting in and out Oh, and you know how they advertise it as having a nice camera? The actual camera is great, but the video camera is s**t! The camera has tons of great customization options and the video camera LITERALLY HAS NONE! I'm not joking... nothing. TERRIBLE auto focus and the autolighting (that you can't disable), and it's so bad it makes your 1080p 60fps footage look grainy and pixelated af. I read on the Lenovo forums and TONS of people are having the same issues (specifically the audio issues). Did all the troubleshooting (even factory reset) and it didn't fix it. They sent me a replacement and it has the SAME audio issues! That means it's a badly designed, glitch, overall s**tty phone. Do NOT buy anything from Lenovo. I'm $270 down the drain and stuck with a s**t phone. Go with a different manufacturer.


Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

Iam just waiting for moto X4 if it comes with 3800mah battery I'll definitely buy that phone inshaallah using z play the best ph one I have used til now

13. dinglenugget

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 04, 2017

I've got a G5 Plus, and I've had no problems with it. Video is fine, photos are fine, calls are fine, battery life is excellent.

12. Duncdawg26

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

This kind of stuff makes me have to figure out what other brands to check out other than moto. A needless overpriced update to the G series and there isn't a chance updates are going to make it to all these moto phone.

7. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

A link to where they announced them?

9. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Duh, at the bottom where it says "source"

4. Cyberchum

Posts: 1145; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Look at those bezels, yuck!

3. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Nope, no USB-C=no buy. I dont wanna old technology in brand new phone anymore.

2. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Motorola has the biggest bezels on the market! Who designs these phones? These are 2013 designs rehashed in 2017 with better materials. I don't think it'll make the phone more expensive it design it with smaller bezels. The last Motorola design I loved was the Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen). It had slim side bezels, and smaller top and bottom bezels, that incorporated dual front speakers. Bring that design back with newer specs and you'll have a great phone.

5. fyah_king unregistered

Nah, the iphone is still king of bezel since 2007.

6. fyah_king unregistered


8. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Hur hyuk

10. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

In 2013 Moro phones had small bezels.

11. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

agreed. all of the current generation motorola phones are so ugly! the moto x, x2, play and style were great looking phones. their design really got worse. and on top of it all, they all look the same now. i can hardly tell a difference between a moto e, moto g and moto z. it's like $500 price difference between them. for what?

1. Matrixzonee

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

Don't buy this phone from Stupid Lenovo. Moto G5 plus was disastrous. Check the Lenovo Support Forum or XDA forum with tons of complaints from user. Users are sitting January 2017 security patches. Some of the basic functionality of calls is not possible because of low volume in earphone and loudspeaker. Even making videos with this phone means you enroll for red lines in the output videos. Xiaomi phone are better than Lenovo Phones. Stupid Lenovo, killed Moto brand.

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