Moto G5S Plus vs Moto G5 Plus: all differences and specs compared

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Moto G5S Plus vs Moto G5 Plus: all differences and specs compared

The Moto G series are some of the most popular affordable Android phones out there and for a good reason: they perform well, have decent design and the prices are right.

The Moto G5S Plus is the latest addition to the series and it improves on the already successful Moto G5 Plus in four important ways:

  1. It has a bigger display
  2. It comes with a dual camera (color + monochrome)
  3. The front camera has higher resolution
  4. It has an all-aluminum design

All of that solidifies the Moto G5S Plus as one of the best affordable phones out there.

Here is a fuller picture of the specs of the G5S Plus versus the G5 Plus:

Interestingly, despite the same processor and larger screen on the Moto G5S Plus, battery size has not changed. We'll be curious to see how this affects battery life in our upcoming review, but the G5 Plus already had one of the best battery scores on our test: 10 hours and 26 minutes.

The one change that most people will notice is the camera: it's now a dual rear camera on the G5S Plus, with a color + mono sensor, while the G5 Plus had only one camera on the back. Unfortunately, this setup is not what makes those fancy portrait shots possible, but it comes with another cool benefit: better low-light performance for the camera. That means that you will have less blurry photos at night as the monochrome, or black & white sensor captures more light and then the picture from it is combined with the picture from the other rear camera to get better quality.

We also like the all-metal build. The G5 Plus was a powerful phone, but not necessarily a pretty one: it had those unsightly plastic sides and seams, while the G5S Plus is way more refined and better looking. Extra style points? Check!

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Price and Availability

The good news is that just like the Moto G5 Plus, the new G5S Plus also works on all major US carriers with full 4G LTE support.

The Moto G5S Plus is also slightly more expensive: its price stands at $280, while the Moto G5 Plus starts at $230. This cheaper G5 Plus version, however, only has 32GB of on-board storage and 2GB of RAM, while a comparable model with 64GB of on-board storage and 4 gigs of RAM costs $300.

So yes, the Moto G5S Plus is clearly the better deal, even more so at the moment of this writing when it is sold at a $50 discount for just $230 (deal lasts only until October 14th, so hurry up!).


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