Moto G5S Plus vs. Moto G5 Plus: Which one should you buy

The newly launched Moto G5S Plus is not supposed to replace the Moto G5 Plus.

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Motorola’s announcement today bringing the Moto G5S Plus to India was an exciting one. This is the first dual camera smartphone from the Lenovo owned company to make its way into India with and instead of being a replacement for the Moto G5 Plus, the Moto G series is now a family of four instead of two. This means that with a price difference of JUST Rs. 1000, picking between the Moto G5 Plus and the Moto G5S Plus is going to be a hard choice, but we’ve got you covered on that front. We’ve going to break our comparison down into the essential differences, based on which you can decide whether to buy the Moto G5S Plus or the Moto G5 Plus.

Moto G5S Plus vs. Moto G5 Plus Specifications
Both the smartphones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 chipset and 4GB of RAM. The only difference with specs lies in the onboard storage; the Moto G5 Plus offering 32GB and the Moto G5S Plus offering 64GB of it. Both the smartphones have a microSD card slot that will accept a card of up to 128GB in size. They both sport a 3000mAh battery which supports turbo charge. In terms of specifications, literally, the only real difference lies in the onboard storage. If you’re particular about having more onboard storage, the Moto G5S Plus may be right for you. If onboard storage isn’t as critical, then read the other comparison parameters to make the right choice.

Moto G5S Plus vs. Moto G5 Plus Design & Build
This one should ideally be a no-brainer, with the Moto G5S Plus winning with its unibody aluminium design, but we’re going to take stock of the Moto G5 Plus for a moment. As we noted in our Moto G5 Plus Design & Build review, the smartphone is not all aluminium, but instead plastic frame with a back metal plate inset. I personally didn’t think the design or the build quality was bad, but it wasn’t anything that would “wow” you right out of the box. This is not the case with the Moto G5S Plus. This is a gorgeous smartphone made of a single block of aluminium which feels extremely premium, especially when you consider the price tag. Both phones have a protruding camera module, so there’s no respite there. However, for us, the Moto G5S Plus is a clear winner in this department.
Winner: Moto G5S Plus


Moto G5S Plus vs. Moto G5 Plus Primary Camera
This is another tricky comparison to consider. While the Moto G5S Plus comes with 13 Megapixel Dual Cameras, the Moto G5 Plus has a singular 12 Megapixel shooter. Both cameras can also shoot 4K videos. Where the Moto G5S Plus leverages its dual camera muscle is to offer the Depth Mode, which simulates bokeh, the Moto G5 Plus offers an unparalleled level of performance when it comes to auto focus. The Moto G5S Plus does not have the Dual Pixel AF that we came to love in our Moto G5 Plus Primary Camera Review, which made the camera a flagship grade shooter in the mid-range price. The Moto G5S Plus only boasts of Dual sensors (RGB+Monochrome), but the AF performance leaves a lot to be desired. The older Moto G5 Plus also offers a bigger aperture of f/1.7 vs the f/2.0 on the Moto G5S Plus.
Winner: Moto G5 Plus

Also Read: Moto G5S Plus First Impressions and Camera Samples

Moto G5S Plus vs. Moto G5 Plus Secondary Camera
For those obsessed with shooting selfies, the Moto G5S Plus offers an 8-megapixel camera with a front facing flash. The Moto G5 Plus, however, has a 5-megapixel sensor (larger pixel pitch) and no flash.
Unfortunately, the latter also has a smaller aperture of f/2.2 vs the f/2.0 on the Moto G5S Plus.
Winner: Moto G5S Plus


Moto G5S Plus vs. Moto G5 Plus Display
The Moto G5 Plus had a 5.2 inch LCD IPS display sporting a resolution of 1920×1080 (424ppi), which we felt was a very good display, save for its slightly blue tint. The Moto G5S Plus has a larger 5.5 inch LCD IPS display, with the same Full HD resolution, bringing down the pixel density to 401 ppi. Honestly, to the naked eye, the difference in pixel density is barely noticeable, but both the smartphones offer excellent displays. This is an easy tie, and the only tie breaker is whether you prefer big displays or more compact form factors.
Winner: Tie

Moto G5S Plus vs. Moto G5 Plus: Which Should I buy?
One of the reasons the Moto G5 Plus was so highly recommended by us as a mid-range phone was because it managed to give an excellent all-around performance in not just a well-priced package, but also a well-built device. The Moto G5S Plus takes the design and build quality to the next level, while also introducing a dual camera option for the masses at an extremely affordable price. If you want a very premium looking and exceedingly well-built phone which offers you dual cameras, then go for the Moto G5S Plus. If you need an excellent all round camera but are okay with slightly lower grade build quality (still very good in our books), then the Moto G5 Plus will give you more bang for the buck. Everything else is more or less the same on the two smartphones; the display is just a smidge different. Given that the Moto G5 Plus is marginally cheaper than the Moto G5S Plus, maybe this difference in price could also be a factor in your decision making. At the end of the day, the two smartphones have very little, but very specific things that vary between them and it will come down to what your priority is. This particular author would prefer the Moto G5 Plus simply because of the primary camera and Dual Pixel AF.