Both Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus were launched a couple of months back amidst a lot of expectations. Lenovo has updated Moto G5 with Moto G5S, and the new updates and change promise a lot more from the new device. In this quick review of Moto G5S, we will try to understand if it fares as good as expected and whether it can compete with Redmi Note 4, which has been termed as its immediate competitor by users and critics.
Know your device
Moto G5S comes with a 5.2-inch full-HD display and is aptly priced at Rs. 14,999, although there are discounts available on many stores online. The display is supported by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The device runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory, expandable up to 128 GB. Unlike the Moto G5S Plus, which features dual cameras, Moto G5S comes with a single 16 MP camera with LED flash and f/2.0 aperture. On the front, you get a 5MP camera, which works pretty decently with f/2.0 aperture. It has two SIM slots and offers connectivity choices like 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The device comes out of the box on Android Nougat, and Oreo update has been confirmed. You should also know that the TurboPower charger of the box offers 6 hours of performance on the phone with just 15 minutes of charging. At 157 grams, it is a pretty device to have in hand.
Pros and cons
Let’s start with the pros first. As far as performance is concerned, Moto G5S works smoothly, and the camera does work well with phase detection autofocus (PDAF). Compared to Moto G5S Plus, Moto G5S handles heat better and is meant for extensive use. There were no lags on Android performance, and the device will have updates, as mentioned earlier. The 3000mAh non-removable battery is just about okay and offers good performances of 12 hours, but considering Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, the device might not impress many in that department. Bigger phones have bigger batteries, but Moto G5S doesn’t really seem to match that.
Final verdict: If you have been using a budget phone, like the Moto C Plus, switching to something better in this range might be a good idea. Moto G5S fits the bill aptly, and if you score on the online discounts, you are getting a better deal.