Motorola’s new mid-rangers went official today – the Moto G5S and the Moto G5S Plus. The duo is an incremental upgrade over the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus that debuted at the MWC back in February, bringing more capable cameras and a few other minor niceties
The phone comes with 5.2 screen of Full HD resolution. There is a fingerprint scanner/home button that sits below on the front panel.
Just like the Moto G5, Motorola Moto G5S runs on Snapdragon 430 with an octa-core CPU. There is 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage, but Moto included a hybrid microSD slot for up to 128 GB more if needed. The OS is Android 7.1 Nougat, and the whole setup is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery – slightly larger than the 2,800 mAh juice pack of the G5.
Another improvement is the 16 MP camera on the back, which however retains the f/2.0 aperture and single LED flash. Video recording is still limited to Full HD since that’s as high as the Snapdragon 430 will go.
The 5MP wide-angle selfie got an aperture boost and now site behind an f/2.0 lens. There is also an LED flash now for better selfies in the dark.
The phone comes in two colors – Lunar Grey and Fine Gold and will retail for 249.
Moto G5S Plus
The more capable member of the duo, Motorola Moto G5S Plus is built around the same 5.5 screen of Full HD resolution as on the Moto G5 Plus.
The chipset is also unchanged – Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with an octa-core CPU clocked at 2.0 GHz. The G5S Plus didn’t get a battery boost – it’s still 3,000 mAh, but its camera got a major upgrade.
The Moto G5S Plus has a dual camera setup with two 13 MP sensors placed horizontally and sitting behind f/2.0 lenses. That allows for improved image processing and cool features such as portrait mode. The G5S Plus can also shoot 4K videos.
The selfie camera has been upgraded to 8MP resolution and brighter f/2.2 lens.
The Moto G5S Plus also comes in Lunar Grey and Fine Gold.The G5S Plus will cost 299.99 and will start shipping on August 18. In fact, it’s already up for pre-order on Amazon.it and other retailers are likely to follow suit shortly.