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From the Moto G5 Plus to The Moto G5S Plus – What Has Changed?

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Lenovo-owned Motorola just announced the Moto G5S Plus, successor to its popular mid-ranger the Moto G5 plus. Priced at EUR 299 (Rs 22,600 approx.), the Moto G5S Plus is costlier than the Moto G5 Plus which is priced at Rs 14,999.

The Moto G5 plus, like its predecessor the Moto G4 Plus has superior camera performance especially considering its price point. Add to that, an all metal design and fast user experience thanks to Motorola’s stock-ish take on Android 7.0 made the Moto G5 Plus a success.

Moto G5 Plus

Motorola has decided not tinker with the design of the G5S Plus and it is reminiscent of the G5 Plus with the addition of antenna lines on the top and bottom of the back. The G5S Plus gets the same 1920 x 1080 px display but a bumped up display size of 5.5-inch. The fingerprint sensor sits below the display and can double up as a single-navigation button as well and the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The highlight of the new device is the 13MP dual-camera setup with an f/2.0 aperture. The dual camera captures Bokeh, and selective focus shots, along with other capabilities of background replacement and exposure management.

Moto G5S Plus

The G5 Plus became the phone to beat in its price segment because of superior camera performance when it was launched earlier this year and the G5S Plus will enter the market with high expectations. How does theG5S Plus stack up against the G5 Plus? Let’s find out.

 Specifications Moto G5 Plus Moto G5S plus
Price Starting at Rs 14,999 EUR 299 (Rs 22,600 approx.) expected price in India – Rs 17,999
Display 5.2-inch IPS LCD 5.5-inch IPS LCD
Weight 155 g 168 g
Screen Resolution 920×1080 px 1920×1080 px
 PPI (Pixels Per Inch) 424ppi 401ppi
 Display Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
 Battery 3,000mAh 3,000mAh
 Operating System Android Nougat 7.0 Android Nougat 7.1
 Storage 16GB/32GB 32GB
 Expandability  microSD card up to 256GB microSD card up to 128 GB
 Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
 RAM 3Gb 3GB
 CPU  Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
 GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 506
 Primary Camera 2MP with f/1.7 13MP dual-camera with f/2.0
Primary Camera features Good performance under low-light conditions. Bokeh, Selective focus, exposure management.
 Secondary Camera 5MP with f/2.2 8MP wide angle lens with f/2.0
 Primary Camera Video Recording 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30fps 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30fps
 Secondary Camera Video Recording 1920×1080 at 30fps 1920×1080 at 30fps

The Moto G5S Plus will enter the budget smartphone segment which already has big players like Xiaomi and Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor. Motorola’s focus on the camera performance suggests that it has identified a  certain section that rates camera performance highly and on a budget, and the new G5S Plus’ camera performance may just decide its fate in the highly competitive price-segment.

The spec-bump other than the camera is nothing to ride home about. Although the Moto G5S Plus will feature a dual-camera setup, the aperture is now f/2.2 which may effect low-light image quality. How the Moto G5S Plus performs in the real world is yet to be seen and a camera comparison with the G5 Plus will be an interesting one. Stay tuned on iGyaan for more updates.

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