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Moto G5S Plus Dual-Camera Review

We review the new Moto G5S Plus, the entry-level smartphone from Motorola, with dual 13mp cameras.

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The Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus are the latest updates to Moto's entry-level Android smartphone range, updating the Moto G5, and G5 Plus. As each new model has been introduced, the features and quality of the phone has increased, with the Moto G5S Plus featuring a dual-camera on the back, making it one of the most affordable smartphones with a dual-camera, but also one of the most expensive Moto G smartphones yet priced at £259.

Moto G5S Plus Features

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The 5th generation of the Moto G, started with the G5 and Moto G5 Plus, following these, the G5S and G5S Plus were released as "Special Editions" of the G5. Here we go over the main differences between the smartphones.

Moto G5 Moto G5S Moto G5S Plus Moto G5 Plus
13mp f/2.0 16mp f/2.0 Dual 13mp f/2.0 12mp f/1.7 
5mp f/2.2 selfie  5mp f/2.0 selfie  8mp f/2.0 selfie (with LED) 5mp f/2.2 selfie 
5inch screen (1080p) 5.2inch screen (1080p) 5.5inch screen (1080p) 5.2inch screen (1080p)
FullHD video FullHD video 4K video 4K video 
Fingerprint sensor Fingerprint sensor Fingerprint sensor Fingerprint sensor
LED flash LED flash Dual LED flash Dual LED flash
16GB 32GB storage 32GB 32GB storage


The G5S Plus is the first dual-camera smartphone in the Moto G range, and features dual 13mp f/2.0 cameras on the back, for a blurred background effect. You can also select the area you want to keep in focus. The selfie camera has been upgraded to an 8mp f/2.0 camera, with an LED flash built-in. You can shoot a panoramic selfie-shot which will get more of the background in the shot. 

The G5S Plus will record 4K (UHD) video at 30fps, and there are options to record slow-motion video. Video stabilisation is switched on automatically and is most effective when recording FullHD video at 30fps. You can also record FullHD video at 60fps. 

The G5S Plus has a new, all-metal design, and no longer has a removable battery. This should give it additional strength should it be needed. 

The fingerprint sensor can be used as a home key, as well as a back button if you swipe left. Swipe right to access recent apps. You can use it to unlock the phone as well. 

The phone comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB Storage, which should be plenty. There's a MicroSD slot if you want to add more. 

The Moto G5 series is said to be "water repellent" which means that it's not waterproof, so you should avoid water if possible. The Moto G3 was actually water resistant, which was nice. The phone is running Android v7.0 and the pre-installed software is limited to some of the more essential apps. This gives you more space for your own apps and makes the phone responsive in use. 

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Key Features

  • Dual 13mp camera sensors
  • f/2.0 aperture
  • Dual LED flash
  • 8mp f/2.0 selfie camera, with LED flash
  • 5.5inch screen, 1080p resolution, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Auto HDR shooting
  • 4K video, 30fps
  • ISO100 to ISO3200
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 3000mAh battery
  • 3GB / 32GB (or 4GB / 64GB options in some locations)
  • Available in "Lunar" grey or "Blush" gold

Moto G5S Plus Handling

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The metal construction gives the smartphone a solid feel, and it is much more reassuring than a plastic or glass phone, feeling much stronger than some of these alternatives available. The metal body will be seen as an upgrade from the G5, which had a plastic cover on the back, but it has resulted in the phone no longer featuring a removable battery.

The fingerprint sensor is at the bottom and this can be used to unlock the phone once you've registered your fingerprint(s) with it. It also doubles as a home button, with left and right swiping letting you control the phone, most of the time, but not in every app. 

On the side is the usual unlock / power buttons, and volume controls. The power / unlock button has a texture making it easier to find. There's a headphone socket on the top, and a MicroUSB socket at the bottom (not type-C). 

The phone feels reasonably quick in use, with an AnTuTu Benchmark score of 63646, and a Geekbench score of: 846 (single-core), and 4277 (multi-core) putting it in the middle of the pack. The phone runs Android 7.1.1. and supports split screen apps so that you can view two different apps at the same time.

The 5.5inch screen has a resolution of 1920x1080 (FullHD), the screen is bright, and viewing it outdoors in bright light was quite good compared to other smartphones we had. In comparison, the Huawei Mate10 Pro seemed too "cold" with a blue tone, and the Samsung Galaxy S8 a little bit duller.

Moto G5S Plus Selfie Camera

You can use the touchscreen to set the focus point, and pressing the photo button on the right-hand side will bring up the shooting modes, which includes:

  • Professional mode
  • Slow motion
  • Panorama
  • Video 
  • Photo

The Professional mode lets you manually adjust a number of different settings including metering, white balance, self-timer, ISO, and exposure compensation. You need to access the Professional mode to access full camera settings. Otherwise, the photo app is quite basic but does give access to auto HDR which will help give better dynamic range in tricky situations. 

You can also quickly access the camera when the phone is locked by shaking or twisting the phone in your hand. The camera has quick shooting and is able to take a photo quickly after being unlocked. 

Moto G5s Usb Port

Battery life - Battery life is rated at 3000mAh which is quite good for an entry-level smartphone. As the battery can’t be removed, you’ll need to take a USB charger if you think you're going to run out of power

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