Our Opinion

The Motorola Moto G5S Plus is a significantly better phone than the Motorola Moto E5 Plus, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Motorola Moto G5S Plus!

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Motorola Moto E5 Plus Motorola Moto G5S Plus
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Excellence Score
24.6
31.3
Value for Money Score
65.3
72.0
Price ₹ 11,430 onwards ₹ 12,312 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 Aug, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 506
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 12.0 MP 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.25µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, HDR, Panorama, Manual Mode, Burst Shot, Best Shot, QR code/Barcode Scanner, Slo-motion mode, Video Stabilisation Dual Camera (13MP + 13MP), F/2.0 Aperture, Drag to Focus & Exposure, Quick Capture, Tap to Capture, Best Shot, Professional Mode, Burst Mode, Panorama, Auto HDR, Video Stabilisation, Slow Motion Video
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features LED Flash F/2.0 Aperture, LED Flash, Panorama, Professional Mode, Beautification Mode
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 9.35 mm 8 mm
Weight 197 gm 168 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, TurboPower Yes, Turbo Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging (Turbo Charging); NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Good build quality, premium looks with a glass back
  • Water-repellence – a feature that can help at least some with minor splashes (but does not make the phones submersible in water)
  • Decent fingerprint scanners in the rear
  • Modern, tall, 18:9 display with slimmed-down bezels - it's fairly bright and vivid
  • In typical Moto fashion, the Moto E5 Plus run a clean, bloat-free version of Android, with minimal useful add-ons like Moto Display, Moto Actions, and Night Mode
  • Decent day-to-day performance - for light workloads, the phone will sail through just fine - multitasking switches quickly, and apps launch in a timely manner
  • Decent rear camera in favorable lighting conditions
  • Video recording is decent too with reasonably good stabilisation
  • Call quality is pretty good too
  • Excellent battery life - with a 5000mAh battery, the E5 Plus is a road warrior, and can last you up to 2 days with moderate use, before you need to charge it again
  • Fast charging support (TurboCharge) - the phone gets from 0 to 50% in about an hour
  • Top-grade metal build, offering a significant improvement over the Moto G5 Plus - this is the best-looking Moto G phone to date, and the build quality is comparable to much more expensive phones
  • Useful water repelling nano coating
  • Accurate/fast fingerprint scanner in the bezel below the screen
  • The scanner can also be used to replace the on-screen soft keys - a left swipe is ‘back’, a right one brings up recent apps - a useful feature carried over from previous Moto G phones
  • Good, sharp, punchy display - color is very good, and viewing angles are great
  • Like other Moto phones, the Moto G5S Plus uses a virtually untouched version of Android rather than a custom interface - keeping things nice and simple
  • The simple but useful Moto add-ons remain of course, including the Moto Display (ambient display notifications), and added gesture support
  • Good all-round speed/performance - both for day-to-day use and gaming
  • Pretty good dual rear camera setup, allows for a reasonably good bokeh effect - dynamic range enhancement is excellent too
  • When compared to the dual camera setup of it's main competitor the Xiaomi Mi A1, it outperforms the Mi A1 in low light conditions (although in well lit conditions, the Mi A1 tends to be better) - in fact in low light photography, it is arguably the best budget camera phone out there
  • The front camera is decent too, and has a pretty effective flash
  • Decent speaker - its pretty loud and has the extra shot of lower-frequency power needed in a tiny speaker to avoid sounding reedy and harsh
  • Good battery life - lasts the work day even with heavy use
  • Fast charging support - gets you six hours’ use in 15 minutes
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • A bit on the heavy side
  • The glass back is prone to scratching (as all glass backs are)
  • The display could have had better resolution
  • Average front camera
  • Average loudspeaker - both loudness and audio quality could have been a bit better
  • The Moto E5 Plus is a decent phone by itself, and is a especially good choice if you value battery life above all else, but other devices from Xiaomi, Asus, Realme in this price bracket will likely be better overall deals
  • A somewhat large camera shutter lag is the one flaw in an otherwise good camera
  • The choice of a micro USB slot, instead of a USB-C one, is a little bit old-school
  • Tends to get a little warm when charging
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