Our Opinion

The Motorola Moto Z Play is a slightly better phone, but the Motorola Moto G5S Plus is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Motorola Moto G5S Plus  Motorola Moto Z Play 
Motorola Moto G5S Plus Motorola Moto Z Play
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Excellence Score
29.3
33.2
Value for Money Score
70.3
52.7
Price ₹ 11,899 onwards ₹ 24,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2017 Oct, 2016
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features N/A Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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 F/2.0 Aperture, 1.3um Pixel Size, Dual LED (dual tone) Flash, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, Zero Shutter Lag, Professional Mode, Quick Capture, Best Shot, Tap (anywhere) to Capture, Burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Drag to Focus & Exposure, Video Stabilization, Slow Motion video
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, LED Flash, Panorama, Professional Mode, Beautification Mode Flash, F/2.2 Aperture, 1.4 um Pixel Size, Full HD Video Recording, 85 Degree Wide-Angle lens, Auto Night Mode, Beautification mode, Professional Mode
Internal Memory 64 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 2 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8 mm 6.99 mm
Weight 168 gm 165 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes Yes
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3510 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, Turbo Charging Yes, TurboPower
Other Battery Parameters N/A Mixed usage up to 45 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging (Turbo Charging); NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging: 8 hrs of power in 15 minutes (TurboPower); NFC; WiFi Direct; WiFi Dual Band; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Moto Mods Connector; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Accurate/fast fingerprint scanner in the bezel below the screen
  • Good, sharp, punchy display - color is very good, and viewing angles are great
  • 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
  • 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
  • Useful water repelling nano coating
  • Solid build quality
  • Beautiful metal-and-glass design
  • Very good, speedy fingerprint sensor
  • Beautiful, bright AMOLED display, with wide viewing angles and punchy colors
  • Mostly stock Android UI, which will appease the Android purists
  • Good speed/performance in daily use
  • Compatible with all existing Moto Mods (battery life extender, projector, camera mods etc)
  • Good rear camera that captures detailed images, especially in good lighting conditions
  • Good front-facing camera too - produces a pleasant level of sharpness to accompany its solid details capture
  • Good call quality
  • Good audio quality
  • Good speaker loudness
  • Outstanding battery life - comfortably one of the best in the business
  • Turbo charging support (full recharge time of about 110 minutes)
  • Water-repellent nano-coating on the phone's surface
  • Excellent implementation of the modular accessory system, just like its bigger brothers - the Moto Z and the Moto Z Force - which makes this phone truly versatile and offers an affordable entry point into the Moto Mods ecosystem
  • When it comes to expanding the functionality beyond what a traditional smartphone is capable of doing, no other system or implementation does it better than Moto Mods!
  • On the whole, even without any Mods, the Moto Z Play is a complete package and offers good value - the mods are the icing on the cake
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • A somewhat large camera shutter lag is the one flaw in an otherwise good camera
  • Tends to get a little warm when charging
  • The choice of a micro USB slot, instead of a USB-C one, is a little bit old-school
  • Gaming performance is not the best in class
  • Camera has longer exposure times when shooting photos under low light
  • Slightly unwieldy
Expert Reviews
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