Our Opinion

The Motorola Moto G5S is a slightly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 5A (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Motorola Moto G5S!

Motorola Moto G5S  Xiaomi Redmi 5A (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Motorola Moto G5S Xiaomi Redmi 5A
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Excellence Score
26.1
22.1
Value for Money Score
73.8
72.1
Price ₹ 8,799 onwards ₹ 6,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2017 Dec, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.2 inches 5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 720x1280 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features N/A IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 1.4 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Quad Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #71 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 425Ranked #72 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 308
RAM 4 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 16.0MP 13.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Auto-focus (PDAF), Drag to Focus & Exposure, Quick Capture, Tap to Capture, Best Shot, Professional Mode, Burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Video Stabilisation, Slow Motion Video F/2.2 Aperture, 5P Lens, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, LED Flash, Wide-angle Lens, Professional mode, Beautification Mode F/2.0 Aperture, Face Recognition, Selfie Countdown
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 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 (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.2 mm 8.35 mm
Weight 157 gm 137 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 192 hrs
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
Other Battery Parameters N/A Video Playback Time: 7 hrs, Gaming Time: 6 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging (Turbo Charging): 5 hrs of power in 15 mins; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • All-metal body with a nice finish - a big improvement from the polycarbonate used on the Moto G5
  • Fingerprint reader works flawlessly
  • Pretty light at 157g for a metal phone, and also more ergonomic than it's larger cousin the Moto G5S Plus - making it easier to use with one hand
  • Decent display with good viewing angles
  • Good battery life - comfortably lasts the work day even with heavy use - it is even better than the already good battery life of the Moto G5S Plus, because of the smaller display
  • 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
  • Decent performance - the phone handles everyday tasks smoothly, and doesn't feel like a slouch
  • Decent rear camera - details are preserved well in outdoor shots - and it does a good job with macro shots too
  • Decent front camera too
  • Solid speaker - its pretty loud and has the extra shot of lower-frequency power needed in a tiny speaker to avoid sounding reedy and harsh
  • Fast charging support - full charge takes 60-70 minutes
  • Water-repellent nano-coating for protection against accidental splashes
  • Good looks with a solid build, plastic unibody design, and a compact feel
  • The gentle curves at the edges are a nice upgrade over the Redmi 4A which was more square-ish
  • Good display for the price
  • MIUI continues to be one of the more well designed Android UIs - it's clean, efficient and has a number of useful add-on apps like Mi Drop, Mi Security (lets you set passcodes on individual apps, set up dual apps or a second space on the device, block SMS senders and more), and Mi Remote
  • Decent performance in daily use
  • Acceptable cameras given the price point - take good shots in good light, and single-tone LED flash at the back will help you get a little more visibility in low light conditions
  • Decent battery life - with the low power usage of the Snapdragon 425 and the frugal HD screen, you can easily get a full day’s use out of the smartphone before needing to charge
  • Additionally, the company has taken user feedback and gone with a non-hybrid SIM tray design - there are separate slots for a microSD card and both SIMs, therefore not forcing users to have to forego one or the other
  • Overall it's a decent upgrade over the Redmi 4A, and the small changes will help in keeping the phone current - and offer very good value to users looking for a nice entry-level smartphone
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The displays is decent but reflective, and so tends to struggle under direct sunlight
  • The rear camera does not do as well with landscapes, and indoor shots
  • The bundled headset is pretty average
  • Tends to get a little warm when charging
  • Performance is only good for basic use - you will of course need better specs (and a more expensive phone) if you intend to use heavy apps, or play a lot of games
  • Camera quality is basic too - again as would be expected at this price point
  • No fast charging support
Expert Reviews
  1. Motorola’s budget phones are always solid and reliable, but the Moto G5S adds a hint of premium glamour to the package with an all-metal body
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are a Moto fan then the Moto G5S Plus or Moto G5S should surely appeal to you as they look great and offer all the bells and whistles one expects at their prices
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
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