Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro is a significantly better phone, but the Motorola Moto G5S Plus is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend!

Motorola Moto G5S Plus  Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 
Motorola Moto G5S Plus Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro
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Excellence Score
26.9
34.0
Value for Money Score
67.5
49.1
Price ₹ 11,799 onwards ₹ 31,000 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2017 Sep, 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 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 367 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Display Features N/A Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #39 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652Ranked #26 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 510
RAM 4 GB 4 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 13MP + 13MP 16.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 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/1.9 Aperture, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), 1/2.8" Sensor Size, Geo-tagging, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, LED Flash, Panorama, Professional Mode, Beautification Mode F/1.9 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 256 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 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 168 gm 210 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 5000 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 33.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes, Turbo Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A Internet Usage Time (3G): 17 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): 20 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): 21 hrs, Video Playback Time: 26 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 109 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging (Turbo Charging); NFC; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging: 32% in 30 mins; Scratch Resistant Back Panel (Corning Gorilla Glass 4); Samsung Pay; S-Voice; NFC; ANT+ Support; FM Recording; 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
  • Premium glass-metal design
  • The flattened mid section too helps in making it easy to hold
  • With small bezel size (just 2.7mm) the overall size is kept relatively manageable for such a large screen device
  • Samsung's expertise in making good AMOLED screen shines through in the A9 Pro as well - although the resolution is relatively low at 1080p, the screen looks sharp, offers superb contrast, viewing angles and brightness
  • If you find the colours not to your liking, you can also switch modes from the display settings (adaptive/cinema photo/basic modes)
  • Good overall speed/performance, powered by the Snapdragon 652 processor, paired with 4GB RAM - offers the same class of performance as previous generation flagships - but falls behind the current Snapdragon 820 phones like Le Max 2 and Mi5 which are available in even lower price brackets
  • The 16MP primary camera offers good quality results and has optical image stabilization - although it is easily outclassed by the top camera phones in this price range like the OnePlus 3
  • The battery is massive at 5, 000mAh and combined with the efficient Snapdragon 652, delivers two full days of battery life
  • Fast charging support (30 minutes of charging will give you about a 30 per cent charge)
  • On the whole, if you want a really large screen smartphone from one of the top brands, A9 Pro is a good deal, but if you are ok about going with middle level or smaller brands, you can do better by getting better performance, more RAM, storage and better cameras at a cheaper price
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
  • No notification LED
Expert Reviews
  1. 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
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