Motorola is on a roll, hot on the heels of their price leak, the company has officially announced the MOTO G5S and G5S Plus. Tagging them as Special Edition handsets (explains the S), the smartphone’s are to coexist with the already launched MOTO G5 range. So without further ado, let us find out what makes the latest launch from the Motorola stable so special.
The MOTO G5S
The major change as had been statedearlier has been a move to an all-metal chassis, instead of just an aluminium backplate. Apart from this, the MOTO G5S gets a slightly larger 5.2-inch full-HD (display) which is coincidentally the same size as the stock G5 Plus. Apart from this, the next major change is in the camera department, the G5S carries a 16-megapixel rear shooter with support for PDAF and a f/2.0 aperture. The selfie-snapper up front now features its own LED flash and has the same aperture. Another interesting touch is the return of the rear-dimple.
Internal silicon, however, remains the same, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The battery also remains the same with a caveat, now that the chassis is all-metal it is not removable. Charging is still handled via a micro-USB port and we are puzzled why Motorola could not include a Type-C connector instead. The phone will be arriving in the European market during the fall and is not scheduled to arrive in the US.
Some of the common upgrades we get across both the Special Edition handsets are, inclusion of payment support via the fingerprint scanner /home button, dual-SIM support with a dedicated microSD card slot. Both devices will be running on Android v.7.1., Nougat.
Next, we have the elder brother.
The MOTO G5S Plus
The G5S Plus is a slightly more interesting play on the MOTO G5 Plus, featuring a 5.5-inch full-HD display in lieu of the formers 5.2-inch display. Apart from getting an all-metal exterior, the MOTO G5S Plus also gets a dual camera at the back. Composed of dual 13-megapixel sensors, the camera arrangement is the same as the older MOTO Z2 Force with one sensor shooting in colour while the other captures in black-and-white. The selfie snapper is an 8-megapixel shooter now and once again has its own LED flash.
The internal hardware once more remains unchanged. Depending on the region you may or may not be getting NFC support. The battery remains the same 3000mAh unit found on the G5 Plus with the same micro-USB connector. An interesting change for the MOTO G5S Plus is that it now supports Wi-Fi 802.11 up to the ac standard (dual-band). Motorola will introduce the MOTO G5S Plus in the European market and later unlocked in the US market.
Pricing and Availability
Overall these handsets do not seem so much of a Special Edition bump as much as there are a few new features added inside an all-metal chassis. Apart from the hardware changes (or the lack thereoff), the only other major difference is the inclusion of a couple new MOTO Actions.
Currently, Motorola plans to retail the MOTO G5S for €249 (~Rs 18,825) in Lunar Grey or Fine Gold while the G5S Plus will come in at €299 (~Rs 22,600) in Lunar Grey or Blush Gold in the Euro-Zone. We might see the handsets arrive in India, sooner if not later with a lower price tag thanks to lesser taxes on mobile handsets.
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