Moto G5 vs G5s

Motorola has launched a new version of the G5, just a few months after launching it earlier this year. Here we highlight the differences between the phones, as well as the Plus versions, so you can decide which phone should be your next upgrade.

The main changes in the G5s include a slightly larger screen, an all-metal unibody chassis and a bigger-capacity battery. There’s also a 16Mp camera rather than 13Mp, but video remains limited to 1080p at 30fps because Motorola has stuck with the same Snapdragon 430 processor.

Moto G5s vs G5

Arguably the biggest difference is price: the new model has jumped £40 to £219. This is primarily down to that metal frame, which is more expensive in terms of both material costs and manufacturing. But it does add to the build quality (while removing a feature: the G5s’ battery isn’t removable).

Check out our full Moto G5 review to see why we called it “the best budget phone of 2017”.

This handy table shows at a glance which specs in the G5s are different (those in bold):

  Moto G5 Moto G5s
Price £179 £219
OS Android Nougat 7.0 Android Nougat 7.1
Screen 5.0in 1920×1080 touchscreen, 441ppi 5.2in 1920×1080 touchscreen, 424ppi
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 505
Memory 2 or 3GB RAM 3GB RAM
Storage 16GB with microSD slot (up to 128GB) 32GB with microSD slot (up to 128GB)
Camera (main) 13Mp, LED flash, 1080p video at 30fps 16Mp, LED flash, 1080p video at 30fps
Camera (front) 5Mp 5Mp
Extras Fingerprint scanner Fingerprint scanner
Wi-Fi 802.11n dual-band  802.11n dual-band 
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.2
Cellular 4G LTE 4G LTE
SIM type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM (Dual-SIM in some regions)
GPS Yes Yes
NFC Yes Yes
Connectors MicroUSB Rapid Charging MicroUSB Rapid Charging
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
Battery 2800mAh removable 3000mAh, non-removable
Dimensions 73 x 144.3 x 9.5mm 73.5 x 150 x 8.2-9.5mm
Weight 144g 157g
Waterproofing Water-repellent nano-coating Water-repellent nano-coating
Colours Lunar Grey, Fine Gold Lunar Grey, Fine Gold

Moto G5 Plus vs G5s Plus

That’s the G5 and G5s dealt with, but what about the ‘Plus’ models?

Here the changes are similar, but in some ways more radical. The big news is the addition of a second rear camera. There are twin 13Mp cameras instead of a single 12Mp snapper on the Moto G5 Plus, reviewed.

Moto G5s vs G5

We’re yet to go hands-on with the phone, but Motorola says that the cameras enable a depth effect along with other creative options such as selective black-and-white, or replacing the background entirely. There’s no optical zoom or wide-angle lens: they share the same f/2.0 lens.

Around the front, the 5Mp camera from the G5 Plus has been upgraded to a wide-angle 8Mp selfie camera.

There’s also a bigger screen, up from 5.2- to 5.5in and there’s a new colour: Blush Gold:

Moto G5s vs G5

Battery capacity remains at 3000mAh, but the included charger will give you up to six hours’ use from a 15-minute top-up.

As with the G5s, the Plus version also gains some new ‘moto experiences’ including Night Display and Quick Reply.

Here’s how the two phones compared with each other – the differences in the G5s Plus are highlighted in bold.

  Moto G5 Plus Moto G5s Plus
Price £249 £259
OS Android Nougat 7.0 Android Nougat 7.1
Screen 5.2in 1920×1080 touchscreen, 424ppi 5.5in 1920×1080 touchscreen, 401ppi
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 506
Memory 3GB RAM 3GB RAM
Storage 32GB with microSD slot (up to 128GB) 32GB with microSD slot (up to 128GB)
Camera (main) 12Mp, LED flash, 4K video at 30fps & slo-mo Dual 13Mp, LED flash, 4K video at 30fps & slo-mo
Camera (front) 5Mp 8Mp
Extras Fingerprint scanner Fingerprint scanner
Wi-Fi 802.11n dual-band  802.11n dual-band 
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.2
Cellular 4G LTE (Cat 6) 4G LTE (Cat 6)
SIM type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
GPS Yes Yes
NFC Yes Yes
Connectors MicroUSB Rapid Charging MicroUSB Rapid Charging
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
Battery 3000mAh, non-removable 3000mAh, non-removable
Dimensions 74 x 150.2 x 7.7-9.7mm 76.2 x 153.5 x 8.0-9.5mm
Weight 155g 168g
Waterproofing Water-repellent nano-coating Water-repellent nano-coating
Colours Lunar Grey, Fine Gold Lunar Grey, Blush Gold

Motorola Moto G5s: Specs

  • Android Nougat 7.1
  • 5.2in 1920×1080 touchscreen, 424ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
  • Adreno 505
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB with microSD slot (up to 128GB)
  • 16Mp, LED flash, 1080p video at 30fps
  • 5Mp
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 802.11n dual-band
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • 4G LTE
  • Nano-SIM (Dual-SIM in some regions)
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • MicroUSB Rapid Charging
  • Yes
  • 3000mAh, non-removable
  • 73.5 x 150 x 8.2-9.5mm
  • 157g
  • Water-repellent nano-coating
  • Lunar Grey, Fine Gold

OUR VERDICT

The upgrades might appeal to some, but the big price hike won’t. The G5s is better built and battery capacity returns to what it was in the Moto G4, but the new unibody design means the battery is no longer removable. Processing power remains the same, so for many, the original G5 still represents the best value.

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