Moto G5S Plus review

Georgi Vasilev, 20 January 2018.

The 5.5-inch FullHD display scores high marks

The Moto G5S Plus comes with a 5.5-inch display - that's the 'Plus' speaking. It's a FullHD panel, an IPS one, and has a conventional RGB arrangement. It also has a pixel density of 401ppi.

Motorola Moto G5S Plus review

In our testing, the Moto G5S Plus did well to post a solid 616nits of maximum brightness - that's more than pretty much any of its competition. That's in auto mode, and if you toggle it off you'd be able to get up to 480-ish nits - not bad either. Add to that the reasonably dark blacks, and you're looking at contrast of above 1300:1 - a sign of a good LCD. Minimum brightness is around 6nits, so night-time viewing in complete darkness shouldn't be an issue either.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Motorola Moto G5S Plus 0.352 483 1372
Motorola Moto G5S Plus (Max Auto) 0.455 616 1354
Motorola Moto G5S 0.266 415 1560
Motorola Moto G5S (Max Auto) 0.415 582 1402
Motorola Moto G4 Plus 0.33 478 1448
Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto) 0.43 587 1365
Motorola Moto X4 0.297 431 1451
Xiaomi Mi A1 0.351 551 1570
Nokia 6 (Global version) 0.364 484 1330
Huawei Honor 7X 0.236 458 1941
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro 0 350
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (Max Auto) 0 539
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625) 0.322 484 1503
Oppo F5 0.192 422 2198
Oppo F5 (Max Auto) 0.214 462 2159
Huawei Mate 10 Lite 0.257 476 1852
LG Q6 0.288 510 1771

Our sunlight legibility test puts the G5S Plus in the 'average' bowl - the main competitors are in the same ballpark with both the Mi A1 and the Honor 7X marginally behind the Moto. The Nokia 6 (the old one) is a bit better, though we can't blindly attribute the same result to the 2018 model without testing it.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Apple iPhone X
    5.013
  • OnePlus 5T
    4.789
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    4.768
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    4.658
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    4.615
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    4.459
  • Oppo R11
    4.454
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    4.439
  • OnePlus 3
    4.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    4.376
  • HTC One A9
    4.274
  • Samsung Galaxy Note7
    4.247
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • Nokia 8
    4.239
  • Google Pixel 2 XL (pre-update)
    4.234
  • OnePlus 3T
    4.232
  • Google Pixel XL
    4.164
  • ZTE Axon 7
    4.154
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    4.148
  • Meizu Pro 7 Plus
    4.147
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    4.124
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal)
    4.096
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)
    4.023
  • LG V30
    4.022
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3.998
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3.964
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone)
    3.957
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus
    3.935
  • Lenovo Moto Z
    3.931
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    3.918
  • OnePlus 5
    3.914
  • Samsung Galaxy C5
    3.911
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    3.896
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor
    3.879
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor
    3.873
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    3.859
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
    3.842
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    3.818
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    3.817
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    3.816
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    3.812
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    3.804
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.802
  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro
    3.798
  • LG V20 Max auto
    3.798
  • Sony Xperia XZ
    3.795
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    3.789
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    3.783
  • Meizu Pro 5
    3.781
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    3.772
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
    3.767
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
    3.765
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
    3.756
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
    3.729
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (True Tone)
    3.725
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    3.709
  • Vivo X5Pro
    3.706
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
    3.688
  • Apple iPhone SE
    3.681
  • Huawei Mate 9
    3.68
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Meizu PRO 6
    3.659
  • BlackBerry Priv
    3.645
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
    3.597
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3.588
  • LG G6
    3.556
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    3.53
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
    3.526
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    3.523
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.523
  • Acer Jade Primo
    3.521
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    3.512
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3.499
  • nubia Z11
    3.466
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    3.456
  • HTC U Ultra
    3.453
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • LG V20
    3.402
  • Huawei P10
    3.379
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
    3.378
  • Oppo R9s
    3.352
  • Honor 8 Pro
    3.341
  • Oppo R7
    3.32
  • Lenovo P2
    3.316
  • Archos Diamond Omega
    3.305
  • Honor 9
    3.289
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s
    3.276
  • Nokia 5
    3.261
  • Nokia 6 (Chinese version)
    3.244
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    3.238
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    3.235
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    3.234
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2
    3.228
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    3.222
  • Oppo F3 Plus
    3.218
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
    3.206
  • Huawei P9
    3.195
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
    3.19
  • ZTE Nubia Z17
    3.159
  • Oppo R11s
    3.153
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    3.113
  • HTC U11 Life
    3.108
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    3.105
  • LG Nexus 5X
    3.092
  • HTC U11
    3.089
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Sony Xperia XA1
    3.012
  • Sony Xperia L1
    2.994
  • Sony Xperia X
    2.989
  • LG Q6
    2.987
  • Huawei P10 Lite
    2.974
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.97
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2.95
  • Huawei Mate 8
    2.949
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4
    2.92
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S
    2.913
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    2.906
  • LG G5
    2.905
  • HTC One S
    2.901
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
    2.884
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2.876
  • Nokia 3
    2.871
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    2.851
  • Lenovo Moto M
    2.813
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
    2.803
  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact
    2.784
  • Nokia 2
    2.752
  • Meizu MX6
    2.751
  • LG V10
    2.744
  • Huawei Mate 10 (normal)
    2.742
  • Motorola Moto G5S Plus
    2.736
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    2.735
  • Huawei Honor 7X
    2.734
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    2.714
  • Meizu M5
    2.71
  • Sony Xperia M5
    2.69
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    2.689
  • Huawei P9 Lite
    2.679
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
    2.679
  • vivo V7+
    2.671
  • Vivo V3Max
    2.659
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix
    2.658
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
    2.654
  • Oppo F5
    2.653
  • Doogee Mix
    2.642
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    2.641
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4a
    2.635
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Standard)
    2.616
  • Sony Xperia XA
    2.609
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus
    2.582
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)
    2.582
  • Meizu M5s
    2.58
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    2.574
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    2.567
  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
    2.563
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
    2.563
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2
    2.561
  • HTC U11+
    2.556
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    2.544
  • Lenovo K6 Note
    2.544
  • Oppo F1
    2.528
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    2.525
  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c
    2.506
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • Oppo F1s
    2.481
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    2.473
  • Huawei G8
    2.471
  • Huawei nova
    2.467
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
    2.459
  • Meizu m3 max
    2.447
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Auto)
    2.417
  • HTC 10 evo
    2.407
  • Huawei Honor 7
    2.406
  • Vivo V7
    2.404
  • Sony Xperia E5
    2.386
  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo
    2.382
  • HTC 10
    2.378
  • Oppo F3
    2.376
  • vivo V5 Plus
    2.371
  • Meizu m1 note
    2.362
  • Huawei nova plus
    2.329
  • Razer Phone
    2.328
  • HTC One E9+
    2.305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    2.269
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    2.254
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    2.253
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    2.249
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    2.235
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
    2.234
  • Motorola Moto G (2014)
    2.233
  • Huawei P8
    2.196
  • Meizu M5 Note
    2.189
  • Huawei Honor 6
    2.169
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    2.166
  • OnePlus Two
    2.165
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • LG Aka
    2.145
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)
    2.145
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    2.134
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2.119
  • Xiaomi Mi 4S
    2.095
  • Acer Liquid X2
    2.084
  • Huawei P8lite
    2.078
  • vivo V5
    2.059
  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual
    2.026
  • Xiaomi Mi 3
    2.001
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    1.996
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    1.972
  • OnePlus One
    1.961
  • Meizu m3 note
    1.923
  • BlackBerry Leap
    1.892
  • Meizu m2 note
    1.892
  • HTC Butterfly
    1.873
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    1.772
  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini
    1.759
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie
    1.68
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)
    1.675
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    1.659
  • Jolla Jolla
    1.605
  • Motorola Moto E
    1.545
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • Sony Xperia L
    1.351
  • HTC Desire C
    1.3
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Sony Xperia E
    1.215

Color accuracy isn't spectacular and even if we're not ones to fret over it, the bluish whites/grays remain visible. We measured an average DeltaE of 4.8 (not bad, actually) in the Standard display mode, with whites off by about 9 units. Vibrant mode redistributed the individual deltas somewhat differently, but kept the average mostly the same and whites didn't lose their blue tint.

Motorola Moto G5S Plus battery life

The Moto G5S Plus has a Snapdragon 625 under the hood. Motorola figured that since the chip is mightily efficient, going overboard with battery capacity is unnecessary and fitted a reasonably-sized 3,000mAh cell.

This proved more than adequate in our testing where the Moto G5S Plus just missed the 10-hour mark in video playback by a minute and checked in an almost full 12 hours of web browsing before calling it quits. The phone excelled in 3G voice call endurance (close to 27 hours) and standby times were good too. That adds up to an overall endurance rating of 81 hours.

Motorola Moto G5S Plus

Our endurance rating denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Motorola Moto G5S Plus for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

The provided TurboPower charger will get you from flat to full in a quick 1:45h though the initial rate isn't all that great with the first 30 minutes only giving you about 25% of charge.

Audio output starts on the wrong foot, but quickly improves

The Motorola Moto G5S Plus had surprisingly poor output with an active external amplifier. Its signal to noise ratio and intermodulation distortion were so bad we would have suspected an issue with our test unit, but its smaller brother had the exact same behaviour so it appears Motorola did something wrong here. Loudness was impressively high, but that's not quite enough to make up for the sub-par quality of the output.

The good news is that the phone performed impressively well with headphones, which is probably the test most people care about. Loudness remained as impressive, while the clarity was among the best we've seen. Normally headphones tend to degrade the output, but with the Moto G5S Plus they improved it from mediocre to one of the best in the market.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Motorola Moto G5S Plus+0.06, -0.40-34.878.60.00125.895-93.4
Motorola Moto G5S Plus (headphones)+0.06, -0.02-93.393.30.0150.044-82.6
Huawei Honor 7X+0.03, -0.03-89.589.40.00280.014-86.6
Huawei Honor 7X (headphones)+0.14, -0.05-89.389.20.00860.089-52.6
LG Q6+0.03, -0.05-85.088.80.00140.0065-92.9
LG Q6 (headphones)+0.14, -0.04-91.891.80.00310.113-56.8
Oppo F5+0.06, -0.08-93.593.30.00200.0071-93.2
Oppo F5 (headphones)+0.64, -0.07-89.391.30.00930.361-52.0
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)+0.01, -0.03-92.892.80.00320.031-92.3
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) (headphones)+0.23, -0.15-92.191.80.0130.223-77.3
Huawei P10 Lite+0.04, -0.02-88.288.60.0110.021-84.3
Huawei P10 Lite (headphones)+0.13, -0.05-87.487.70.0140.084-75.9
Motorola Moto G5S Plus  frequency response
Motorola Moto G5S Plus frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Loudspeaker volume reaches new heights

The Moto G5S Plus has a single loudspeaker, a bottom-firing one, but boy, is it loud. It's the second loudest unit we've tested actually - a few decibels short of the HTC U11+, which claimed the crown recently. It's not amazing in the low end of the frequency range, but then few phones are.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) 64.1 65.3 68.5 Below Average
Sony Xperia E5 62.0 67.5 69.4 Below Average
Oppo R11 66.4 71.5 65.0 Average
Oppo F5 63.5 70.8 71.5 Average
Sony Xperia L1 64.7 70.4 72.3 Average
LG Q6 67.0 69.3 76.1 Good
Nokia 6 (Global version) 63.1 70.9 82.5 Good
Motorola Moto X4 67.2 71.1 80.7 Good
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625) 67.3 70.3 81.5 Very Good
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro 68.0 69.9 82.3 Very Good
Huawei Honor 7X 66.4 71.1 85.1 Very Good
Huawei Mate 10 Lite 67.8 71.0 84.5 Very Good
Huawei Mate 10 Lite 67.8 71.0 84.5 Very Good
Motorola Moto G5S 76.1 72.7 81.0 Excellent
Xiaomi Mi A1 74.0 73.9 90.4 Excellent
Motorola Moto G5S Plus 91.5 74.9 86.9 Excellent

Reader comments

  • Danny

I have the phone. Signal quality issue is a major problem. No fix yet. Would never buy a motorola again

  • ap

the worst phone i have used till now. there is some signal issue in case of lte. big thread is going on in moto site but still no fix has been done. if you use dual sim then phone continuously freezes and network also crashes continuously. to bring...

  • VIN

This mobile has compatibility issues with many speakers e.g. if you connect the mobile with Sennheiser SP20 ML with 3.5 mm jack then you won't get audio on speaker. Reported this issue to Motorola but they are not interested to fix this issue.