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Motorola Debuts the Moto G5S and G5S Plus Mid-Range Android Smartphones

After being in the rumor mills for several weeks now, the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus smartphones are finally official. The two smartphones, according to Motorola, are “Special Editions” of the regular Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus that were unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in February. While they share many of the core hardware specs with their regular siblings, the two models do offer a few significant upgrades that justify the “Special Edition” tag.

The Moto G5S features a 5.2-inch IPS display with 1080 x 1920 Full HD resolution, 0.2-inches bigger than the one on the G5. Under the hood, it runs on the same Snapdragon 430 octa-core chip that powers the Moto G5. The smartphone will ship with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage, which can be expanded further thanks to a hybrid dual SIM slot. At the rear, the Moto G5S features a 16MP resolution primary camera with an LED flash and an f/2.0 aperture lens. While the resolution has gone up, video recording is still limited to 1080p Full HD. The front-facing camera remains a 5MP wide-angle unit, but is now paired with a brighter f/2.0 aperture lens and gets an LED flash for taking selfies in low-light conditions. Another area where the Moto G5S is an improvement over the G5 is battery life. Motorola has equipped the Moto G5S with a bigger 30000mAh capacity battery, so we expect battery life to be marginally better. In Europe, the Moto G5S will cost 249 EUR and come in Lunar Grey and Fine Gold colors.

The Moto G5S Plus features a 5.5” Full HD IPS display and runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC clocked at 2.0 GHz.  In the camera department, the G5S Plus is a significant upgrade over the regular G5 Plus. Instead of a single 12MP resolution snapper, the Moto G5S Plus comes with two 13MP sensors coupled with f/2.0 aperture lenses. Thanks to the dual-camera setup, the G5S Plus offers a portrait mode similar to much more expensive smartphones. In terms of video, the handset can capture videos at up to 4K resolution. The front-facing camera is also better when compared to the Moto G5 Plus. It is now an 8MP unit paired with an f/2.2 aperture lens and an LED flash. Unlike the Moto G5S, the G5S Plus doesn’t pack a bigger battery than its regular sibling. It gets the same 3000mAh unit with fast charging support. Both smartphones feature a fingerprint sensor on the front and run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system out of the box.

The Moto G5S Plus has been priced at 299 EUR for European markets and will begin shipping on the 18th of this month. In quite a few European countries, the two handsets are already up for pre-order. Both handsets will be going to sale in other markets globally this month, but consumers in the US will need to wait until fall.