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Review: Moto G5S

Lenovo’s Motorola Mobility unit recently launched the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus. Immediately, the company also announced new premium ’S’ editions of the already spectacular “G5” series.

While the company has come up with Special Editions of the G5 and the G5 Plus, they have made sure the price does not sound too ridiculous for prospective buyers. The overall design and build quality is the same as the G5. The phone is fully made of metal.

The Moto G5S comes with a 5.2-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080-by-1920 pixels. Just below the screen, you will find a fingerprint scanner. On the top of the display, you get a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

Turn the phone around and you will find the 16-megapixel primary camera at the back. On the left edge of the G5S, you get a dual SIM tray, while on the right edge, you will find the volume rockers and the power button. On the bottom, you get a micro USB port for charging and data syncing, while on the top you get a lone 3.5mm audio jack.

Under the hood, the Motorola Moto G5S is powered by 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone also packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.

The Motorola Moto G5S runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS and is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery. No word on whether the G5S will be getting the much-awaited Android 8.0 Oreo update.

In terms of dimensions, the phone measures 150-by-73.50-by-9.50 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 157 grams. The Motorola Moto G5S is a dual SIM, as mentioned before, and accepts two Nano-SIMs. The SIM tray is a hybrid one – so you can either insert two Nano-SIMs or one Nano-SIM and one micro SD card.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, Headphones, FM, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.

We ran the AnTuTu and Geekbench benchmarks on the device and we ended up with mid-range performance. On AnTuTu, the Moto G5S ended up with 46166 point, while on Geekbench, the Moto G5S scored 2277 points in Multi-Core tests and 629 points in Single-Core tests.

The Moto G5S’s main strength is its camera. While the G5S does not come with dual cameras like its bigger sibling the G5S Plus, the camera performance was quite good for a mid-range device. General image quality is very good and the phone lets you shoot in any condition, no matter where the sun is, and end up with good results.

In terms of battery life, I am content with what I was able to achieve with the G5S. On a single charge, the phone was able to give a battery life of more than a day. G5S also supports Motorola’s Turbo battery charging, This will replenish most of the battery in 30-40 minutes.

The Moto G5S is definitely not a performance powerhouse. However, we did not come across any lag or stutter when using the device. It was able to breeze through multiple app windows without any issue. The Moto G5S is a very good device for something that is available for just AED 799. Definitely recommended for the budget-conscious.

Price: AED 799

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