Motorola G5S Plus review

Welcome to the 2018 Motorola G5S Plus review. After checking out the G5S we really had to compare it to the larger G5S Plus. Since both are now in run out to make way for the G6 series they now get our attention.  The G5S Plus is the bigger screened version of the regular G5S but there is more changes than. The G5S Plus is currently priced under $350 AUD which is impressive for the spec.

In terms of construction the Motorola G5S Plus is just like the G5 which is very good. The styling is old fashioned but 2018 but it still looks good enough be considered mid range. Like the G5 Sthe back panel is not longer removable and as a 2 piece slab style smartphones go it is very well made and certainly no complaints for the price.

In terms of hardware the G5S Plus has better specs than the G5S better CPU, bigger screen and so forth. There are no fancy edge to edge screen, or AMOLED even multi-megapixel screen just a reasonable 1080P. Once again due to it’s price we have no problems with it parts mix and it is certainly better specified than the Nokia’s as an example.

In terms of use the Motorola G5S Plus has a stock-ish Android interface that means it works smoothly and fast considering the hardware. We had not complaints about speed or performance in general. We also think the the Snapdragon 625 CPU SOE is probably the ideal budget compromise in terms of operation in 2018.

In conclusion the Motorola G5S Plus is a great phone with the spec of a phone that usually sells for $100 more eg. Nokia 7. The G5S Plus is hard to go past when priced at a very affordable $329. Although $50 more than the regular G5S the Plus version is well worth it for the faster CPU and graphics. The G5S Plus is arguably the best value Android based smartphone you can currently buy in mis-2018. However note that Motorola’s new owners Lenovo no longer offer regular or if all Android software updates so you’re stuck with what ever bugs came with the phone you bought. Hence they will never be recommended by us over a brand that does eg. Nokia.


  • Motorola G5S Plus
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM
    All 3G frequencies(dependent on country)
    All 4G frequencies (dependent on country)
    Dual SIM available
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L153.5 x W76.2 x D8 mm
  • Weight 168 grams
  • Display
    5.5 inch 1,920 x 1080 AMOLED
  • Camera
    16MP auto-focus
    LED Flash
    5MP 2nd forward facing still/video call camera
  • Video Camera
    1080 HD 30FPS main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V4.2
  • CPU
    Octa-core 2.0 Ghz (Snapdragon 625)
    Separate Andreno 506 Graphics CPU
  • Memory
    4Gig RAM
    Up to 64 Gig for user
    Up to 128Gig microSD expansion
  • Features
    Fast charging capable
    A-GPS, GLANOSS, Compass, Accelerometer,
    Gyroscope, fingerprint scanner
    Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
    Up to 25 hours for average use.
  • Price history
    Approx $329 AUD July 2018 (Outright)