Lenovo is back with another smartphone in the affordable Moto G series. It is called the G5s Plus and will be available through Amazon in lunar grey and blush gold colour options at Rs15,999 from 11.59pm onwards on Tuesday.
It offers a big screen (5.5-inch) alternative to the Moto G5 (Rs11,999) and G5 Plus (Rs15,999) which offer 5.2-inch screens, and thus makes for a more all-round competitor to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Rs12,999).
The new smartphone offers a 5.5-inch display with resolution of 1,920×1,080p and pixel density of 401ppi. It runs Android 7.1 with plain Android on top. The Redmi Note 4 runs Android 7.0 with a more feature rich but complicated MIUI 8.5.
Moto G5s Plus is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor used in the Moto G5 Plus and the Redmi Note 4. Lenovo has clubbed the processor with 4GB RAM for better multi-tasking experience. The smartphone has 64GB internal storage, expandable to 128GB via microSD, which is ample for offline movies, music and photos. The top variant of Redmi Note 4 also offers 64GB internal storage and has 4GB RAM.
The G5s Plus has unibody metal chassis unlike the other Moto G5 smartphones which offer a removable metal back cover. The multi-function fingerprint button, which also serves as the home button, sits on the front panel. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the back in Redmi Note 4.
The key differentiator in the Moto smartphone is the dual 13-megapixel cameras where one camera captures shots in RGB and the other in monochrome and then clubs them together. It has a depth mode which gives the option to enhance focus on any object they want. The camera has an aperture of f/2.0 and supports 4K recording at 30fps.
The Redmi Note 4 comes with single 13-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/2.0.
The Moto G5 s Plus tips the scales at 168g, which is what most 5.5-inch screen smartphones, including the Redmi Note 4 (165g), weigh. What gives it an edge over its rivals is the water-repellent nano-coating which protects it against water splashes. Redmi Note 4 has no such protection.
The Redmi Note 4 packs in a bigger 4,100mAh battery on paper, while the Moto G5s Plus offers a 3,000mAh battery. Bigger battery doesn’t always mean more battery backup. Moto’s clean Android interface is less resource-intensive compared to MIUI and uses up less battery. Like other Moto smartphones, it supports fast charging and, according to Lenovo, can charge a fully drained battery in 15 minutes to deliver 6 hours of backup.
Overall, the Moto G5s Plus expands the options for users looking for big-screen smartphones, preferably with plain Android. It costs Rs3,000 more than the Redmi Note 4 but then it offers some extras such as dual cameras and water-resistant exterior.