Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus release date, news and features

Motorola has made the leftfield decision to launch the new Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus only four months after releasing the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, but each newly announced device comes with a few important upgrades over those already great pones.

It seems Motorola intends to sell these slightly more expensive phones alongside the original Moto G5 and G5 Plus, which are already two phones we love.

There are a variety of upgrades on the new devices and below you'll find everything you need to know about each of the phones.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The latest budget phones from Motorola
  • When is it out? Early August in UK - the rest of the world unclear
  • What will it cost? Starting at £219.99 (around $290/AU$360)

Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus release date and price

  • G5S £219.99, G5S Plus £259.99
  • Arriving in UK early August, in US this autumn

Motorola has confirmed it will begin selling both the Moto G5S and G5S Plus from early August in the UK. Problem is, it's early August now so we don't know the exact date of the phone's release.

Meanwhile, Motorola has also confirmed to TechRadar that the G5S Plus will arrive in the US this autumn, but we're waiting on a final price and there won't be a release for the Moto G5S.

UK pricing for the Moto G5S is £219.99 (around $290/AU$360) while the Moto G5S Plus price is set at £259.99 ($340, AU$430) in Britain.

Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus screen

The Moto G5S comes with a 5.2-inch screen with a 1080p resolution, which is a touch larger than the screen on the Moto G5. It's the same resolution though, so it means you're going to get fewer pixels per inch (424ppi vs 441ppi).

Motorola's Moto G5S Plus comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, which is the exact same size and resolution as the Moto Z2 Play. That's especially impressive considering the Z2 Play costs £379.99 ($499, about AU$630).

Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus design

The design of the new Moto G5S

The design of the G5S and G5S Plus is largely the same as the G5 and G5 Plus, but instead of the plastic body with metal coating each will instead use a full metal unibody design.

That should mean the phones feel a little more premium than the G5 or G5 Plus, but we've yet to hold either of the new phones so we don't know for certain.

Each phone is a little bit larger than the predecessor as well, but apart from that you can expect very similar designs to the previously released devices. Neither phone is waterproof, but both are splash resistant so each should be able to handle the odd rain shower.

Each phone also has a fingerprint scanner in the home button just under the screen.

That does mean you won't be able to use Moto Mods on either of these phones like you can on the Z2 Play or Z2 Force, so you won't be able to use the innovative modular design on either of these phones.

Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus camera

The Moto G5S has a 16MP rear shooter packed with features like phase detection autofocus, HDR, a professional mode and much more. On the front is a 5MP camera with a wide-angle lens, which should allow you to fit more friends in your selfies too.

The Moto G5S Plus is the second ever Motorola phone to come with a dual-lens camera after the Moto Z2 Force. The G5S Plus comes with two 13MP sensors on the rear that work together that allow for a blurred bokeh effect in your shots.

It also shoots in 4K and comes with a color balancing dual LED flash. There's also an 8MP selfie camera on the G5S Plus that allows you to shoot better selfies than the G5 Plus was capable of.

Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus internal specs and OS

The Moto G5S Plus

Each of these new phones will run Android 7.1 Nougat software and we expect it to be in a stock capacity with relatively little interface from Motorola so it'll work in a similar way to the interface on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

Under the hood of the smaller Moto G5S is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 3GB of RAM. That is a similar set up to the Moto G5, which is a phone that didn't struggle with everyday tasks but it won't be fantastic at intensive tasks.

The G5S Plus comes with a higher end Snapdragon 625 processor and works with 3GB of RAM, which is the exact same set up as the Moto G5 Plus and again worked well but won't keep pace with top end phones like the Z2 Force.

Both phones also come with 32GB of internal storage and microSD compatibility for cards up to 128GB. Lovers of Android Pay will also be happy to know the G5S comes with NFC built-in (unlike the Moto G5) so you'll be able to use the mobile payment service on this phone.