Moto G5S Plus vs Xiaomi Mi A1 : Which phone to go for?

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Recently the two smartphones – Moto G5S Plus and Xioami Mi A1 – have been really impressing below the Rs. 15,000 segment, among various other new launches. And if you are in a standoff regarding which phone to go for, then you are in the right place. Read on.


Both the smartphones come with dual rear-cameras and metal uni-bodies, with the camera sticking out at the rear; however the bump in Moto G5S is more raised. Both the phones are similar with respect to overall design, having curved edges and sides, and the antenna bands stretch from top to bottom.

The major difference between the two phones is the fingerprint scanner’s location – like most other Xioami phones, the scanner is at the back of Xioami Mi A1, while the scanner of Moto G5S Plus is located on the phone’s chin, just below it’s dislpay, following Motorola’s very own style. The Xiaomi Mi A1 has a thickness of 7.3mm, which is less than that of Moto G5S Plus, at 9.5mm, though the former has a larger battery of 3080mAh while the Moto G5S Plus is having a 3000mAh battery.


There is a lot in common between the two phones in terms of specs. Both the phones come with 5.5-inch full-HD display having 1080×1920 pixel resolution. However the Moto G5S Plus looks a little better. Both the encase a powerful Snapdragon 625 SoC processor, having 64GB of internal storage coupled with 4GB RAM. Both the phones come with hybrid dual-SIM slots; you can either insert a microSD card or a SIM in the second slot. The Moto G5S Plus is the winner here.


Though the smartphones have very similar features, the Xiaomi Mi A1 is a little ahead when it comes to performance. The Moto G5S Plus becomes a little hot on continuous usage. Both the phones support fast charging feature, but the Xiaomi Mi A1 come with a USB Type-C cable whereas the Moto G5S Plus come with a Micro-USB port. The Xiaomi Mi A1 has another cool feature – the IR emitter – with which you can control your home appliances like TV, etc. The Xiaomi Mi A1 wins when it comes to performance.


Both the phones run on Android Nougat having very less customisation. The Xiaomi Mi A1, being an official part of the Android One program, is ahead of Moto G5S Plus, as it’s guaranteed to receive the software updates. Overall, the Xiaomi Mi A1 is our pick in the software department.

Battery life

The Moto G5S edges leaves the Xiaomi Mi A1 behind when it come to battery. It can deliver non-stop video playback of upto 11 hours and 15 minutes, while the Xiaomi M1 A1 can last for 10 hours and 18 minutes only. Both phones performed well in real-world usage, however the power management is a little better on the Moto G5S Plus and it is the winner here.


The dual rear camera setup is different in the two phones. While the Moto G5S Plus has one 13MP monochrome sensor and one 13MP RGB sensor, the Xiaomi Mi A1 come with two 12MP sensors and the difference is present in the lenses instead – one is a standard lens and the other is a telephoto lens. This makes the Moto G5S Plus a better player in high contrast and low light conditions. While the Xiaomi Mi A1 is more versatile because of it’s telephoto lens, which provides better zoom. Also the dedicated portrait mode present in the Xiaomi Mi A1 can capture better photos in comparison to the depth mode in Moto G5S Plus which makes the camera of Xiaomi Mi A1 better than that of Moto G5S Plus.


Both the smartphones are good options in this budget. However, the Xiaomi Mi A1 is a little bit ahead of Moto G5S Plus in the race. It gives you guaranteed software updates and also doesn’t get hot on usage. It’s has also got a better camera which can provide sensational pictures, except low light conditions. But the Moto G5S Plus can also be a good option when battery life and display is your main priority.


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