With each new entry in the smartphone world, the competition gets tougher, and this competition is even more fierce in the budget/mid-range segment. In this segment, there is a race between companies to provide more features for less money. There are various contenders in the race, but one of the front-runners has always been Moto with its Moto G series. The Moto G series has always been one of the go-to series for all those who seek a pocket-friendly feature-rich smartphone, and the latest in the series is the Moto G5 S Plus. But now there is a new smartphone to challenge it. Honor has recently launched the Honor 7X, and it comes with every new age feature one could ask for – it has an 18:9 aspect ratio display and has dual cameras on the back to complete the package. But how does it fare against the Moto G5s Plus?
Let’s find out…
All about that skin deep thing: beauty!
Even though both the smartphones fall in the budget range segment, there is no denying that both are aesthetically very premium. The good thing about the two smartphones? They look nothing like the typical devices we see in this price band but that said, both them remind us of their own predecessors in some way, which is not really a bad thing, considering how good looking the two devices look.
We love the protruding circular camera unit on the back of the Moto G5s Plus and the famous Moto dimple that has made a comeback with the phone. But the blue color of the Honor 7X along with that tall 18:9 aspect ratio display earns it some brownie points, which is why we think the Honor 7X wins the design round.
Winner: Honor 7X
Getting into the performance zone
In terms of numbers, the Moto G5s Plus runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor while the Honor 7X is powered by the Huawei’s in-house HiSilicon Kirin 659. Both the smartphones come with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB internal storage (there is a 32 GB variant too for the 7X). You can expand the memory up to 256 GB via microSD card on the two devices. When it comes to performance, both the devices handle multitasking well. The transition from one app to another was smooth, and we did not face any lags while using the two devices for our daily tasks and did well in the casual gaming zone as well. But there was a slight difference in the performance of the two devices in the high-end game zone. We found the Moto G5s Plus to be a little better than the Honor 7X. While the two devices managed to run high-end games, we found the experience on the Honor 7X to be slightly behind the G5s Plus.
Winner: Moto G5s Plus
Point, shoot and say cheese: who wins?
In the camera department, the two phones come with dual primary cameras but with different specifications. The Honor 7X sports a 16-megapixel and 2-megapixel sensor whereas the Moto G5s Plus comes with dual 13-megapixel sensors. The dual camera setups may be different on both the smartphones but the two share an 8-megapixel front sensor for selfies and video calls.
While there are some similarities between the two phones, the results were pretty different. The Moto G5s Plus produced pictures with quite accurate colors and we did not feel the colors in the pictures were over saturated or faded at any stage. But color reproduction was a bit of problem with the 7X. We often found the colors to be a bit over-saturated as compared to the reality. Both the phones come with dedicated bokeh options, but unfortunately, we found it to be inconsistent in both the cases -the phones sometimes did bokeh exceptionally well by keeping the subject in focus while sometimes the edges of the subject also got bokeh-ed out with the background. But between the two devices, we think, the Honor 7X did a better job at the bokeh-ing background as compared to the G5s Plus. The 7X also handled glare slightly better than the Moto G5s Plus. Both smartphones had a problem with holding the quality flag high in low light conditions. In case of selfies, we think, the G5s Plus did a better job, offering more detail, although the Honor 7X produced passable selfies. We are calling it a tie – the G5s Plus does score on detail and realistic colors, but the Honor 7X wins in bokeh and in handling glare, and some might actually like its slightly oversaturated color reproduction. Round that off with a much more feature rich camera UI, and the Honor 7X holds its own.
How long will you run, battery?
The Honor 7X runs on 3340 mAh battery while the Moto G5s Plus is powered a 3000 mAh battery. The difference between the numbers might not look great, but the performance of the two is pretty different. The Moto G5s Plus can see about 10-12 hours of heavy duty work while the Honor 7X can easily last a day in the similar circumstances. When used moderately, the Moto G5s Plus can see a day of work while the Honor 7X can go on for a day and a half. There is just one winner here.
Winner: Honor 7X
Stock versus skinned Android
In terms of operating system, the two devices are worlds apart. Although Moto G5s Plus was launched way ahead of the 7X, the device runs on Android 7.1.1 while the 7X comes with Android 7.0 out of the box. But that is not the only difference.
The Moto G5s Plus is all about simplicity, and stock Android feels while the 7X comes with a heavy skin on top of its Android layer. The 7X comes with EMUI5 which is a little heavy but definitely packs a punch of flavor. This means it also comes with many third-party apps pre-installed but fortunately all of it is very well managed.
We actually did not mind the EMUI 5 topping because it allowed us to do much more with the phone and also gave the boring old Android a new flavor, although as the skin is a bit on the heavier side we think it makes the smartphone a little slow. It mostly is about personal preference, but we like the addition of the topping instead of just the plain old Nougat.
Winner: Honor 7X
What’s the bill?
This has been neck to neck face-off so far, and the same reflects in the price of the devices as well. The 4 GB + 64 GB of both, Honor 7X and the G5s Plus is priced at Rs. 15,999 but you do not necessarily have to spend almost 16 grand to get a smartphone in one of these cases. The Honor 7X is also available in 4 GB + 32 GB version which is priced at Rs. 12,999, which is quite a deal for those running on a tight budget (the phone does have a dedicated memory card slot!).Plus it also comes with a beautiful and bright 18:9 aspect ratio display, which clearly is an upper hand over the Moto G5s Plus.
Winner: Honor 7X
To whom do I take my money?
This has been a close fight between two very strong contenders in a similar price bracket. But there can be only one winner and by winning four rounds out of a total of six, this battle goes to the Honor 7X. This does not mean that the Moto G5s Plus is any less of a good smartphone – it does win in the performance stakes and ties with the 7X when it comes to cameras. But all said and done, at this time and place, the 7X would seem to be a more Honor-able option.