Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Moto G5S Plus: Stock Android Phone Face-off - Which one to buy?

 Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Moto G5S Plus

With its popularity and value for money Redmi Phone , Xiaomi is on dream run in India in terms of sale and fanbase. With the launch of Redmi Note 3 along with the Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime,it seems that Xiaomi has figured out the formula to rule the dense smartphone market like India.

Along with the Xiaomi, Moto is another brand constant in the same category. Moto and Xiaomi are constantly battling out under the 20K price segment, where Moto’s G series is taking on the Redmi Note from Xiaomi. For instance, Redmi Note 4 and Moto G5 Plus relatively have the same spec sheet but Moto is favored by purists because of the stock Android experience on their phones.

With the launch of stock Android device Xiaomi Mi A1, the rivalry between Xiaomi and Moto to turn out even more amusing in future.

Here we have brought a hot comparison between the latest Android One based Mi A1 and recently launched Moto G5S Plus.Apart from comparable hardware, both the phones feature a dual-camera setup, which gives us one more reason to put the phones against each other.

        Design and Build:         

Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Moto G5S Plus

Both Moto G5S Plus and Mi A1 have a cool design and a good build as well.The Moto G5S Plus have the same trademark Moto design which we have seen on G5 and G5 Plus before.

On the other hand, the Mi A1 sports a totally new design when compared to existing Xiaomi phones, but seems to be similar to iPhonesque design language which all of us have seen on other Chinese counterparts like OnePlus 5, Oppo R11 and more.

Undoubtedly Moto beats Xiaomi in terms of originality here, but we cannot ignore the fact that the Mi A1 has a great in-hand feel from every angle. It’s not that the Moto feels worse but the thinness and roundness of the Mi A1 feels much better. 

The G5S Plus has much better fingerprint sensor positioning as compare to Mi A1. Both the phones are solid and feel quite premium for their respective price tags. Both the phones are equivalent in terms of typing experience and build quality.

    Performance and storage:    

Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Moto G5S Plus 

Both the phones run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage.The G5S Plus supports double the external storage (i.e. 256 GB) via microSD as compared to that of Mi A1(i.e. 128 GB).

The Moto G5S plus showed the signs of heating while charging on the other hand Xiaomi Mi A1 get slightly warm while using the GPS.

The Moto G5S Plus seems to be speedier while opening the apps as compared to Xiaomi Mi A1.


Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Moto G5S Plus

Both Moto G5S Plus and Xiaomi Mi A1 have a 5.5-inch full HD display with slight difference in the technology. The G5S Plus comes with the IPS display while the Mi A1 comes with LTPS IPS display.

The display on Mi A1 has had a blue tint as compared to the G5S Plus. The color production is better on the Mi A1 although the G5S looks more punchy. Apart from this, both the displays can be viewed from extreme angles, they are fairly readable, and sunlight legibility is also good.

      Battery Backup:          

Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Moto G5S Plus

When it comes to battery backup the Xiaomi Mi A1 seems to have upper hand over the Moto G5S plus.Mi A1's battery turned out to offer better battery backup as compare to G5S plus.

Mi A1 comes packed with a 3080mAh battery on the other hand G5S Plus has a 3000mAh battery.

Here is a small comparison of Battery performance of both the phones:

     Moto G5S Plus:     

  • 20 minutes of browsing consumed four percent of battery.
  • 20 minutes of video streaming consumed four percent of battery.
  • 30 minutes of gaming consumed eight percent of battery.

     Xiaomi Mi A1:      
  • 20 minutes of browsing consumed two percent of battery.
  • 20 minutes of video streaming consumed three percent of battery.
  • 30 minutes of gaming consumed seven percent of battery.


Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Moto G5S Plus

Both the phones comes with a dual-camera setup.The Mi A1 camera comes with [12-megapixel + 12-megapixel] RGB and telephoto lens on the other hand Moto G5S Plus camera has a [13-megapixel + 13-megapixel] RGB plus Monochrome sensor.

The Moto G5S Plus has a snappier auto-focus and stabilization compared to the Mi A1.The Moto G5S also has a better mid-tone dynamic range enhancement.

The Mi A1 on the other hand, leverages it’s telephoto prowess and captures lot better depth in pictures, the colors also look more natural on this one. Moreover, the 2X optical zoom steals the show when it comes to the camera showdown. Also, Moto G5S Plus is prone to shutter lags which sometimes gets irritating.

In low light, the Mi A1 seems better at handling light but the colors looked well saturated on the Moto G5S Plus, which you can actually adjust on the A1 using any photo editing tool. The only issue with the Mi A1 is stability, which at times makes the shots look hazy when zoomed in.

The image quality on both front cameras is fine. When it comes to the indoor lighting the Moto G5S seems to have uper-hand with its front flash while Mi A1 misses this feature.

      Connectivity, sensors and more:        

Both Xiaomi Mi A1 and Moto G5S Plus have the essential connectivity features but the G5S Plus still bears a micro USB port for data syncing and charging.

Xiaomi has been using Type-C ports in their Mi lineup since the Mi5. Moreover, unlike most other phones except for LG’s, the Mi A1 has an IR blaster on the top, which is an underrated feature, but is actually a pretty nifty one to have on a phone.

Mi A1 also has a 10v amplifier which makes it sound much better than the G5S Plus while using headphone.

On the other hand, the G5S Plus comes with NFC and the A1 does not. So if you are out of the rare ones who cannot do without an NFC enabled phone, Mi A1 may not serve you that well. Also, Motorola's chop-chop for flash and wrist twist for camera gestures are something that's really cool to have on your phone.

     Which one to Buy?        

Xiaomi Mi A1 vs Moto G5S Plus

There's just Rs 1000 price difference among both the phones making it pretty confusing to pick one of them.

The Mi A1 is priced at a tag of Rs 14,999 on the other-hand the Moto G5S Plus comes at a price of Rs 15,999.

If you like getting creative with your camera and buying any of the phones for a good camera, better battery backup, the Mi A1 will impress you more. Also, if you are looking for a better value for money phone then the A1 can save you some cash.

on the other-hand, More metal, more screen, good battery life and a still-great price make the Moto G5S Plus one of the best affordable Androids around.

Both the phones offer similar performance and software experience. So, the deciding factor is dependent on which design you prefer, camera experience and the extra toppings over the standard Android features.


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