Moto X4 vs Moto G5s Plus Gaming & Performance Comparison

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The Moto X4 was launched recently and is trending around the world. The handset is beautifully crafted and sports some flagship grade specifications like IP68 certification and glass back. On the other hand, the Moto G5s Plus is an all-rounder handset which has won the entire mid-range segment.

So today, we are going to do the gaming and performance comparison between these two smartphones. We have also done the camera comparison which you can read here.

Have a look on the hardware specs:

  Moto X4 Moto G5s Plus
Processor 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 630 2.0GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 508
OS Android 7.1 Android 7.1


As you can see, hardware specifications of these two handsets are almost similar and that’s why I expect them to perform almost equally. Both smartphones’ processors are built on Big.Little architecture which means they aren’t going to consume much battery while gaming (check our previous post to know more about it). So let’s find out, which one is going to win!


Starting with the gamer’s benchmark 3D Mark, the Moto X4 scored almost double of what Moto G5s Plus scored. Checking the details of “Sling Shot Extreme” test revealed that Moto G5s Plus was rendering the graphics at 2.8 frames per second whereas the Moto X4 rendered at 5 frames per second. It means that the games with heavy graphics will run smoothly on the Moto X4. Well, that we will see in gaming section. 3D Mark score of Moto G5s Plus and Moto X4 are 465 and 840 respectively.

Coming to another overall test done by GeekBench 4, both the Moto G5s Plus and Moto X4 brought similar scores. The Moto G5s Plus scored 827 points on single core and 4327 points on multi-core. The Moto X4, on the other hand, scored 869 and 4133 points on single and multi-core respectively.


Gaming performance of both the Moto G5s Plus and Moto X4 are quite similar. I played five heavy games – NFS: No Limits, Injustice 2, Shadow Fight 3, Mortal Kombat, Gangster Vegas 4 and Modern Combat: Blackout for more than 30 minutes.

Starting with Moto X4, the handset handled all of the aforementioned games with an ease and I didn’t encounter with any stutter or lag. Unfortunately, as we told you in our previous article, heating could be an issue while playing games. The handset started heating in about 15 minutes of gaming and after 30 minutes of gaming, the temperature rose from 30 degrees to 43 degrees.

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The Moto X4 has Adreno 508 which handles the graphics without issues. No frame drops or stutter was spotted during our test run however the graphics performance is just above average. Talking about the power consumption, the handset consumed about 13% battery in around 30 minutes of gaming.

Coming to the Moto G5s Plus, it also handled all those heavy games smoothly. Much like on the Moto X4, I encountered with no lag or stutter. Talking about the heating issue, this is where the Moto G5s Plus takes a lead. The handset doesn’t heat much. It also started heating in about 15 minutes but its temperature rose from 30.1 percent to 40 percent.

While the 3D Mark score of Moto G5s Plus is almost half of Moto X4, the actual graphics performance is not that bad. Until you are a heavy gamer, you won’t find any difference between the two. Graphics rendering on the Moto G5s Plus is average. Power consumption of the Moto G5s Plus is also similar to the Moto X4. It consumed around 14% battery for 30 minutes of gaming.


Multi-tasking performance of both the Moto X4 and Moto G5s Plus is quite similar. Both smartphones handle multi-tasking with an ease but only if you perform normal operations. Switching to heavy games like NFS: No Limits, Injustice 2, Shadow Fight 3, Mortal Kombat, Gangster Vegas 4 and Modern Combat: Blackout along with some other apps like camera, WhatsApp and Facebook caused noticeable changes. Both handsets started struggling.

Both handsets tend to restart the heavy apps when you switch back to them. I also noticed a delay of 1 second or 2 when you switch between apps too often.

So overall, both smartphones’ performance is average.


Deciding a conclusive winner among them is a bit hard as the performance of these two handsets is almost similar. Both smartphones offer average overall performance. Talking about what’s difference between them:

  1. Moto G5s Plus doesn’t heat much as compared to Moto X4.
  2. The Moto X4’s graphics performance is a bit better than the Moto G5s Plus.

We didn’t find any solid point that could decide the winner among them so the choice is completely yours. If your budget is less than Rs. 20,000, the Moto G5s Plus is the best choice for you but if you’re more interested into looks, the Moto X4 is your toy as it boasts a flagship level design.

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