Moto E5, Moto E5 Plus, Moto E5 Play with Android Oreo announced

Eloise Marshall
April 19, 2018

Step up to the £269 Moto G6 Plus and you're getting a bigger screen and beefier Snapdragon 630. Price and expectations Motorola didn't really spill the beans on launch dates or price points for the Moto E5 Play and Moto E5 Plus. The most expensive one, the G6, will cost $249.

There is a bit of bezel above (housing the earpiece, selfie cameras and sensors) and below (which just has the Motorola logo on it) the screen, but dimensions are kept at a palatable 154.4 × 72.2 × 8.95 mm. We'll be sure to put this to the test as well during our review process.

Motorola has the brand, the relationships, and a history of reliability. Alongside, the company also revealed the E5 Play and E5 Plus. Motorola does add some handy software experiences though. The battery is pegged at 3,000 mAh, and deep indigo, black, blush, and silver are your choice of colors.

It's a shame, but I don't think many will plump for the G6 Plus over the regular G6: there simply isn't enough that's obviously different.

It's a little narrower than you'd expect for a 6-inch phone, because it's using the now-trendy 2:1 aspect ratio first popularized by LG's G6.

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You'll be able to get the Moto E5 in flash gray and fine gold once it goes on sale. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the back of the phone, and it measures 200grams. It runs Android 8.0 Oreo. But this phone looks very well-designed to swap in for the ZTE Blade X Max at Cricket or the Max XL at Boost, grabbing more market share for Motorola. It's got decent 4000mAH battery for keeping the lights-on for couple of days.

The E5 Play has a textured plastic back (pictured above) and feels like a well-made. On the front, there is a 5-megapixel camera with a f/2.2 aperture and 1.44µm pixels, along with a display flash.

They did just that, bringing on the original Moto G to rave reviews. Its clean Android 8.0 build, and Motorola's reputation for reliability, may make the difference here. It'll also come as a 64GB option, but since there's a microSD card slot for expanding that, the entry-level model should suit most people. How low? Well, that's a good question, and this is the only model Motorola didn't announce pricing for - presumably, that's being left to the carriers. The 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 435 processor powers this phone with Adreno 505 GPU and 3 GB RAM. It packs 2800 mAh battery. It supports fast charging and is splash-proof. The Huawei P20 has a monochrome sensor to support the main one, while the LG G6 has opted for a wide-angle second camera to fit more in. The front camera is the same at 8Mp. The rear camera has Slo motion mode, Burst Shot, Manual Mode, HDR, Panorama and Auto Night Mode.

From stock Android to huge battery backup and from a great display for multimedia consumption to better cameras, the Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus definitely seem to be an upgrade over their predecessor, and here is a look at what both these smartphones have to offer, as far as specifications are concerned.

The Moto G6 Plus has a p2i water-resistant coating rather than a full IP rating, but that does mean it won't instantly die if you spill something on it.

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