Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Motorola Announces Moto E5, E5 Plus and E5 Play Smartphones

Motorola Announces Moto E5, E5 Plus and E5 Play Smartphones

In typical Motorola fashion, all four devices share consistent design themes. The G6 still represents great value when you look at it compared to last year's model.

Finally, we've got the Moto E5 Play, and as you should be able to work out from the attached specs, this is the most conservative of Moto's new affordable lineup, cutting corners here and there to keep pricing super-low.

As per Olixar case listings on Mobile Fun, cases for the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus can now be pre-ordered with stock expected in the next 3-5 days. It also comes with Android 8.0 Oreo, the dual-SIM, 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 630 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, a dual rear camera (12MP+5MP), 8MP selfie shooter, dual-lens rear LED flash, selfie flash, 3200 mAh battery with TurboPower adapter and much more. The main difference between the Moto G6 and the Plus version is the screen size, which has been reduced to 5.7 inches in the standard version.

The Moto G6 will be available in one colour at launch, called "Deep Indigo". The moto g and moto e product families offer the ideal combination of features for consumers who don't want to compromise on quality, style or experience. There's no need to hold down the home button or tap anything - simply point the phone at a landmark or object, and the G6 will identify it or link to a Google search where applicable.

The Moto G6 is the true successor to last year's victor of Best Budget Phone at the Trusted Reviews Awards. A Snapdragon 435 processor is the chipset of choice. 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. This week the Commerce Department put the hammer on ZTE, which has about 10 percent market share in the USA, mostly in low-priced phablets.

The 8MP front camera has "live filters" that put amusing glasses and such on your face, if you're into that.

The Moto E family still represents Motorola's cheapest devices, though there's another important distinction for 2018. Well, the company confirmed the Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, and the Moto G6 Plus (for Mexico) will be available on later this Spring. The "regular" Moto E5 (as I've taken to calling it) has an entirely plastic back, but one that masks its price with a metallic paint that initially feels like a thin sheet of metal.

The G6 reverts to the 3,000 mAh battery we had on the Moto G4 - the G5 downsized with a 2,800mAh battery on board, charged via Micro-USB as we mentioned previously. That's for one-button navigation, and both the G6 Play and E5 Plus don't offer that, with fingerprint sensors on the rear. It features a 12MP rear camera and a big 5000mAh battery.

What excites us most, however, is the battery. Motorola has not yet revealed the India release date and prices of the Moto E5 series handsets. These devices are lower-end than what you get with the G series, but they definitely give low-budget customers options.

The E5 Play has a 2800 mAh battery which can be charged via the provided 10 W charger.

While it's not going to blow you away with stunning photography, we had a quick play around and we believe it should be good enough for the odd social post. The rear panel is made of curved-edged Gorilla Glass.

That's kind of what the Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus end up doing in a round about way.

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