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Motorola unveils budget Moto E5, E5 Plus, and E5 Play smartphones




Apart from the mid-range G6 line, Motorola also launched a trio of budget devices in the form of the Moto E5, E5 Plus, and E5 Play. Aimed at a more budget-conscious audience, this new trio sport updated specs and the well-known Moto design.

First up is the Moto E5. The device is powered by a 5.7-inch 18:9 HD+ IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, Adreno 308 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microUSB, Android 8.0 Oreo, and a 4,000mAh battery. As for cameras, we get a single 13MP rear with 1.12um pixels and a 5MP front.

Design-wise, we get the more generic Moto design we’ve seen for a number of years now. Sadly, we lost the p2i water-repellant coating that we saw with the G6 line.

Next up is the bigger and slightly better specc’d Moto E5 Plus. Powering the E5’s bigger sibling is a 6-inch 18:9 HD+ IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, Adreno 308 GPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, microUSB, Android 8.0 Oreo, and a whopping 5,000mAh battery. As for cameras, we get a single 12MP rear with 1.25um big pixels and an 8MP front with 1.12um pixels.

The E5 Plus gets a better looking curved glass body but still with that Moto touch. Thankfully, the p2i water-repellant coating is present on the E5 Plus.

Lastly, the lowest specc’d device of the three, the E5 Play. Powering the device is a 5.2-inch 16:9 HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425/427 processor, Adreno 308 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microUSB, Android 8.0 Oreo, and a 2,800mAh battery. As for cameras, we get an 8MP rear with 1.12um pixels and a 5MP front.

The E5 Play is most generic looking device of the bunch with the Moto design treatment. Interestingly though, like the E5 Plus, it has p2i water-repellant coating.

Motorola Moto E5 specs:
5.7-inch 18:9 HD+ IPS display @ 1440 x 720 resolution
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 1.4GHz octa-core CPU
Adreno 308 GPU
2GB RAM
16GB storage
up to 128GB via microSD
13MP rear camera with 1.12um pixels, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, and LED Flash
5MP front camera with LED Flash
Nano SIM (Dual or single, depending on country)
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz + 5GHz
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
microUSB
Fingerprint scanner
NFC (Single SIM models)
Android 8.0 Oreo
4,000mAh battery
154.4 × 72.2 × 8.95 mm
174 g
Flash gray, Fine Gold

Motorola Moto E5 Plus specs:
6.0-inch 18:9 HD+ IPS display @ 1440 x 720 resolution
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 1.4GHz octa-core CPU
Adreno 308 GPU
3GB RAM
32GB storage
up to 128GB via microSD
12MP rear camera with 1.25um big pixels, PDAF, Laser autofocus, f/2.0 aperture, and LED Flash
8MP front camera with 1.12um, f/2.2, and LED Flash
Single Nano-SIM
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz + 5GHz, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
microUSB
Fingerprint scanner
p2i water-repellant coating
Android 8.0 Oreo
5,000mAh battery
161.9 x 75.3 x 9.35 mm (camera bump 0.4mm)
200 g
Black, Mineral Blue, Flash gray, Fine Gold

Motorola Moto E5 Play specs:
5.2-inch 16:9 HD display @ 1280 x 720 resolution
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425/427 1.4GHz octa-core CPU
Adreno 308 GPU
2GB RAM
16GB storage
up to 128GB via microSD
8MP rear camera with 1.12um pixels, f/2.0 aperture, and LED Flash
5MP front camera with LED Flash
Single Nano-SIM
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz + 5GHz, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
microUSB
Fingerprint scanner
p2i water-repellant coating
Android 8.0 Oreo
2,800mAh battery
151 x 74 x 8.85 mm
150 g
Black, Dark lake, Flash gray

The Moto E5 is priced at €149 (~Php 9,579) while the Moto E5 Plus is priced at €169 (~Php 10,865). The Moto E5 Play is yet to be priced. The trio will be available to the market in a few months. Local pricing and availability are yet to be announced.



Zen Estacio is a Multimedia Producer for YugaTech. He is the team's laptop guru and one of their resident gamers. He has a monthly column compiling the latest and greatest the Nintendo Switch has to offer. Aside from that, he regularly writes gaming news, reviews, and impressions. You can hit him up at @papanZEN

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