Motorola has unveiled three affordable smartphones under the Moto E5 lineup – Moto E5 Plus, Moto E5, and Moto E5 Play. All the devices in the Moto E5 family are going to be launched in the coming months (the company did not specify a specific timeframe for the launch yet) and will run pure Android 8.0 Oreo.
All the three devices have a fingerprint scanner embedded in the Motorola logo at the rear and are water-repellent. There is an LED flash at the front of all of them.
Moto E5 Plus
The Moto E5 Plus is $210. The E5 Plus comes with a Snapdragon 435 SoC. (We are really learning a lot about Qualcomm’s 4xx lineup today.) This is a 28nm chip with eight 1.4Ghz Cortex A53 cores and an Adreno 505 GPU. The display is a 6-inch, 1440×720 LCD, still with an 18:9 aspect ratio. You get 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an 8MP front camera, and a 12MP rear camera. Again, the lower you go in Motorola’s lineup, the better the battery gets: the E5 Plus has a whopping 5000mAh battery.
The device is priced at $185. The Moto E5 has a slightly smaller 5.7-inch display and a slightly smaller, yet substantial 4,000 mAh battery. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with a scope to expand it with an external SD card. The camera configurations are the same as the Moto E5 Plus. We get a 13MP shooter at the back and a lower resolution (5MP) selfie at the front with an LED flash.
Moto E5 Play
The device is priced at $199. The Moto E5 Play, the Plus’s low-end counterpart, trades the Snapdragon 435 for the Snapdragon 425 or 427 (depending on the model) and Adreno 308 paired with 2GB of RAM. The HD display’s a tad smaller at 5.2 inches, and the 8MP rear camera (8MP, f/2.0 aperture, and 1.12um pixel size) omits the E5 Plus’s laser autofocus and phase detection autofocus. It also doesn’t support Motorola’s 15W TurboPower charging; you’re stuck with 5W or 10W fast charging.