Hands on: Moto E5 review

Doug Carpenter
April 20, 2018

They're so consistent, in fact, that it's very hard to tell each one apart unless you know where to look. Once you're done with the video, read our full impressions below!

While the Moto G-series has been a sort of bread and butter for Motorola, the Moto E-series, which features lower-end specifications, aren't far behind either as smartphones from this series has managed constant sale figures, thanks to the ever-so-increasing penetration of smartphone users, worldwide.

The Moto G6 Play is the more affordable of the two, and that's because it comes with a 1440 x 720p HD display.

Considering how well the regular G6's dual camera seemed during our hands-on time, it's a shame Motorola couldn't squeeze it into the less expensive G6 Play. The G6 phones will be available both from carriers and in unlocked, all-carrier models.

Moving on, we have the Moto E5 Plus and Moto E5 Play. It will also come with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, and a Snapdragon 435 processor. Your primary camera is a 12-megapixel shooter with a 5-megapixel secondary camera that's used to provide depth information for depth editing. The Moto E5, meanwhile, comes with a 5.2-inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425/427 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage which is again, expandable. It is priced around $199.


Since the phones are similar in size, you don't need to worry about the Plus being a lot harder to handle.

You might expect from the lower price the E5 phones to look and feel cheaper than their G6 counterparts but that's not the case. The main sensor is mounted behind an f/2.0 lens and supports phase detection autofocus, as well as slow-motion video capture and manual mode.

Moto E5 and E5 Plus Software and featuresMotorola's approach to software continues to be a success story. The Moto G lineup is available first in Brazil, starting today, and will be released next week in Mexico.

The E5 Play has a 2800 mAh battery which can be charged via the provided 10 W charger. It has a 5.7in 720 x 1,440 display, a 13-megapixel f/2 rear camera and a 4,000mAh battery.

What does everyone think about this new Moto lineup? What you see is what you get.


Motorola does not say specifically, but it appears that the Moto G6 Plus will not be available in the USA, but the Moto G6 will hit the US market with a price of $249 while the Moto G6 Play will retail for $199.

Provided you have the choice, you'll want to go for either the Moto E5 or E5 Plus, and skip the Play unless you really have to hit that ultra-low price point.

The Moto E5 Plus is backed by a massive 5,000mAh battery while the Moto E5 Play has a smaller 2,800mAh battery. The Play has an enormous 4,000mAh battery. It comes in either 2 GB RAM/ 3 GB RAM variants and with 16 GB of storage/ 32 GB of storage, which is expandable up to 256 GB, via a microSD card. It's available now in Brazil and next week in Mexico and will roll out over the coming months in various countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America for a recommended price of United States dollars 249.

For something even more affordable, Motorola also announced the Moto E5 and the Moto E5 Plus, another few rungs down on the smartphone ladder in terms of specs and price. At those prices, you're getting an fantastic deal no matter which of the three you decide to pick up.


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