Hands on: Moto E5 review

Posted April 20, 2018

Motorola just announced new smartphones in its G series at an event in Brazil. Not bad for one of the cheapest smartphones on the market. Well, the company confirmed the Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, and the Moto G6 Plus (for Mexico) will be available on Motorola.com later this Spring.

Unlocking your phone has never been easier with just one touch of the fingerprint reader, located within the phone's iconic Motorola logo. Also, this could suggest Motorola will be more consistent in regards to improving its own apps and added functionalities, which now include the likes of Moto Display and Moto Actions, among many others.

As for the specs themselves, the G6 and G6 Play have 5.7-inch displays with the former packing a 1080p resolution and the latter packing a 720p resolution.

There's also the £169 G6 Play and £219 regular G6 but you might well want to pay the extra dosh for the Plus. There are also face filters built into the phone, so you can share directly from the camera without using an outside app.

The Moto E5 has the same 13 MP camera with an F/2.0 on the rear, as the bigger E5 plus. All the three phones are splash resistant and come with an 18:9 display. The G6 sports dual cameras, a massive 5.7-inch Full HD+ LCD display and a glass-and-metal construction that evokes many pricier Android devices, from the company's own to competitors from the likes of Samsung and LG. The Honor 9 Lite, which costs £199, also features an 18:9 aspect ratio.

The Moto E5 Plus takes everything about the E5 and gives it a little kick, from processor, to screen size, to battery, to storage capacity. An 8MP front-facing is also present on the front with an LED flash.

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.

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One major difference between the E5 phones and the G6 is that they two phones charge via micro-USB instead of USB Type-C, which limits the speed at which the battery is replenished. The Moto E5 Plus has a 12MP (1.25-micron pixels) sensor with an f/2.0 lens, and the E5 has a 13MP (1.12-micron pixels) sensor also with an f/2.0 lens - the only notable advantage, if any, is laser auto focus on the E5 Plus. Up front, you'll find an 8MP camera for selfie duties and video conferencing.

In the Moto G line, there is the G6, G6 Plus, and G6 Play. We'll be sure to put this to the test as well during our review process.

The E5 Plus is the more pricey option with a 6-inch 720p display, Snapdragon 435 SoC, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

The E5 Play has a textured plastic back (pictured above) and feels like a well-made.

It's nice to see stock Android on the phone, and Motorola offers Google's software in its plainest form on all its handsets, allowing for speedy software updates. There is 32 GB of internal storage in this phone. The phones sit in the budget category and proceed last year's stellar G5 and E4.

The Moto E5 comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard along with microSD card slot. At 5,000 mAh, we're relieved to know Motorola hasn't downsized it for the new phone.

And the Play comes out well ahead on battery life: with a huge 4,000mAh pack inside, Lenovo has set the Play up as the entertainment phone of choice for long-lasting video playback.

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