Motorola has announced the Moto E5 series right alongside the Moto G6 lineup, positioning the former as a step below the latter. The Moto G series has been the mid-range offering from the company and among its most successful phones. Of all the newly-announced Moto smartphones, the Moto G6 is the only one to sport USB Type-C.
The Moto G6 will start at $249 and the Moto G6 Play will start at $199, but Motorola has yet to reveal pricing details for the Moto E5 line.
The vanilla Moto G6, sitting in the middle of the line-up, comes with a 5.7-inch, 2,160 x 1,080 pixel display. The phone sports a standard 16:9 aspect ratio on a compact 5.2-inch HD screen.
Display: 5.99-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 IPS display. But, while the standard G6 can boast of a gorilla glass back, making it come closest to a flagship level build; the G6 Play has to be satisfied with a polymer glass back. However, the display on the G6 is 5.7-inches with full HD+ resolution (1080p) and again the aspect ratio is 18:9.
Motorola has also launched three new E- models. Both prices are for base model configurations. This could also swing some votes for the upcoming Moto G6 which will be readily made available in the market when it comes to India. Out of the three, the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus are slightly expensive and have premium specs sheet when compared to the Moto G6 Play - which is a budget segment device and comes with nearly the same design but toned-down specifications. The main camera on the E5 Play is a simple 8MP sensor, while the front-facing camera is the same 5MP sensor used for the E5.
Interestingly, Motorola has followed the same trend as Moto G6 series in this Moto E5 series too. The phone also gets 15W TurboPower charger, similar to the one bundled with the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus. The phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset with Adreno 508 GPU and 4GB of RAM. There are two RAM variants: 4GB/6GB RAM options, though storage is limited to 64GB on both.
Storage: 32GB/64GB variants, expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. The Moto E5 Plus, on the other hand, is powered by a Snapdragon 435 SoC clubbed with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage. Again microSD support is 128GB. The phone packs a 2800mAh battery.
The Moto G6 Play's processor is Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 clocked at 1.4GHz. Inside you get a Snapdragon 450 chipset, 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB or 64 GB of storage. Users can fit a microSD card.
Screen: As far as the screen size is concerned, Moto G6 Plus is slightly bigger in size.
Rear camera: The Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus come with dual rear cameras, where the primary camera includes a 12-megapixel sensor, while the secondary camera comes with a 5-megapixel image sensor.
In terms of imaging, the phone sports a 12 MP and 5 MP dual camera on the back.
Camera: 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture, 1.25um pixel size, Laser Autofocus, PDAF and 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash. Moto G6 Plus is also capable of 4K video recording.
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Moto G6 Play has no fingerprint scanner on the front, rather it is placed at the back of the phone in the Motorola M logo. The aperture size f/1.8. Even the camera setup is something to be talked about since the front-facing camera holds up a 20-megapixel lens on a smartphone in this price segment. The handset was launched at €299, which roughly translates to around Rs 24,000. Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus will be available in various countries over the coming months, while Moto E5 Play will sell in North America only.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro with 4GB RAM is priced at Rs 13,999 while the 6GB RAM model costs Rs 16,999. No official confirmation date has been given for the India launch.