We’ve been hearing rumors about new Moto E5 smartphones from Motorola dating back to early 2018. We were only expecting two new phones, but instead got three models for this year: Moto E5, Moto E5 Plus and Moto E5 Play. The new low-end models will have to compete in a crowded market and are the successors to last year’s Moto E4 handsets.
Motorola is struggling to reel in profits from their mobile division and for 2018, the company is restructuring itself to conserve costs and perform better. So far this year we’ve seen a new Moto Mod, but not much else until now. Motorola didn’t appear at MWC 2018, but we knew from leaks that new smartphones would be coming in April. Now, some of them are here including the new Moto E5 series and Moto G6 family (see this post). We’re still waiting on Moto X5 and a few others including the company’s flagship phones.
Each of Lenovo’s new models varies on the account of hardware specs and design, but can be classified as low-end. The company is continuing the product line following the name it made for itself on the market last year. The goal here is to provide value for those who don’t want to spend a lot but want more than just a functioning Android smartphone. Though each of the new models is slightly different on the outside and in size, collectively, they are very similar in terms of software and all appear to have a headphone jack, Turbo Power fast charging, a front speaker, and splash resistance. Other than that, there isn’t a whole lot that’s special, but you cannot expect much more out of budget-friendly phones like these. Here’s a rundown.
Moto E5 Plus
Moto E5 Plus is the most premium of the portfolio, so much so that it’s almost a mid-range device. It’s design looks much like most other Motorola phones but with a smooth, textured back panel. The phone makes use of an 18:9 aspect ratio. This means the device is less wide, but taller than what most of us are accustomed to with traditional 16:9. We haven’t seen this on a whole lot of budget offerings yet, so credit goes to Motorola for being among the first doing it. The screen measures 6-inches diagonally and has an HD+ resolution.
The Moto E5 Plus utilizes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor and 3GB of RAM. There’s 32GB of storage inside, which is expandable to another 128GB via microSD. This is up over last year’s 16GB of total space. There’s also a 12MP camera that comes with new software features, as well as an 8MP front camera for selfies and video chats. There’s also a fingerprint embedded in Motorola’s signature back-mounted dimple. Everything runs off a massive 5,000mAh battery cell that charges via microUSB. Android 8.0 Oreo is pre-loaded.
Price: N/A Release: Spring Colors: Flash Gray, Mineral Blue
Moto E5 Play
In the Moto E5 Play we have more modest specs, but the design is mostly similar to that of the Moto E5 Plus. This device features 16:9 aspect ratio in the form of a smaller 5.2-inch HD screen. The unit is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. These are also downgrades, but you’ll save a buck for them. There is also microSD card support, and the cameras are 8MP on back and 5MP up front. The device also has the fingerprint scanner in the same place, but there’s a lessor 2,800mAh removable battery inside that charges via microUSB. Android 8.0 comes installed.
Price: N/A Release: Spring Colors: Black
Moto E5 is in the middle of the pack and has a similar design to the other models. The handset has a 5.7-inch, 18:9 screen that is of an unknown resolution. Processor, RAM, camera, battery, and storage are unknown, but we do know it’ll have a microSD card slot. There will also be a fingerprint scanner mounted on back. We’d expect Android 8.0 though it has not been confirmed. Hopefully we get more details soon.
Price: $185 USD Release: Spring in Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America Colors: N/A