Moto E5 and E5 Plus hands-on preview: Your next cheap phone

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From stock Android to huge battery backup and from a great display for multimedia consumption to better cameras, the Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus definitely seem to be an upgrade over their predecessor, and here is a look at what both these smartphones have to offer, as far as specifications are concerned.

There's only one storage option for the Moto G6 Plus and that's 64GB, so there's lots of room in here to put your apps and media, plus there's microSD support of up to 256GB if you need more room. The Moto G5, which packs a less powerful Snapdragon 430 processor, is still as smooth and responsive today as it was a year ago, so there should be no complaints about the 450. The display is still 18:9 with narrow bezels, but it's 720x1440 instead of 1080x2160, and it comes with a quad-core Snapdragon 427. It's not likely to be a powerhouse for 3D games and smooth multitasking, but it'll surely handle emails, texting, and streaming video just fine.

You don't have to be a pricey phone to get a super-tall screen, and the Moto E5 brings such a premium-looking panel to the company's most budget-oriented family. This phone's display measures 5.93in from corner to corner, a smidge over 0.2in larger than the regular Moto G6. The G6 Plus has a slightly bigger battery than the G6 at 3,200mAh and a faster-clocked 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor.

"The E5 Play has 5.2" HD display with an 8MP rear shooter.

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The Moto G6 includes the camera features that were included with the flagship Moto Z2, and later the upper mid-range Moto X4.

Moto Z Play was launched back in 2016 with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box.

The device also has a massive 5,000mAh battery, which promises up to 36 hours of battery life. It has 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 and Global Positioning System connectivity. Motorola's "Play" model is typically the most popular as it offers a very large battery. Memory options drop to either 2 GB or 3 GB, and storage is down to either 16 GB or 32 GB.

In summary: There is nothing about the Moto E5 line that differentiates it from any other decent, cheap phone. As for optics, there is a 13-megapixels with PDAF and LED flash while at the front, there is a 5-megapixels with selfie flash. The phone has a rear mounted fingerprint scanner for secure access, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a proximity sensor, and a digital compass. We're still to receive any news regarding a USA release, but the phone will be released in Europe during the first week of May at 199 Euros (around $240), available in Charcoal, Dark Blue and Gold. Sales will be coming to Europe, Asia, and South America in a few months.

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The Moto E5 Play has a single 8 MP camera with an F/2.0 aperture on the rear which can record 1080p 30fps videos.

The E5 Play has a 2800 mAh battery which can be charged via the provided 10 W charger. Sales similarly start in Brazil, then Mexico, with the rest of North America and Europe to follow.

The Moto E5 comes in Gold and Platinum colors and will cost €150 (INR12,220 aprrox).

The standard Moto G6 is a more comfortable device to hold overall because of its smaller size, but the Moto G6 Plus isn't far behind and it looks high-end when you twirl it in your fingers.

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