Motorola Announces Moto E5, E5 Plus and E5 Play Smartphones

Moto G6

The Moto G6 Plus has the most powerful chipset of the three new devices launched in the G6 series. Just yesterday, the brand teased the Moto G6 from its UK Twitter handle, giving us the first glimpse at the smartphone. Starting at just $199 these phones are worth consideration. Well, the company confirmed the Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, and the Moto G6 Plus (for Mexico) will be available on later this Spring. We, sadly, were not there.

That being said, Motorola typically releases its new phones in May or early June, and we're expecting something similar here in 2018.

Flagship Android phones might get all the press these days, but not everyone has $800-and-more burning a hole in their pocket. Motorola quickly followed up with the more accomplished, albeit more expensive Moto G5S, but the damage was done. The G6 will retail for around $249. That's because they're using Motorola's new 2:1 aspect ratio big handsome screens.

"The E5 Play has 5.2" HD display with an 8MP rear shooter. However, the two are different and it's important to pay attention when you buy one. "It sports a 6" display with a 1440 x 720 resolution and has polymer glass on the rear. So while the screen is still HD, it's not the best on the market. All except the bottom-rung E5 Play get math-teacher-infuriating 18:9 aspect-ratio IPS screens. It isn't so good in low light, with plenty of noise creeping in, but you can get useable results if you're careful.

Around back Motorola is using its fancy 3D glass design for a truly unique look.

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The ergonomics are spot-on; the G6 feels both robust and comfortable to hold, thanks to the metal frame and tapered rear. The Moto G6 has a Snapdragon 450 CPU paired with 3GB or 4GB RAM, while the lesser-spec G6 Play features a Snapdragon 430 chip paired with 3GB RAM. It's very hard to tell which is which unless you put them side-by-side and even then there's also a small difference. Whereas the latter two handsets charge over USB-C, the G6 Play is still stuck on microUSB.

All battery life claims are approximate and based on a mixed use profile (which includes both usage and standby time) under optimal network conditions.

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. Here's what each phone has to offer. I wasn't able to test this during my time with the phone, so wait for the full review to find out how well the Moto G6 fares when it comes to photography. It also gains Bluetooth 5.0 and a bigger 3200mAh battery. Thats actually a better chipset than the Moto G6 Play! Although we first compared it to the Honor 7A, it's a level above this phone in both its design and performance.

We now don't have Canadian pricing for Moto's 2018 lineup of smartphones, but this story will be updated when the information is available. All the three phones support expandable storage and run Android 8.0 Oreo software out-of-the-box. As for the sensors, the Moto G6 has accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor and compass. Unlike the G6, the G6 Play has a fingerprint sensor at the back and houses 32GB inbuilt storage. The diagonal measurement of the screen here is 5.9 inches. Most notably, you can now gussy up your face with a set of Live Photo effects in case you want to strap on a set of virtual rabbit ears or wail into a microphone - complete with concert lighting - without jumping into Snapchat or Instagram.

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