Affordable Moto E5 Series Bring Oreo, Good Battery Life, and Bezel-free Displays
Moto E5 Plus India Launch Update
Update – 11/July/2018 – Motorola has launched the new Moto E5 and E5 Plus yesterday in India. After the launch of the Moto G6 and 6 Play now the company is bringing the latest phones for the buyers in the 10k to 12k price range.
Price and Availability
The Moto E5 and E5 Plus are available to purchase from Amazon India and are already on sale. The price for the Moto E5 Plus is Rs. 11,999 and it comes with 3 GB Ram and 32 GB storage. On the other hand, the Moto E5 costs Rs. 9,999 and offers 16 GB storage and 2 GB ram.
Launch Offer – On the purchase of Moto E5 Plus you can get Rs. 800 discount if you buy it using the SBI credit card.
Below are the original launch details for the Moto E5 series. Both the phones were first unveiled in the Brazil market back in April 2018.
Moto E Series 2018
After the launch of Moto G6 series (Moto G6 and G6 Play), company has now launched the more affordable Moto E series in India.
The new Moto E5 Plus and Moto E5 are battery life focused phones that also offer the modern 18:9 aspect ratio display. Similar to the Moto G6 series the E series also has got a design to revamp and now offers a more refined glass back look with reflective patterns.
Notably, these come with hidden antenna lines and have contoured edges that improve the grip and comfort.
There are some common features in the Moto E5 series such as all the devices run on the Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box with stock Android Experience.
Also, there is a selfie flash present on the front side, and the fingerprint scanner is present at the rear, embedded in the Moto Logo.
Also, there is a water repellent coating (P2i) present on all the three devices, making these splash proof.
The connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Dual Sim, Bluetooth 4.2, Micro-USB, 3.5 mm Audio Jack.
There is no NFC support or USB-Type C port.
Moto E5 Plus
For starters, the Moto E5 plus comes with a massive 5000 mAH battery capacity that effortlessly offers 1.5 to 2 days of battery life. Also, there is fast charging support to ensure that you never run out of juice.
It comes with a 15 Watts Turbo Charger that offers 6 hours of battery life with just 15 minutes of charging. Apart from the long battery, the highlight of the device is its exquisite design which looks stunning. There is a reflective wave glass rear panel that looks stylish and modern.
Notably, the phone has a large 6.0 Inch Full Vision Display with 18:9 aspect ratio (sans the infamous notch). Additionally, the display has HD+ (1440*720 pixels) resolution and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass coating.
Powering the phone is the Octa-Core Snapdragon 430 processor and Adreno 505 GPU. The Snapdragon 430 is not the fastest or the latest processor but it gets the job done and considering the price it is not really too bad.
However, we would have liked an SD 450 or a Snapdragon 625 chipset. But Motorola this year is not offering good processors even in the G6 series that comes with the SD 450.
For imaging, there is a Single 12 Megapixel rear camera that comes with 1.25-micron pixel size and has F/2.0 aperture, PDAF / laser autofocus support. At the front, there is an 5 Megapixel front selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture and dedicated flash.
Another useful feature is the presence of both face unlocking as well as the fingerprint scanner. So you can choose the method you prefer to unlock your phone.
Furthermore, it comes with 32 GB internal storage (expandable up to 128 GB) and has 3 GB ram.
Lastly, it weighs a massive 200 grams (quite bulky) and has 9.4mm thickness.
The Moto E5 comes with a slightly smaller 5.7 Inch Display with 18:9 aspect ratio and HD+ (1440*720 pixels) resolution. Also, it comes with 16 GB internal storage (expandable up to 128 GB) and 2 GB Ram which seems to be low considering the price.
Most manufacturers are offering 3 GB ram / 32 GB storage in the 10k price range.
Powering the device is the old Snapdragon 425 Quad-Core processor that comes with Adreno 308 GPU.
You can’t expect lighting fast performance out this phone as we have tested the SD 425 in several other phones and it is an average performer.
Also, there are changes to camera configuration, as the E5 sports a 13 Megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1.12-micron lens. For selfies, it has a 5-megapixel front shooter with f/2.2 aperture.
There is a 4000 mAH capacity battery that is sufficient to last all day.
The phone uses a 10 Watts charger for rapid charging. Lastly, it has a thickness of 8.95 mm and weighs 174 grams.
Note – *The Moto E5 Play is not launched in India yet, but here are the details if you wish to check these out.
The Moto E5 series has a lot in common with the Moto G6 series. The design language is similar and features such as turbocharging and addition of bezel-free display are identical.
One good thing about the Moto E5 plus is that it comes with SD 430 in India instead of SD 425 in the global variant of the phone.
As I said, in the previous article on the Moto G6 series, pricing will play a crucial role in the success of new Moto phones in the hyper-competitive Indian market.
And at the moment the prices for the E and G series are a bit higher in comparison to competition phones such as RealME 1, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, Redmi Note 5.
Lastly, the E series has a lot of positives such as the presence of Android Oreo, Large battery, Stock Android Experience and decent build quality.
Specs Comparison Moto E5 Plus Vs Moto E5
|Specifications||Moto E5 Plus||Moto E5|
|Processor||Snapdragon 430||Snapdragon 425|
|Cores||8 Cores||4 Cores|
|GPU||Adreno 505||Adreno 308|
|Ram||3 GB Ram||2 GB|
|Storage||32 GB||16 GB|
|Expandable Storage||Yes, up to 128 GB||Yes, up to 128 GB|
|OS||Android Oreo 8.0, stock||Android Oreo 8.0, stock|
|Rear Camera||12 MP f/2.0 aperture||13 MP f/2.0 aperture|
|Front Camera||5 MP camera||5 MP camera|
|Design||Glass Build||Glass Build|
|Display||6.0 Inch HD+ (1440*720), 18:9||5.7 Inch HD+ (1440*720), 18:9|
|Thickness||9.4 mm||8.95 mm|
|Weight||200 grams||174 grams|
|USB Type C||No||No|
|Battery||5000 mAH||4000 mAH|
|Connectivity||4G VolTE, Dual Sim||4G VolTE, Dual Sim|
|Expected Price||Rs. 11,999||Rs. 9,999|
Moto E5 Play
Next, we have the most affordable member of the Moto E5 series that is meant only for the US market. The phone comes with a 5.2 Inch conventional 16:9 aspect ratio display with HD resolution.
There is 2 GB Ram and 16 GB internal storage, expandable up to 128 GB using the micro-sd card. Aforementioned, it uses the same Processor/GPU as the other two devices.
Powering the phone is a 2800 mAH capacity battery that offers rapid charging using a 10 Watts charger. The E5 Play weighs 150 grams and has a thickness of 8.85 mm.
Since the phone is meant for the US market where most phones are a single sim, it skips the Dual sim support.
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