Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Hands On With Motorola's Killer Cheap Phablet, the E5 Plus

Hands On With Motorola's Killer Cheap Phablet, the E5 Plus

Always known for its surprises, Motorola also introduced Moto E5 series alongside the new Moto G6 series.

In the United Kingdom the E5 release date is set for June and the handset will be available from a number of retailers including Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone, Amazon and Argos. To keep things ticking, it is armed with a 4,000mAh battery, and connectivity options are the same as on the Moto E5 Play.

If you're looking for a big smartphone on a budget the newly announced Moto G6 could be the answer.

Both also have 5MP and 12MP cameras in the front and rear respectively, but the G6 has dual rear-facing cameras to the Play's single.

Some downsides of the Moto E5 Plus include an outdated micro-USB port (but a 3.5 mm jack is thankfully still on board) and no NFC.

All the three phones have a Moto X4-like 3D glass design - although the Moto G6 Play is what you can call glass-like since it's inherently plastic - with the Moto G6 Plus having a 5.9-inch and the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play a 5.7-inch bezel-less display with an unusual 18:9 aspect ration. It has a Snapdragon 435 processor with a more powerful GPU, and that's importantly paired up with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage rather than just 2GB and 16GB on the lower models. There's a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera with flash for selfies. If battery life's a key concern for you, though, then the Moto G6 Play may be a better bet. The Verge speculates that the new Moto E phones will start at around $100, but there's a possibility that the E5 Plus might start at the $200 range.

From the front, the Moto G6 is a pretty standard smartphone. Like other Play variants, this model of the G6 peels back some of the hardware muscle to hit a lower price.

The Motorola Moto G5 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor under its hood, supported by 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, which is expandable via microSD.

The Moto G6's 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual-lens camera gives you portrait mode, which is another feature that's usually reserved for high-end phones.

The battery also supports fast charging, and you get a 10W fast charger in the box to help you top up in a flash.

On the front there's a 5MP selfie camera which should suffice for the occasional Snapchat and Instragram Story session.

"The Moto G6 Plus comes with a 5.99" Full HD+ IPS LCD display. There was no exception when I checked out the Moto G6 at a pre-brief demo event in New York City.

Moto G6 comes with 5.7-inch Full HD+ 18:9 display and runs on Android 8.0 Oreo. You'll get a nice step up in performance with the Moto G6 Plus (shown), though, which has a Snapdragon 630 with an Adreno 508 and either 4GB or 6GB RAM. The standard E5 will fit the bill for the widest number of people considering it's cheaper, easier to handle because of its smaller screen, and still has a huge battery.

As for pricing and availability, the Moto G6 will set you back US$249, while the Moto G6 Play will go for $199 - it's in this pricing that Motorola is really hoping to stand out, and that's a lot less than the super-powered flagships of 2018 will cost you.

Motorola says that it plans on launching all four of its new Android phones in North America this spring.

The two E5 phones will only be available through carriers in the United States, although they could come from any carrier.

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