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

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Lenovo-owned Motorola Mobility launched its new Moto G6 line-up at an event in Brazil on Thursday. The Moto G6 has a 3,000mAh pack and the Moto G6 Plus bumps up to 3,200mAh to handle the larger screen, but neither is likely to last as long as the Play. That said, no price has been announced for either version of the E5.

The Moto G6 Plus offers the most advanced camera setup too and matches the Moto X with its dual 12MP & 5MP f/1.7 lenses complete with Dual Autofocus Pixel tech. The smartphone is available in 2 shades - Indigo and Gold colours which measures 159.9x75.5x7.99mm in dimension. Just like the Moto E5, the rear is covered in polycarbonate.

The Moto G6 Play is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front sensor, with the former offering "rapid-focusing" capabilities and coming with the majority of imaging features supported by the regular Moto G6, including the ability to leverage artificial intelligence in order to recommend the best shot from a group of consecutively taken photographs. The Moto G6 Plus will be powered by an even more powerful octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor with 4GB and 6GB of RAM. A lone 13MP camera sits on the rear and 8MP front camera for selfies. The E5 has a 4,000mAh fixed powerpack, while the E5 Play has a 2,800 removable battery. Luckily the Moto E5 also comes with a microSD slot, allowing you to build on the internal space with cards up to 128GB in size.

The Moto G6 Play has an 18:9 display like the standard G6, but it is 720p rather than 1080p.

The 2018 Moto G handsets feature 18:9 aspect ratio displays with curved edges and thin bezels.

With the Moto G6 line, you have the higher-end G6 along the more budget G6 Play.




In terms of core hardware, the Moto G6 Play is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 processor with 2GB and 3GB RAM options.

"Leaked details also revealed a front-mounted fingerprint sensor, a front-flashing flash as well as what looked like a glass back", the report added. The other three models have the fingerprint scanners on their backs and have microUSB ports.

The battery also supports fast charging, and you get a 10W fast charger in the box to help you top up in a flash. Selective Black and White lets you choose different parts of the image to colorize, leaving the rest black and white. However, Ron Amadeo at Ars Technica says the Moto G6 and its Play sibling are guaranteed to get one major OS upgrade, presumably to Android P, at some point in the future. Marketed as "picture ideal in every way", the 5.9-inch G6 Plus pairs a Full HD+ 2:1 "Max Vision" display with dual 12 + 5MP rear-facing cameras for both top-notch content consumption and creation.

Armed with Android Oreo operating system, the E5 Play comes in Snapdragon 425/427 processors with Adreno 308 GPU and 2 GB RAM. It also has fingerprint sensor located below the display.

Starting with the G6, there are three devices in the lineup: G6, G6 Plus, and G6 Play.

Again these phones are $199 or $249 and will be available sometime in May or June. We're still to receive any news regarding a U.S. 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.

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