Motorola announces the Moto G6, G6 Play, E5 Plus, and E5 Play

Posted April 20, 2018

The E series consists of the E5 Plus and the highly affordable E5 Play.

Motorola said last month that it will be announcing new products in April. The Huawei P20 has a monochrome sensor to support the main one, while the LG G6 has opted for a wide-angle second camera to fit more in. This time, however, there's a dual-camera inside the circular housing. 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.

Motorola has the brand, the relationships, and a history of reliability.

Online smartphone retailers Carphone Warehouse and Amazon released pictures of the upcoming Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus. However, the company did roll-out the Android 7.0 Nougat update for Moto Z Play in India later in February 2017, with 7.1.1 Nougat rolled out later in August.

Unlocking your phone has never been easier with just one touch of the fingerprint reader, located within the phone's iconic Motorola logo. Moto doesn't bother messing with Google's icons or adding redundant apps, and a lot of people appreciate that.

As you can see, I'm heavily focusing on the main Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus here. However, the E5 has a 5.7-inch display versus 5.2 on the Play. Giving users all-day battery life in a well-rounded phone without breaking the bank. The E5 and E5 Plus will start at around $150 and $200 respectively.

The E5 Plus is powered by a Snapdragon 435 chipset with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of built-in storage (plus up to 128 GB microSD card). And it'll have the right bands for whatever carrier orders it. The phone comes with Android 8.0 Oreo, out of the box.

What's the downside? That screen is not very sharp, and also not very bright.

There's little to dislike on the Moto G6 Plus and while it's annoying that there isn't a waterproof design, that's a minor thing when overall the phone seems to be a great package. "Even with a big 5.7" Max Vision display, the moto e still fits perfectly in your hand thanks to its 18:9 aspect ratio and ergonomically curved back. Again on the back, there's a double camera and a glass finish. It'll have a Snapdragon 425 or 427 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, a 5.2-inch, 1,280-by-720 screen, and a 2,800mAh battery.

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 Moto E5 has the same 13 MP camera with an F/2.0 on the rear, as the bigger E5 plus.

Below you'll see the E5 Plus in Black and Mineral Blue.

Finally, we've got the Moto E5 Play, and as you should be able to work out from the attached specs, this is the most conservative of Moto's new affordable lineup, cutting corners here and there to keep pricing super-low. (There's also a 4GB/64GB model.) It has a 5.7-inch, 2,160-by-1,080 screen, and a 3,000mAh battery. There's a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera with flash for selfies. This phone's display measures 5.93in from corner to corner, a smidge over 0.2in larger than the regular Moto G6. The Plus version also supports Bluetooth 5.0, while the other two settle for Bluetooth 4.2.

The good news is that the Moto G6 Plus is cheaper, sleeker and, arguably, better looking than its rivals from Sony.