Moto G6 and E5 detailed in full (Plus and Play, too)

Todd Singleton
April 20, 2018

The Moto E5 Play offers much of the same hardware as the base E5 (Snapdragon 425/427, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage), but comes with a pocket-friendly 5.2” screen. The Moto E5 Play will be exclusive to North America but doesn't have a price tag yet. But this time, there are several changes made and there is a new design language that the company has got. The Honor 9 Lite, which costs £199, also features an 18:9 aspect ratio. RAM is 2GB and built-in storage is 16GB with support for expansion. The G6 Play is powered by a 4000mAh battery with micro USB 10W rapid charger. The positioning of the camera on the new G6 phones solves this, and means you can take more stable pics. The cameras are 8MP (main) and 5MP (front). At the front, there is an 8-megapixel sensor coupled with LED flash. It has 3000 mAh battery with Turbo Charging.

You'll also notice that out of the four phones announced today, only the G6 has a fingerprint sensor on the front of the device. It will be released in Flash Gray and Fine Gold colour options, and feature 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, NFC (in single SIM variant only), the usual sensors, and 3.5mm audio jack.

Moto Z Play was launched back in 2016 with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. Offers 16:9 cinema-like screen ratio that's flawless for viewing of videos, photos and games. A Snapdragon 435 processor is the chipset of choice. The phone comes in either 3 GB RAM/ 4 GB RAM and 32 GB of storage/ 64 GB of storage, which is expandable up to 256 GB via a microSD card.

The Moto G6's dual-camera setup doesn't add zoom or wide-angle capabilities, but rather enables it to apply a background-blur portrait effect, or even cut out the background altogether. There's also a dual-tone dual-LED flash on the back. Both Android phones have front and rear cameras, water-repellent coatings, fingerprint readers, slow motion video and Snapdragon processors.

Or, buy the regular Moto G6 for $249 where you'll get an even better experience for only $50 more. The display is still 18:9 with narrow bezels, but it's 720x1440 instead of 1080x2160, and it comes with a quad-core Snapdragon 427. The display has an 18:9 aspect ratio and is protected under unspecified version of Gorilla Glass. A microSD card is present on the E5 Plus which accepts up to 128GB.

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As for the software, it's the latest Android 8 Oreo software on the phone and there are minimal changes from how Google intended it to look, with the phone sporting a stock style.

As with the Moto G6 Plus, there is a double camera and curved glass on the back that gives it a look that's worthy of a higher range. The G6's battery is 3,000mAh. It also has a fingerprint scanner buried under the Moto logo on the rear like its siblings.

Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, Global Positioning System and USB Type-C.

Lenovo has launched the Motorola Moto G6 family at an event in São Paulo, Brazil. We don't yet have a price for the USA but at an estimate, it will be around $300.

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.

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