Motorola, the one brand that has come all the way from the birth of mobile phones. Though the company that owns the brand is not the same anymore, the legacy of the name is carried out successfully. The Lenovo-owned now Motorola’s latest offering in the budget-segment is the Moto E5 Duo.
E series from Moto has been a successful low-cost device with sufficient functionalities. Moto E5 as the name is the fifth generation, this time to have two mobiles- Moto E5 and E5 Plus. E5 Plus is expected to be the most value for money device of them. It poses in-house competition with Moto G6 play which is also expected to release shortly. Let us see what all we had to know from the rumors and leaks.
The E-series is the lowest priced offering from Moto of which E5 plus is the bigger brother. The phone is said to run on an octa-core processor from Qualcomm and the leaked GeekBench scores are 653 and multi-core score of 1835 which is more than expected out of this. The score is, in fact, high than the rumored Moto G6 play which is also expected to price close to this. With the Geek bench scores and rumors, the processor is said to be Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 for the E5 Plus and marginally low powered Snapdragon 425 for the Moto E5.
The display is getting bigger this time with the newer 18:9 aspect ratio. The display tech remains LCD, after all, what else to expect in the price segment. The screen is going to be 5.8 inches HD screen meaning a lower 720*1440 pixel which leads to lower pixel density but nothing to complain if the price tag is same as the previous generations. On the other hand, E5 has everything similar except that the size of the screen is around 5.4inches which gives a better PPI than that of E5 plus.
Dual cameras are descending to every budget phone. Likewise, G series smartphones got their dual cameras in the last generation, Moto G5s and it is time for E series to enter the dual camera hype. This time both of the E5 has two front-facing cameras as seen on leaks and the E5 Plus has dual rear cameras most probably 13 MP + 5 MP. The E5 is sadly left with the single rear lens. The latest leaks also outed the full view of the phone revealing few other specs and design. The fingerprint scanner is located at the back of the phone below the camera(s).
The taller display and reduction of bezels must be the possible reason for moving the fingerprint scanner to the back. The design has undergone a drastic change. The all metal body now is replaced by the shiny looking material. There is no official word on the material used. But considering the entry-level price tag, there is a high possibility of it being a glossy plastic. The trademark camera circle is seen in both.
The software is said to be Android Oreo. Motorola generally adopts close to stock android like the look and feel with certain tweaks like double press power button to open the camera, twist for flashlight and various other gestures are expected to come back. There is a small possibility of having clean Android under Android One program too like seen on Moto Z2 play in some markets. The listings leaked show a 4000 mAH battery on Moto E5 and E5 plus.
This is 20% fall from the yester year’s Moto E4 plus of 5000 mAH. This might be done in favor of making a slimmer and more ergonomic design for Moto E5 plus. The storage and RAM are held on the same as the previous gen Moto E4 plus. 3 Gb of memory for operations and an inbuilt 32 Gb of storage expandable up to 128gb via microSD slot.
How does it fair against other competitors?
There is not much competition in the segment. The notable competitors are Moto G6 play and Redmi 5. The in-house competitor, the Moto G6 play is similar in looks and specs to the E5 plus with a weaker processor. The screen is expected to be same but with Full HD resolution. Moto G6 play also has a different front-facing camera module which is not confirmed yet.
Whereas Xiaomi Redmi 5 has same resolution display stretched to 5.6 inches. The Redmi 5 has only on camera to its rear and front which makes it inferior in the camera department. The other places where E5 plus losses out are the price and the variable RAM and Memory options.
The major downside is the reduction of battery capacity by 1000 mAH from the previous gen. Though E5 plus can last a day without any issue. The reduction in capacity is a kind of downgrade. The processor though is a good processor in the segment, is 2 years old by now and is made on the 28nm manufacturing process. The battery efficiency is not expected to be on par with the current generation 14nm chipsets.
Price and Release Date
Price is expected to be same as for Moto E4 plus because lowering it or increasing it will have rivalries of equal price from Moto itself. The expected pricing is 160 USD or 10,000 INR. The release is expected on the April 19 event scheduled by Moto. But not sure whether the event is for the G series or E series or both. There is no specific date for global availability and date. The phone is most likely to hit the shelves within Q2 2018.
|Brand||Motorola by Lenovo|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 , Adreno 505|
|720 * 1440|
|18:9 aspect ratio|
|Camera||13 MP + 5 MP Dual rear camera|
|8 MP + 2 MP selfie Camera|
|Operating system||Android 9.0|
|Price||160 USD, 10,000 INR|
|Release Date||Q2 2018|
If you’re held by a shoestring budget and want a worthy device with all the moderns, then go for the E5 plus straight away. There is another very close option to it like Redmi Note 5 from Xiaomi but lacks in certain aspects of the software and dual camera. Moto E5 plus is recommended for light users who love stock android and obsessed with dual cameras.