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Motorola Unveils Launch Date and Availability for Moto G6 and Moto E5 Series

Motorola has just unveiled its latest entries into the tough smartphone market for this year. These devices fall under the lineup of the Moto G and Moto E series, which mean they are priced between $100 and $300. It's pretty important for Motorola to continue with these two smartphone series since they are considered a best seller in its price point. With these devices now available, the smartphone market has a number of options for those who are serious about getting a new phone.

In more detail, here are the specs of each device under these two smartphone families:

Moto G Family

Moto G6 series

The Moto G series is, without a doubt, one of the best sellers under Motorola's belt. This year, Motorola is releasing three devices under the G line namely the Moto G6, G6 Play, and the G6 Plus.

Moto G6

The new Moto G6 comes with a 5.7-inch Full HD Max Vision display with a 3D glass back. It has a Snapdragon 450 processor with 3GB of RAM/32GB onboard storage or 4GB of RAM/64GB onboard storage options. You can take pictures with the dual rear 5-megapixel and 12-megapixel camera. This phone also features a multifunctional fingerprint reader and includes USB-C.

Price: $249

Moto G6 Play

The Moto G6 Play comes with a 5.7-inch display with a 720p resolution. Powering it from within is a 1.4GHz processor with a 2GB RAM/16GB onboard storage or 3GB RAM/32GB onboard storage option. What's exciting about this device is that it comes with a 4000mAh battery that can last over a day's use. The camera on the back has a 12-megapixel sensor.

Price: $199

Moto G6 Plus

The Moto G6 Plus has almost the same specs as the G6 Play. It, however, comes with a 5.9-inch Full HD Max Vision display. The G6 Plus is also able to take stunning photos. Unfortunately, this device will not be available in the US.

Price: $369

Starting today, you can get the Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, and Moto G6 Play in Brazil. It will also be launched in Mexico by next week. In the coming months, these devices will roll out to other countries like Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America.

Moto E Family 
Moto E5 series

Just like the Moto G family, this year's Moto E lineup comes with three devices. One of these devices will also not be available in the US, the regular Moto E5.

Moto E5

The Moto E5 comes with a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 1440x720 resolution. From within, the device runs on a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB onboard storage. The E5 comes with a 13-megapixel rear-camera with 1080p video recording. It is powered by a 4000mAh battery.

Price: $184

Moto E5 Plus

The Moto E5 Plus is the only device from this lineup that will be sold globally. It comes with a 6-inch Max Vision screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It will run on a Snapdragon 435 processor, 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for memory expansion. To take photos with this device, you can shoot from the 12-megapixel rear-facing camera. It also comes with a 5000mAh battery, a curved back, and a fingerprint reader.

Price: $209

Moto E5 Play

Instead of the Moto E5, the Moto E5 Play is the model that will be available exclusively in North America. The device has a 5.2-inch HD display, water repellent coating, and a 2800mAh removable battery.

Price: Unannounced

The Moto E5 Plus will be rolling out to Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America in the coming months. The Moto E5 will be available in Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America in around the same time. Meanwhile, the Moto E5 Play will be sold in North America only.

Source: Motorola


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  1. Hope it makes the list of Amazon Prime phones. I've always liked the Moto G series, though updates don't happen now that they are owned by Lenovo.

    1. Umm...over the last 2 months I got two system updates on my "old" E4.

    2. Not true. All of my Motorola E4 have received consistent Android security patches. I'm up to April 1 (2018) on mine now.

  2. The G6 Play and the E5 appear to be the same phone. Maybe that's why they aren't releasing the E5 in the US.

    Does the E5 Plus really have a 5000mAh battery or is that a typo? And is its display 720p or 1080p?

    1. The source page has links to the full specs om the Motorola site.

      The G6 Play and E5 are similar but not identical. Differences include (E5 in parentheses)
      SOC: SD 427 (SD 425)
      Storage/RAM: choice of 16/2 GB or 32/3 GB (16/2 GB only)
      Sensors: G6 Play has a gyroscope (E5 doesn't)
      Water protection: p2i (none)
      WiFi dual band (single band)
      NFC: no (yes)

      The E5 Plus does have a 5000 mAh battery. Its screen is 1440 x 720 px.

  3. Are all of these phones universal phones?

    1. Yes, although none of them support band 71 (:

    2. PCMAG reports Motorola will include band 71 if T-Mobile orders it. Still two years to go before the digital TV repack (freeing up channels 38-51 for band 71) is complete to make band 71 available nationwide.


  4. Moto G6 Plus is the only one worth getting.
    Why would Lenovo not offer it in the U.S.?

  5. Specs on E5 Play - processor, RAM, storage ? I was hoping that the Moto E5 Play had higher capacity battery. OTOH at least it is still removable.

    1. It looks like you answered your own questions below. Except for the battery which is 2800 mAh.

  6. Moto E5 Play Specifications-

    Operating system

    Android™ 8.0, Oreo™

    Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 425/427 processor with 1.4GHz quad-core CPU and Adreno 308 GPU‡‡
    Memory (RAM)

    2 GB**
    Internal storage

    16 GB††
    Expandable storage

    microSD Card support (up to 128 GB)§

    Fingerprint Reader†, Proximity, Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Magnetometer (e-Compass), Sensor Hub‡‡

  7. Are the E5 series phones universal?

    1. Yes the factory unlocked ones will be. Carrier branded versions will be locked and may have competitors' bands disabled.

  8. I'm only interested in the model(s) with USB-C. It's mind-blowing in 2018 that we're still selling $200+ phones without the latest USB-C port capability. I refuse to purchase any more devices at these price points which do not utilize USB-C (same goes for laptops and other devices!) Get with the times!

    Moto G6 looks nice. $249 is a bit steep but we'll see. I'm really confused with Moto's strategy all the way around though. The E4 was a smashing success so I'm not sure why the E5 isn't being sold in North America and why the price has went so high? It's not a high end device by ANY means but should be a solid all-around performer. My only lament (again) is the lack of USB-C in that device and others from their "new" 2018 lineup.

    1. What does USB-C do for the end user today besides requiring them to buy new cables and adapters?

    2. It will be the standard for a very long time Dennis. I don't want to carry around multiple cables and adapters and jimmy rig things to charge my devices. USB-C is the standard and devices need to get on board. I doubt it's really that much more expensive and they can throw in a 25 cent adapter to appease those who insist on using their dollar store MicroUSB chargers!

      I want one cable, one connector, that does everything. Laptop, tablet, cell phones, you name it. USB-C gives that and much more. It's not about having to buy cables and adapters (which are pretty cheap now anyways, by the way) but rather moving to the superior technology.

  9. Wonder if they'll ever release the Moto C over here, the Moto E's became what the Moto G's were a while back

  10. I wound if the decision not to release the Moto E5 and Moto 6 Plus not being sold in the USA will change will change with Hauwei and ZTE being out this market.

    1. I actually don't know why they're even selling the G6 and its Play version here.

      Between the E5 Play, E5 Plus and G6 Plus, they pretty much have the budget ($150), mid-range ($210) and poor man's flagship ($370) tiers covered.

      That, and the E5 Plus blows the G6P put of the water for only $10 more, while the extra $30 for a G6 only buys you modest screen and processor improvements.

      And if you really are willing to pay more just for a little more RAM, storage, screen quality and a better processor, then you'll probably want the full powered G6 Plus to begin with.

      Anyway, they basically screwed over half their lineup with the E5 Play and Plus, and not releasing the only other worthwhile device seems like an amateur mistake.

      Or rather, if they weren't going to release the G6 Plus stateside, they should've just nixed the G6 series entirely and focused all their attention on selling the E5 Play as a branded carrier device and the E5 Plus as their sole unlocked mid-range offering.

      It would've made a lot more common sense than cannibalizing their already limited target demographic.

  11. Motorola Moto G6 Forge (Cricket Wireless) In-Stores @ ShopKo & Walmart Stores $99

    1. also available at Best Buy -
      "Motorola Moto G6 Forge (Cricket Wireless) In-Stores @ ShopKo & Walmart Stores $99


  12. 0 megapixel camera which operates at 1600 x 1200 pixels and includes geo-tagging as standard.

    Today hardly anyone uses paper kind of these telephone book and most
    men and women search for these local services using their cell phone.
    This model features touchscreen display, it possesses a bag of chips
    shape, which is very pocket friendly.

    1. 0 megapixel camera? I suppose it might work if you are a planarian.

      Or perhaps once the heat death of the universe has been achieved.

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