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Motorola's Moto E5 and G6 Series Phones Launching This Month - Pricing, Availability, Specs

Moto E5 Play, G6 Play, E5 Plus, G6
Above, Left to Right: Moto E5 Play, G6 Play, E5 Plus, G6

We covered the announcement of Mototola's 2018 budget phones back in April. To quickly recap, there are six models. From least to most expensive they are the E5 Play, E5, G6 Play, E5 Plus, G6 and G6 Plus. The  E5 and the G6  Plus will not be sold in the US.

The new phones are starting to become available. Motorola hasn't started selling unlocked versions yet but prepaid carrier branded models have begun appearing.

  • Verizon was the first to launch, with the E5 Play popping up on the Verizon website May 10, priced at $94.99.
  • Boost Mobile launched its G6 Play on May 15 for $129.99.
  • The Verizon G6 Play doesn't officially launch until May 24 but it has been found in some Walmart stores for $129.99.
  • Boost has announced that the E5 Play will arrive on the Boost site on May 22 for $79.99.
  • YouTube vlogger Magic Tech Review revealed that Cricket will launch its version of the E5 Play, which it's calling the Moto E5 Cruise, on May 25.
  • The E5 Play is also expected to be offered by AT&T Prepaid, Republic, Ting, and Xfinity 
  • The G6 Play is also expected to launch on AT&T and on Cricket as the G6 Forge.
  • The E5 Plus is tentatively coming to  Boost and to Cricket as the E5 Supra.
  • The G6 is tentatively coming to TracFone, Verizon, Ting and Republic.

Confused? This table might make the differences between the new Moto models a little clearer:
Feature Moto E5 Play Moto G6 Play Moto E5 Plus Moto G6
Screen 5.2", 1280x720px LCD 5.7", 1440x720px LCD 6", 1440x720px LCD 5.7", 2160x1080px LCD
SOC Snapdragon 425 or 427 Snapdragon 427 Snapdragon 435 Snapdragon 450
RAM 2 GB 2 or 3 GB 3 GB 3 or 4 GB
Internal Memory 16 GB 16 GB 16 or 32 GB 32 or 64 GB
SD Card Support Up to 128 GB Up to 128 GB Up to 128 GB Up to 128 GB
Cameras 8 MP rear, 5 MP front 13 MP rear, 8 MP front 12 MP rear, 8 MP front Dual 12 and 5 MP rear, 8 MP front
Battery 2800 mAh removable 4000 mAh non-removable 5000 mAh non-removable 3000 mAh non-removable
Fingerprint Sensor Verizon yes; Boost, Cricket no Yes Yes Yes
Availability, Pricing Verizon 5/10 $95, Boost 5/22 $80, Cricket 5/25 $100
TBA: AT&T Prepaid, Republic, Ting, Xfinity
Boost 5/15 $130, Verizon 5/24 $130,
TBA: Cricket, AT&T Prepaid, Unlocked $200
TBA: Boost, Cricket, Unlocked $209 TBA: TracFone, Verizon, Ting, Republic, Unlocked $249
All four models come with Android 8.0 Oreo and a headphone jack. The G6 uses USB-C for charging, the others use micro-USB port.

The factory unlocked versions of the G6 Play, E5 Plus and G6 will be "universal unlocked" phones that will work on all four US national networks. Supported bands are: GSM, GPRS, EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz; UMTS, HSPA+: bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 8; LTE: bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 25, 26, 29, 30, 38, 41, 66; CDMA, EVDO: bands 0, 1, 10.

Unfortunately, Motorola is not expected to launch a factory unlocked version of the Moto E5 Play.

Sources: Phonescoop, PhoneDog, MotorolaCNET

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  1. So none of these for Metro PCS who only brought out 1 phone almost 6 months into the year already.
    Then they wonder why the dealers aren’t selling phones like they used to, people are bored already with the same phones, everyone who wanted a j3 or aristo2 already has it, time for new blood already.

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    1. You ate correct metro is very slow in bringing new phones to market boring same old Samsung
      phones

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  2. Walmart Stores is selling the Boost Mobile G6 Play for $79 - SKU: 247042233 UPC: 723755019454 Use Brickseek to find a store in your area. The Verizon Moto G6 Play also is now available now at Walmart for $129 SKU:955535756 UPC: 723755019096

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  3. Yes that is disappointing.

    "Unfortunately, Motorola is not expected to launch a factory unlocked version of the Moto E5 Play."

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  4. Also at Walmart Stores right now the Boost Mobile Moto E5 Play for $59 SKU: 480764657 UPC: 723755019652 Use Brickseek to find your/a store.

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  5. Out of all of these the E5 Plus is going to be the winner. Similar specs to the G6 Play but with a bigger battery and presumably cheaper.

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    1. I'll still be waiting for the E6 Plus with Peppermint, unless a good $125 Black Friday deal comes along.

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  6. My husband and I each got the Moto g6 play from Walmart yesterday for 79.99 and we got my son the e5 play for 59.99 at Walmart. It's my son's very first smartphone and he's really happy :)

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  7. Please clarify, is Verizon selling the E5 Plus or E5 Play for $95? The text in this article says E5 Plus, while the table says E5 Play.

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    1. The article has been corrected. The Play is $94.99 and the Plus is $129.99

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    2. This article is calling that model the G6 Plus. That doesn't seem right.

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    3. Also corrected to say G6 Play. The G6 Plus will not be sold in the US.

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  8. Dennis the g6 play for boost is $79.99 in walmart. You didnt mention that

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    1. I didn't know that when I wrote the post. I've included the unadvertised Walmart in-store deals on the Boost e5 and g6 in today's Prepaid Phones on Sale post.

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  9. It's not showing up for me on walmart.com. Got a link?

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    1. Here is the Link when they update/post it to their webpage. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Boost-Mobile-Motorola-Moto-G6-Play-Prepaid-Cell-Phone/247042233

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    2. Ive seen it in person for sale at walmart as well as the youtuber cvtech unboxed it from walmart, sometimes they are available in store before online just like the e4 was in store before it was sold online

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  10. The Factory UNLOCKED versions should be available at Best Buy in a couple of weeks. Better Specs than the Boost or Verizon Prepaid Variants. I'm on Boost Mobile and can't wait to get the Moto G6.

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  11. The boost or verizon variants, are those locked down to the providers that are selling them?

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    1. The Moto e4 for VZW PP can be unlocked via unlock code on eBay.

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    2. Only early Verizon E4 IMEIs can be unlocked with an eBay code. Latter production runs are locked down tighter.

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  12. I can also confirm the Boost Moto G6 Play is $79 at Walmart. I purchased one and somehow was fortunate enough to activate it on the Sprint BYOD Free Unlimited plan. They also had the Boost Moto E5 Play for $59. IMO the additional $20 for the E6 Play is the way to go, a much nicer phone.

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    1. I got one also today at Walmart. But when I put my Sprint BYOD Sim card in I got invalid Sim message. I guess it is locked to Boost. Any advice would be appreciated.

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    2. He straight up activated a new line using the phone's existing sim which was already tied to the device.

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    3. @Garymeter48 -- so you didn't need to ask Sprint or Boost reps to "re-SKU" the phone in their databases, from Sprint to Boost?

      Did you need to purchase and activate Boost airtime cards for that line to unlock it first, or was there no unlock needed?

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  13. Any idea when the the Cricket version of these phones will be available ?

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  14. I am guessing the fingerprint sensor on the
    Moto E5 Plus is the Moto logo?

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  15. I don't understand why anyone would choose the G6 Play over the E5 Plus.

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  16. Correction: The E5 Plus is also not going to be available unlocked. Only the two G6 phones will be available unlocked.

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    1. Walmart - Motorola Moto G6 32GB Unlocked Smartphone Black SKU:962461805 UPC:723755019553 In-Store NOW at some stores Price:$249,Online @ Walmart.com currently $296.33 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Motorola-Moto-G6-32GB-Unlocked-Smartphone-Black/962461805

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    2. If that turns out to be true, then Lenovorola's getting stupid greedy.

      I mean, the entire demographic of unlocked phone buyers are, by their very nature, more informed consumers.

      If they see that the best phone is locked down while the unlocked G6s are severely overpriced, they're just gonna pass over this year's models and let Lenovorola take the loss.

      I'm sure the suits will spin it as proof that demand was lacking, all while comparing US statistics to countries where both unlocked variants were readily available.

      But anyone familiar with the US market will know that Lenovo intentionally shot themselves in the foot, either to stick it to Trump at our expense on orders from the chinese government, or because their numbers tell them that they can get away with releasting a snapdragon 4xx budget device for a whopping $300.

      Then again, this could be their way of trying to trick their investors into abandoning the US market entirely, just by using rigged numbers based on their own intentional mistakes.

      It might be time to brace ourselves for the market going Moto-less in the coming years.

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  17. @Dennis
    Source: https://blog.motorola.com/2018/04/19/unlimit-yourself-with-the-new-moto-g6-and-moto-e5/

    Read the blurbs for the G6s and E5s. The G series blurbs make note about the devices being available unlocked via Amazon/BB/B&H. The E series blurbs do not.

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  18. Correction to the chart -- the G6 specs say that internal storage is either 32 GB or 64 GB

    https://www.motorola.com/us/products/moto-g-gen-6

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    1. AFAICT, only the G6 32GB SKU is available in the US, at least for launch. The 64GB SKU may come later in the year, but I doubt it.

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  19. What's also interesting is that none of the phones, even the G6, have 802.11 AC wifi or LTE Band 71. While Band 71 is just getting added to phones, 802.11 AC has been around for a while.

    Both of those technologies are especially useful for people who live in old big houses in the deep suburbs or rural areas.

    Band 71 is T-Mobile's attempt to use one rural tower to reach deep into hills, big houses with thick walls, and exurbs.

    AC wifi is useful for spreading signal all around big houses and yards, and taking advantage of all the spectrum available for wifi through multiple streams, etc.

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    1. AC vs N is irrelevant on most phones, because most smartphones have only 1 or 2 antennas for wifi. To take advantage of AC's MIMO, you need 4. That's on the receiver side. You also need the router to have 4 antennas, which most consumer-grade AC routers don't.

      The short of it is that specs doesn't always reflect reality. Much of it is just marketing. It's the same as the DPI spec, or 18:9 vs 16:9, or waterproof rating, etc.

      The phones are probably capable of B71, as from older reports, the current 700 antennas/radios can also do 600. FCC docs had B71 for Lenovo lines. But for whatever (business) reason, B71 is probably not enabled in firmware, just as G2 never had B12 enabled. We'll have to wait until next year for B71 from Lenovo.

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  20. I don't get the battery configuration. The most expensive model has the smallest battery, too small actually.

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  21. Does any other budget & mid-range maker include support for all USA carriers? That's a big part of what made me go with my G4+, but these models suck.

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    1. Stay away from Orbic. I am currently having issues with cellular data and they don't know how to fix it.
      They are too new for their own good.
      Even the carriers have never heard of them, so support is zero.

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  22. When will the unlocked e5 plus be released. And when boost mobile will release their version

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  23. Nice handy chart for comparison, but please tag this post with "Motorola" for easier searching.

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