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Moto E5, Moto E5 Plus: First impressions

Both smartphones will be available exclusively on Amazon India for online sale starting July 10, midnight.

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Motorola launched the Moto E5 and the Moto E5 Plus in India today. The Moto E5 Plus price in India is Rs 11,999, while the E5 is priced at Rs 9,999. Both smartphones will be available exclusively on Amazon India for online sale, but for offline retail stores Motorola will be selling Moto E5 across all retailers in India, while the E5 Plus will be made available through 600+ Moto Hub stores. Both come in two color options, Black and Fine Gold.

Amazon India launch offers of Moto E5 Plus are applicable for July 11 and July 12 only. The offers include a Rs 800 discount on SBI credit card, exchange of additional Rs 1,000 on old smartphone, no-cost EMI option and 130GB additional data from Reliance Jio valid on Rs 198 or Rs 298 plan.

The company is offering discounts on Moto Hubs as well and for both Moto E5, E5 Plus smartphones. It include Rs 1,200 cashback for consumers buying through Paytm Mall’s QR code, and additional 130GB additional data from Jio on Rs 198 and Rs 298 recharge.

Battery

The biggest highlight of Moto E5 Plus is its massive 5000mAh battery, while the smaller variant Moto E5 packs a 4000mAh battery. Additionally, Motorola has put in their 18W TurboCharger in the box, which according to company is good enough to charge for 6 hours in just 15 minutes. While it looks promising to us, we will reserve our final comments on it unless we use it thoroughly.

Design and display

Upfront, both Moto E5 and Moto E5 looks quite similar to Moto G6, G6 Play. The Moto E5 packs a 5.7-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) IPS LCD display, while the bigger variant Moto E5 Plus packs a 6.0-inch HD+ IPS LCD display carrying same resolution as the E5. Both feature the 18:9 Max Vision displays. Both get Moto Display and Moto Actions features as well. Both models also have splash resistant nano-coating too.

In terms of design, we liked the taller sibling Moto E5 Plus among the two, as it offers slightly premium finish with glass-like design at the back, which is plastic though. Talking about the handling of the two phones, Moto E5 Plus is taller among the two and difficult to handle as well. Also, the slippery back doesn’t give a better grip to hold, but having said that, it’s not just the E5 Plus, actually both devices are difficult to operate with one hand.

Performance and software

The Moto E5 in India comes with a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. About the Moto E5 Plus, Motorola has changed the processor for India, and it now packs a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM, instead of international variant with Snapdragon 435.

The Moto E5 and E5 Plus run the latest Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box, which is almost stock UI. Both devices feature dual-Nano SIM slots along with a microSD card slot to expand memory up to 128GB.

We really like the Moto smartphones software experience in general, as it tends to replicate Google’s idea of Android. It won’t be right for us to judge the performance right away, but going by what we could assess in the limited time, we feel that both devices will do a fair job with the software-hardware combination.

Camera

The Moto E5 Plus packs a 12-megapixel camera sensor with laser autofocus, PDAF and LED flash. The Moto E5 offers a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 and LED flash. Both smartphones in India carry same 5-megapixel selfie camera with flash light.

We got a very little time to play around the two devices, and in that limited time, we didn’t find rear camera to be impressive. Just to give you a fair idea, the camera on Moto G5S Plus or the Moto G6 Play in the same price range tend to click better images than these two, however, it will be really early for us to comment on camera performance. So we will suggest you to wait for our full review for that.

Final thoughts

The Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus are priced at Rs 9,999 and Rs 11,999 respectively. These come in price range where the likes of Xiaomi and Honor are already doing quite well for themselves. Their direct competitions are Honor 9 Lite, Honor 7x, Xiaomi Redmi Y2, Redmi 5 and Redmi Note 5. For Motorola to capture that segment seems a difficult task with these two devices. Both devices look decent, but then these will only attract consumers looking to buy a device with a big screen and huge battery capacity.

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  • Published Date: July 11, 2018 9:00 AM IST
  • Updated Date: July 11, 2018 9:37 AM IST