The 19 April launch of the Moto G6, G6 Plus and G6 Play came as no great surprise, but also sharing that launch event was an updated Moto E line. Three new models - of which only the standard and Plus versions will be available in the UK - go on sale in June.

When is the Moto E5 release date?

Announced on 19 April 2018, the Moto E5 and E5 Plus will go on sale in early June. A third handset, the Moto E5 Play, will also be available in the US (though the standard Moto E5 will not be available).

The Moto E5 will come in Flash Grey and Fine Gold, while there are additional Mineral Blue and Black options for the Moto E5 Plus.

How much does the Moto E5 cost?

The Moto E5 will cost £119 in the UK, while the Moto E5 Plus is an additional £30 at £149. Expect to find them at Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone, Amazon and Argos.

What's new in the Moto E5?

These are some of the cheapest Android phones sold by Motorola, and yet the Moto E5 Plus looks just like the Moto G6 Play. It has an acrylic rear while the standard Moto E5 is plastic, and both sport fancy new 18:9 displays - albeit with HD+ resolutions.

The Plus model is quite a bit bigger and heavier than the Moto E5, and this is down to two key things: one, it has a 6in IPS display to the E5's 5.7in panel; and two, it has a crazily high-capacity 5000mAh battery. But even the standard model fares pretty well in the battery stakes, with a G6 Play-matching 4000mAh battery.

Both support TurboPower fast charging (10W), but being budget phones they charge over old Micro-USB ports.

Beside their lower-resolution screens, the Moto E family also stands apart from the new Moto G phones in terms of camera performance. While the Moto G6 and G6 Plus both feature dual-cameras, the Moto E5 is a single-lens camera family. You get 13Mp on the standard and 12Mp on the Plus, though the Plus is the better camera with a laser autofocus and larger pixels, useful in low light.

Performance has also come down a notch - but not a great deal. There's a quad-core Snapdragon 425 inside both Moto E5 and E5 Plus, which is integrated with Adreno 308 graphics. Meanwhile the G6 Play is fitted with a Snapdragon 430, and the standard G6 a Snapdragon 450.

Memory and storage is also reduced, with 2GB and 16GB in the standard, and up to 3GB and 32GB in the Plus. Both phones will accept microSD cards up to 128GB in capacity.

Sadly, while these new budget phones look very modern, Motorola has confirmed they will never be updated beyond Android Oreo. 

Moto E5 specifications

  Moto E5 Moto E5 Plus
Price £119 £149
Availability June 2018 June 2018
Display 5.7in HD+ (1440x720, 18:9) IPS LCD, Gorilla Glass 3 6in HD+ (1440x720, 18:9), Gorilla Glass 3
Operating system Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo
Processor 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, quad-core
Graphics Adreno 308 Adreno 308
Memory 2GB 2GB/3GB
Storage 16GB 16GB/32GB
MicroSD support Up to 128GB Up to 128GB
Primary camera 13Mp, f/2.0, 1.12um pixels, PDAF 12Mp, f/2.0, 1.25um pixels, Laser autofocus
Selfie camera 5Mp, LED flash 8Mp, f/2.2, 1.12um pixels, LED flash
Fingerprint scanner Yes, rear Yes, rear
Connectivity 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
Audio Mono speaker, 3.5mm jack Mono speaker, 3.5mm jack
Battery 4000mAh 5000mAh
Charging tech TurboPower (10W), Micro-USB TurboPower (10W), Micro-USB
Dimensions 154.4x72.2x8.95mm 160.9x75.3x9.35mm
Weight 174g 197g

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