The latest Moto G and Moto E-series smartphones are now official as Motorola introduced several Moto G6 and E5 models at affordable price points.
The Moto G and Moto E series are not about high-end phones but about affordability and they’re among the company’s most successful products. According to Motorola, the Moto G is its top-selling smartphone of all time.
Moto G6 And Moto G6 Play
For its best-selling line, Motorola has introduced a Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play. A Moto G6 Plus is also in the cards but will not make it in the United States. The Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play, meanwhile, sport similar designs — tall displays with 18:9 aspect ratios, thin bezels, and curved edges on the back.
They both sport glass designs, with the Moto G6 Play featuring a polymer glass back while the regular Moto G6 gets Gorilla Glass. They share some specifications, but the standard Moto G6 is slightly better equipped.
The Moto G6 comes with a 5.7-inch full HD+ (2,160 x 1,080 pixels) display, a Snapdragon 450 processor, and two configurations — 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, or 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.
Other specs include a front-mounted fingerprint sensor, dual rear cameras — 5MP + 12MP — and “advanced imaging software, including built-in face filters and an “active photo” mode. Of all the newly-announced Moto smartphones, the Moto G6 is the only one to sport USB Type-C.
The standard Moto G6 Plus features a 5.9-inch Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC and is available in two variants, 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM, both with 64GB of onboard storage. At the back of the phone is a dual-rear camera setup with 12MP+5MP cameras with f/1.7 aperture lens and DualPixel autofocus. At the front is an 8MP camera. The device is equipped with a 3200mAh battery with the company’s TurboPower fast charging technology. The phone features p2i-rated water-repellent coating protects it from splashes and light rain.
The Moto G6 Play, meanwhile, has a 5.7-inch HD display (720p), which makes it less sharp than the Moto G6. This model also drops the dual camera setup, featuring only a 12-megapixel rear camera.
Moto E5 Series
The latest Moto E models include a Moto E5 Play, a Moto E5 Plus, and a standard Moto E5 that won’t reach the United States. The phones don’t offer high-end specs, but they aim to deliver a more than decent performance on a budget.
The Moto E5 Plus features a 6-inch HD screen (720p), a Snapdragon 435 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a 12-megapixel rear camera, and a massive 5,000 mAh battery. In terms of design, it feels cheaper than the G6 (it actually is), sporting a polymer glass back.
The Moto E5 Play, meanwhile, is more basic, with a plastic build and a 16:9 aspect ratio. Other than that, the phone has a 5.2-inch HD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a surprisingly small battery of just 2,800 mAh.
The Moto G6 will start at $249 and the Moto G6 Play will start at $199, but Motorola has yet to reveal pricing details for the Moto E5 line. The Moto E5 Play will likely start at around $100, but the Moto E5 Plus could get close to the price of the Moto G series.