Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Moto G6 lineup official with 18:9 displays and dual cameras

Moto G6 lineup official with 18:9 displays and dual cameras

Storage is also expandable up to 128GB.

As usual, Motorola didn't stray too far from stock Android 8.0 Oreo here, and I'm still perfectly pleased by that.

In general the camera array is the same, a 12Mp main sensor backed up by a 5Mp sidekick, but the Plus benefits from dual autofocus and a slightly better f/1.7 aperture.

The Moto E5 comes with a 4,000mAh battery which should be sufficient for more than a day. The phone also has a QR code and barcode scanner - not features that necessarily sell a device, but can be nice to have. It's also worth pointing out that neither Moto E5 gets the p2i water repellent treatment, but they're so affordable that if you soak one and kill it it won't be a complete disaster.

Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, Global Positioning System and USB Type-C.

As you can see, I'm heavily focusing on the main Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus here.

From the front, the Moto G6 is a pretty standard smartphone. The phone is priced at €250 (INR 20,364 approx).

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The Moto E5 price is just £119 (around $170, AU$220) SIM-free, making it a highly affordable handset.

The Moto E5 Plus has a spec bump across the board over the E5 and E5 Play. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 425 chipset and Adreno 505 GPU. RAM is 2GB and built-in storage is 16GB with support for expansion. The phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo. It also lets you unlock your phone using facial recognition, as with the iPhone X. We're yet to see if it's as slick as that, or how well it works in the dark. The Moto E5 Plus, in particular, offers a tempting alternative, with a larger screen and a bigger battery for less.

As for the specs themselves, the G6 and G6 Play have 5.7-inch displays with the former packing a 1080p resolution and the latter packing a 720p resolution.

There's no wireless charging, but the Moto G6 does come with NFC as standard, which is another step up from last year's model.

You don't have to be a pricey phone to get a super-tall screen, and the Moto E5 brings such a premium-looking panel to the company's most budget-oriented family. It has an LED flash on the back. The update weighs more than 1 GB in size, so, you are advised to download it over a Wi-Fi connection for faster speed and to avoid incurring any extra charges on your mobile data. The phone has a rear mounted fingerprint scanner for secure access, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a proximity sensor, and a digital compass.

There's also a 3.5mm headphone jack - something that's become a rare commodity these days - and Bluetooth 4.2 for those who've discovered the freedom of wireless headphones.

"The display is 5.2" HD display and it comes with a Snapdragon 425/Snapdragon 427 depending on the market. To the front, the seflie camera is an 5 MP shooter with a LED flash. The difference in build quality is immediately apparent right off the bat, thanks in no small part to the inclusion of a shiny Gorilla Glass 3 backing in blue, black or gray. Sales similarly start in Brazil, then Mexico, with the rest of North America and Europe to follow. Motorola plans to roll out to countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America in the coming months. The E5 and E5 Plus will start at around $150 and $200 respectively. Four of the announced phones will see an eventual release in the USA, with the Moto G6 Plus and standard Moto E5 only set for release in the Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Brazil, and Mexico.

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