Moto G6 and E5 detailed in full (Plus and Play, too)

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The Moto E5 Play also comes with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and microSD card slot. The Moto G6 will start at $249 while the G6 Play starts at $199, and will be available this Spring. When it boils down to it, Motorola's "G" series smartphones do everything I need a smartphone to do for a fraction of the price I usually pay for a new smartphone. The G6 Play comes with a 5.7-inch 18:9 aspect ratio display with a screen resolution just above 720p.

The Moto G6 has a dual-lens camera.

For a shade less than £220 you get a crisp 5.7-inch Full HD+ screen in a body narrower and only slightly taller than its predecessor's. The effect was both precise and quick when I focused on a pink flower, taking no time at all to work its magic. But Motorola is blurring the line between mid-range and high-end quite considerably with the Moto G6's design.

Currently, it's unclear just how much of a difference the Moto G6 Plus' specs will actually make over the Moto G6.

The budget Moto G6 Play, available in deep indigo and silver, has the same 5.7-inch screen but a lower 1,440 x 720 pixel resolution, and a slower Snapdragon 427 chipset. The processor choice is a curious one, as it's something of a step down from the Snapdragon 625 chipset inside the Moto G5 Plus.

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Since the latest update is a major one and brings a slew of new features and changes, it is bound to weigh more. They both also feature curved glass, Gorilla Glass 3, on the back, similar to what the Moto X4 had. A lone 13MP camera sits on the rear and 8MP front camera for selfies.

The Moto E5 less interesting but it is even cheaper.

That's disappointing, considering the E4 Plus was one of the longest-lasting smartphones we tested past year, yet still cost just $179.

The Moto G6 Play is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front sensor, with the former offering "rapid-focusing" capabilities and coming with the majority of imaging features supported by the regular Moto G6, including the ability to leverage artificial intelligence in order to recommend the best shot from a group of consecutively taken photographs. It's the G6 Play that's a little different with the headphone jack on the top and the fingerprint scanner on the rear.

What excites us most, however, is the battery.

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Motorola is owned by Lenovo, a Chinese company, but product marketing manager Thomas Milner and his colleagues made it clear that design and development decisions are made at Motorola's headquarters in Chicago; it's hard out there for a Chinese phone maker right now.

The E5 Play has a 2800 mAh battery which can be charged via the provided 10 W charger.

The E5 Plus will nearly certainly cost under $200 at carriers, and for that, you get decent specs. Plastic shouldn't be the buzzword for disappointment that it has become, but this particular application in the E5 Play isn't satisfying in a soft-touch kind of way, nor does it feel particularly sturdy.

The E5 Plus is the one to get, provided you can handle the size and weight.

Motorola today announced the new Motorola moto g and moto e5 families at a global launch event in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The phone comes with Android 8.0 Oreo, out of the box. The Moto G6 Plus will cost €299 (roughly $370 with a straight conversion), the E5 will set you back €149 ($185), and the E5 Plus is going to cost €169 ($210). As we saw with the Moto Z2 Play previous year, the "Play" moniker no longer means "slightly cheaper with a huge battery" as much as it just means "the lowest-end model in the lineup" - and that rings true here.

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