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Moto E5 Plus and E5 Play are 2018's newest ultrabudget phones

These supercheap phones from Motorola still hold on to the headphone jack.

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Motorola is hitting the ultrabudget phone space hard, breaking out three phones in the Moto E5 range that are bent on saving you money while providing the Android basics -- including the most current Android 8.0 Oreo software.

(There's also the more stepped-up Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus and Moto G6 Play if you can expand your budget.)

There's still a lot we don't know, like some of the pricing and how well these cost-conscious phones take photos. But we do know that they'll sell around the world, just maybe not at the same store or country at the same time. That's a good thing, because it will limit your choices, and also the confusion of figuring out which Moto is which.

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The E5 Plus has the largest screen, the most storage and a monster battery at 5,000 mAh. Meanwhile, the E5 Play is downright petite with a 5.2-inch screen and a removable battery. Finally, it's the most basic phone, the Moto E5, that surprises with a 13-megapixel camera -- though that still doesn't mean it takes the best photos. Time will tell. Scroll down for all the side-by-side specs. 

Where you can buy a Moto E5 phone

  • Moto E5 Plus: Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America
  • Moto E5 Play: North America
  • Moto E5: Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America

Moto E5 Plus, E5 Play and E5 specs


Motorola Moto E5 Plus Motorola Moto E5 Play Motorola Moto E5
Display size, resolution 6-inch LCD; 1,440x720 pixels (18:9 screen ratio) 5.2-inch LCD; 1,280x720 pixels 5.7-inch LCD; 1,440x720 pixels
Pixel density 268ppi 282ppi 282ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.4x3x0.4 in 6x2.9x0.4 in 6.1x2.8x0.4 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 161.9x75.3x9.4 mm 151x74x8.9 mm 154.4x72.2x9 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 7.1 oz; 200g 5.3 oz; 150g 6.1 oz, 174g
Mobile software Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera 12-megapixel (f2.0) 8-megapixel 13-megapixel (f2.0)
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel 5-megapixel 5-megapixel
Video capture 1080p 1080p 1080p
Processor 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 or 427 (varies) 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
Storage 32GB 16GB 16GB
RAM 3GB 2GB 2GB
Expandable storage 128GB 128GB 128GB
Battery 5,000 mAh 2,800 mAh (removable) 4,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Back Back Back
Connector Micro-USB Micro-USB Micro-USB
Headphone jack Yes Yes Yes
Special features Splash-proof, 15-watt fast charger, FM radio 5-watt or 10-watt charger Splash-proof, 10-watt charger
Price off-contract (USD) TBA TBA Converts to $184
Price (GBP) TBA TBA Converts to £130
Price (AUD) TBA TBA Converts to AU$237
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