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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
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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