Our Opinion

Both Motorola Moto E5 Plus and Motorola Moto G6 Play have similar value for money, but Motorola Moto G6 Play is a slightly better phone. What should you buy? Go for the Motorola Moto G6 Play.

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Motorola Moto E5 Plus Motorola Moto G6 Play
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Excellence Score
27.6
28.5
Value for Money Score
79.0
79.0
Price ₹ 8,544 onwards ₹ 9,016 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 Jun, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 5.7 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display IPS LCD, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 1.4 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #72 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #72 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 505
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 12.0MP 13.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.25µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, HDR, Panorama, Manual Mode, Burst Shot, Best Shot, QR code/Barcode Scanner, Slo-motion mode, Video Stabilisation F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), EIS, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features LED Flash LED flash, Full HD Video Rec
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.35 mm 9 mm
Weight 197 gm 175 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, TurboPower Yes, TurboCharge
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks premium with a a high-gloss plastic back that looks like glass from afar - in fact from far away it can be easily confused for it's more expensive sibling the Moto G6
  • Decent fingerprint scanner in the rear
  • Modern, tall, 18:9 display with slimmer bezels - it's reasonably bright and vivid
  • In typical Moto fashion, the Moto E5 Plus run a clean, bloat-free version of Android, with minimal useful add-ons like Moto Display, Moto Actions, and Night Mode
  • Decent day-to-day performance - for light workloads, the phone will perform just fine
  • Decent rear camera in favorable lighting conditions, for the price bracket
  • Decent front camera in favorable lighting conditions, for the price bracket
  • Video recording is decent too with reasonably good stabilisation
  • Call quality is pretty good too
  • Excellent battery life - with a 5000mAh battery, the E5 Plus is a road warrior, and can last you up to 2 days with moderate use, before you need to charge it again
  • Fast charging support (TurboCharge) - the phone gets from 0 to 50% in about an hour
  • One of the best-looking phones in this class - even though the back is plastic it looks classy with reflective elements under the top layer responding well to light
  • Easy to use with one hand
  • The trendy new 18:9 extra-tall display adds to the looks too
  • The display is pretty good otherwise too - it has decent brightness, contrast and sunlight legibility - the only thing you are really loosing compared to the regular G6 is resolution
  • Software continues to be Motorola's strong suit with a a fine blend of vanilla Android and just the right amount of useful proprietary customizations (like Moto Actions)
  • Decent day-to-day performance backed by a Snapdragon 430 - it’s not a super-powerful chipset but does get you more-than-acceptable performance in most areas, including simple gaming
  • Good rear camera, especially in daylight - the default Auto HDR mode works well, and colors are well-saturated and natural (the only place really where the Moto G6 Play camera loses out to its senior cousins is the absence of a secondary camera for bokeh effects, and somewhat worse low light performance)
  • Decent front camera too, with a relatively subtle Beauty mode to zap your eye bags
  • Decent, clean audio quality through the 3.5mm jack
  • Great battery life - the 4000mAh unit lets the Motorola Moto G6 Play plough on through a full day of intensive use - with lighter use you should find you have 40-50% left by bed time
  • Supports fast charging (which is uncommon at this price point) - gets you from flat to 100% charge in under two hours
  • It's also likely to be more durable in the long run, compared to it's senior G6 series cousins with all-glass bodies
  • EIS for video is a great little bonus and it works surprisingly well
  • There's a dedicated MicroSD cars slot on the SIM tray, so you can have to SIM cards and and SD at the same time
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Weighing in at 197g and with large dimensions, the Moto E5 Plus is quite a bulky phone, and can be unwieldy - it is too wide and tall to be used comfortably with one hand
  • The plastic back gets scratched very easily and is a fingerprint magnet - it is also very slippery - so using a case is a good idea
  • The display resolution is on the low side
  • Performance is alright in daily use, but there are certainly significantly better performing phones around in this price bracket
  • Average loudspeaker - both loudness and audio quality could have been a bit better
  • The Moto E5 Plus is a decent phone by itself, and is a especially good choice if you value battery life above all else, but other devices from Xiaomi, Asus, Realme in this price bracket will likely be better overall deals
  • The performance is decent in day-to-day use, but there are some phones with better CPUs now in this price bracket (though that is likely to matter only if you are into gaming)
  • Camera, though decent, is a bit on the slow side too - you can only take roughly one shot a second
  • The speaker is not the most loud or clear
  • Has a micro USB charge socket rather than the newer USB-C on the senior Moto G6 phones
  • Lacks the water repellent nano-coating of the senior Moto G6 phones
  • On the whole, the Moto G6 Play is a pretty decent phone on its own, especially because of it's fuss-free software, but it will face some stiff competition from Xiaomi, Asus and Realme phones, which offer significantly more powerful devices in this price bracket
Expert Reviews
  1. Not your first budget choice
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Road warriors should should definitely consider the Moto E5 Plus, but others will be better served by heavyweights such as the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, Redmi Note 5, and Realme 1
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If battery life is at the tippy top of your smartphone agenda, there’s simply no better choice on a budget
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  4. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  8. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  9. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. A dependable phone with a nice feature set
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Great value...Has plenty going for it, including a long-lasting battery and a decent screen. If you're on a tight budget it's easy to recommend.
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Moto G6 Play packs great looks and nearly two-day battery life
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If your budget is tight, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better deal
    alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  10. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  12. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
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