|Launch Date||July 10, 2018 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v8.0 (Oreo)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Colours||Fine Gold, Indigo Black|
|Screen Size||6.0 inches (15.24 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||720 x 1440 pixels|
|Pixel Density||268 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||76.68 %|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 MSM8937|
|Processor||Octa core, 1.4 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Internal Memory||32 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 25.8 GB|
|Resolution||5 MP Front Camera|
|Image Resolution||4000 x 3000 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Burst mode|
|Camera Features||Wide Angle Selfie|
|Video Recording||1920x1080 @ 30 fps|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||Rear|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer|
The Motorola Moto E5 Plus promises in delivery a stellar battery performance, has got a design that is modern and what the Indian audience is expecting, well-optimized Stock OS, and a decent camera. However, it packs very less to stand still amongst the more powerful competition like the Asus Zenfone Max Pro, Redmi Note 5 Pro, and others. The performance is very average, still stuck with HD+ resolution display which is a serious let-down for us. The lack of Moto actions, face unlocking even worsen things for the Moto E5 Plus in this segment.
If you were to me if I would suggest the Moto E5 Plus to anyone, I would say a big No without thinking twice. Had the phone been priced at least by an Rs. 2000 less, we would have thought about it, but not for this pricing. So, if you are in the market looking for a phone in the sub Rs. 15,000 segment, we suggest you have a look at the Asus Zenfone Max Pro, RealMe 1, Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Right after acquiring Motorola, Lenovo had diversified the Moto line-up products into different categories catering the budget, mid-range and the upper mid-range. While the company has an incredible track record among the G-series, the E-series has been a hit or a miss in the past couple of years, courtesy of dull offerings such as the Moto E3/E4 series. Competition in the sub Rs. 15,000 is heating with phones like Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Huawei’s Honor offering amongst others. These phones are not creating a benchmark; they are also not letting manufacturers get by with old designs and chipsets.
So it takes a lot of efforts from a brand like Motorola to really hit it back. Right after launching the Moto G6 series, Lenovo-owned Motorola is back with the Moto E5 Plus that packs a massive 5000mAH battery and a 6-inch 18:9 display. So does the Moto E5 Plus has what it takes to compete against the strong pillars in the segment like the Asus Zenfone Max Pro, or the popular Redmi Note 5 Pro? We review.
The Moto E5 Plus sports a 5.99-inches HD+ (1440 × 720 pixels) 18:9 IPS display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC clocked at 1.5GHz Octa-Core processor with Adreno 505 GPU. It packs 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage that is further expandable up to 128GB with microSD. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
In terms of camera, there is a 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture, 1.25um pixel size, Laser Autofocus, PDAF and a 5MP selfie shooter with LED flash. It packs a fingerprint sensor for additional security. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS. It packs a massive 5000mAh battery with fast charging.
Budget and mid-range segment users have always had a knack for Motorola phones mostly because of their sturdier designs, solid build qualities, the Moto E5 Plus is no exception. It is thicker and chunkier than the Moto G6 Play. Weighing in at 197 grams, the E5 Plus is a bulky phone, and this is this a trade of having such a massive battery unit. As for the build, the back panel is made of plastic, which might repel those who are seeking a metal unibody design. Another downside to the plastic build is that it attracts fingerprints and can get scratched easily. Since it packs a large 6-inches size and rather too wide for a regular 18:9 phone, it is not the most comfortable smartphone for one-handed usage. The plastic back has a glossy finish with a motive to dupe as a glass finish, while it works in bits, the phone attracts fingerprints more than we hoped.
Moving to placements, up front, the Moto E5 Plus packs a 5MP selfie shooter is present, along with earpiece, microphone and the usual set of sensors. The phone comes with an impressive screen-to-body ratio and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The volume rockers and the power button are present on the right side, while the SIM card tray and a dedicated microSD card section are present on the right side. On the top, it has a secondary microphone for noise cancellation and the 3.5mm audio headphone jack. While on the bottom you have the microUSB port and a microphone. On the back, it has a 12MP primary camera, LED flash, laser autofocus within the camera module. It also has a Moto dimple on the back which is where the fingerprint sensor is present. The back panel is not removable, so is the 5000mAh battery. Overall, the Moto E5 Plus build and design is quite decent for the price tag.
The Moto E5 Plus packs a 5.99-inches HD+ (1440 × 720 pixels) 18:9 IPS display. The screen is not entirely borderless; there is a chin on the bottom where the Motorola branding is present. While the G6 series packs a fingerprint sensor in the same location, it feels like a total waste on the E5 Plus. The viewing angles are perfect, and the colors are vibrant enough. However, the panel is quite dim and reflective, which makes things worse to access the content under direct sunlight or outdoors.
As a result of the HD+ resolution, text, images are not very sharp, and pixelation is visible even to the naked eye. The Moto E5 Plus packs an always-on display, and this allows for quick replies to messages right from the lock screen. The brightness levels are moderate as mentioned above. Since we are getting a large 18:9 display, there’s enough room for watching movies, playing games and more. We wish Motorola could have bundled a 1080p panel since most brands are now inclined toward Full HD+ panels in the sub Rs. 10,000 segment. Overall, the display of the Moto E5 Plus is good, but certainly not the best you can get in the price segment.
The Moto E5 Plus smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 435 Octa-Core processor and 3GB RAM. Since the processor is an old one, the Android Oreo which runs out of the box on this device failed to impress us in terms of performance. After using this phone for a couple of days, we can clearly say that one should not expect the E5 Plus to function like other Moto smartphones like G5s Plus. The Moto E5 Plus does justice to its price as it was quick and smooth while performing tasks such as the browsing for launching the apps.
We even noticed that smartphone is slow in opening large movie files on the video players. Similarly, the loading time of the larger games also consumed a considerable amount of time.
Moving to gaming, we played a variety of games like PUBG, Asphalt 8, Nova 3, Leo Fortune and more. In the lowest settings the games were running smoothly, but in the highest settings, we noticed heavy frame drops and lagged in the gameplay. Multi-tasking experience is not the best in the market as the apps run more smoothly only when a few apps were opened in the background. That’s why, for satisfying user experience, you might want to use only one or two more apps at the same time on Moto E5 Plus smartphone. The fingerprint sensor present on the back is very fast, and it unlocks the phone instantly. Overall, the performance of the Moto E5 Plus is very average at best. With more powerful phones like the Zenfone Max Pro, we find it hard to see Motorola losing the competition.
Moto E5 Plus comes with a 12MP primary camera and a 5MP front camera. The camera on the E5 Plus does a decent job at this price range as the final output in the photo is better than what you’d see via the viewfinder. It means that the post-processing on Moto E5 Plus after capturing the image is pretty good. The photos captured in the HDR mode had more details. If you are someone who goes for a trip now and then, you would be happy with this device. The Auto HDR mode does an excellent job in capturing the landscapes with good precision.
The laser auto-focus mode on the camera app is not something that you should get excited. Though it is very fast, we found that it is slower in comparison to other mid-range smartphones like OnePlus 5. Daylight performance also impressed us, but the photos which were taken with more zoom lacked details in the final output.
The camera performed surprisingly well in the low light conditions as well. But, there were more grains in the images taken at night. The rear camera can record 1080p videos, and the quality of the video is pretty decent. The 5MP shooter on the front, might not be the best in the price segment, but certainly is capable of capturing well-balanced selfies given the bright lighting conditions. Once you move to artificial or low-lighting conditions, the front camera much like the rear fails to produce a clean image as it is filled with noise and dull colors.
We have got only one thing to say about the camera on Moto E5 Plus. You would not get disappointed in terms of camera performance if you’d buy this smartphone.
The Motorola Moto E5 Plus 5000mAh battery with support for fast charging. With moderate to heavy usage that includes calls, listen to music, play games, GPS navigation, stream movies/shows from services like Netflix, Prime Video, the phone breezed through till the end of the day without sweating much. The 5000mAh battery in our continuous video loop test lasted for over 11 hours, which is relatively reasonable, but a little underwhelming considering the massive battery unit.
The good thing about the battery is that it doesn’t drain much even when left ideal. Even with heavy usage that includes gaming, Navigation, edit photos, videos, we didn’t notice any significant battery drain. On the other hand, with moderate usage, we were able to push through two days straight. Thanks to the HD+ display, and well-optimized software, the battery life is stellar by all means. Motorola ships a 10W charger within the box, using which you can charge the phone from 0-100% in under two hours. However, the lack of a Motorola trademark TurboCharger is a bit disappointing. Overall, the battery of the Moto E5 Plus is incredible, and in this aspect, it competes well with the Zenfone Max Pro and the Redmi Note 5.
The audio is super clean. The Moto E5 Plus smartphone produces very clear sound. For those of you who own a studio headset, you are going to love the output that comes out of this device. In our tests, we listened to instrumentals, and original tracks from the west and the E5 Plus did a fantastic job in balancing the sound and producing it more accurately with detailed highs and clear bass. For bass lovers, you might want to use a headphone that powers the bass in the audio for a happy audio experience on E5 Plus. The output on the speakers was also loud and good enough. The company is bundling a set of ordinary earphones within the box that are not in-ear style. It is for the best if you ignore them and invest on a pair of decent headphones.
The video watching experience can be described in one word as “Awesome.” All thanks to the 6-inch display for that. It might be a little tough to hold the smartphone in hands due to its size, but you would forget all of that while watching any video on the E5 Plus. The device plays the full HD videos without any hindrances, but the 4K Video playback was very pathetic. It is not going to bug your mind as long as you are happy with watching only the full HD videos.
The Moto E5 Plus runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with the stock interface and March security patch. All the icons are arranged in an app drawer, and it is a good thing for first-time users or for those who prefer Stock U.I. Since it is a vanilla Android right out of the box, there are very limited customization options. Motorola has added three-finger screenshot shortcut, swipe gesture to toggle one-handed mode, and Attentive Display which keeps the display active when you are looking at it. However, much to our surprise, Motorola are removed functionalities like Moto actions, chop gesture to turn on the flashlight, double-twist to launch the camera app, are missing.
Apart from Google default apps, The Weather Channel, Instagram, Outlook, and LinkedIn come preloaded. However, you can uninstall The Weather Channel and Instagram. Since it is an Android phone, you can tweak the interface whichever way you want. It comes with 3GB of RAM out of which around 1.8GB is free when just the default services are running. Since we have a stock Android interface, the available RAM is enough to handle phone smoothly without causing any lag. We didn’t notice any hiccups during multitasking or switching between apps as well. Overall, the software of the Moto E5 Plus is good enough.