Motorola announced Moto G6 and Moto E5 lines

At the beginning of April, several details about Motorola’s newest smartphones in their line of Moto G devices surfaced. Today Motorola made things official with an announcement launching the three devices that make up the new Moto G6 series of smartphones. They did not stop there though as they also announced the new Moto E5 series of smartphones, which is also comprised of three new devices. Both lines of phones include the base version, a “Plus” version, and a “Play” version.

Starting with the G6 series, the base version – which is actually the middle tier of the devices – is equipped with a 5.7-inch full HD display that has an 18:9 aspect ratio. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor and 4GB of RAM to go with 64GB of internal storage and a 3,000 mAh battery. At the top end of the line is the Moto G6 Plus which has a 5.9-inch screen and is powered by a Snapdragon 630 with 6GB of RAM. The Moto G6 Play is the bottom of the stack with a Snapdragon 430 and 3GB of RAM and also gets a 5.7-inch display. Both the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus get a dual lens camera set up on the back with 12MP and 5MP sensors while the Moto G6 Play gets a single 13MP sensor. However, the Moto G6 Play gets a larger 4,000 mAh battery that Motorola says will carry it 36 hours on  single charge.

Moving down the portfolio stack, the Moto E5 series gets the same base, Plus and Play versions of the device. The Moto E5 Plus clocks in with a 6.0-inch screen, a 5,000 mAh battery, and a 12MP rear camera. The Moto E5 comes equipped with a 5.7-inch screen, a 4,000 mAh battery, but the rear camera is bumped up slightly to a 13MP sensor. Bringing up the bottom of the stack, the Moto E5 Play has a 5.2-inch display, a 2,800 mAh battery, and an 8MP rear camera.

Motorola does not say specifically, but it appears that the Moto G6 Plus will not be available in the U.S., but the Moto G6  will hit the U.S. market with a price of $249 while the Moto G6 Play will retail for $199. For the markets that do get the Moto G6 Plus, the starting retail price is €299 ($369 USD). All of the Moto G6 devices are available today in Brazil and will hit the market in Mexico next week with other global markets coming on board in the coming months.

Motorola says the different Moto E5 devices will hit North America markets eventually, although prices for the Moto E5 Plus and Moto E5 are only provided in Euros, €169 ($209 USD) and €149 ($184 USD) respectively, so it is unclear whether they will make it to the U.S. market. All other global markets for the Moto E5 are listed by Motorola as having availability in the “coming months”.

source: Motorola


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.