Motorola’s Moto E5 and G6 Series Phones Launching This Month – Pricing, Availability, Specs

  • Moto E5 Play, G6 Play, E5 Plus, G6

    Above, Left to Right: Moto E5 Play, G6 Play, E5 Plus, G6

    We covered the announcement of Mototola’s 2018 budget phones back in April. To quickly recap, there are six models. From least to most expensive they are the E5 Play, E5, G6 Play, E5 Plus, G6 and G6 Plus. The  E5 and the G6  Plus will not be sold in the US.

    The new phones are starting to become available. Motorola hasn’t started selling unlocked versions yet but prepaid carrier branded models have begun appearing.

    • Verizon was the first to launch, with the E5 Plus popping up on the Verizon website May 10, priced at $ 94.99.
    • Boost Mobile launched its G6 Play on May 15 for $ 129.99.
    • The Verizon G6 Play doesn’t officially launch until May 24 but it has been found in some Walmart stores for $ 129.99.
    • Boost has announced that the E5 Play will arrive on the Boost site on May 22 for $ 79.99.
    • YouTube vlogger Magic Tech Review revealed that Cricket will launch its version of the E5 Play, which it’s calling the Moto E5 Cruise, on May 25.
    • The E5 Play is also expected to be offered by AT&T Prepaid, Republic, Ting, and Xfinity 
    • The G6 Play is also expected to launch on AT&T and on Cricket as the G6 Forge.
    • The E5 Plus is tentatively coming to  Boost and to Cricket as the E5 Supra.
    • The G6 is tentatively coming to TracFone, Verizon, Ting and Republic.

    Confused? This table might make the differences between the new Moto models a little clearer:

    Feature Moto E5 Play Moto G6 Play Moto E5 Plus Moto G6
    Screen 5.2″, 1280x720px LCD 5.7″, 1440x720px LCD 6″, 1440x720px LCD 5.7″, 2160x1080px LCD
    SOC Snapdragon 425 or 427 Snapdragon 427 Snapdragon 435 Snapdragon 450
    RAM 2 GB 2 or 3 GB 3 GB 3 or 4 GB
    Internal Memory 16 GB 16 GB 16 or 32 GB 32 GB
    SD Card Support Up to 128 GB Up to 128 GB Up to 128 GB Up to 128 GB
    Cameras 8 MP rear, 5 MP front 13 MP rear, 8 MP front 12 MP rear, 8 MP front Dual 12 and 5 MP rear, 8 MP front
    Battery 2800 mAh removable 4000 mAh non-removable 5000 mAh non-removable 3000 mAh non-removable
    Fingerprint Sensor Verizon yes; Boost, Cricket no Yes Yes Yes
    Availability, Pricing Verizon 5/10 $ 95, Boost 5/22 $ 80, Cricket 5/25 $ 100
    TBA: AT&T Prepaid, Republic, Ting, Xfinity
    Boost 5/15 $ 130, Verizon 5/24 $ 130,
    TBA: Cricket, AT&T Prepaid, Unlocked $ 200
    TBA: Boost, Cricket, Unlocked $ 209 TBA: TracFone, Verizon, Ting, Republic, Unlocked $ 249

    All four models come with Android 8.0 Oreo and a headphone jack. The G6 uses USB-C for charging, the others use micro-USB port.

    The factory unlocked versions of the G6 Play, E5 Plus and G6 will be “universal unlocked” phones that will work on all four US national networks. Supported bands are: GSM, GPRS, EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz; UMTS, HSPA+: bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 8; LTE: bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 25, 26, 29, 30, 38, 41, 66; CDMA, EVDO: bands 0, 1, 10.

    Unfortunately, Motorola is not expected to launch a factory unlocked version of the Moto E5 Play.

    Sources: Phonescoop, PhoneDog, Motorola, CNET

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