Moto E5 Plus Hands on Review

Hello Everyone, we have come back again as the new launch for Moto E5 Plus took place on 10th July and it may be one of the best mid-range smartphones for 2018. We were unsure of what it was, so we reviewed Moto E5 Plus for about a week to release our unbiased hands-on review with initial impressions. The main highlight of E5 Plus lies in the 5000mAH Battery which would easily last up to 2 working days, as told in the launch event. So, today we will review this device thoroughly on each of the aspects including Design, Display, Specifications, performance, Battery, Camera, etc and provide an unbiased review. So, after a good introduction, let's move to the specifications of Moto E5 Plus:


Moto E5 Specifications

  • 6 inches LED screen with HD+ Resolution
  • 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC
  • Adreno 308 GPU
  • 12MP Rear Camera
  • 5MP Front Camera
  • 2GB/3GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB Internal Storage
  • Android v8.1 Oreo
  • 5000 mAH Battery

For full specifications, check here 


Moto E5 Plus Design 

The Moto E5 Plus looked very premium to be honest when it was displayed in the launch event, but as soon as the device came into my hand, I got to knew the back of the smartphone was made of entire Polymers and plastics instead of the metallic body which means there is no metallic body. But due to the thin bezels on the smartphone, you would still look it as premium. 

Along with this, Moto E5 Plus has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating with the splash-resistant coating which means Motorola has paid special attention in designing its safety amongst their future customers.   

At the back of the device, you would spot a single rear camera which is quite depressing as nowadays, everyone is following the trend for dual rear cameras. Also, there's a fingerprint sensor which works fine but again, it is nothing special.


Moto E5 Plus Display 

Moto E5 Plus is powered by IPS LED Capacitive touchscreen with 6 inches display. The resolution of the screen is 720x1440 pixels which means it has HD+ Resolution. I'm not surprised by that, because Motorola has never cared about display quality even before. Although, I was firmly expecting a Full HD+ resolution.

This device, unfortunately, doesn't even have an always-on display feature which is a negative point. However, the display brightness is quite bright even in daylight conditions making it convenient for users.


Moto E5 Performance

Who would have thought Motorola will use a Quad-core processor even in the 5th edition of their mid-range smartphone. Frankly speaking, it should have been an Octa-core processor as there is neck to throat competition in the smartphone industry. Moto E5 Plus uses a Quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC, the same processor which was used in Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A. Now just imagine with the same processor, Xiaomi used to charge Rs.6000 while Motorola will charge you not less than Rs.9999. 

I won't say the processor is too bad because it already has a Qualcomm branding, but being a Quad-core processor, there is less scope of playing heavy end games. So, if you are a gamer and want this device to play games, I won't recommend you at all. This comes with an Adreno 308 GPU which is again not a powerful chip. 

The RAM variants are only 2GB and 3GB, however, it depends on the user how much is required. The storage variants are only in 16GB and 32GB. However, it can be later expanded up to 256GB microSD card.

Overall, I would happily give it 5/10 on performance but not a decimal greater than that.



Moto E5 Plus Camera 

This is the department where Motorola has disappointed most of their fans. When everyone was expecting a great camera from Motorola Moto E5 Plus, Motorola came with just a single rear camera of 12MP and 5MP front camera. This specification has disappointed most of the tech experts including me.  

Talking about the rear camera, it is a 12MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture lens with Autofocus feature. I tried capturing some shots in daylight and night conditions and here are some of the results.

Talking about the front camera, it is a 5MP shooter which can take decent selfies but not more than that.

I'll rather not comment but wait for you to decide how these images are.



Moto E5 Plus Battery

Now, this is the department where Moto E5 Plus should be appreciated as it has a 5000 mAH Battery which can easily last up to 2 working days. In my usage period, it gave me around 8hrs of on-screen time which is more than enough. Even if you are a smartphone addict, it will easily last up to 1.5 working days.



Moto E5 Plus Pros and Cons  


  • Big battery
  • 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Splash Resistant 
  • Motorola's gestures (chop to turn on Flashlight, twist to open the Camera)
  • Fingerprint sensor


  • Single Rear Camera
  • Average camera
  • Quad-core processor
  • No Full HD+ Display



To be honest, I won't say much about this smartphone as I have reviewed many better smartphones than this one. Moto E5 Plus is undoubtedly one of the misunderstood smartphones in this industry. Everyone leaked it to be a more of a flagship-era smartphone but seems like, it is nothing more but of an entry-level smartphone. If pricing is coming into play, I'm afraid, Xiaomi could beat E5 Plus with a high margin. 

To you all, I advice you to go for this device if you are not interested in playing heavy games and not intrested in camera but more of interested in big battery. That's all!!  

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