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Motorola Moto E5 Play


Motorola Moto E5 Play
Motorola Moto E5 Play (Moto Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) 4 x 1.4 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
1024 MB 
5.20 inch 18:9, 960 x 480 pixel 206 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 11.9 GB free
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm audio, Card Reader: microSD up to 128 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, proximity sensor
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 4.2, 2G (850/​900/​1,800/​,1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B38/​B40), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 9 x 147 x 71 ( = 0.35 x 5.79 x 2.8 in)
8 Wh, 2120 mAh Lithium-Ion, removeable
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Primary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.2, LED flash, 1.12µm pixels
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix 5 MP, selfie flash
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker at the top of the device, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, 24 Months Warranty, Head SAR: 0.572W/​kg, body SAR 1.588W/​kg - LTE Cat 4 (150Mbps/​50Mbps), fanless
150 g ( = 5.29 oz / 0.33 pounds), Power Supply: 63 g ( = 2.22 oz / 0.14 pounds)
99.99 Euro



Average Score: 69.28% - average
Average of 4 scores (from 10 reviews)
price: 90%, performance: 23%, features: 58%, display: 72% mobility: 90%, workmanship: 69%, ergonomy: 69%, emissions: 95%

Reviews for the Motorola Moto E5 Play

73.1% Motorola Moto E5 Play Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
In recent years, Motorola's E-series smartphones were usually less than or around $150 and more often than not well worth their money. Let's find out whether or not this is still the case with the company's latest effort, the Motorola E5 Play.
60% Moto E5 Play review
Source: Tech Advisor English version
Compromises are inevitable with any phone below £100, but the Moto E5 Play is difficult to recommend when the regular E5 will give you a metal body, more RAM, better cameras, and a bigger battery and display - all for just £30 more.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/28/2018
Rating: Total score: 60%
74% Motorola Moto E5 Play review
Source: Android Guys English version
Regardless of where you buy it, the Moto E5 Play makes for a solid all-around value. It’s everything you need in a device (web, social media, email, and messaging) with just a little bit left over.There’s nothing overly sexy about the phone but we appreciate having the 3.5mm headphone jack, fingerprint sensor, and microSD card. It runs a very modern version of Android and the custom Motorola touches are essentially opt-in. We might like to remove some of the Verizon branded stuff but that ought not reflect on what Motorola’s done here.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 74% price: 90% features: 80% display: 70% workmanship: 70%
Moto E5 Play review: Okay phone, but an excellent price tag
Source: Talk Android English version
Compared to the phones that normally fill news headlines and grab our attention year-round, the Moto E5 Play is pretty middling. Performance is so-so, the camera could use some serious improvements, and there’s no single standout feature that really sells the phone on its own.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/02/2018
Moto E5 Play and Moto E5 Plus review: All good things come to an end
Source: Android Authority English version
Motorola's lack of control over this launch means people will be paying anywhere from $40 to $288 for these phones, which makes it very difficult to provide a simple recommendation. If you're going to buy one of these devices, I recommend the Moto E5 Play, but I wouldn't pay more than $60 or $70 for it. If you have a budget of around $200, you should instead consider a better budget phone like the Moto G6 Play or a refurbished phone.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 08/01/2018
Motorola Moto E5 Play
Source: PC Mag English version
The Moto E5 Play is an affordable no-frills smartphone that can provide all your basic calling, app, and web browsing needs.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/18/2018
Moto E5 Play and E5 Plus Review
Source: Phone Arena English version
As for the E5 Plus, it's a bit of a tougher sell. It is priced at $180 on Cricket and $288 on Sprint, and within this price range you have alternatives from Nokia – the 6 and 6.1 namely. There's also Moto's own G6. All of these offer similarly clean Android experiences, better looks, and potentially better cameras. The only solid reason for picking the E5 Plus instead is its long battery life. Lastly, we can’t forget the still formidable iPhone SE selling for less money than the E5 Plus too – if size and OS is no matter to you, of course.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 06/28/2018
70% Moto E5 Play Review: A Solid Sub-$100 Phone, with a Catch
Source: Tom's Guide English version
There's something to be said for modest handsets like the Moto E5 Play. It's admirable that Motorola continues to lower the barrier of entry to a modern smartphone running up-to-date software. Like previous E-series devices, the E5 Play is a leader in its segment.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/20/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
Moto E5 Plus and E5 Play are 2018's newest ultrabudget phones
Source: CNet English version
Motorola is hitting the ultrabudget phone space hard, breaking out three phones in the Moto E5 range that are bent on saving you money while providing the Android basics -- including the most current Android 8.0 Oreo software.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/19/2018

Foreign Reviews

Review | Motorola Moto E5 Play
Source: Target HD Portuegese PT→EN version
Positive: Powerful hardware; high performance; good price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/16/2018
Обзор Moto E5 Play 2/16GB. Недорогой смартфон от легендарной Motorola
Source: Mega Obzor RU→EN version
Positive: Nice design; great built quality; decent performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/14/2019


Qualcomm Adreno 308: Integrated mid-range graphics card in the Snapdragon 425 SoCs that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and features unified shaders.

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

425: Entry-level SoC that was announced in February 2016. It integrates 4 ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at up to 1.4 GHz, an LPDDR3 memory controller and wireless radios for WiFi and 4G/LTE.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.15 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.

Motorola: The original company Motorola Inc was split in 2011. Motorola Mobility got the smartphone range and was taken over by Google in 2012 and by Lenovo in 2014. The Motorola smartphone brand continues for the time being. There are still a lot of reviews on Motorola Mobiles with average ratings.

69.28%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2018-06-26)