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Motorola Moto E5


Motorola Moto E5
Motorola Moto E5 (Moto Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) 4 x 1.4 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
2048 MB 
5.70 inch 18:9, 1440 x 720 pixel 282 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 10.5 GB free
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD up to 128 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor, microUSB
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 4.2, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​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 154.4 x 72.2 ( = 0.35 x 6.08 x 2.84 in)
15.2 Wh, 4000 mAh Lithium-Ion, quick-charge
Operating System
Android 8.0 Oreo
Primary Camera: 13 MPix f/​2.0, phase-comparison AF, LED flash, videos @ 1080p/​30fps
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/2.2, LED flash
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker at the front, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, quick-charger, USB cable, SIM tool, Moto, Moto Help, 24 Months Warranty, FM radio; LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mb/s, 50 Mb/s); SAR value: 0.66 W/kg (head), 1.313 W/kg (body), fanless
174 g ( = 6.14 oz / 0.38 pounds), Power Supply: 62 g ( = 2.19 oz / 0.14 pounds)
149 Euro


Price comparison

Average Score: 78.18% - good
Average of 9 scores (from 10 reviews)
price: 90%, performance: 46%, features: 36%, display: 84% mobility: 93%, workmanship: 81%, ergonomy: 79%, emissions: 96%

Reviews for the Motorola Moto E5

80.6% Motorola Moto E5 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
The Motorola Moto E5 offers a large screen and large battery at a small price. However, for about 130 Euros (~$149; usually $100 in the US, currently on sale for $70) you can also get some good deals from other manufacturers. We find out in our test whether the Moto E5 is able to stand out.
Motorola Moto e5 range, First Take: A tale of three budget handsets
Source: English version
We have two key observations from this tale of three handsets, the first of which is that it's very difficult to deliver an effective smartphone for under £100. The £89 Moto e5 Play is likely to leave purchasers hankering for more fairly quickly.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/22/2018
80% Motorola Moto E5 Review: A nice little Moto
Source: Toptenreviews English version
It's a shame it's not more responsive in use, but the Moto E5 gives you the best camera and screen you'll see at this price.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/15/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Moto E5 review
Source: Techradar English version
This svelte budget offering has curves and specifications in all of the right places and offers up a solid user experience. Issues with performance and a mediocre camera prevent it from being an instant recommendation however, despite the excellent price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Motorola Moto E5 Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English version
The price is right and battery life excellent, but day-to-day performance isn’t quite good enough.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Moto E5: Full, in-depth, review
Source: Good Gear Guide English version
Though there’s plenty to like about the Moto E5 on its own merits, it falls short when stacked up against last year’s E4.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/31/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Motorola e5 – a lot of phone for little money (review)
Source: Gadgetguy English version
It is undeniably a value class handset. If offers build quality above that, so it is a safe buy. The Motorola e5 ticks every box in the value segment and then some. It is stellar value in this segment.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/19/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 70% workmanship: 80%
90% Moto E5 review
Source: Tech Advisor English version
The Moto E5 has exceptional design and build quality making it feel like a much more expensive handset. And that's just for starters. You get a great screen, decent battery life, a good camera and even a fingerprint scanner to boot.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%
Moto E5 review: Hands-on
Source: Tech Advisor English version
We need to test performance, cameras and battery life properly, but the Moto E5 seems like a decent phone for the tiny sum of just £119.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/23/2018

Foreign Reviews

73% Motorola Moto E5 im Test: Akku, technische Daten, Release, Preis
Source: Computerbild German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/14/2020
Rating: Total score: 73%
80% Motorola Moto E5 - Budget-smartphone met lange adem
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/26/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%


Model: The Motorola Moto E5 is a budget smartphone which still offers amazing features. Featuring all-day battery life, and a 5.7” Max Vision display, the Motorola Moto E5 is all engineered to fit in a slim design that looks as good as it feels. With an arched back and a rounded glass front, the compact design is so comfortable to use with just one hand it’ll make a user smile. It’s easy on the eyes, too. Aerial lines are hidden away for a smart, clean look. A water-repellent design safeguards the phone inside and out. So, don’t worry about accidental spills and splashes. The Moto E5 measures at 154.4 × 72.2 × 8.95 mm and weighs at 174 g. It only comes with one color option, which is gray. The 8 MP camera gives autofocus. It focuses in the blink of an eye and captures bright, clear photos, even in low light conditions. Besides that, a user can touch the fingerprint reader just below the camera to wake up and unlock the phone instantly, and lock it again when done. It’s discreetly located within the phone’s iconic logo, so users hardly know it’s there until they use it.

With the front-ported speaker, you can hear conference calls and favorite music and movies perfectly, even when the phone is lying on its back. As for the display, a user can enjoy a 5.7" Max Vision display panel, which can be comfortably used with just one hand. The Moto E5 has an IPS LCD screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio and HD+ resolution of 720 x 1.440 pixels. Users can also do less scrolling on websites, get a crazy-wide landscape view of games and even multitask effortlessly on a split screen. The display is vivid and colorful. As for hardware specifications, the Moto E5 features the Snapdragon 425 and 2 GB of RAM. This entry-level specification is capable of running apps but lacks memory to run multiple apps smoothly. Users can add up to 128 GB more photos, songs, and movies thanks to a dedicated microSD card slot. With a relatively big 4000 mAh battery, users get up to a day of battery life. And when it’s time to power up, the 10W rapid charger gives a quick burst of power when the user needs it most. Conclusively, the Motorola Moto E5 is a well-made and well-thought smartphone at a tight budget. It is suitable for users on a budget and does not run many resources demanding apps. It is a perfect entry-level smartphone for students or the elderly.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

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.


It is a very small display format for smartphones. You should by no means be mis-sighted and you will generally see very little on the screen and only have a small resolution available. In return, the device should be very small and handy.

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

Motorola: Founded in 1928, the US-based company mainly focuses on communication technology such as smartphones. The original company Motorola Inc was split up in 2011. Motorola Mobility got the smartphone division and was taken over by Google in 2012 and Lenovo in 2014.

The company is known for its cell phones and other electronic devices such as smartwatches, tablets and accessories. Motorola was one of the first companies to produce cell phones, and in recent years has also innovated in the areas of 5G technology and modular smartphones (Moto Mods). Motorola is also active in public safety and professional communications, providing solutions for government agencies, businesses and other organizations. The company has operations in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America and employs more than 10,000 people worldwide. 

78.18%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2018-06-26)