Specs, design, price, release date, and more

This post will be updated regularly as we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming Moto E5 and E5 Plus smartphones.


Last year’s Moto E4 and E4 Plus were great devices that grabbed lots of attention due to their affordable price tags. The smaller of the two was initially available for as low as $70, while the Plus model went for $180. Sure, the smartphones didn’t have flagship specs, but they still packed enough power under the hood for the average user.

Motorola is gearing up to announce their successors, presumably called the Moto E5 and E5 Plus. What exactly will the handsets bring to the table and will they be big upgrades over their predecessors? Let’s find out by looking at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming devices.

Moto E5 and E5 Plus: Release date

Moto E5 Plus

The nitty-gritty

  • The Moto E5 and E5 Plus could be announced on April 19 in Brazil.
  • Alternatively, the smartphones might be revealed within the next month.

The Moto E4 and E4 Plus made their debut in June 2017, and it looks like Motorola could speed things up this year. A few renders of the Moto E5 and E5 Plus have already leaked, hinting that the reveal of the smartphones is just around the corner.

When exactly? Motorola is holding an event on April 19 in Brazil, where the Moto G6 series is expected to be announced. It’s possible that we’ll see the E5 handsets at the event as well. But if that doesn’t happen, the smartphones will likely still launch soon, probably within the next month or so. Based on their predecessors, they will go on sale a few weeks after being revealed.

Moto E5 and E5 Plus: Specs and features

Moto E5 Plus

The nitty-gritty

  • The Moto E5 Plus could pack the Snapdragon 430 chipset and 3GB of RAM.
  • The Moto E5 could come with the Snapdragon 425 chipset under the hood.
  • Both smartphones are said to feature a 4,000mAh battery.

The Moto E5 and E5 Plus have stopped by the FCC recently, revealing the chipsets they could pack under the hood. The Moto E5 may come with the Snapdragon 425 like one version of its predecessor, while its bigger brother could be powered by the Snapdragon 430.

Unfortunately, other specs and features weren’t revealed by the FCC listing. But we did come across additional rumors that share a bit more info about the Plus model. The handset appeared on Geekbench, showing that it could come with 3GB of RAM — 1GB more than its predecessor — and likely a near-stock version of Android 8.0 Oreo. Other rumors suggest that it may sport an 18:9 display, thinner bezels, a headphone jack, and a single camera on the back as well as the front.

The Moto E5 Plus could come with a smaller battery than its predecessor.

The smartphone is also said to come with a 4,000mAh battery, which may arrive as a bit of a letdown. The Moto E4 Plus’ battery had a larger 5,000mAh capacity, which was one of its main selling points. Storage, camera details, and all other specs remain a mystery for now.

Motorola is doing a great job at keeping details about the Moto E5 under wraps, as we don’t know much about the device. Aside from the chipset mentioned above, it might come with the same 4,000mAh battery as its bigger brother. It’s also said to feature a headphone jack and run a stock-like version of Android Oreo.

Other specs and features are unknown, so we’ll have to wait for the official reveal of the device to learn more. However, the smartphone likely won’t be a big upgrade over its predecessor, which features a 5-inch HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, and an 8MP primary camera.

Moto E5 and E5 Plus: Design

Moto E5 Plus

The nitty-gritty

  • Images of the Moto E5 series have leaked.
  • The smartphones could look very similar.
  • Both may feature thinner bezels and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Thanks to a few leaked images, we already have a good idea of what the Moto E5 and E5 Plus could look like.

WinFuture posted a number of alleged pictures of the Moto E5 Plus on its website, which show that the device may have smaller bezels than its predecessor and could also be narrower as well as taller due to its 18:9 display. Additionally, it could feature a fingerprint scanner on the back, as opposed to on the front like the E4 Plus. It’s a more eye-catching, modern design compared to that of its predecessor.

Moto E5 PlusWinFuture

WinFuture also shared a couple of images of the Moto E5, which hint that the device could look a lot like its bigger brother. It sports thinner bezels, Motorola’s branding below the display, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The only design difference between the two seems to be at the back (camera), but it’s so minor that it’s almost hard to notice it.

Moto E5 PlusWinFuture

Moto E5 and E5 Plus: Price

Moto E5 Plus

The nitty-gritty

  • The Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus could cost around the same as their predecessors.
  • That means approximately $130 for the Moto E5 and $180 for the Moto E5 Plus.

No word on what the Moto E5 and E5 Plus will cost, but we can get a good idea of what to expect by looking at their predecessors. The Moto E4 initially went for $130, but you were able to get it from Verizon for just $70. Based on its specs, the smartphone was a steal.

It’s bigger brother was obviously more expensive, coming in at $180. That’s still a very attractive price considering what the Moto E4 Plus offers.

The low price point was one of the main reasons for the success of the Moto E4 smartphones. Therefore, we expect their successors to cost the same or maybe a bit more. Motorola won’t drastically increase pricing, especially if the two handsets don’t offer much more than last year’s models.

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There you have it — these are all the rumors we’ve come across so far about the Moto E5 and E5 Plus. We’ll update this page to keep you up to speed with all the latest as soon as we hear more.

Meanwhile, share your thoughts on Motorola’s upcoming smartphones with us in the comments below.

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