Motorola today took the wraps off its first lineup of 2018 devices known as the G6 and E5. The phones sit in the budget category and proceed last year’s stellar G5 and E4.
Starting with the G6, there are three devices in the lineup: G6, G6 Plus, and G6 Play. They all share similar designs with glass backs and 18:9 displays across the board. Fingerprint sensors sit below the screens and can act as a touchpad if you want some extra screen real estate.
As for the specs themselves, the G6 and G6 Play have 5.7-inch displays with the former packing a 1080p resolution and the latter packing a 720p resolution. Meanwhile, the G6 Plus ups the ante to a 5.9-inch display with a 1080p resolution. All three use LCD technology.
Inside, the G6 features a Snapdragon 450 processor, the G6 Plus has a Snapdragon 630, and the G6 Play has a Snapdragon 430. Respectively, they can be configured with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Each of the devices also includes a microSD card for expanded storage.
For cameras, the G6 and G6 Plus come with dual rear shooters with a main 12MP lens and a secondary 5MP lens. This lets you take portrait mode photographs and attain more detail. Meanwhile, the G6 Play comes with a single 12MP shooter. All three come with f/1.7 apertures.
As for batteries, the G6 packs a 3,000mAh cell, the G6 Plus packs a 3,200mAh cell, and the G6 Play packs a whopping 4,000mAh cell (hence the Play branding). Whereas the latter two handsets charge over USB-C, the G6 Play is still stuck on microUSB.
Rounding things off, all three G6 variants come with Android 8.0 Oreo with Motorola’s slight customizations on top.
Meanwhile, there’s also the new Moto E5 lineup consisting of the E5, E5 Plus, and E5 Play. These devices are lower-end than what you get with the G series, but they definitely give low-budget customers options.
For the E5 and E5 Plus, Moto includes a similar glass design to the G6 lineup, while the E5 Play gets a plastic build. Similarly, the former two devices get 18:9 displays while the latter gets a 16:9 panel.
As far as specs go, the E5 comes with a 5.7-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 425 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 12MP camera, USB-C, a 4,000mAh battery, and Android 8.0. The E5 Plus ups things to a 6-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 435 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 5,000mAh battery. Meanwhile, the E5 Plus drives things down a notch to a 5.2-inch display, a mere 2,800mAh battery, microUSB charging, and an 8MP camera.
All in all, Moto’s initial batch of smartphones for 2018 look pretty promising. The G6 lineup starts at $199, while the E5 lineup will need to be priced by carriers. Notably, the G6 Plus and standard E5 won’t be landing in the US. Rather, they’ll make their way to international markets. Both lineups should land sometime this spring.