Moto Z Play Joins the Oreo Update Party

Chris Velazco  Engadget

Chris Velazco Engadget

The company showcased Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus smartphones at the event. Read our first impressions in our Moto G6 Plus hands-on review. As with the other new G6 handsets there's some serious size upgrades. With that in mind, Motorola has unleashed a number of new smartphones in the Moto G6 and Moto E5 product families. Most flagship phones now pack USB-C, but not many of them cost this little.

Starting with Moto G6, the smartphone comes with a 5.7-inch display panel with full-HD Plus resolution and aspect ratio of 18:9.

It's worth noting that the Moto G6 Plus comes with a superior rear camera, on paper.

All the devices come with a front-facing speaker and the G6 and G6 Plus come with Face Unlock also.

The smartphone flaunts a slightly larger 5.7-inch HD+ display. That's for one-button navigation, and both the G6 Play and E5 Plus don't offer that, with fingerprint sensors on the rear.

The Moto G6 Play takes a few hits in terms of raw power and screen resolution, and doesn't pack the same kind of flexible dual-camera hardware as its sisters, but it does its best to make up for that with a big 4,000mAh battery.

As far as internals go, there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, a 1.8GHz octa-core processor, and 3GB of RAM, with a rather underwhelming 32GB of storage.

The G6 Plus also comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage as standard where the G6 has 3/32GB although an Amazon exclusive model will match the Plus at £239.

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There are other positives too.

While this is enough to run the stock Android 8.0 Oreo interface, it's not going to set any benchmark or speed records. That included some follow-ups to the affordable Moto G5 family in the form of the Moto G6 and G6 Plus, and it wasn't long before we also got a look at some even more budget-friendly options when a leak outlined the Moto E5 Plus.

Although the Moto E5 Plus looks like it has dual rear cameras, it only has one. While Motorola hasn't shared any detailed changelog for this Oreo update, you can expect it to bring in features like picture-in-picture mode, notification snoozing, autofill framework, smart text selection, and more to your Moto Z Play.

Otherwise, there's nothing especially remarkable about the camera setup.

The main camera has a 12 MP sensor (1.25 µm pixels), f/2.0 aperture and phase detection AF. The combination is capable of capturing 1080p videos at 60fps.

Within the aforementioned camera bulge on the rear of the Moto E5 you'll find a 13MP camera and a single LED flash. Both of the phones have Gorilla Glass backs, but there's no wireless charging. In good natural light, images we captured were bursting with texture and colour, with plenty of sharpness.

Of course, something's got to give to keep the price down, but in the case of the Moto G6 I think the compromises that have been made are the right ones. Its plastic back has a fine texture to add more grip and the camera module rocks that meaty metal ring around the lens that Motorola has been employing lately.

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