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Motorola Moto E5 Play
Motorola Moto E5 Play
Motorola Moto E5 Play
Motorola Moto E5 Play

Informr score
The Motorola Moto E5 Play currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Operating system
Operating system
1.4 GHz
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
8+ MP, f/2.0
8+ MP, f/2.0
2800 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


Motorola’s Moto E5 Play is aimed at minimalists looking for a smartphone for one or maybe two years. The low-resolution display, the poor viewing angles, and the poor battery life do little to make the E5 Play more appealing. On the plus side the cameras are decent, the battery is user-replaceable,...

- Stefan Schomberg, Notebookcheck
Tech Advisor
Tech Advisor

If your budget really won’t stretch above £100 then the E5 Play will work fine and run all the essential apps, but if you can spare a little more you could see a big upgrade.

- Dominic Preston, Tech Advisor
Expert Reviews
Expert Reviews

First impressions count for a lot, and it’s here that the E5 Play falters. It has an uninspiring design, performance is let down by the limited amount of RAM, and its display is awful. However, when I started digging into the phone’s features, I was pleasantly surprised: the fingerprint reader is fa...

- Christopher Minasians, Expert Reviews
Android Guys
Android Guys

For a first time smartphone user, less demanding consumer, or someone who might need a phone in a pinch, the Moto E5 Play is a great bargain. If your phone use is a mix of want and need, you may wish to look elsewhere.

- Android Guys
Talk Android
Talk Android

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.

- Jared Peters, Talk Android

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Motorola backs up the Moto E5 Play with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Moto E5 Play has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Motorola Moto E5 Play's screen size is 5.2 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 Quad core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS).

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ MP, f/2.0 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2800 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 2160 minutes.

Moto E5 Play Specs

Release Date May 10, 2018
Regions Available USA, Canada
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 Quad core 1.4 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.420 W/kg
Body: 1.420 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels, f/2.0
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Front camera flash
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 282 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Up to 531 minutes
Talk Time Up to 2160 minutes
Standby Time Up to 12 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Dark Lake, Flash Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.1 x 7.4 x 0.885 cm (5.9 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 150 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Additional Information Other Names (AKA): Motorola Moto E5 Cruise

Some versions have Qualcomm MSM8920 Snapdragon 427

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