Moto E5 Play Specs and Price

Moto E5 Play
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Coming to the most affordable of the E5 models, suitable for buyers on a tight budget. The smartphone doesn’t have much, which is of course why they cost a relatively lesser amount . The Moto E5 Play is not much of an upgrade compared to last year’s Moto E4, which is why you shouldn’t get your hopes up on this one. Enough said, the smartphone  still has some nice features like fingerprint sensor, 4G LTE to mention a few.

Moto E5 Play Key Specs and Features

  • 5.2-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1280 X 720 pixels (282 ppi)
  • Quad-core Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 CPU with 2GB RAM
  • 16GB built-in storage, up to 128GB MicroSD card supported
  • 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Fingerprint sensor (rear)
  • 2, 800mAh non removable Li-ion battery

Moto E5 Play

Design and Display

With the Moto E5 Play in hand, you will find out there is not much of a difference compared to last year’s Moto E4 smartphone. Firstly, it is made of plastic which can take a hit but still lacks the premium feel glass and metal build gives a smartphone. Also, it has a 16:9 aspect ratio, rather than 18:9 aspect ratio recent featured in recent smartphones. However, it is a bit portable despite the evident presence of bezels on the smartphone.

As regards the display on the smartphone, the Moto E5 Play comes with an HD LCD panel hugged by obvious bezels. With the budget status of the smartphone, you cannot but excuse the quality of display you get. The smartphone has a 5.2-inch 1280 X 720 pixels display, which has good enough colour reproduction and viewing angle.

Battery and Camera

You could say the smartphone is the odd one out in terms of battery capacity compared to its peers. Unlike the Moto E5 & E5 Plus that has 4, 000mAh and 5, 000mAh respectively. The Moto E5 Play only has a 2, 800mAh battery which is way below compared to others in the series. On the flip side, it is removable and you can always switch out low batteries for a charged one.

For photography, the Moto E5 Play has a humbled version of what you have in the more premium E5 variants. Equipped with an 8MP camera on the rear side encompassed by the conventional large circle Moto smartphones are known for. On the selfie stage, the smartphone comes along with a 5MP camera and flash in case of darkness.

Hardware and Software

Under the hood, the smartphone harbours a Quad-core Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 processor, which is sort of ideal for a budget smartphone like this one. With a chipset having a clock speed of 1.4GHz, the smartphone should perform quite well. While graphics is handled by none other than an Adreno 308 GPU.

On the other hand, the smartphone has a 2GB RAM combined with 32GB internal storage  Going further, this can be extended with up to 128GB size memory card. You’d also get to experience the latest Android 8.0 Oreo with some perks added to it.

Pricing and Availability

There’s not much information about when the smartphone will go on sale but should be around 36, 000 naira depending on your location and the deal.

Moto E5 Play Specs

Here are a few specs of the Moto E5 Play:

General Features

  • Platform: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425
  • GPU: Adreno 308
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Colours: Black, Dark lake, Flash gray
  • Dimension: 151 x 74 x 9 mm
  • Weight: 150g
  • SIM Type: Nano sim
  • SIM Count: Dual sim


  • Display: 5.2-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1280 X 720 pixels (282 ppi)
  • Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass


  • Rear Camera: 8MP camera, 1080p [email protected]
  • Rear Camera Features: phase detection and laser autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
  • Front Camera: 5MP camera, 720p [email protected]


  • Built-in Storage: 16GB
  • Memory Card Support: Yes, up to 128GB
  • Bundled Cloud Storage:

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: Yes
  • 2G CDMA 1X: Yes
  • 3G WCDMA: Yes
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: Yes
  • 4G LTE: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 14(700), 17(700), 25(1900), 26(850), 29(700), 30(2300), 38(2600), 41(2500), 66(1700/2100)

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
  • HSPA+: Yes, 42.2/5.76 Mbps
  • CDMA EVDO: Yes
  • 4G LTE: Yes, LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct,
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes, v4.2 with A2DP, LE
  • NFC:
  • Infrared Blaster:
  • USB Port: MicroUSB 2.0


  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol:


  • Music Player: MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
  • Video Player: DivX/WMV/MP4/H.264 player
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes


  • Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • Maps: Yes

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass:
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer:
  • SpO2:
  • Pedometer:
  • Heart Rate Monitor:
  • Gyroscope:
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, (rear)
  • Iris Scanner:
  • Face Unlock:
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant:
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control:
  • Voice Control:

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Wireless Charging:
  • Built-in Mobile Payment:
  • Water Resistant:
  • Dust Resistant:
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: Yes


  • Battery: 2, 800mAh non removable Li-ion battery
  • Talktime:
  • Standby Time:
  • Fast Charging: Yes
Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article Moto E5 Play Specs and Price was written by Odunayo Ezekiel. The article was last modified: July 26th, 2019
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