New Moto E5 Play Android Go version launched

In a surprising bit of news, Motorola plans to launch the new Moto E5 Play Android Go version in Europe and Latin America this month. The news comes just days after the announcement of the new Moto E5 play in USA. The Moto Android Go version of the E5 Play has some notable differences from the regular E5 play.

The regular Moto E5 Play

The regular Moto E5 play has a 5.2-inch HD screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 chipset. It also sports 2GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera. The phone also comes with a 16GB inbuilt expandable storage upto 128 GB. It has a fingerprint scanner on the back under the Motorola logo. The phone is splash proof and has a 2800 mAh all day battery. It comes with Android 8.1 out of the box.

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The new Moto E5 Play Android Go version

The new Moto E5 Play Android Go is a slightly different story. The phone has some key differences over the regular Moto E5 Play. The first one is obviously the Moto Android Go version of Oreo. It will use web-apps instead of standard apks and therefore saves storage and RAM. It will also include many apps optimized for Android Go. The phone has 1 GB of RAM instead of 2 GB, as Android Go limits the allowed RAM to 1 GB. The phone will also repeatedly sport 8 GB of storage, although a 16 GB version may also be present. The screen is a larger 5.3-inch with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The resolution is not confirmed but it will probably be a 720p+ display. Unlike how most outlets are reporting, some in-depth sleuthing reveals the phone has no fingerprint scanner. All the other specs remain the same.

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Our Recommendation

At a price of EUR 108, the phone is hard to recommend. Sure, it is cheap, and runs an Android version optimized for cheap phones. But the problem lies with the availability of much better choices. Sure Android Go is interesting, but if you can run a full version of Android on hardware that actually supports it easily, you won’t go with Android Go. And many phones within the EUR 100 range can do it easily. Most notably, the Xiaomi Redmi 4X, which has double the core count and a lesser price and runs a full copy of Android. You may not get the sweet 18:9 aspect ratio but the benefits are way too many. The specs of Moto E5 play with Moto Android Go are just outdated for the price. We do not recommend it.

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