While the entry-level to mid-level smartphone segment is becoming overly crowded day after day, consumers now have more options to choose from than ever. On Tuesday, Lenovo backed Motorola brought its next generation of smartphones under the E-series. The Moto E5 Plus is faced with a herculean task as it goes up against the likes of the Redmi Note 5 by Xiaomi.

Design and Display

Moto E5 Plus brings in the circular camera module on its back bringing it in line with other Moto smartphones. The fingerprint sensor which was earlier housed in the chin has now made its way to the back panel with the E5 Plus. Moreover, Moto went ahead to embed the sensor into its classic batwing logo. It is a smart application of the fingerprint sensor on the logo and feels more discreet.

The Redmi Note 5 carries the same design that we have seen all of last year, so there’s nothing new. Like the Note 5, the E5 Plus also features an 18:9 aspect ratio display but at a lower screen resolution.

The Moto E5 Plus has a 6-inch HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) IPS display which is topped with a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 5 features a 6-inch full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) 18:9 aspect ratio display below a layer of Gorilla Glass.


It is not even a competition here as the Redmi Note 5 wins hands down with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 2.0GHz. The Moto E5 Plus falls short as it comes outfitted with Snapdragon 425 SoC with a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor and Adreno 308.


The Moto E5 Plus has a 12-megapixel rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with a f/2.2 aperture. The rear camera is also supported by laser autofocus. It’s direct competitor, the Redmi Note 5 also sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear but a 5-megapixel one on the front for selfies.

Price and availability

Both the Redmi Note 5 and the Moto E5 Plus are priced at ₹11,999 but we have to give it to Xiaomi for its steadfast Redmi Note 5. The E5 Plus doesn’t match up to the might that is the Note 5.

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