Moto E5 Play and Moto E5 Plus appear to be coming to T-Mobile with 600MHz LTE support

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It looks like a couple of new Motorola devices are coming soon to T-Mobile.

T-Mobile today added support pages for the Moto E5 Play (above) and Moto E5 Plus (below). T-Mo hasn’t made any announcements regarding either device, but if you look at the software updates support page for both phones, the launch software is listed as being available July 27th. That suggests that both Moto phones will land on T-Mobile’s shelves later this week.

When it comes to specs, the Moto E5 Play and Moto E5 Plus are on the entry-level side of things. The Moto E5 Play has a 5.2-inch 1280×720 screen, 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 427 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage. There’s a microSD card slot included, too, along with 8MP rear and 5MP front cameras, a 2800mAh battery, and Android 8.0 Oreo.

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The Moto E5 Plus is a bit of an upgrade over the Moto E5 Play, boasting a 6-inch 1440×720 display, octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor, Android 8.0, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. There’s a 12MP camera on the back of the phone and a 5MP camera on the front, and there’s a massive 5000mAh battery included as well.

One other notable detail of these new Moto phones is that they’re both listed as having LTE Band 71/600MHz support. T-Mobile says that the Moto E5 Play includes support for LTE Bands 1/2/3/4/5/ 7/8/12/13/17/25/26/66/71, while the Moto E5 Plus supports LTE Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/66/71.

The Moto E5 Play and Moto E5 Plus ought to be solid additions to T-Mobile’s device lineup. Motorola’s Moto E line of phones typically offer great bang for the buck, and with support for T-Mo’s 600MHz LTE coverage, the E5 Play and E5 Plus could be great for anyone looking for an affordable Android phone.

Via: Android Police
Sources: Moto E5 Play (T-Mobile), Moto E5 Plus (T-Mobile)

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  • SirStephenH

    In case anyone was wondering, both phones support all of T-Mobile’s LTE bands (2, 4, 12, 66, and 71). The E5 Play also supports 2 out of 3 of Sprint’s bands (25 and 26 but not 41) but the E5 Plus supports none of them.

    • riverhorse

      Good catch, you beat me to this.
      More broadly, this “something missing” aspect– whether it be some needed upgrade or key feature from previous version — seems to plague all cell phone brands with their flagships, Plus, etc.
      Often we are tempted to spring for more because of something improved… but are often stopped in our tracks by, “but why did they also remove this or downsize that? “

  • Phil7474

    Good entry level devices with that 600mhz coverage.

    • riverhorse

      Remove one gig Ram and those are just barely above entry level specs for a half decade ago .

      • jp

        entry level devices 5 years ago half of them didn’t support lte. also you didn’t find 5000mah batteries

        • riverhorse

          Yeah, but LTE was brand new(and HSPAA was decent in performance). Now the replacement of that situation is occurring with Bands 71 and 48(LAA) + higher aggregation, etc.
          And batteries– until the next gen gets here– the capacity upgrades have been @ diminishing returns…to the point I ignore their specs. It’s not like you get proportionately the extra battery life(say, 50 or 100%) that the naked increased number implies.
          The main point is entry & mid levels TODAY need to be a lot higher– there’s a lot more we do and expect with/from our cell phones that wasn’t so 4/5 years ago.
          The next thing big thing will be foldable phones and tablets that we can carry on us daily.

        • jp

          you think flip phones are the future?

        • riverhorse

          Foldable, pliable screens(no more thick, heavy glass)…maybe even with a third screen on the back. Imagine a doubled-up 6-7 incher that opens up to a tablet. Leave it shut, use it like a regular phone. Fits in the pocket.

  • The Borg

    Supporting Sprint bands are useless. Doubt the merger will make it through, so all that will be for naught anyway.

    • riverhorse

      I disagree Feds might extract something though, to help shore up smaller competitor(s) such as US Cellular.

    • SirStephenH

      It’s always better to have more bands than less. Many carriers have the manufacturers remove band support from phones sold by them in software to lock you into their network. It’s the modem and antennas that determine band support so it costs them nothing to allow them as long as it has an antenna that supports them. Most phones have identical hardware no matter what carrier you’re on and the only difference is a few lines of code. If they’re selling a device on multiple carriers then the hardware will support those carriers.

  • riverhorse

    Resolution ducks a big rooster.

  • riverhorse

    Way to up the Moto brand, ehh?

  • riverhorse

    Next… We need something a slight step up from Moto E5 Plus and Stylo 4 Plus for a little more money.
    We’re not asking for the world .

    • Andrew Singleton

      if oneplus could just break into the market!!!!!… :(

      • riverhorse

        Yah, there’s several brands like it that make great phones in Asia and/or unlocked worldwide. We need fresh blood.

  • riverhorse

    These pop up video ads are getting really intrusive.

  • Jason

    Ok get rid of the video ads NOW. And why is Moto putting in sub full-HD screens in 2018? That is ridiculous. 5 inch phones have had 1080P for like 4 years. And the resolution on the 6″ is just atrocious.

  • Andrew Singleton

    plenty of my customers just need a phone to call and text and literally don’t even add a google account :( itll join the ranks of the aristo 2p and j3s.

    • riverhorse

      And way back then…Bill Gate’s mom asked him why he devoted so much time to PC’s…why would anyone want one in their home…
      My boss, on why he needed a website…
      My elder relatives questioned why i had a cellphone…only suspicious characters used one(years later one of them threw a huge fit when she had to go to the doctor and couldn’t find the phone- she wouldn’t go outside without it)…In fact,
      newspaper columnists used to deride people they saw outside talking on cellphones as “arrogant jerks trying to look important to the rest of us…what is so urgent to talk about that can’t wait until reaching the rotary at home/office/booth…”…

      One day a lot of those old dinosaurs will suddenly see the light and urgently contact you(often after hours, can’t wait until the next morning)– indignantly demanding one with all the bells and whistles, usually with statements like “What’s the matter with you, why didn’t you suggest/give me a good one?!?! I can’t function like this! Just because I’m ________ (insert one of the following: older, female, from another country, etc. doesn’t mean I don’t have intelligence / right to use one!” (Conveniently forgetting you tried in the past to convince them, and they turned you down for annoying them with some useless newfangled thingamajig. Others that may happen to be within earshot may glare at you for supposedly not having had patience with them or belittling their intelligence).

      And before that, constantly pester you for help with small chores and problems that a good smartphone with a Google account would solve.

      Ehh, life sucks….and then death comes.

    • SirStephenH

      You should be encouraging them to add Google accounts. Google backs up and restores your contacts and other information automatically and low information users such as those need all the help they can get.

      • riverhorse

        Passwords especially. But a lot of older people are just too stupid and reactionary. I include every single older relative I have, no Exception:
        I heard cellphones have too many dangerous germs, radiate cancer, explode, Google lets hackers access your banking details, anyone can find out who you talk to/where you go on your cellphone. ..like computers, they are to be avoided.

  • Mike McDonald

    I’ve got a dormant 3rd line I might use for an entry level 600 MHz device until I see the iPhone specs later this fall. My iPhone 6S Plus is getting long in the tooth and moving to Grand Rapids, MI I know has been upgraded w/ B66.

    • riverhorse

      Since Apple jumped on the 6+” bandwagon, there is absolutely no reason anymore for anyone not get an iPhone. Runs much faster than Android, flagship prices are not that far apart.
      When Microsoft puts out their foldable phablet, I will get this– in order to work with windows only programs.

      • Mike McDonald

        Trust me, I’m an Apple guy from 1992. I’ve just had a morbid interest in a cheap android device for network tests.

        • riverhorse

          Oh, Johnny come lately….what happened in the decade and a half previous?
          Just kidding.

      • SirStephenH

        I could think of quite a few reasons why people shouldn’t get an iPhone. The walled garden and the fact that Android is capable of doing so much more than an iPhone just for starters.

        • riverhorse

          Fair enough. At least size is not an immediate barrier anymore.

        • SirStephenH

          That’s true. The iPhone looked like a child’s toy before Apple finally gave in and gave their customers larger screens like everyone wants this day and age.

  • MarkMcCoskeyTech

    Going to wait and see what the Motorola One Power Android One is first.

    • riverhorse

      It’s only 64gb, and I”m worried it will be priced like a flagship.
      There’s such a dearth of adequate phones in the $250-400 range.

      • Jeremy Turnley

        Agreed. I picked up a Gen 1 Pixel for $170 a couple weeks ago as a backup phone, and despite it being 2 years old, on what amounts to 3 year old silicon, it still runs circles around any of these.

        • riverhorse

          There was a recent deal $199 for Pixel 2. I’m holding out for Band 71.

  • Jeremy Turnley

    Despite the low specs, that E5 Plus’ 5000MaH battery makes it a road warrior’s dream. Cheap enough that losing it isn’t a huge deal, and you never need to worry about the battery running out through a day, no matter how much you use it.

  • Miken

    Do we know if the unlocked version will also have band 71?

    • Kaulana1989

      No it does not have it

    • SirStephenH

      Only the T-Mobile version.

      • Miken

        Thanks, I appreciate the info!