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Motorola Moto G4 Plus vs Sony Xperia E5: same price but miles apart

For $219 USD, you can see huge difference between Motorola Moto G4 Plus and Sony Xperia E5 as they battle it out.

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Before we begin, let’s take a step back to get to know the Moto G4 Plus in a bit more detail. Now in its 4th generation, Moto G has been all about giving great value for money, and the Plus version improves slightly on the original G4.

Here're the full specs for the Moto G4 Plus:

  • Larger and more resolution 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density)
  • Water-repellant
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Better Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 chipset, Octa-core processor, made up of Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53, Adreno 405 graphics, and 3GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with f/2.0, phase detection & laser autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 5MP secondary camera with f/2.2 and auto-HDR
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging (6 hours of power with just 15 minutes of charging)
  • Single SIM and 4G LTE
  • $219 USD price tag

The Moto G4 Plus has the most advanced 16 MP camera in its class. It gives you two additional auto-focus technologies that work quickly, so you never miss the shot, resulting in sharp, clear pictures both day and night. It has built-in hardware to improve brightness in low-light settings. It includes exclusive camera software that makes sure you get the best shot as often as possible. It also comes with OmniVision PureCel Plus image sensor technology that delivers great performance - boosting low light capability and provides better color noise performance, with ultra-low power consumption.

Boost up the performance of the Moto G4 Plus by running a pure, clutter-free version of the latest Android Marshmallow 6.0 with no unnecessary software to slow you down. Enjoy a pure design, with no extra logos outside and no extra animations and apps inside. Only great moto enhancements that put the user in control of everything.

When it is time to power up the device, you can now charge at the speed of life. The included TurboPower charger provides up to 6 hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging.

As for the E-series for Sony, it is a pretty new lineup just introduced in 2016. With no rich history to back it up, let’s find out what the Xperia E5 can offer us as per below:

  • 5-inch HD IPS capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~294 ppi pixel density
  • Scratch-resistant glass protection
  • Mediatek MT6735 chipset, Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T720MP2 graphics and 1.5GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • 16GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 200GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery that provides up to 2 days of battery life
  • Single SIM and 4G LTE
  • $219 USD price tag

By just taking a glance at Xperia E5 specs, you can safely say that there’s nothing that stood out that makes you sit up and take notice. Starting with the design-wise, you can say it bears a lot of resemblance with past Sony’s products. You can easily make it out as a Sony smartphone from afar.

As for the screen, it is equipped with a 5-inch IPS screen that only has a HD resolution. Under the hood of the Xperia E5 is what we call as entry-level with a slow Quad-core processor that is blessed with just 1.5GB RAM.

Now that we have passed that, at least the camera is average with the 13MP-5MP camera setup which is able to provide pretty decent pictures. If you don’t know yet, Sony is a household name when it comes to camera – so even with a quite average camera, it is already outstanding, to begin with.

As for the software side of things, the latest Marshmallow 6.0 is its saving grace. This should be able to provide the Xperia E5 with all the boost it needed regarding features and functions.

Finally, the battery can provide two days of battery life even though with its 2700 mAh rated battery.


Motorola means business with the release of Moto G4 Plus. For that amount of money, you will be getting a serious bang for buck which is what the Moto G had been doing right from the beginning in 2013. That alone is reason enough for owners of previous models to upgrade. While those who are still sitting on the fence, it is about time you get hold of this smartphone that you won’t regret at all.

Motorola Moto G4 Plus is currently available for approximately $219 USD. It is available in Black and White.

Sony Xperia E5 is your average entry-level smartphone that doesn’t do justice for its price. The only thing that stands out is its camera, the latest Marshmallow OS and two days of battery life (although this is partly caused by its low power requirement or low specs).

Sony Xperia E5 is expected to be released in the coming weeks for $219 USD. It will be available in Graphite Black and White.

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