Nokia X5 vs Moto G6 Play vs Moto E5 Plus Comparison: Battle of Budget Stock Android Phones

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Nokia X5 vs Moto G6 Play vs Moto E5 Plus

At an event held in China yesterday, HMD Global introduced its latest budget Android smartphone, the Nokia X5. While the smartphone’s global variant hasn’t been announced, rumors do suggest it could soon be launched in India and a few other markets carrying the Nokia 5.1 Plus moniker. Today, we will be comparing the Nokia X5 against two Motorola budget Android smartphones – Moto G6 Play and Moto E5 Plus. All the three smartphones offer a near stock Android experience.

Nokia X5 vs Moto G6 Play vs Moto E5 Plus: Price in India

The Nokia X5 has so far been launched only in China, where it has been priced at 999 yuan (Rs.10,200 approx.) for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant and 1,399 yuan (Rs.14,300 approx.) for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. Moto G6 Play, which comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage, is priced at Rs.11,999 in India, while the Moto E5 Plus is also priced at Rs.11,999 in the country.

Nokia X5 vs Moto G6 Play vs Moto E5 Plus: Design, Display

The Nokia X5 is the only smartphone in this group to come with a notched display. HMD Global’s latest budget offering uses a 5.86-inch sized IPS LCD panel with 720 x 1520 HD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. Moto G6 Play sports a 5.7-inch sized Max Vision IPS LCD display with 720 x 1440 HD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio, while the Moto E5 Plus sports a large 6.0-inch Max Vision IPS LCD display with the same 720 x 1440 HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. Both the Motorola phones feature Corning Gorilla Glass protection on the front. In terms of build, the Nokia X5 boasts a ‘double-sided glass’ construction with a polycarbonate frame, while the Moto smartphones are primarily made using polycarbonate.

Nokia X5 vs Moto G6 Play vs Moto E5 Plus: Performance, Hardware Specifications

The Nokia X5 runs on a MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core processor manufactured on a 12nm process. It is clocked at 2.0 GHz and comes with a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. Moto G6 Play and the Moto E5 Plus are both powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz with an Adreno 505 GPU. Compared to the Snapdragon 430 SoC, the Helio P60 chipset powering the Nokia X5 delivers significantly better performance as well as efficiency.

In the memory department, Nokia X5 comes in two configurations – 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4G RAM + 64GB storage. However, the smartphone lacks a dedicated microSD card slot for further expansion. Moto G6 Play and Moto E5 Plus both come with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Both smartphones include a dedicated microSD card slot for further expansion.

Nokia X5 vs Moto G6 Play vs Moto E5 Plus: Camera Features

The Nokia X5 sports a 13MP + 5MP dual-camera setup with phase-detection autofocus and an AI portrait mode to help users capture stunning portrait shots with DSLR-like background blur effects. For selfies, the Nokia X5 has an 8MP snapper on the front with AI-powered Beauty mode feature and Face Unlock support. Moto G6 Play features a 13MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus and an f/2.0 aperture, while on the front it comes equipped with an 8MP resolution snapper with an LED flash. Moto E5 Plus has a 12MP camera at the rear with PDAF + Laser autofocus and a 5MP selfie camera with a Selfie flash on the front.

When it comes to camera features, the Nokia X5 is the clear winner thanks to its AI-powered dual-camera setup and impressive 8MP selfie snapper.

Nokia X5 vs Moto G6 Play vs Moto E5 Plus: Battery Life, OS

The Nokia X5 is the least impressive of the group when it comes to battery life. It packs a 3060mAh capacity battery with no support for fast charging. Moto G6 Play comes with a 4000mAh capacity battery featuring fast charging support, while the Moto E5 Plus packs a huge 5000mAh juicer with fast charging support. If battery life your priority, the Moto E5 Plus makes the most sense.

In terms of software, the Nokia X5 ships with the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box and is guaranteed to receive the Android P update. Moto G6 Play and Moto E5 Plus both run on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system out of the box. While the Moto G6 Play may receive the Android P update, Motorola has confirmed that the Moto E5 Plus will not.

Nokia X5 vs Moto G6 Play vs Moto E5 Plus: Final Conclusion

Unless you hate the notch, the Nokia X5 is the most desirable of the three smartphones that we compared today. It offers a slightly more premium build than the Motorola handsets, superior cameras, and the promise of consistent software support. However, if battery life your No.1 priority, we would recommend the Moto E5 Plus.


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