For smartphone fans who enjoy a good spoiler, we started the year off with a pretty substantial one, when in mid-January a very convincing peek at Motorola's 2018 lineup surfaced. That included some follow-ups to the affordable Moto G5 family in the form of the Moto G6 and G6 Plus, and it wasn't long before we also got a look at some even more budget-friendly options when a leak outlined the Moto E5 Plus. It had been feeling likely that we'd be seeing at least some of this hardware make its debut this week, ahead of possible sales next month, and today we see that confirmation arrive, as Motorola launches the Moto G6, G6 Plus, G6 Play, E5, E5 Plus, and E5 Play.

While all these new handsets are building off some established lineages, Motorola's not afraid to push its hardware in new directions, and taking a cue from a lot of other recent smartphones, five of these six models upgrade to extra-tall 18:9 aspect ratio screens — only the lowest-end Moto E5 Play sticks with traditional display dimensions.

Moto G6

We get the first taste of Motorola's budget phones embracing the long-overdue world of USB Type-C, with the Moto G6 (and Plus) upgrading to the reversible connector — even as others here stick with micro-USB. There's also an embrace of new materials, and this year we see the G6 move away from an all-metal build to now feature a glass-wrapped design. 

The return of a screen-bottom fingerprint sensor means users get the benefit of gesture control, which should pair nicely with this big screen. And the availability of dual cameras gives users access to shooting modes previously untouchable from Motorola at this price point. Speaking of, the Moto G6 will sell for just about $250. It hits Brazil today, Mexico next week, and additional nations in the months to come.

Specs

SoC Snapdragon 450
RAM 3GB / 4GB
Storage 32GB / 64GB with micro SD card slot
Display 5.7-inch 1080p+ 18:9
Battery 3000mAh
Camera 12MP & 5MP rear, 8MP front
Software Android 8.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Measurements 153.8 x 72.3 x 8.3mm, 167g

Moto G6 Plus

With the Moto G6 Plus, Motorola gives users more of the high-end specs they love to see from even affordable phones, upgrading the SoC, kicking RAM up as high as 6GB, and sticking with a dual-camera system. The design also stays high-end, with the same glass back as the G6.

If you want the most phone you can get from the G-series, this is the handset to watch. Following Brazilian and Mexican sales, Asia and Europe will see the G6 Plus land on shelves for about €300.

Specs

SoC Snapdragon 630
RAM 4GB / 6GB
Storage 64GB with micro SD card slot
Display 5.9-inch 1080p+ 18:9
Battery 3200mAh
Camera 12MP & 5MP rear, 8MP front
Software Android 8.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Measurements 160 x 75.5 x 8.0mm, 167g

Moto G6 Play

The Moto G6 Play takes a few hits in terms of raw power and screen resolution, and doesn't pack the same kind of flexible dual-camera hardware as its sisters, but it does its best to make up for that with a big 4,000mAh battery. Sales similarly start in Brazil, then Mexico, with the rest of North America and Europe to follow. Motorola's asking just about $200 for the handset.

Specs

SoC Snapdragon 427
RAM 2GB / 3GB
Storage 16GB / 32GB with micro SD card slot
Display 5.7-inch 720p+ 18:9
Battery 4000mAh
Camera 13MP rear, 5MP front
Software Android 8.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Measurements 155.4 x 72.2 x 9.1mm, 180g

Moto E5

You don't have to be a pricey phone to get a super-tall screen, and the Moto E5 brings such a premium-looking panel to the company's most budget-oriented family. Sure, resolution isn't that high, but there are other highlights to focus on here, like the sizable battery and a very attractive sticker price: just under €150. Sales will be coming to Europe, Asia, and South America in a few months.

Specs

SoC Snapdragon 425
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB with micro SD card slot
Display 5.7-inch 720p+ 18:9
Battery 4000mAh
Camera 13MP rear, 5MP front
Software Android 8.0
NFC Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Measurements 154.4 x 72.2 x 8.95mm, 174g

Moto E5 Plus

The Moto E5 Plus takes everything about the E5 and gives it a little kick, from processor, to screen size, to battery, to storage capacity. The biggest trade-off here appears to be a screen resolution that doesn't really grow with the larger panel, but if you don't mind a lower-density display you can pick this handset up for nearly €170, in the same nations where the E5 will be sold.

Specs

SoC Snapdragon 435
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB with micro SD card slot
Display 6.0-inch 720p+ 18:9
Battery 5000mAh
Camera 12MP rear, 8MP front
Software Android 8.0
NFC No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Measurements 161.9 x 75.3 x 9.35mm, 200g

Moto E5 Play

Finally, we've got the Moto E5 Play, and as you should be able to work out from the attached specs, this is the most conservative of Moto's new affordable lineup, cutting corners here and there to keep pricing super-low. How low? Well, that's a good question, and this is the only model Motorola didn't announce pricing for — presumably, that's being left to the carriers. Unlike the rest of the E5 family, the Play will find a home in North America.

Specs

SoC Snapdragon 425 or 427
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB with micro SD card slot
Display 5.2-inch 720p
Battery 2800mAh removable
Camera 8MP rear, 5MP front
Software Android 8.0
NFC No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Measurements 151 x 74 x 8.85mm, 150g