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(Pocket-lint) - The headlines may be focusing on the official launch of the new Motorola Moto G6 trio, but Motorola has also launched a refreshed E5 duo, alongside the new mid-range handsets.

We'd already seen some renders of the Moto E5 and E5 Plus, but we weren't necessarily expecting them to be launched at Motorola's event in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

The E5 is the smaller of the two devices, sporting a 5.7-inch HD+ 18:9 display, while under the hood, Motorola has ditched the Mediatek processor found in the E4, and replaced it with a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor with 2GB of RAM. Storage comes in at 16GB, but this can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD. 

As was the case with the E4, the E5 has a fingerprint scanner, but this time is embedded in the Motorola logo on the rear to keep the front of the phone a lot cleaner. Sitting above the fingerprint scanner is a 13-megapixel camera with phase detection autofocus, while you'll find a 5-megapixel camera with flash on the front.

Motorola has upped the battery from 2,800mAh in the E4, to a huge 4,000mAh battery in the E5, promising all-day use. As with other Motorola phones, the E5 benefits from various gesture controls and Moto Display to give a quick glance at notifications. The Moto E5 will be available in Flash Grey and Fine Gold colours.

The E5 Plus meanwhile has had its screen increased to 6-inches, up from 5.5-inches of the E4 Plus (it's also HD+ like the E5), and gets a Snapdragon 425 processor, which will be available either with 2, or 3GB of RAM.

It will also be available with either 16/32GB storage options, but both can be expanded to 128GB via microSD. As with its smaller sibling, the E5 Plus gets a fingerprint sensor em

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As we expected going by leaked renders, the E5 Plus makes do with a 12-megapixel single-lens camera, but has 1.25um big pixels and laser autofocus. It gets the same 5-megapixel front-facing camera as the E5. The E5 Plus gets a larger battery compared to its sibling too, a huge 5,000mAh unit (the same as the E5 Plus), which Motorola says provides 1.5 days of use. 

The Motorola Moto E5 Plus will be available in Flash Grey, Fine Gold, Mineral Blue and Black colour finishes. Both the E5 and E5 Plus will arrive with Android 8.0 Oreo and are expected to go on sale in early June for £119 and £149 respectively. 

Writing by Max Langridge.