Motorola Moto E5 Supra Review – How Super is the Supra? [2020 Update]

Motorola promises quality. That’s why the budget handset from 2 years ago still performs well. In our Motorola Moto E5 Supra review, we not only talked all about it, but we compared it to rivals too.

Motorola Moto E5 Supra Specs

Device Specifications:


 Launch Date

2018 

 Weight

 7.05 ounces (200 grams)

 Measurements

 2.96 in x 6.37 in x 0.37 in (75.2 mm x 161.8 mm x 9.4 mm)

 Graphics Card

 Qualcomm Adreno 308, 500 MHz GPU

 Display Screen

 6 in (152.4 mm) IPS LCD 720 x 1440 pixel

 Operating System

 Android 8

 Chipset

 Snapdragon 425

 CPU

 Quad-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex A53 CPU

 RAM

 2 GB

 Internal Space

 32 GB

 Front Camera

 8 MP

 Rear Camera

 12 MP

 Supported SIM types

 Nano (single)

 Network Coverage

 2G, 3G, 4G

 Battery Coverage

 5000 mAh

Features

Below, we’ve thoroughly talked about key components of its specs.

Design

The phone is big. Manufacturers these days are all about making screens around 6 inches (152.4 mm). The E5 Supra has a display that’s exactly that size.

If you’ve read our reviews before, you’d know we’re fans of phones with weight. It comes in at 7.05 ounces (200 grams). Such handsets feel more premium.

The thing is:

It’s thick. Its weight unfortunately makes it brick-like. The following are its dimensions, 2.96 in x 6.37 in x 0.37 in (75.2 mm x 161.8 mm x 9.4 mm).

Its sides are curved well, though. It feels like a dream in your hands.

If you look around its exterior, you’ll find a microSD slot. This is appreciated as its storage isn’t the best. There’s also a 3.5 mm headphone jack. We’re fans of the two, as newer handsets have been coming without them lately.

We have to say, it’s very good-looking. It’s made from shiny plastic. However, its glossiness comes with a con. It’ll collect a lot of fingerprints.

You’ll notice the company’s logo on a button on its rear. It’s its fingerprint sensor. It responds well. No, you’re not getting face-unlock.

Display

As its screen is on the larger side, you’re getting a somewhat immersive viewing experience. It would be more immersive if it came with a vibrant panel. It’s IPS LCD. We’ve talked about it many times on our site.

Sadly, we’re not told what its screen-to-body ratio is. You don’t have to look closely to notice the giant bottom bezel. It’s clear that its ratio probably isn’t something good.

On its front, regular strengthened glass is present. Don’t get too rough with it.

Motorola placed expert temperature and colour settings. If you’re not a fan of its vibrancy, you’ll be able to improve it a bit.

Here’s the deal:

It struggles in the sharpness department. As its screen is not small, its 720 x 1440-pixel resolution doesn’t cut it. You won’t have to look closely to notice blurriness.

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Battery

One of the reasons it is so thick is due to its large battery. It’ll last around 2 days and is 5000 mAh

The fact that you’re getting expert power-saving modes are appreciated. You’ll get it to last much longer than specified.

Is its battery removable? No. This is a shame as if it was, you could force close its insides whenever they get stuck.

To charge it, you’ll be making use of a Micro USB port. We’re not fans. It’s dated. Manufacturers opt for USB-C entries these days.

Regular 10 W charging will be used. The E5 Supra takes over 2 hours to go from 0-100%.

No surprise, it doesn’t come with wireless charging.

Processor

You’re not met with a powerhouse of a chipset. It hosts the Snapdragon 425. Don’t even think about running extensive applications.

The chipset powers Android 8. If you’re expecting the Android 10 upgrade, you might have to keep holding your breath. This is disappointing considering the new OS is super customizable.

There’s 32 GB ROM. RAM wise, 2 gigs are present. The storage is normally decent. However, you’re looking at a phone from a carrier. Cricket placed bloatware. The software reduces the 32 gigs to much less.

If you don’t know what bloatware is, it’s applications alternative to Google’s. You can’t uninstall them.

As mentioned, it comes with a MicroSD slot. We’re told the type of microSD cards it can handle. They are the 128 GB type.

Camera

One of the first things you’ll notice about the phone is its camera. It’s circular and takes up a chunk of its rear. It is a single shooter, though. It consists of a 12 MP lens. On its front, a single shooter is also present. It is 8 MP.

On both cameras, you’re getting an LED flash.

How do they do?

Not very good. We’ve not met an affordable handset with a good camera, and the E5 Supra is no exception. Its set-ups especially don’t perform well in low-light.

Connectivity

You can connect to 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. You’ll be able to share files with others through Bluetooth v4.2.

Alternatives

In this section, we reviewed handsets that give the E5 Supra the biggest run for its money.

The Moto E5 Supra vs Moto E5 Plus is a popular comparison. That’s why we had to include the handset in our alternatives section.

Although called the Plus, it’s not huge. It’s as big as its rival. They also have the same dimensions. If you remember, this means that it’s thick.

Is it as heavy? It’s a bit off 7.05 ounces (200 grams)

Motorola curved it well. It’s super ergonomic. The device looks good too. It comes in a shiny gold variant that we’re fond of.

You’d think that its back was glass but it’s plastic. It collects fingerprints like its counterpart.

The panel on its display is familiar. It is an IPS LCD. Its screen is 720 x 1440 pixels. If that also sounds familiar, it’s because the Supra is as sharp.

Don’t get rough with it. There’s regular strengthened glass on its front.

You’ll notice some serious bezel action. Unlike its counterpart, we’re told of its screen-to-body ratio. It is 76.7%.

The processor it has is identical to its alternative. Don’t forget that it can’t handle extensive tasks.

The storage present isn’t good. You’re getting 16 GB of ROM. Memory-wise 2 GB is present. There’s a microSD slot, thankfully. We’re told the type of microSD cards it can handle. They are the 256 GB type.

What Android version does its chipset power? Android 8. No, you won’t be able to upgrade it Android 10.

One of the reasons it’s so thick is its battery. You’re getting a 5000 mAh unit. It lasts around 2 days. You’ll be charging it with a 15 W fast charger. You’ll be plugging the cable into its Micro USB port.

Camera-wise, you’re met with single shooters. The one on its rear is a 12 MP lens. On its front, a 5 MP shooter is present. Both of the set-ups come with LED flash.


The Optimo is not small. That being said, it’s not big either. Its screen stretches 5.7 inches (144.78 mm) across. It’s a plastic handset. It’s not as thick as its counterpart, though. The following are its dimensions, 5.85 in x 2.81 in x 0.31 in (148.71 mm x 71.5 mm x 8.09 mm).

It’s got some weight to it. But if you’re expecting a unit as heavy as the E5 Supra, get ready to be disappointed. It comes in at 5.92 ounces (168 grams).

If you guessed it, it’s not as thick as its battery is small. It is 3000 mAh. The Optimo lasts over a day. To charge it, you’ll be making use of a 10 W regular charger. It takes over 2 hours to fully charge.

It comes with an IPS LCD screen. As you’re aware, it’s not the most vibrant.

We’re told of the glass on its front. It is Gorilla Glass 3. It can handle beatings.

That being said:

Its screen-to-body ratio is not mentioned. The device has some bezel action going on, so its ratio probably is not good.

How’s its sharpness? You’re getting 720 x 1520 pixels. Considering its size, it’s not pin-sharp.

Let’s talk about its insides. The Snapdragon 632 chipset is in it. It’s much faster than the 425 that its counterpart has.

The G7 Optimo comes with identical storage. You’re getting 32 GB of space and 2 GB of RAM. Yes, you’ll be able to expand its ROM. It’ll be able to handle 512 GB microSD cards.

Its Snapdragon chipset will power Android 9. If you’re expecting the Android 10 upgrade, don’t get your hopes up.

There are single shooters on its front and back. Its rear sensor is an 8 MP lens. You’re also getting an 8 MP shooter on its front. Both cameras come with an LED flash.

If you’d like a closer look at the handset, we’ve done a Moto G7 Optimo review too.

Final Thoughts

What did you think about our Moto E5 Supra review? We think it’d make a decent purchase. It comes with specs that still hold up.

Its Snapdragon 425 chipset and 2 GB RAM help it handle everyday tasks. They’d act up when you load extensive applications, though.

We compared the unit to alternatives and it didn’t do badly. The unit that beats it by far was the Motorola G7 Optimo. It’s thinner, so it feels better in your hands. More importantly, it rocks the better chipset. The Snapdragon 632 is inside of it.

Unfortunately, not many people are fans of Motorola phones. They used to be very popular but the brand lost their audience. We think this should change. Their devices promise quality.

As we’re fans of them, we’ve talked about them regularly on our Pinterest page. We regularly update it with all kinds of lists and reviews - do check us out!


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