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Moto E5 leaked with rear fingerprint scanner, may arrive April 3 (Updated)

Update: the rumored Moto E5 has appeared in a CAD render video, giving us a better glimpse at the upcoming budget handset.

Published onJanuary 26, 2018

Update (01/26): A new CAD render video from CouponRaja and @OnLeaks has given us a better look at what is believed to be the Moto E5. The device is depicted in a light gold color and corroborates a design language seen in a recent image leak (found in the original coverage below).

The video didn't arrive alongside any further specs information, but it does indicate that the handset will include a headphone jack.

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The short clip is also unable to confirm the presence of a fingerprint scanner, but we expect it to be housed in the circular area with the Moto logo on the rear. For more details, check out our previous coverage below.

The Moto E range of smartphones is the most cost-effective in the Lenovo/Motorola range. This series is responsible for some of the best value Android phones on the market, and they regularly feature on our best cheap Android phones article (the Moto E4 is there right now). The next device in the range, the Moto E5, is expected soon, and we’ve already caught a glimpse of what it’s going to look like.

Motorola in 2018: Bring on the wow factor

A leaked image from MySmartPrice (via Android Police), shows what is thought to be the gold variant of the upcoming device. The handset features what is anticipated to be a roughly 5-inch display, with single front-facing and rear-facing cameras, and a rear fingerprint scanner—what would be a first for the series. This area may just be a holder for the Moto symbol—like on the Nexus 6—but given the lack of scanner on the front of the device (and presuming that Moto hasn’t implemented under display scanning in its budget handset), a rear scanner seems likely.

There also appears to be a microUSB port on the bottom of the phone, and single earpiece speaker at the top. We expect a MediaTek chipset inside, too.

MySmartPrice suggests that the April 3 date on the device clock could be a clue as to its release date. The Moto E4 arrived in June last year, but Motorola doesn’t keep such a strict schedule for these phones, so it could be here in the next couple of months.

What are your initial thoughts on the Moto E4? Let us know in the comments.

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