A February leak about Lenovo-owned Motorola's Moto E5 Play landing at Cricket Wireless has now been confirmed as the device has now officially launched on the carrier as the Moto E5 Cruise. The budget-friendly smartphone will be sold at select retailers and online from June 5 in a Navy Blue coloration. It doesn't appear as though anything has been changed specifically for the carrier, as often happens with provider-specific mobile designations. For pricing, the Moto E5 Play is set at $99 for both new and existing customers. That means it should be a more-than-capable budget contender on Cricket's network.
With regard to specs, the Moto E5 Play features a 5.2-inch 720p display which isn't one of those newly standardized 18:9 screens with minimal bezels but that's not really a niche this handset was made to fill. Beyond that, the Motorola-branded smartphone also features 5-megapixel front-facing camera with its very own LED flash, in addition to its flash-assisted 8-megapixel rear camera. Inside, Android 8.0 (Oreo) is powered along by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 backed by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. Capacity can be extended by a further 128GB via micro SD card. Power is provided by a 2800mAh battery pack and, of course, HD Voice compatibility, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, 4G LTE, and hearing aids M3 and T4 are all supported as part of the package.
To avoid confusion, it bears mention that the "Play" designation doesn't mean what it used to. While it had previously been used to describe non-Nexus devices running stock Android, that's no longer an official usage. Instead, it's evolved to effectively stand in as an indication that a given device is related to but less powerful than another device – in this case the Moto E5 and E5 Plus. So users shouldn't necessarily expect a stock Android experience from a "Play" device. With that said, Motorola does typically use Google's Now Launcher and a rendition of Android that's very nearly stock. Meanwhile, the company's plans start out at $30 per month with no contract and it is currently running a $25 referral credit promotion. So anybody interested should head over to the button below to check it out for themselves.