After the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play last month, Motorola is all set to announce the Moto E5 Plus in India on Tuesday, July 10. The phone was first unveiled as part of the Moto E5-series alongside the Moto G6-series in Brazil a few months ago. The handset touts a large full-screen display and a massive battery pack, aimed at consumers who want an immersive viewing experience on a phone that will not die on you easily. You can catch the livestream of the event on YouTube starting 3pm.The Moto E5 Plus falls in the affordable segment and is expected to be priced somewhere along the lines of the Moto G6 Play. Both the series brings a new design language compared to their predecessors. Notably, like the Moto G6 and G6 Play, the Moto E5 Plus also brings a full-screen display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.The Moto E5 Plus sports a 6-inch HD+ (720×1440) 18:9 IPS LCD display. This means you get narrow bezels on the front with the fingerprint sensor being moved to the back embedded in the Moto logo. The phone is made to look premium like the Moto G6 with a reflective back that gives off a wavy pattern, glass front and a metal frame. Unlike the Moto G6, the back of the Moto E5 Plus is not made of glass but a glossy plastic shell.The back also sees a circular camera setup, which looks similar to the Moto G6 and the Moto X4 in design. This is not a dual setup, however, and you only get a 12-megapixel sensor with LED flash and PDAF while the second cutout is for laser autofocus. Up front, the Moto E5 Plus gets an 8-megapixel sensor with a selfie flash.advertisementPowering the Moto E5 Plus is an octa-core Snapdragon 435 chipset, which is coupled with 3GB of RAM. There’s also 32GB of internal storage which is expandable via a microSD card up to 256GB. There’s no word yet on whether Motorola will launch a higher 4GB + 64GB variant in the Indian market. The phone is also expected to run a near stock Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box with some Motorola-specific features like Moto Actions and Moto Display on board.The biggest highlight of the Moto E5 Plus is its 5,000mAh battery, which will allow you to consume media on-the-go without the fear of battery dying on you by the end of the day. The phone measures 161.9 x 75.3 x 9.35mm and weighs 200 grams thanks to the large battery inside. Connectivity options on board include a 3.5mm headphone jack, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and GPS, among other things. The variant released outside comes with a single SIM, but Motorola could bring a dual-SIM model with a dedicated expandable storage slot as the Moto G6.Moto E5 Plus expected India priceConsidering the Moto G6 and G6 Play have been priced at Rs 13,999 and Rs 11,999, respectively, we expect the Moto E5 Plus to be priced somewhere along the same lines considering the specs on offer. Motorola announced earlier that the handset will be available online exclusively on Amazon India and offline through Moto Hub stores across India.
zoom Global schedule reliability improved 2.3 percentage points to 74.6% in the second quarter of 2017, from 72.3% in reported in the previous quarter, according to market intelligence provider SeaIntel informed.Although the score increased on a quarterly level, it dropped by 10.4 percentage points on a year-on-year level from 85% recorded in the second quarter of 2016.In the second quarter of 2017, fifteen of the top eighteen carriers saw a quarterly improvement in their reliability scores, while only Pacific International Lines (PIL), Taiwan’s Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation (Yang Ming), and German Hamburg Süd saw their scores drop.Taiwan’s shipping company Wan Hai Lines was the most reliable top-18 carrier with a schedule reliability score of 79.7% in the second quarter of the year. Hamburg Süd was the second most reliable carrier with 78.6%, followed by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Evergreen with 77.4% and 77%, respectively.The biggest year-on-year decreases in schedule reliability were recorded by PIL, Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), and Yang Ming, with drops of 13.8, 13.6, and 12.2 percentage points, respectively.According to SeaIntel’s report, schedule reliability in Asia-USWC reached 76.5% in the second quarter of 2017, improving by 17.7 percentage points when compared on a quarterly basis, but declined 7.1 percentage points compared to the 83.6% seen in same three-month period in 2016. Niche carriers Matson and Westwood Shipping, and Evergreen were the top performing carriers in 2017-Q2 with reliability scores of 100%, 87.9% and 84.2%, respectively.In Asia-USEC on-time performance increased from 57.3% to 72.4% on a quarterly basis, but deteriorated by 11.4 percentage points on a year-on-year level. In the trade lane, Maersk Line, MSC, and Hamburg Sud were the most reliable carriers, reaching 85.6%, 85.6% and 81%.On-time performance in Asia-North Europe reversed its downwards trajectory and improved 11.4 percentage points to 75.1%, yet it was still 6.8 percentage points below the level of last year. The most reliable carriers were Evergreen, COSCO, and MSC reaching 82.2%, 82.2%, and 78.8% respectively.In 2017-Q2, schedule reliability in Asia-Mediterranean increased to 72.1%, which corresponds to a Q/Q improvement of 11.6 percentage points, experiencing a significant decline of 13.9 percentage points Y/Y. ZIM, ANL, and COSCO were the most reliable carriers with reliability scores of 84.0%, 78.8% and 76.0%, respectively.
German shipping giant Hapag-Lloyd officially named its Neopanamax containership Santos Express in Brazil on November 21.“On this special occasion, we wish the crew fair seas and a safe return home,” the company said.The 116,000 gross ton Santos Express was delivered to its owner in late April 2017 from South Korean Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries shipyard.The 10,500 TEU boxship, which features a length of 333 meters and a width of 48 meters, will ship cargo between North Europe and South America.The Valparaíso Express class vessel is the last of the five vessels of the newbuilding series with 10,500 TEU capacity in South Korea.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloyd