We have got the Moto G6 for review, which is a phone with dual rear camera setup. The price starts at Rs 13,999, with variants with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. Remember that the older model of the G series has been well received by customers and critics. The Moto G6 has been launched at a time when there is tremendous competition in the Rs 20,000 price segment.
In this segment there are handsets like Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Redmi Note 5 Pro (Review) which we have liked very much. Let’s try to find out how much stronger the Moto G6 presents compared to these?
Moto G6 Design
Motorola, along with Moto G6 and G6 Play, has discharged the old G-Series handset’s plastic and metal body. This time the design of glass and metal design has been adopted. The Moto G6 looks like last year’s Moto X4 due to the sleek and shiny curved glass back and the extremely polished metal mid-frame.
This phone with 8.3 mm thickness is not the slimmest, but using it with one hand is convenient and 167 grams can not be called too heavy. However, this smartphone still feels a little chunky and solid. During the review, we accidentally slipped this smartphone several times. But it did no damage, except for a few scratches.
Sadly, Motorola has used Gorilla Glass 3 instead of the new and more robust Gorilla Glass 4 or 5 for protection in the front and back of this phone. This device slips easily into the hands due to the glass. On this, the marks of fingers and other spots fall easily.
In the wake of the 18: 9 display and thin bezel, most smartphone makers have started giving fingerprint sensors on the back. But Motorola has given this sensor in the front. This sensor with the shape of the capsule is very small. We were a bit skeptical about its use and performance earlier. But it turned out to be fast and accurate.
There is nothing on the left side of the smartphone. But on the right side is the volume rocker and power button. These are easy to reach. The earpiece also serves as the speaker. It makes a loud sound, but lacks warmth and clarity. There is a USB Type-C port and 3.5mm headphone socket at the bottom of the phone. Many companies offer micro-USB ports in this price range. But USB Type-C port is a good use in Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play.
Moto G6 specification and display
This affordable smartphone from Motorola uses Snapdragon 450 processor, which is Qualcomm’s latest budget smartphone processor. This processor is also part of the much cheaper Xiaomi Redmi 5 (review) and Honor 7C (review). Moto G6 has two variants – one has 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage, which costs Rs 13,999. At the same time, variants with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage will be available for Rs 15,999. MicroSD card up to 128 GB can be used in both variants.
The Moto G6 has a 3,000 mAh battery that supports quick charging. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / A-GPS, USB Type-C and 3.5mm headphone jack. There is room for two nano SIMs and only one SIM will run in 4G speed at a time. Many smartphones in this price range come with hybrid slots. But the Moto G6 has separate slots for two Nano SIMs and a microSD card.
With the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play, Motorola finally adopted the trend of 18: 9 display. The display cannot be called borderless, but the presence of fingerprint sensor in the front serves to hide this deficiency.
The Moto G6 has a 5.7-inch full-HD + IPS panel with 18: 9 aspect ratios. Viewing angles are great. Colors are accurate. But Sunlight Legibility is average. The same will be said about the brightness level. Always on display feature is available in Moto software. With this help, users will be able to reply to the message directly from the lock screen. Apart from this, there is also a blue light filter.
In our experience, Motorola’s own apps ran fine on 18: 9 displays. But the app which does not have support for this aspect ratio, we had to stretch.
Moto G6 performance, software and battery life
Our experience with the Snapdragon 450 processor is mixed. But the Moto G6 has used this hardware well. Some credit will also go to Motorola’s clean and smooth software package. The Moto G6 handles the daily task without any hassle. But the phone also occasionally performs lag. And also slightly warm during intensive workloads. On the other hand, it never slows down too much.
The Moto G6 handles games strongly due to the Adreno 506 GPU. We realized some lag when loading games with heavy graphics like Asphalt 8, but the gameplay was quite smooth.
Like most smartphones today, the Moto G6 has built in face recognition. But it is slow and inacurate. During the review, the Moto G6 did not recognize our faces many times, even when there was sufficient illumination.
You will get almost stock version of Android 8.0 Oreo which is fast and smooth. It also has features of some work given by Motorola, despite this, the stock remains an Android-like experience. However, pre-installed apps like Facebook Lite, PhonePe, LinkedIn and Outlook do spoil the experience a bit. By the way, they can be deleted.
In our HD video loop test, the Moto G6 battery lasted 8 hours and 40 minutes, which would be considered bad. However, the performance is quite good in common use. The phone easily supported throughout the day. Speaking of usage, we ran Google Maps for two hours during this time. Also explored social media apps like Twitter, Whatsapp and Facebook. Played games like Asphalt 8 and Subway Surfers. And also captured selfie and some pictures.
Motorola has given a 15 watt turbo charger with the phone which makes the phone fullcharge in about 1.5 hours. But the smartphone gets quite hot during charging.
Moto G6 Cameras
The Moto G6 has two cameras on the rear. A 5-megapixel secondary sensor has been given with a 12-megapixel primary sensor. The Moto G6 has a 16-megapixel sensor on the front panel. There is dual LED flash on the rear and single LED flash on the front panel.
In the camera app, you will find many features, such as text scanner mode which converts the text written on the image into text and the spot color mode. The phone has a pro mode, which will enable you to manage white balance, ISO, exposure, shutter speed and aperture.
The performance of the front and rear cameras is very average. Photos taken at night with the rear camera look dark and medium. Noise is also very much. In order to reduce noise, the camera makes the photos sharper.
Colors are accurate in photos taken in appropriate light. But these do not contain the detail we expect. The dynamic range also disappoints slightly. In portrait mode, you will be able to capture bokeh shots which come in average quality and edge detection is very poor. The blur effect is also not very accurate.
The condition of the selfie is also similar. The front light gives the right performance in sufficient light, but weakens in low light. The camera exposes the shot several times under direct sunlight. The front LED flash definitely helps a little. You will be able to record 1080 pixels of video from the front and rear cameras. Motorola’s electronic image stabilization does a good job of keeping video stable. But there is also a lack of detail in this.
Moto G6 is very good looking. It is compact and it is convenient to use it with one hand. Battery life is also praiseworthy. The performance is decent and the colors on the display are accurate, but it is not easy to use in bright sunlight. The cameras are of very average quality and face recognition is very slow and inacurate.
The price of Moto G6 is very close to Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 which come with more powerful processor and better camera. The hardware specifications of the slightly cheaper Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (review) are quite similar to those of the Moto G6. This is also a good option, especially in the case of Value for Money.
Interested customers can also think about the recently launched Realme1 (review) which is more powerful. But it does not have a fingerprint sensor and its cameras are also average.