Moto E5 Plus Review

Moto E5 Plus Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Moto E5 Plus is priced at Rs. 11,999 in India
  • It runs a near-stock build of Android
  • Battery life is stellar but the cameras are sub-standard

Soon after launching the Moto G6 (Review) and Moto G6 Play (Review) in India, Lenovo’s Motorola is back with the Moto E5 Plus, which has a hefty 5,000mAh battery, an expansive 6-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, and a near stock build of Android at an attractive price.

Competition in the sub Rs. 15,000 segment is heating up and smartphones such as the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1(Review) have set new benchmarks in terms of what to expect from a smartphone in this category. Manufacturers can no longer get by with pushing outdated processors and stale designs. Can the fifth generation of Motorola’s popular E series bring the fight to the ZenFone Max Pro M1 as well as the popular Redmi Note 5 (Review)? Let’s find out.

 

Moto E5 Plus design

The Moto E5 Plus is pretty much a thicker and chunkier version of the Moto G6 Play. Weighing in at 197g with dimensions of 160.9 x 75.3 x 9.35mm, the Moto E5 Plus is quite a bulky phone. Much of the heft can be attributed to the large 5,000mAh battery inside. While the Moto G6 Play is compact and easy to hold, the Moto E5 Plus is rather unwieldy. It is too wide and tall to be used comfortably with one hand.

This phone looks more premium than it feels. The plastic back has a high-gloss finish in a bid to imitate glass, and it works to an extent. From a distance, it is hard to distinguish between the Moto G6, which has an actual glass back, and the Moto E5 Plus. However, the plastic back of the latter gets scratched very easily and is a huge fingerprint magnet. It is also very slippery – we found ourselves dropping the phone on more than one occasion. On the plus side, plastic is less likely to shatter than glass.

Just like the Moto G6 Play, the fingerprint sensor on the Moto E5 Plus is embedded within the Motorola batwing logo at the back. The setup process is quite slow but the sensor is quick, accurate, and ergonomically placed. The back panel also houses what might at first appear to be a dual-camera setup, but in actuality is just a laser autofocus sensor alongside a single 12-megapixel camera.

MotoE5Plus Inline Moto E5 Plus

 

The left edge of the smartphone is blank except for the SIM tray which has separate slots for two Nano-SIMs and a microSD card. The right edge houses the volume rocker and the power button, which are small but tactile. The earpiece doubles up as a speaker, and the sound it produces is loud, but shrill and tinny.

A microphone and a Micro-USB port can be found at the bottom. The use of a Micro-USB port is a bit disappointing at a time when the industry has started transitioning to the new USB Type-C standard.

Moto E5 Plus specifications and display

The Moto E5 Plus is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. In contrast, the competing Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, which also has a 5000mAh battery, is powered by the much more powerful Snapdragon 636.

Priced at Rs. 11,999, the sole configuration on offer has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card (of up to 128GB). The biggest USP of the Moto E5 Plus is its 5,000mAh battery, which Motorola claims is good for 18 hours of non-stop video playback. Connectivity options on the handset include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, a 3.5mm jack, and a Micro-USB port. NFC is not supported, and neither is the 5GHz Wi-Fi band. It supports dual SIMs (Nano) but only one can run at 4G speeds at a time, with the other limited to 3G speeds.

Moto E5Plus Inline2 Moto E5 Plus

 

The Moto E5 Plus has a 6-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) IPS LCD screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The screen is not exactly borderless, and the chin is pretty significant. On the Moto G6, this space houses the fingerprint sensor, but here it feels like a waste.

Viewing angles are decent and colours are vibrant enough for the price, but the panel is dim and and very reflective. Additionally, text and images are not very sharp, as a result of the lacklustre HD+ resolution, and pixelation is visible to the naked eye when reading text. On a positive note, the Moto E5 Plus has a stellar always-on display feature that allows for quick replies to messages right from the lock screen, and a blue light filter that can be triggered at set times.

Moto E5 Plus performance and software

The Moto E5 Plus is fairly capable of handling basic day-to-day tasks such as watching YouTube videos, taking the occasional picture, light Web browsing, and using social media applications. That said, we did experience some keyboard lags, and occasional stutters and slowdowns throughout our review period. With multiple apps open in the background or more than a dozen tabs open in Chrome, we could feel the effects of the relatively under-powered processor. At least this smartphone does not heat up when pushed.

As expected, benchmark scores were quite average. The Moto E5 Plus managed 56,264 points in AnTuTu, 623 and 2098 respectively in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core tests, 3,747 in PC Mark’s Work 2.0 benchmark, 10fps in GFXBench Manhattan 3.1, and 26fps in GFXBench T-Rex. Games like Subway Surfers and Asphalt 8 exhibit occasional frame-rate drops and stutters, but are playable on the whole.

MotoE5Plus Inline3 Moto E5 PlusMoto Actions, the four pre-installed applications and notification shortcuts

 

One thing that helps the Moto E5 Plus run somewhat smoothly is Motorola’s well-optimised software package. The smartphone runs a near-stock version of Android 8.0 with the March 2018 security patch installed. Motorola has added a few features such as an always-on display, three-finger screenshot shortcut, swipe gesture to toggle one-handed mode, and Attentive Display, which keeps the screen on while you are looking at it. Oddly enough, the most iconic and useful Moto Actions, the chop gesture to turn on the flashlight and double-twist to launch the camera app, are missing. Their presence in the international version of the Moto E5 Plus makes the omission even more disappointing.

Four applications – The Weather Channel, Instagram, Outlook, and LinkedIn – come pre-loaded. This amount of bloat is minimal but is still unfortunate. Outlook and LinkedIn cannot be uninstalled but thankfully The Weather Channel and Instagram can.

Face recognition, a feature that is now common on most smartphones even in this price segment, is missing. Thankfully, the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is quick and accurate.

Moto E5 Plus cameras and battery life

There’s no secondary sensor or AI wizardry for the camera on the back – just a single 12-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/2.0 accompanied by an LED flash. On the front, there’s a 5-megapixel selfie camera with its own dedicated flash. Motorola has tried its best to make it look like there’s a dual-camera setup though. The laser autofocus sensor is housed right next to the primary camera, which quite successfully gives the impression of a second lens, at least from a distance.

The rear camera comes with its share of problems – the dynamic range is poor and it has a tendency to overexpose shots. Photos taken at night look muddy and over-sharpened, and the camera bumps up the ISO which makes images look unnaturally bright. This is something we noticed with the Moto G6 Play as well. Shots taken in favourable light fare better. The level of detail is lacking but colours are accurate.

The story is pretty much the same with the front sensor. It struggles in low light, producing noisy images that lack detail, but performs just about decently in the day. The front flash does help quite a bit at night.

Tap to see full-sized Moto E5 Plus camera samples

 

The camera app has a fully featured Pro Mode that allows you to adjust the white balance, ISO, exposure, and shutter speed. Video capture maxes out at 1080p (30fps) for the both the front and rear cameras. Videos shot with the front camera are jittery and lack detail. We were quite impressed with the electronic image stabilisation for the rear sensor, but the lack of detail in videos let us down a little.

In our HD video loop battery test, the phone managed to chug along for 11 hours and 30 minutes, which is a reasonable, if not a particularly great score; with a 5,000mAh battery under the hood, we expected more. Thankfully, real-world performance is stellar. The phone breezed through a day of moderate to intensive use, and still had about 50 percent left at the end. Our usage involved an hour or two of navigation using Google Maps, a generous dose of social media applications, games such as Asphalt 8, and taking a dozen or so selfies and pictures.

With moderate use, you can extract two full days of battery life out of this phone. Thanks to the HD+ display, there are less pixels to push and Motorola’s software package is as optimised as ever. The 10W rapid charger that Motorola ships in the box took the smartphone from an empty tank to 36 percent in 60 minutes. The lack of Motorola’s trademark TurboCharger is disappointing, especially for a phone with such a large battery.


Moto E5 Plus in pictures

 

Verdict
The Moto E5 Plus delivers on the promise of exceptional battery life and has a design that imitates its higher-priced siblings. The software is well optimised and is quite close to stock Android. However, it does little to stand out in a segment dominated by heavyweights such as the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1(Review), Redmi Note 5 (Review), and Realme 1 (Review). The cameras are sub-standard, performance is just about okay, and the display is nothing to write home about. The lack of iconic Moto actions such as the double-twist, which have become well associated with Motorola phones, further reduces the smartphone’s appeal.

Road warriors should should definitely consider the Moto E5 Plus. Others would be better served by the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, which is less expensive but features a more powerful processor and a higher-resolution display. Availability issues continue to plague Asus’s smartphone though, and it is hard to find it in stock. Oppo’s Realme 1 is another option has a powerful powerful processor and is relatively easier to buy, making it also worth considering.

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  • Middling performance
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Moto G6 Play Review

Moto G6 Play Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Moto G6 Play is priced at Rs. 11,999 in India
  • It is built well and is easy to use with one hand
  • Battery life is solid but the cameras are pretty average

With the Moto G6 (Review) and Moto G6 Play, Motorola has finally latched on to the 18:9 display trend that has permeated the smartphone industry. We have already reviewed the Moto G6, and now we have its more affordable sibling in for review. The Moto G6 Play is a budget smartphone that has a striking design, a near-stock build of Android and a sizeable 4,000mAh battery.

Can the Moto G6 Play carve out a place for itself in a competitive segment populated by the likes of the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Review) and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Review), both of which offer tremendous value for money? Let’s find out in our full Moto G6 Play review.

Moto G6 Play design

The Moto G6 Play looks a lot like the pricier Moto G6. The highly polished metal midframe and circular rear camera module have been carried over from the Moto G6, but the glass on the back has been replaced by what Motorola calls ‘polymer glass’. Marketing-speak aside, the back panel is made of plastic with a high-gloss finish that’s trying to imitate glass. It does not feel as premium, but is claimed to be less prone to breakage. Build quality is top-notch and the phone feels reassuringly solid.

The most striking aspect of the G6 Play’s design is how easy it is to fit this phone in one hand. However, the body is quite slippery and the plastic back picks up smudges at an alarming rate. The lack of an of an IPxx rating for water resistance is not a surprise at this price point, but the Moto G6 Play even lacks the water resistant nano-coating found on the Moto G6 and Moto G5S Plus (Review).

G6Play Inline Moto G6 Play

While the Moto G6 has a pill-sized front facing fingerprint sensor, the one on the Moto G6 Play is embedded within the Motorola batwing logo at the back. Fans of Motorola’s familiar dimple, which was last seen in the third-generation Moto X series, will feel right at home. The setup process is surprisingly slow but the sensor is quick, accurate, and easy to locate by feel.

The volume rocker and power button are on the right, and the left edge is blank save for the SIM tray which has separate slots for two Nano-SIMs and a microSD card. While the buttons are quite small, they are tactile and well within reach. On the top of the Moto G6 Play is a 3.5mm headphone socket.

Unlike its more expensive sibling – which has a modern USB Type-C port – the Moto G6 Play makes do with the old Micro-USB standard for charging and data transfers. The earpiece also acts as a speaker, and while it’s loud and clear, the sound it produces lacks warmth.

Moto G6 Play specifications and display

The Moto G6 Play is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. Similarly priced smartphones such as the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 and Realme 1 are powered by the Snapdragon 636 and Helio P60 respectively, which are much more powerful.

It’s available in only a single variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, priced at Rs. 11,999. You can expand storage using a microSD card of up to 128GB. The biggest USP of the G6 Play is its 4,000mAh battery, which Motorola claims is good for 32 hours of mixed use – we’ll see in a bit if the smartphone lives up to that claim.

G6Play Inline2 Moto G6 Play

Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. This phone supports dual SIMs (Nano) but only one can run at 4G speed at a time, with the other limited to 3G.

The Moto G6 Play has a 5.7-inch HD+ IPS display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The screen is not entirely borderless, and the bottom bezel in particular feels like a waste of space.

The panel is bright and has decent viewing angles. However, colours are dull and pixelation is visible to the naked eye in text-heavy websites. At a time when most competing smartphones feature full-HD+ panels, this low resolution just does not cut it.

The Moto customisations to Android include an always-on display feature that allows for quick replies to messages right from the lock screen, and a blue light filter that can be triggered at set times.

Moto G6 Play software and performance

We could get through basic tasks with relative ease, but the effects of the relatively underpowered processor could be felt when scrolling through heavy websites in Chrome and when we had a lot of apps open in the background. We also dealt with keyboard lags on several occasions during our review period. What helps day-to-day use is the clean and fluid software package on board the Moto G6 Play. The smartphone runs a near-stock version of Android 8.0 with a few value additions such as an always-on display, a feature called Moto Key that allows you to enter passwords using your fingerprint, and Attentive Display, which keeps the screen on while you are looking at it. Familiar Moto Actions such as a chop gesture to turn on the flashlight, and double-twist to launch the camera app, also are also present.

G6Play Inline3 Moto G6 Play

Games like Subway Surfers and Asphalt 8 are playable but exhibit occasional frame rate drops and stutters. Power users and anyone serious about gaming should steer clear of the Moto G6 Play and look at more powerful options such as the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 or Realme 1 instead. Benchmark scores were fairly average. The Moto G6 Play managed 58,134 points in AnTuTu, 3,715 in PC Mark’s Work 2.0 benchmark, 10fps in GFXBench Manhattan 3.1, 26 fps in GFXBench T-Rex, and 632 and 2219 respectively in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core tests. While the glass-backed Moto G6 heats up considerably under duress, the G6 Play had no such problem.

Motorola has not announced any update timeline for the sixth generation G-series, but history suggests that the Moto G6 Play will be updated to Android P in the future. Unfortunately, the G6 Play comes with a bit of bloat unlike past modes – Facebook, Phone Pe, Outlook, and LinkedIn are preinstalled. This isn’t a lot, but it does somewhat dilute the stock Android experience, and these applications cannot be uninstalled.

Facial recognition, a feature found on most smartphones of late, is conspicuous by its absence. Thankfully, the fingerprint sensor is quick and accurate.

Moto G6 Play cameras and battery life

The Moto G6 Play has a single 13-megapixel camera at the rear with an aperture of f/2.0. At the front, there’s an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with an aperture of f/2.2. The single sensor at the back is nothing to write home about. Images taken at night are dark and muddy with a considerable amount of noise. The camera has a tendency to bump up the ISO in unfavourable light, which makes the images look unnaturally bright.

Shots taken in good light came out a fair bit better. The level of detail is decent and colours are reasonably accurate. However, both the front and the rear cameras have poor dynamic range and have a tendency to overexpose shots.

Tap to see full-sized Moto G6 Play camera samples

The front camera also struggles in low light, producing dark and grainy images with poor detail. There is a beauty mode which removes blemishes and works as well as you would expect. Video capture maxes out at 1080p (30fps) for the both the front and rear cameras. While videos shot by the front camera are mediocre at best, we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the videos produced by the rear one. The level of detail is average, but Motorola’s EIS does quite a good job.

Performance in our HD video battery loop test was a respectable 11 hours and 30 minutes. Real-world performance was quite impressive as well. The smartphone easily lasted through an entire day of moderate use, and still had around 20 percent left in the tank.

Our review unit came without a charger but the retail box ships with a 15W Turbo Charger that Motorola claims can provide hours of use within minutes. We used the 15W Turbo Charger bundled with the Moto G6, which took the G6 Play to 50 percent from an empty tank in around 45 minutes.


Moto G6 Play in pictures

Verdict
The Moto G6 Play looks great, is built well, and is easy to use with one hand. The battery life is above average and the software package is fluid and has a few useful customisations. However, the cameras are average, performance is sub-par, and the display is nothing to write home about.

The G6 Play is an average, middle-of-the-road smartphone that doesn’t aim for greatness. Competitors such as the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Review) and the Redmi Note 5 (Review) are not only more powerful but more well-rounded on the whole. Then there is the Realme 1 (Review), which has a cluttered user interface but a considerably more powerful processor.

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  • Sleek and compact
  • Good battery life
  • Near-stock Android
  • Bad
  • Middling performance
  • Average cameras
  • Low-resolution display
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Moto G6 Play Review

Moto G6 Play Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Moto G6 Play is priced at Rs. 11,999 in India
  • It is built well and is easy to use with one hand
  • Battery life is solid but the cameras are pretty average

With the Moto G6 (Review) and Moto G6 Play, Motorola has finally latched on to the 18:9 display trend that has permeated the smartphone industry. We have already reviewed the Moto G6, and now we have its more affordable sibling in for review. The Moto G6 Play is a budget smartphone that has a striking design, a near-stock build of Android and a sizeable 4,000mAh battery.

Can the Moto G6 Play carve out a place for itself in a competitive segment populated by the likes of the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Review) and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Review), both of which offer tremendous value for money? Let’s find out in our full Moto G6 Play review.

 

Moto G6 Play design

The Moto G6 Play looks a lot like the pricier Moto G6. The highly polished metal midframe and circular rear camera module have been carried over from the Moto G6, but the glass on the back has been replaced by what Motorola calls ‘polymer glass’. Marketing-speak aside, the back panel is made of plastic with a high-gloss finish that’s trying to imitate glass. It does not feel as premium, but is claimed to be less prone to breakage. Build quality is top-notch and the phone feels reassuringly solid.

The most striking aspect of the G6 Play’s design is how easy it is to fit this phone in one hand. However, the body is quite slippery and the plastic back picks up smudges at an alarming rate. The lack of an of an IPxx rating for water resistance is not a surprise at this price point, but the Moto G6 Play even lacks the water resistant nano-coating found on the Moto G6 and Moto G5S Plus (Review).

G6Play Inline Moto G6 Play

 

While the Moto G6 has a pill-sized front facing fingerprint sensor, the one on the Moto G6 Play is embedded within the Motorola batwing logo at the back. Fans of Motorola’s familiar dimple, which was last seen in the third-generation Moto X series, will feel right at home. The setup process is surprisingly slow but the sensor is quick, accurate, and easy to locate by feel.

The volume rocker and power button are on the right, and the left edge is blank save for the SIM tray which has separate slots for two Nano-SIMs and a microSD card. While the buttons are quite small, they are tactile and well within reach. On the top of the Moto G6 Play is a 3.5mm headphone socket.

Unlike its more expensive sibling – which has a modern USB Type-C port – the Moto G6 Play makes do with the old Micro-USB standard for charging and data transfers. The earpiece also acts as a speaker, and while it’s loud and clear, the sound it produces lacks warmth.

Moto G6 Play specifications and display

The Moto G6 Play is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. Similarly priced smartphones such as the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 and Realme 1 are powered by the Snapdragon 636 and Helio P60 respectively, which are much more powerful.

It’s available in only a single variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, priced at Rs. 11,999. You can expand storage using a microSD card of up to 128GB. The biggest USP of the G6 Play is its 4,000mAh battery, which Motorola claims is good for 32 hours of mixed use – we’ll see in a bit if the smartphone lives up to that claim.

G6Play Inline2 Moto G6 Play

 

Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. This phone supports dual SIMs (Nano) but only one can run at 4G speed at a time, with the other limited to 3G.

The Moto G6 Play has a 5.7-inch HD+ IPS display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The screen is not entirely borderless, and the bottom bezel in particular feels like a waste of space.

The panel is bright and has decent viewing angles. However, colours are dull and pixelation is visible to the naked eye in text-heavy websites. At a time when most competing smartphones feature full-HD+ panels, this low resolution just does not cut it.

The Moto customisations to Android include an always-on display feature that allows for quick replies to messages right from the lock screen, and a blue light filter that can be triggered at set times.

Moto G6 Play software and performance

We could get through basic tasks with relative ease, but the effects of the relatively underpowered processor could be felt when scrolling through heavy websites in Chrome and when we had a lot of apps open in the background. We also dealt with keyboard lags on several occasions during our review period. What helps day-to-day use is the clean and fluid software package on board the Moto G6 Play. The smartphone runs a near-stock version of Android 8.0 with a few value additions such as an always-on display, a feature called Moto Key that allows you to enter passwords using your fingerprint, and Attentive Display, which keeps the screen on while you are looking at it. Familiar Moto Actions such as a chop gesture to turn on the flashlight, and double-twist to launch the camera app, also are also present.

G6Play Inline3 Moto G6 Play

 

Games like Subway Surfers and Asphalt 8 are playable but exhibit occasional frame rate drops and stutters. Power users and anyone serious about gaming should steer clear of the Moto G6 Play and look at more powerful options such as the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 or Realme 1 instead. Benchmark scores were fairly average. The Moto G6 Play managed 58,134 points in AnTuTu, 3,715 in PC Mark’s Work 2.0 benchmark, 10fps in GFXBench Manhattan 3.1, 26 fps in GFXBench T-Rex, and 632 and 2219 respectively in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core tests. While the glass-backed Moto G6 heats up considerably under duress, the G6 Play had no such problem.

Motorola has not announced any update timeline for the sixth generation G-series, but history suggests that the Moto G6 Play will be updated to Android P in the future. Unfortunately, the G6 Play comes with a bit of bloat unlike past modes – Facebook, Phone Pe, Outlook, and LinkedIn are preinstalled. This isn’t a lot, but it does somewhat dilute the stock Android experience, and these applications cannot be uninstalled.

Facial recognition, a feature found on most smartphones of late, is conspicuous by its absence. Thankfully, the fingerprint sensor is quick and accurate.

Moto G6 Play cameras and battery life

The Moto G6 Play has a single 13-megapixel camera at the rear with an aperture of f/2.0. At the front, there’s an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with an aperture of f/2.2. The single sensor at the back is nothing to write home about. Images taken at night are dark and muddy with a considerable amount of noise. The camera has a tendency to bump up the ISO in unfavourable light, which makes the images look unnaturally bright.

Shots taken in good light came out a fair bit better. The level of detail is decent and colours are reasonably accurate. However, both the front and the rear cameras have poor dynamic range and have a tendency to overexpose shots.

Tap to see full-sized Moto G6 Play camera samples

 

 

The front camera also struggles in low light, producing dark and grainy images with poor detail. There is a beauty mode which removes blemishes and works as well as you would expect. Video capture maxes out at 1080p (30fps) for the both the front and rear cameras. While videos shot by the front camera are mediocre at best, we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the videos produced by the rear one. The level of detail is average, but Motorola’s EIS does quite a good job.

Performance in our HD video battery loop test was a respectable 11 hours and 30 minutes. Real-world performance was quite impressive as well. The smartphone easily lasted through an entire day of moderate use, and still had around 20 percent left in the tank.

Our review unit came without a charger but the retail box ships with a 15W Turbo Charger that Motorola claims can provide hours of use within minutes. We used the 15W Turbo Charger bundled with the Moto G6, which took the G6 Play to 50 percent from an empty tank in around 45 minutes.


Moto G6 Play in pictures

 

Verdict
The Moto G6 Play looks great, is built well, and is easy to use with one hand. The battery life is above average and the software package is fluid and has a few useful customisations. However, the cameras are average, performance is sub-par, and the display is nothing to write home about.

The G6 Play is an average, middle-of-the-road smartphone that doesn’t aim for greatness. Competitors such as the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Review) and the Redmi Note 5 (Review) are not only more powerful but more well-rounded on the whole. Then there is the Realme 1 (Review), which has a cluttered user interface but a considerably more powerful processor.

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Moto G6 Play

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Rs.11,228*
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  • Good
  • Sleek and compact
  • Good battery life
  • Near-stock Android
  • Bad
  • Middling performance
  • Average cameras
  • Low-resolution display
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  • Motorola Moto G6 Play (Deep Indigo, 32GB, 3GB RAM)
    *Includes Rs. 1,531 cashback
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Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, Moto G6 Plus to launch today: Here’s how to watch the live stream at 7PM IST

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Lenovo-owned Motorola is all set to launch the Moto G6-series smartphones later today. The event is set to take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and it will kick off at 10:30AM (Brazil local time), which is 7:00PM in India. Motorola will also live stream the event on its Facebook Page here.

The Moto G6-series will include the Moto G6, the Moto G6 Play and the Moto G6 Plus variants. The Moto G6 Play is expected to be an entry-level variant with single camera at the back, whereas the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus are expected to feature dual cameras at the back. All three smartphones are expected to come with full-screen displays and 18:9 aspect ratio.

A home button with fingerprint sensor embedded inside it is also expected under the display. In the hardware department, the Moto G6 Play is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 430 quad-core SoC, and feature a massive 4,000mAh battery.

The Moto G6 is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 450 octa-core SoC paired with 3GB / 4GB RAM and 32GB / 64GB on board storage. Talking about dual cameras, one is expected to be a 12-megapixel primary sensor along with 5-megapixel secondary sensor to add DSLR-like bokeh effects to your photos. A 16-megapixel front camera is also expected to be in tow.

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Lastly, the Moto G6 Plus will likely be powered by a Snapdragon 630 or Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage. It is expected to sport the same dual cameras at the back, as the Moto G6. All three smartphones in the Moto G6-series are expected to run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.

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In terms of pricing, the Moto G6 Play is expected to be around $200, which is about Rs 13,000, the Moto G6 around $250, which is about Rs 16,300. There is no word on the pricing of Moto G6 Plus, but with the launch event less than an hour away, we will know more about it when Motorola officially makes the announcement.

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