Gionee S11 Lite Review

Gionee S11 Lite Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Gionee S11 Lite is priced at Rs. 13,999 and is only available offline
  • It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC and has 4GB of RAM
  • It runs Amigo OS 5.0 on top of Android Nougat 7.1

Chinese smartphone maker Gionee launched the S11 Litealongside the Gionee F205 a few months ago and we did take a first look at the two devices right after their launch. The S11 Lite is the latest addition to Gionee’s S series, and the first to sport an 18:9 aspect ratio display. It comes in a stunning blue colour, sports a dual camera setup, at the back and is exclusive to the offline market. For its asking price of Rs 13,999, can the Gionee S11 Lite compete with the current market leaders? We review to find out.

Gionee S11 Lite design

The shiny back of the Gionee S11 Lite was the first thing to grab our attention. Gionee calls it a “curved 3D glassy body,” but it’s actually plastic and feels like it. The back is also a fingerprint magnet and you will need to wipe it constantly to keep it looking good. Even the frame feels plasticky, and the power and volume buttons have the same design, making it hard to figure out which is which without looking at them. We also found that the buttons are placed a little higher than usual, which may require you to shuffle the phone in your hand.

At the front, this phone has a 5.7-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. There is a Micro-USB port at the bottom along with a 3.5mm audio jack and a speaker grille. While the top of the phone is blank, the left has a SIM tray. The phone isn’t heavy and is comfortable to hold thanks to the curved sides and proportions. Gionee sent us only the smartphone, so we can’t say much about the box contents or the type of charger that this phone will ship with.

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Gionee S11 Lite specifications, software, and features

The Gionee S11 Lite sports a 5.7-inch display with HD+ resolution. Gionee could have opted for a full HD+ panel since that is what most of the competition offers at this price. However, it still has good contrast and the viewing angles are decent. You don’t get options to tweak the display output in the Settings app, but we were happy with the quality. The display gets bright enough to be viewable outdoors but we found it to be a little too reflective.

Powering the Gionee S11 Lite is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clocked at 1.4GHz. The phone also has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. You can expand storage but only at the cost of the second SIM, since the S11 Lite has a hybrid dual-SIM tray. This device supports 4G and VoLTE on either SIM, but the other one will be restricted to 3G.

The phone has a 3030mAh battery. The dual camera setup on the rear consists of a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary depth sensor. At the front, there’s a 16-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling.

In terms of software, the Gionee S11 Lite runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with the company’s custom Amigo 5.0 UI on top. Gionee has told Gadgets 360 that there is no timeline for an Android Oreo update for the S11 Lite, putting it at a disadvantage since most smartphones now ship with a more modern version. The phone’s security is also out of date, and a lot of bloatware comes preinstalled. Social media apps such as Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram might be useful, but there are also demo versions of games such as Bubble Bash 3, Danger Dash, N.O.V.A. 3, and Sonic Runners, plus a lot of other apps including NewsPoint, Gaana, and Amazon. Most of these apps can be uninstalled.

Amigo UI has theme support and you can completely change the way this phone’s software looks. There’s also a way to keep changing lock screen wallpapers automatically based on the category you choose. G Store is Gionee’s own app store, and Private Space lets you lock messages, call records, and apps with a fingerprint.

The Settings app is completely rearranged, and has a separate tab which lists all the custom functions the phone has, and how you can try them out. The Smart Assistant section lets you enable motion gestures to interact with the phone. There’s also a Gaming Mode, which disables popup notifications so that you can play games without distraction.

Gionee S11 Lite performance, cameras, and battery life

The Snapdragon 430 processor powering this smartphone isn’t the most powerful available at this price point. It is the same processor that was used for last year’s Moto G5 (Review), and we have seen many models that are more powerful since then. The processor works well enough for basic tasks, but heavy apps and games will take longer to load.

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We played Clash Royale and Asphalt 8, and while the former did not have any issues, Asphalt 8 took longer than usual to load. We ran benchmarks on the S11 Lite and it scored 57,738 in AnTuTu, and 660 and 2485 respectively in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core tests. In the graphics benchmark 3DMark Slingshot, it managed to score 536, while delivering 24fps in GFXBench T-Rex.

In our battery loop test, the smartphone managed to clock 12 hours and 46 minutes. With our usage consisting of emails and an active WhatsApp account, the S11 Lite was able to get through one day. You will need to plug it in by the next morning. We did observe heavy battery drain when gaming.

The camera app on the S11 Lite has multiple modes that you can choose from. Apart from the usual Photo and Video modes, it has Bokeh, Face Beauty, Group Selfie, Pro, and a Card mode to help you scan business cards. The phone is slow to switch to Bokeh mode, and the Pro mode only gives you basic controls.

Tap to see full-sized Gionee S11 Lite camera samples

Daylight photos taken with the S11 Lite were good, and you will only notice a loss of detail if you zoom in. It is quick to set the exposure and lock focus. The Auto HDR mode is quick to kick in but the effect isn’t right and shots tend to look overexposed. It is quick to focus when shooting macros and manages decent separating between the subject and the background. We found macros to be slightly oversaturated. While shooting in bokeh mode we found that it takes longer to switch to this mode. Also, photos take a longer time to process when shooting. The edge detection is mediocre for the selfie camera but is slightly better for the rear camera.

Photos taken in low light lacked detail and appeared a little soft. Zoom in to an image and you will see artefacts caused by excessive noise reduction. The 16-megapixel selfie camera on the S11 Lite takes decent selfies in natural light. You also have a beautification option which you can use to smoothen skin. Shots come out looking average if there’s an artificial light source nearby, but in low light, they lose out on detail. The screen flash is too dim to make any significant difference. Video recording maxes out at 1080p for the front as well as the rear cameras. It lacks Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) so you will need to keep your hand steady while recording.

Verdict
The Gionee S11 Lite is the first smartphone in the S-series to sport an 18:9 aspect ratio screen. It looks nice and will grab eyeballs when you are using it. Unfortunately, the hardware isn’t the best at this price point. Smartphones such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Review) and the Realme 1 (Review) offer better hardware at lower prices. The Gionee S11 Lite is an offline exclusive smartphone, so it might work for people who want to touch and feel a phone before they buy it. If you like the way the S11 looks, you can go for it. If you want better value for your money, you should consider the lower priced options named above, or take a look at the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (Review) and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (Review) which perform better around the same price point.

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  • Good
  • Good looks
  • Decent battery life
  • Bad
  • Below average camera performance
  • Outdated OS
  • Weak processor
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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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iVoomi i2 Lite Review

iVoomi i2 Lite Review

iVoomi i2 Lite price in India is Rs. 6,499 but is it worth your money? Read our review to find out

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The iVoomi i2 Lite is available exclusively via Flipkart at Rs. 6,499
  • It is powered by the MediaTek MT6739 SoC and has 2GB of RAM
  • It has a dual camera setup at the back and sports a 4000mAh battery

Chinese smartphone maker iVoomi has been launching phones in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment, such as the iVoomi i1 which we reviewed some time ago. We also put iVoomi’s first fitness tracker, the iVoomi Fitme, to the test. Now the company has launched yet another budget smartphone to target an even lower price point. The iVoomi i2 Lite is the more affordable sibling of the iVoomi i2, which was launched a few months ago. Priced in India at Rs. 6,499 and exclusive to Flipkart, is the iVoomi i2 Lite worth considering on if you’re a budget? We put it to the test.

iVoomi i2 Lite design

The iVoomi i2 Lite, as you would expect, looks like a smaller version of the iVoomi i2. The phone is made of plastic and feels light in the hand. It has curved sides and rounded corners that make it comfortable to hold. We found the back to be quite glossy, and it picks up fingerprints easily. iVoomi has gone with the new 18:9 display format which is now quite common for new smartphones. The 3.5mm headphone jack and Micro-USB port are positioned on the top of the iVoomi i2 Lite. It has two grilles at the bottom, but only the right one houses a loudspeaker.

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At the back is a vertically stacked dual camera setup along with an LED flash. The iVoomi i2 Lite also has a selfie flash on the front next to the selfie camera, which isn’t a common feature in this price range. The back cover of the smartphone is removable to give you access to the SIM slots and has a 4000mAh non-removable battery. This phone doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor so you will need to use a PIN or pattern lock to secure it. iVoomi ships a 10W charger in the box along with a plastic screen protector.

iVoomi i2 Lite specifications, software, and features

The 5.45-inch display sports an HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. It has decent viewing angles but it is reflective outdoors. Powering the phone is a quad-core MediaTek MT6739 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. There is 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. You do have the option to expand storage up to 128GB via a microSD card.

The iVoomi i2 Lite is a dual-SIM device and you will need to pop the back cover to access the SIM slots which are positioned one above the other. The slot on the top is the hybrid one and you can use a Nano-SIM or a microSD card in it. The iVoomi i2 Lite supports 4G and VoLTE on both SIMs, letting you use one for data while the other can still receive calls on a VoLTE network. It isn’t dual active, but we observed that this phone automatically forwards incoming calls to the active SIM.

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The dual camera setup at the back of the iVoomi i2 Lite consists of a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front, it has an 8-megapixel selfie camera and a selfie flash. The iVoomi i2 Lite has support for Bluetooth, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and GPS. We could connect to a 5GHz Wi-Fi access point, which is surprising for a phone at this price point.

On the software front, the iVoomi i2 Lite runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with minor additions to the UI. iVoomi has preinstalled a few apps including iVoomi Care Center, H5GameBox, Flipkart, Opera News, and UC Browser. You can uninstall these apps if you don’t use them or want to reclaim some storage space.

iVoomi has also added a few gestures such as a three-finger swipe down to capture a screenshot, and a three-finger swipe up to launch the camera. You also get a double-tap to wake the phone, and a two-finger swipe up or down to set the phone to loud or vibrate-only respectively. Additionally, hover gestures let you change audio tracks and scroll between photos. The iVoomi i2 Lite does not have any face recognition feature but can use the default Trusted Face feature that is available with stock Android.

iVoomi i2 Lite performance, cameras, and battery life

The MediaTek MT6739 powering the iVoomi i2 Lite is an entry-level processor. We did not experience any lag while navigating through the Android UI, though apps did take longer than usual to load. We even saw longer load times for the camera app. There’s enough power for basic usage including WhatsApp, taking calls, and handling emails. A Game Mode keeps only your frequently used instant messaging apps in the background, stopping every other app from consuming RAM when gaming.

Clash Royale ran with occasional stutters. We also had to deal with long load times, choppy video, and unresponsive controls when playing Asphalt 8 at its highest settings. We also noticed the phone getting hot after playing a couple of races, but reducing the graphics quality to the Low setting improved the overall experience. We ran benchmarks and found that the phone scored 648 and 1,759 respectively in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core tests respectively. It scored 46,668 in AnTuTu, and 3,177 on PCMark Work 2.0.

With our usage, which consisted of playing a few games and using WhatsApp actively, we managed to get through one day of use. We did observe heavy battery drain when gaming. In our HD video loop test, the phone ran for 10 hours and 5 minutes. iVoomi has implemented power saving modes to help the battery last longer.

Tap to see full-sized iVoomi i2 Lite camera samples

The camera app on the iVoomi i2 Lite launches a little too slowly. It has FaceBeauty, Blur, Mono, Panorama, and PRO modes, apart from the regular photo and video modes. The Blur mode makes use of the 2-megapixel secondary sensor to separate the foreground and background, and you can simulate different aperture values. You can also apply filters before taking an image. There is an HDR mode but it needs to be enabled manually. There’s also a quick 2X zoom toggle but this is digital zoom only.

Photos taken with the iVoomi i2 Lite aren’t great, which is no surprise given its price point. In shots taken during the day, you will notice fine grain. The camera also tends to overexpose the sky when shooting outdoors. Zoom into the images and you will notice a lack of detail. We also observed chromatic aberration under bright sunlight. The app is a little slow to lock focus when shooting macros, and most images appeared flat.

Low-light camera performance is below average as well. We observed a lot of chroma noise in photos taken at night. Shots with a light source nearby had slightly lower chroma noise. The selfie camera takes average photos, but the background was often slightly overexposed. You can use these photos on social media, but nothing beyond that. Video recording maxes out at 1080p for the rear camera and 720p for the front one. There is electronic stabilisation which manages to reduce shakes to some extent.

Verdict
The iVoomi i2 Lite is a budget smartphone priced at Rs. 6,499 and is exclusively available via Flipkart. Its entry-level processor can is enough for basic usage, and the battery should last you one day. We were impressed with the support for VoLTE call forwarding and dual-band Wi-Fi at this price. If you won’t use the camera very often, you can consider the iVoomi i2 Lite.

We have seen better smartphones in the sub Rs. 10,000 segment but they are priced higher in comparison. If you are willing to spend a little extra, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 (Review) has better cameras, a fingerprint scanner and a powerful processor priced at Rs. 7,999. If you are on a strict budget, the Redmi 5A (Review) and the 10.or D (Review) are good alternatives at a similar price point.

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  • Dual 4G VoLTE
  • Decent battery life
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  • Poor cameras
  • Hybrid dual-SIM slot

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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