The Moto G6 faces stiff competition in the budget segment.

Motorola unveiled the Moto G6 series back in April, and the Moto G6 and the G6 Play have made their debut in India. There’s no mention of whether the Moto G6 Plus will make its way to the country, but it’s unlikely as the Moto X4 offers similar specs.

For now, it looks like the standard Moto G6 and the G6 Play will carry the Moto G brand this year. That’s a huge ask considering just how competitive the budget segment has become in recent months, thanks to devices like the Redmi Note 5 Pro and more recently the ZenFone Max Pro M1, both of which feature the Snapdragon 636 chipset.

By contrast, the Moto G6 is powered by a Snapdragon 450, so it doesn’t look like the device will be able to compete when it comes to sheer numbers. So let’s see what else is on offer with the latest iteration of the Moto G series.

Moto G6 and G6 Play: Specs

Category Moto G6 Play Moto G6
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo
Display 5.7-inch IPS LCD
1440×720
5.7-inch IPS LCD
2160×1080
Processor Snapdragon 427 1.4GHz octa-core
Adreno 308 GPU
Snapdragon 450 1.8GHz octa-core
Adreno 506 GPU
RAM 3GB 3GB/4GB
Storage 32GB 32GB/64GB
Expandable microSD card up to 128GB microSD card up to 128GB
Rear Camera – Main 13MP, ƒ/2.0 12MP, ƒ/1.8
Rear Camera – Secondary N/A 5MP RGB (for depth)
Video 1080p @ 30 fps 1080p @ 60fps
Front Camera 8MP
front-facing flash
8MP
front-facing flash
Connectivity 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz
Bluetooth 4.2
802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz
Bluetooth 4.2
Battery 4000mAh
Non-removable
3000mAh
Non-removable
Charging Micro-USB
10W rapid charger
USB-C
15W TurboPower charger
Water resistance Water-repellant nano-coating Water-repellant nano-coating
Security Fingerprint sensor (rear) Fingerprint sensor (front)
Face unlock
Dimensions 154.4 x 72.2 x 9 mm 153.8 x 72.3 x 8.3 mm
Weight 175g 167 g

Both phones have 18:9 displays and glass backs

With the Moto G6 series, Motorola lavished the same amount of attention it reserves to its mid-range phones. The Moto G6 and G6 Play feature glass-backed designs that look nearly identical to what we’ve seen last year on the Moto X4.

The glass design certainly makes both devices feel upmarket. Another change for 2018 is the switch to the 18:9 form factor. The Moto G6 Play has a 5.7-inch HD+ (1440×720) display whereas the Moto G6 has a 5.7-inch Full HD+ (2160×1080) panel.

The Moto G6 comes with dual rear cameras

The main differentiator with the Moto G6 is the dual rear cameras at the back, with the secondary sensor enabling portrait mode. The primary camera doesn’t have the Dual Pixels feature from last year, and overall image quality is about the same as that of the Moto G5 Plus.

Moto G6 review: Finding success in compromise

There’s a huge 4000mAh battery on the Moto G6 Play

The Moto G6 has a 3000mAh battery, but the Moto G6 Play comes with a 4000mAh battery that’s easily good for two days’ worth of use from a full charge.

The larger battery combined with the HD+ panel makes the G6 Play one of the best devices in the budget segment when it comes to battery life.

The Moto G6 costs about the same as the Redmi Note 5 Pro

The 3GB/32GB variant of the Moto G6 costs ₹13,999 ($ 215) in India, whereas the 4GB/64GB version retails for ₹15,999 ($ 245).

The Moto G6 Play is available in a single 3GB/32GB edition, and is available for ₹11,999 ($ 185). The Moto G6 is exclusive to Amazon, while the G6 Play will be sold exclusively via Flipkart.

The Moto G5 is going up against the likes of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and Motorola’s recent stance with updates combined with the underwhelming hardware makes the Moto G6 a tough recommendation.

I’ll take a look at how the camera on the Moto G6 compares to the Redmi Note 5 Pro early next week, but for now, you’re better off buying a phone with beefier hardware.

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