Motorola Moto G6 Plus review: Hands-on

Pablo Tucker
April 19, 2018

Meanwhile, there's also the new Moto E5 lineup consisting of the E5, E5 Plus, and E5 Play.

It's a little over a year since we first clapped eyes on the G5 range Plus Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This phone's display measures 5.93in from corner to corner, a smidge over 0.2in larger than the regular Moto G6. The G6 improves on this again with a premium-looking design that belies its mid-range price point. However, the Moto G6 is the powerful among them with Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 on-board.

All the devices come with a front-facing speaker and the G6 and G6 Plus come with Face Unlock also. The lower price and big battery will definitely appeal to some basic smartphone users who are frustrated with battery life.

Moto E5 Plus features 5.99-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 IPS display and runs on Android 8.0 Oreo.

In the United Kingdom the E5 release date is set for June and the handset will be available from a number of retailers including Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone, Amazon and Argos. As with the other new G6 handsets there's some serious size upgrades. The standard G6 boasts a 5.7-inch HD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, dual rear cameras, fingerprint sensor, 3,000 milliamp-hour battery, and Android 8.0 Oreo.

On the new G6 there's a dual rear camera - 12MP & 5MP, f/1.8.

On the front there's a 5MP selfie camera which should suffice for the occasional Snapchat and Instragram Story session. The company even went on to say that it doesn't matter if you are buying an affordable smartphone, it doesn't mean that you should take blurry photos. As for optics, there is a single 12-megapixel rear camera which comes with f/2.0 aperture, 1.25-micron, and laser autofocus. There are also timelapse and slow motion modes, too.

The devices released in the G6 Series include the Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, and the Moto G6 Play, yes, a play model also, which was not released with the g5 series previous year. Aside from the crisp 5.7-inch screen and dual cameras, the phone's storage has been upped to 32GB from 16GB past year. There's a microSD card slot, which you can use to expand storage by up to 128GB, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the phone runs Android 8.0. There are two options - 32GB and 64GB and that has to be the key reason for a jump in price - see below. We're nearly certain the Moto E5 won't be coming to the U.S. as it has both the Plus and the Moto E5 Play, but we've asked Motorola for confirmation and will update this piece when we know. The G6 is kept alive by a 3000mAh battery, which comes with support for Motorola's 15W TurboPower charger through a USB Type-C port. Fingerprint sensors sit below the screens and can act as a touchpad if you want some extra screen real estate. The G6 will go on sale in the United Kingdom from 2 May at a starting price of £219.

The page showing up on Carphone Warehouse's website when searching for Moto G6. It's the fastest of these three phones, coming with a Snapdragon 630 chipset and 3 GB, 4 GB, or 6 GB of RAM, as well as either 32 GB or 64 GB of on-board storage. The G6 still represents great value when you look at it compared to last year's model.

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