Motorola has introduced a bunch of new smartphones at a surprise event including a trio of low-end Moto E5 phones and a new Moto G6 family consisting of three mid-range devices for 2018. These are the successors to last year’s Moto G5S models and are here to compete despite all the competition. Here’s a rundown.
Motorola is struggling to reel in profits from their mobile division and for 2018, the company is restructuring itself to conserve costs and perform better. So far this year we’ve seen a new Moto Mod, but not much else until now. Motorola didn’t appear at MWC 2018, but we knew from leaks that new smartphones would be coming in April. Now, some of them are here including the new Moto E5 series and Moto G6 family. We’re still waiting on Moto X5 and a few others including the company’s flagship phones.
Motorola, owned by Lenovo, is most well-known for its affordable mid-range series, the Moto G Line. This lineup has been the most popular in its category for years, surprisingly gets a lot of hype, and has put Motorola in the position it is today for being able to produce great all-around phones with a bang for your buck. There’s a new line of fifth-generation installments for 2018, and we’ve been anticipating them for what seems like a while, even though it hasn’t been that long since the Moto G5S models arrived. The new devices follow a naming scheme over from the Moto Z line including a Moto G6, Moto G6 Play and Moto G6 Plus. These devices will look to be every bit consumers expect from Moto G line phones, plus more.
Motorola has five product lines, each which ranges in specs and pricing so there’s something for everyone. Moto E conquers the low-end, Moto G, Moto X and Moto C have the middle ground, and Moto Z devices typically occupy the upper mid-range or high-end category with premium materials and Moto Mod capability. Despite the pricing differences, Moto G has few compromises for a phone of its cost. It’ll be interesting though to see whether Moto G5S buyers upgrade, since the enhancements aren’t as major as the jump was from Moto G4 to Moto G5. Though each of the new models is slightly different on the outside and in size, collectively, they are very similar in terms of software. Let’s dive in.
Moto G6 is the middle territory of the three models and is also priced in the middle. It shares a lot of characteristics with one brother in particular, the Moto G6, who is the same size at 5.7-inches. It’s an 18:9 panel with a Full HD+ resolution. The aspect ratio means that the device is less wide, but taller than what most of us are accustomed to with traditional 16:9. We haven’t seen this on a whole lot of budget offerings yet, so credit goes to Motorola for being among the first doing it. Moto G6 has a Snapdragon 450 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM (64GB of storage) or 3GB of RAM (32GB of storage). It’s also expandable via microSD.
The design is pretty much what you’d expect and looks similar to other Motorola phones. There’s a metal chassis and a home button like before, but all three models look more reminiscent of the Moto X4 with a large camera lens and extra branding. There’s a headphone jack on all the models as well as a front-facing speaker. There’s a fingerprint reader and the phone is also splash resistant. As for cameras, the Moto G6 packs a 12MP + 5MP dual rear combo with an 8MP shooter on front. The dual sensor is a combination of a normal color camera sensor and a monochrome sensor that can together collaborate to provide superior image quality over a number of different conditions. Hopefully these are upgraded in some way from last year’s handsets. The phone has a 3,000mAh battery that charges via USB Type-C with Motorola’s signature Turbo Charging, but lacks NFC. A clean version of Android 8.0 Oreo is pre-installed, but there are some useful features Motorola has included such as one button navigation and gestures that make turning on the flashlight or opening up the camera, quick as a breeze. By running a near-stock user interface, Motorola should theoretically shorten the amount of time it takes to release new versions of Android as well as monthly security patches.
Price: $249 (base model) Release: Spring Colors: Black, Deep Indigo Register for Email Updates: Motorola Website
Moto G6 Play
Motorola also unveiled Moto G6 Play, which features more modest specifications in comparison to the Moto G6 and is priced more affordably. It has the same 5.7-inch, 18:9 screen but with a lower 720p resolution. The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 SoC, and there will be either 2GB of RAM (16GB of storage) or 3GB of RAM (32GB of storage). It’s also expandable via microSD for an additional 128GB.
The design is mostly the same with Motorola’s 3G glass back. There’s a headphone jack as well as a front-facing speaker, a fingerprint reader, and splash resistance. The front camera is the same but the back’s is a setback with a single 13MP sensor as opposed to the dual lens of the Moto G6. The one upgrade here is battery, which has been stocked at 4,0000mAh. But, it charges via microUSB and lacks Turbo Charging. NFC is also notably absent, which was present inside last year’s models. Android 8.o comes pre-loaded which includes new notifications, performance and battery improvements by further restricting background data, picture-in-picture mode, new adaptive icons, and system-wide auto-fill.
Price: $199 (base model) Release: Spring Colors: Deep Indigo Register for Email Updates: Motorola Website
Moto G6 Plus
The third model is the Moto G6 Plus. Typically this model is the one that makes way to US carriers, but not this year. Instead, the other two models will make way to the US both unlocked and on select carriers, while this model is available in Brazil and will roll out over the coming months in Mexico, the Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America.
Details including specs on this model are more scarce. We do know the phone will have a 5.9-inch, 18:9 screen with a Full HD+ display. We also believe it’ll look similar and have the same dual camera on back as the Moto G6, but this has not been confirmed. All other information including processor, RAM, storage, fingerprint, front camera, battery, NFC, and software version are unknown at this time.
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