After a lot of hype around the device, Lenovo-owned Motorola has finally launched the Moto G6 and G6 Play in India. There was a feeling quite some time ago, that if you had wished to purchase a smartphone for a budget while getting nearly all the specs you needed, you did not think beyond the Moto series.
Alas, the time has now passed and the Chinese smartphone makers have made it to the top while brands like Moto are slugging it off in the sand. The respect which the Moto series once commanded seems to have disintegrated as Lenovo is now playing catchup with the likes of Honor and Xiaomi.
Even then, it would seem that Moto is quite the brand name to be reckoned with as it has had considerably good sales in the past two years, though these sales fall meekly when compared to the storm Moto had created.
Coming first to the specs of the Moto G6, the phone has 5.7-inch FHD+ display and surprisingly it has a fingerprint sensor on the front of the device. Along with this, the device has a glass finish on the back with a dual-camera system and flash placed in a dial-like setup. This obviously gives the phone a very unique appearance and as such, this is one thing that sets the phone apart from all the other Chinese knock-ups.
In the hardware is where the G6 and the G6 Go both lack some power. The G6 is:
- Powered by a Snapdragon 450 SoC along with 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage and,
- 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage variants.
This is low when you compare it to the likes of the Redmi Note 5 Pro or the Asus ZenFone Max pro M1, both of which have a Snapdragon 636 SoC.
The G6 has a dual-camera setup on the back as said before and it includes a 12 MP + 5 MP unit with a f/1.8 aperture along with an 8 MP front camera. The setup is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery which supports Motorola’s TurboPower charging standard.
The Moto G6 Play has:
- Snapdragon 427 SoC that’s paired with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal storage, or
- 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage.
This is expandable by up to 128 GB via a microSD card. Cameras include a 13 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front camera. The Moto G6 has been launched at a starting price of Rs 11,999 while the Moto G6 Play has been given a starting price tag of Rs 8,999.
How Motorola plans to compete only on looks and design alone is something of a mystery. The Redmi and Asus counterparts are better in almost all other parts and this would could prove as a problem to Motorola. In any case, we shall see how Moto performs in the Indian markets as the sale of the smartphone has already begun.
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