Moto G6 Release: What You Need to Know

20 April, 2018, 01:53 | Author: Rosalie Gross
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Motorola has unveiled a new generation of Moto G and E smartphones for the low to mid-range market.

Motorola isn't releasing pricing on the Moto E5 Play and Moto E5 Plus - instead both will only be available through carriers, and those haven't been named yet either.

The Moto G6 Play is mostly a downgrade from the suffix-less G6, save for its larger 4000 mAh battery pack. Motorola is a reliable brand, and the Moto G and E are two of its best-selling smartphones.

As for the E5 Play, it comes with Android 8.0 Oreo, 16GB of storage, a 5.2-inch display, 2,800 milliamp-hour battery, fingerprint reader, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Moto E5 Plus will be available in fine gold and flash gray. And just as we expected, the Moto G6 Play doesn't disappoint.

The Moto G6 Plus is, unsurprisingly, the largest of the trio and packs a sizeable 5.9in 18:9 Full HD+ screen, compared to the 5.7in HD+ and Full HD+ displays found on the G6 and G6 Play. Under the hood, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC, which works in tandem with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The rear cameras can record 4K 2160p videos and there's also a dual-tone dual-LED flash on the back.

Design wise, the Moto G6 Plus is nearly identical to the Moto G6.

Following the current trend, the Moto G6 has an 18:9 screen ratio, and that means the screen is taller and narrower than before.

The curved edges of the Moto G6 and its light weight make the phone comfortable to hold and use, at least during my short time with the phone during the demonstration. However, it gets the 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 chip inside, with 2GB of RAM to keep things running. The new lineup - comprised of the Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, and Moto G6 Play - are the latest in ... The G6 also sports more RAM (4GB v. 3GB) and storage (64GB v. 32GB) and has USB-C. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the back of the phone, and it measures 200grams.

The battery also supports fast charging, and you get a 10W fast charger in the box to help you top up in a flash.

Both adopt a dual-camera setup with a primary 12MP lens and secondary 5MP RGB for depth, with Motorola touting landmark recognition and other AI smarts. There's also a feature called Selective Black and White, which allows users to select which parts of an image to colorize, while the rest of the photo is in black and white, according to Neowin. The Moto G6 Play is of course an even more affordable option that comes with the same design but toned-down specifications. All in all, it's certainly a pity the E5 and G6 Plus are not coming to the US. (There's also a 4GB/64GB model.) It has a 5.7-inch, 2,160-by-1,080 screen, and a 3,000mAh battery. Oddly, the two higher-end devices retain a fingerprint sensor at the bottom of the display underneath a new full "Motorola" logo, while the Play switches to an embedded rear-facing one. None of the four new Moto phones have NFC, so Google Pay support is not in the cards.

Motorola is owned by Lenovo, a Chinese company, but product marketing manager Thomas Milner and his colleagues made it clear that design and development decisions are made at Motorola's headquarters in Chicago; it's hard out there for a Chinese phone maker right now.

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