Motorola usually launches its new Moto G series smartphones sometime in the first half of every year. The last Moto G series phones – Moto G5, Moto G5 Plus, and Moto G5 Play – were launched exactly one year ago, and it’s due time for the company to launch the Moto G6 series after the now Lenovo-owned smartphone brand gave a mid-generation refresh to the Moto G5 series in August last year. Now, the company has sent out press invites for the launch of the Moto G6 series of phones, which were leaked plenty of times earlier this year, ahead of their official announcements.
Moto G6 Series: Newer Camera Upcoming
The company has also released a newer camera app just ahead of the launch of the Moto G6 series. The new camera app comes with a revamped user interface, with the app divided into three categories: Photo, Video, and Modes. A user can switch between these modes just by right and left swipes on the screen. An option to switch to the manual mode is easier as well, and it is located at the top of the app. The settings menu is opaque, and the newer icon is simpler as well.
Let’s check out what the phones have to offer in terms of features and specifications, by when you can expect them to hit the store shelves, and whom they will compete with in the lower mid-range price segment.
Moto G6, G6 Plus, G6 Play: Launch Date
Motorola has sent out press invites for a launch event that’s slated to happen at 10AM (UTC-3) on April 19, 2018 in São Paulo, Brazil. This information was uncovered by AndroidPit. Usually, Moto focusses on developing markets like Brazil and India with its mid-range smartphone line-up. So, it isn’t surprising to see that the company is debuting the Moto G6 family in Brazil this year. For the Indian market, the company might bring the same phones to the country within a matter of couple of weeks.
Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, Moto G6 Play: Features, Specifications
The Moto G6 (XT1925), whose images we had exclusively published a few months ago, has been certified by Chinese telecom regulatory authority TENAA. It features a 5.7-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD+ resolution (2160×1080 pixels) and 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone will use an aluminium frame and glass front and rear design, similar to that of the Moto X4. The Moto G6 will also be dust and splash resistant. The phone will be equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset, 3GB/4GB of RAM, and 32GB/64GB of internal storage. The phone will also be compatible with microSD cards for storage expansion. The phone will run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
In terms of imaging, the Moto G6 will most probably feature a 12MP+5MP dual-camera setup, compete with dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus and 4K video recording. The front-facing camera would most probably be a 16MP sensor with LED flash and support for 1080p video recording. The home button at the front will come embedded with a fingerprint reader, It will also be released in a dual-SIM variant in India, and expect modern connectivity features like 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB port, and a 3.5mm headphone port. The phone is expected to come packed with a 3000mAh battery.
The Moto G6 Plus will very likely be released as a beefed up version of the Moto G6, and it will feature a larger screen at 5.93 inches, but the same resolution. The phone could be released in two memory variants: 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM. The battery capacity will be larger at 3200mAh, compared to the Moto G6’s 3000mAh battery.
The Moto G6 Play will likely be a cut-down variant of the Moto G6. It will have a 5.7-inch 18:9 screen with HD+ resolution (720×1440 pixels). Since driving a lower resolution screen is easier, the Moto G6 Play will most likely come equipped with a Snapdragon 430 processor. It will be available with 2GB/3GB RAM and 16GB/32GB of internal storage. The camera will be downgraded as well, at just one 12MP sensor. However, the front-facing camera could use two 5MP sensors and the battery capacity will be beefed up to 4000mAh.
Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus: Expected Price
The Moto G5 Plus was released in India with a starting price of Rs. 14,999, while the Moto G5 was priced slightly lower. We can expect a similar pricing for the Moto G6 trio. We can expect the Moto G6 Play prices to start somewhere near the Rs. 10,000 mark, while the Moto G6 could be priced closer to the Rs. 12,500 mark. The Moto G6 Plus could be priced higher at Rs. 14,999, or slightly higher considering a huge change in screen size and physical design.
The Moto G6 phones will compete with the likes of the Honor 9 Lite, Honor 7X, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, and the Redmi Note 5 Pro in India. The only thing going for the Moto G6 phones is the stock Android-like user interface, which might attract some consumers. Otherwise, the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro offer better features and specifications in comparison.