After several months of speculation, discussions and leaked images, Motorola has finally announced the launch of its brand new Moto G6 series. The new G series phones were announced at an event held in Brazil on Thursday. At the same event, the company also launched its new refreshed lineup of Moto E handsets. The three new handsets in Motorola’s 2018 G-Series lineup include the Moto G6, the Moto G6 Plus, and and the Moto G6 Play. You can read about these new models in detail in our launch article here. The purpose of this article, however, is different. Now that the Moto G6 is here, we thought it would be a good time to check how it fares against its competition. To that effect, we have decided to do a spec-by-spec comparison of the Moto G against two other handsets. The two other phones involved in today’s comparison are the Redmi Note 5 and the Mi A1 – both products made by Xiaomi.
Moto G6 vs Mi A1 vs Redmi Note 5: Design, Display
The Moto G6 from Motorola is the first Moto G series handset to sport the new taller 18:9 aspect ratio display. The handset boasts of an aluminium frame and features toughened glass at the front and rear panels. Coming back to the display on the Moto G6, this happens to be an IPS LCD panel that measures 5.7-inches across diagonally. The display resolution stands at 1080 x 2160 pixels, thereby ending up with a PPI density score of 424. This makes the Moto G6’s display slightly sharper than the one on the Redmi Note 5 and the Mi A1.
The Redmi Note 5 is the smaller of the two Redmi Note 5 variants launched this year and uses an aluminium frame. The rear panel of the handset is also made of aluminium. The Redmi Note 5 gets a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. As you might have guessed from the resolution numbers, this phone also gets an 18:9 aspect ratio display. The slightly larger display size of the Note 5 is why it loses out to the Moto G6 when it comes to PPI density.
The Mi A1 is the oldest handset in this comparison and was launched in September 2017. This phone also gets the aluminium treatment on the frame and the rear panel. The display on the Mi A1 happens to be an LTPS IPS LCD panel that measures 5.5-inches diagonally and has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. This display has the old-school 16:9 aspect ratio and ends up with a PPI density score of 403.
Moto G6 vs Mi A1 vs Redmi Note 5: Hardware, Specifications
The Moto G6 is powered by the Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 SoC that houses a quad core processor and uses the Adreno 506 GPU for graphics. The phone will be sold in 3/32GB and 4/64GB versions. Both the versions get a microSD card slot for additional memory expansion. The handset uses a dual camera setup at the rear consisting of 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel cameras. At the front, the Moto G6 gets an 8-megapixel camera. All this hardware s powered by a 3,000 mAh battery.
The Redmi Note 5, on the other hand, is powered by the Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset which is clearly, a higher class processor when compared to the SD450 that the G6 uses. The Note 5 is also offered in 3/32GB and 4/64GB options and gets a microSD card slot for memory expansion. The Redmi Note 5 gets a single 12-megapixel camera at the rear and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The battery remains the same as the Redmi Note 4 from 2017 – 4000mAh that promises day-long battery life.
The Mi A1 is also powered by the same Snapdragon 625 SoC that we saw on the Redmi Note 5. The Mi A1 is offered in a single 4GB RAM + 64GB version. The phone uses the Adreno 506 GPU for graphics and has a microSD card slot as well for additional memory. The Mi A1 ships with a 3080 mAh battery.
Moto G6 vs Mi A1 vs Redmi Note 5: OS updates, Software
The Moto G6 is the newest among the three handsets in discussion today and runs a stock version of Android 8 Oreo. This is the newest stable version of Android currently available.
The Redmi Note 5 runs MIUI 9 atop an Android 7 Nougat core. While the handset is not on the newest version, there are a large number of takers for the MIUI experience as well.
As for the MI A1, this handset also runs stock Android Android. The phone originally came with Android 7 Nougat installed and has since then been updated to Android 8 Oreo.
Moto G6 vs Mi A1 vs Redmi Note 5: Price in India, Conclusion
The Redmi Note 5 is sold in two versions in India with the 3GB RAM + 32GB version going for Rs.9,999 and the 4GB RAM + 64GB version going for Rs.11,999.
The Mi A1 has been priced at Rs.13,999.
The price of the Moto G6 is yet to be announced for India. However, it is safe to assume that it will be priced competitively. However, do note that the Moto G6 will need to be priced below the Redmi Note 5 for it to make an impact in India.