There was a time when Motorola’s G Series smartphones were quite popular in India and were the de-facto choice for almost every budget Android smartphone buyer. However, after the arrival of Xiaomi and the launch of handsets like the Redmi Note 3 and the Redmi Note 4 series, the Moto G Series no longer seemed to be the value for money devices they once were. While Motorola can be blamed for not being competitive enough, there is no denying that Xiaomi was also extremely competitive with its prices. Xiaomi’s strategy did pay off and it is currently India’s largest smartphone vendor and has managed to beat Samsung in overall market share. This by no means is an easy achievement for a company that only arrived in India four years ago.
In 2018, Xiaomi renewed its assault in the budget segment by launching two versions of its popular Redmi Note series – the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Both these handsets continue to be sold in huge numbers across the country via weekly flash sales. It is in this highly competitive market that Motorola will bring its 2018 lineup. The company announced three new Moto G series handsets recently in Brazil. These included the Moto G6, the Moto G6 Plus and the Moto G6 Play. In today’s article, we compare the Moto G6 Plus against two other budget Android handsets and see how they fare against each other. These handsets include the Mi A2 (Mi 6X) and the Nokia 6 (2018).
Moto G6 Plus vs Mi A2 ( Mi 6X) vs Nokia 6 (2018): Design, Display
The Moto G6 Plus features a glass coating both at the front and the rear. Both these panels are held together by a strong aluminium frame. The display on the Moto G6 Plus is a tall 5.9-inch IPS LCD panel that measures 5.9-inches across and is in the 18:9 aspect ratio. The display boasts of a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and ends up with a PPI density score of 409.
The Mi A2 – also known as the Mi 6X also gets a toughened glass layer at the front and an aluminium body. The handset gets a large 5.99-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The glass panel alsop gets a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 for added toughness and scratch resistance. The phone has a PPI density score of 403.
The Nokia 6 (2018) gets a toughened glass at the front with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 layer for scratch resistance and durability. The handset gets a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The handset ends up with a PPI density score of 403.
Moto G6 Plus vs Mi A2 ( Mi 6X) vs Nokia 6 (2018): Specifications, Hardware
The Moto G6 Plus is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC that integrates an octa core 2.2 GHz processor and an Adreno 508 GPU for graphics. The phone is offered in 4GB RAM + 64GB and 6GB RAM + 128GB versions. The phone gets a 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera setup at the rear as the primary camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone can record 4K videos in the maximum settings.
The Mi A2 will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC and will integrate an octa core Kryo processor. The handset will get the Adreno 512 GPU for graphics as well. The Mi A2 will be sold in three versions – a base 4GB RAM + 64GB version, a pricier 6GB RAM + 64GB version, and a 6GB RAM + 128GB version. The camera department is handled by a dual 12-megapixel plus 20-megapixel camera setup at the rear and a 20-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling.
The Nokia 6 (2018) uses the same SoC as the Moto G6 Plus – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 and for the same reason gets identical GPU and processors. The phone will be offered in 3GB RAM + 32GB and 4GB RAM + 64GB versions. The camera department consists of a single 16-megapixel camera at the rear and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
Moto G6 Plus vs Mi A2 ( Mi 6X) vs Nokia 6 (2018): OS Updates, Software
All the three handsets in this comparison will run Android 8 Oreo – currently the newest version of Android. Another thing common to these three handsets is the fact that these would be running near stock versions of Android. The Mi A2, however, goes one step ahead and is actually part of the Android One program.
Moto G6 Plus vs Mi A2 ( Mi 6X) vs Nokia 6 (2018): Price in India, Conclusion
The Moto G6 Plus and the Xiaomi Mi A2 are yet to be launched in India. The Nokia 6 (2018) is currently on sale for Rs.16,899 on Flipkart. We are hopeful that the other two handsets would be sold at around the same price bracket when they are launched in India.