Moto launched its new successor of G Series with Moto G6. It’s the latest offering by Moto under 15k segment. The smartphone houses a 3000mAh of battery and it runs on Android 8.0 Oreo. Moto G6 offers new face Unlock, Dual Camera, and 3D Back Glass. These are the trend which is followed by most of the smartphone manufacturer these days. Let’s see what more can we get from Moto G6 in our review.
Design and Build:
Moto G6 offers a 3D Glass Black Body in Indigo Black colour. The rear glass offers different Indigo and Black shades as the angle changes. Although the body is made up of metal, the 3D Glass takes it to next level. It offers a premium design with a smooth finish.
The curved edges are perfectly balanced with the frame giving it a perfect balance. The rear panel is also a bit curvy, just to match the edges. It has a dual camera setup at the center of bulgy circle design. A small Moto logo is placed just below of the camera. On the front, all the sensors including the camera are placed at the top display along with a LED flash. Motorola logo is placed just below the display and above the small fingerprint scanner.
The 3.5mm Aux Port is at the bottom along with the Type-C USB. The SIM card tray is stapled on the top edge while the Volume Rocker Keys and the Power Button is on the right side of the edge. Overall the design is good and similar to all other Moto devices but the new Glass back here takes Moto G6 to the premium level.
Moto G6 offers a 5.7-inch IPS 1080p Full HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio and Max Vision. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection. It also has Water Repellent Nano coating for further protection. The display is vibrant, toned and crisp. Moto G6 offers a bright display with great viewing angles. The sunlight readability and adaptive brightness also work great.
Moto G6 runs on 1.8 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor clubbed with 4GB of RAM and Adreno 506 GPU. It has 64GB of onboard storage and an expandable dedicated microSD card slot. It also supports Dual Nano SIM with 4G LTE connectivity. Other connectivity options are Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS and Bluetooth 4.2. It runs on Stock Android 8.0 Oreo. There is very few bloatware in this smartphone which is good. The OS is well optimized and it offers good customization options.
The Snapdragon chipset works great with the paired 4GB of RAM. It offers fast and smooth usage. The multitasking ability of the device is great and we didn’t find any type of lag is our usage. The touch response is very quick. Apps also don’t take time to open and close. So overall for day to day life usage, this is a perfect device.
The benchmark scores of Moto G6 is good but not very great. It manages to keep in the top list but it’s not the best in class. The AnTuTu score was 72194. While the Geekbench score was 750 in Single-Core and 3827 in Multi-Core.
The gaming section requires a bit of attention as it heats up while playing High-End games. We played PUBG and Asphalt 8 on this device and we didn’t find any type of lag or performance drop. However, the game takes time to fully load but it can be neglected.
The Face Unlock works great and efficiently in daylight but it really struggles in low light conditions. On the other hand, fingerprint works well as a substitute and unlocks the smartphone quickly. The Fingerprint sensor can also be used to navigate the smartphone. the settings can be done via moto actions gesture control. The 4G VoLTE connectivity works great and we didn’t saw any call drop issue.
The Entertainment section is pretty impressive as it houses a front port loudspeaker with Dolby Audio. The sound output is great with both speaker and headset. The video quality matches the audio and offers a complete package.
The massive 3000mAh of battery offers a decent life for daily users. We got 8 hours of battery life with moderate usage and 11 hours of battery life with minimal usage. In our loop video test, it lasts for 6.9 hours, that means you can enjoy 3 movies on the go. The 3000mAh of battery life is supported by Turbo Power charger. It takes less than 2 hours to fully charge which is great.
Moto G6 has dual camera setup at the rear panel, the primary sensor is of 12-MP while the secondary depth sensor if of 5-MP. It has f/1.8 aperture and Dual Tone LED flash. The camera captures great in-depth images with lots of details. The colour composition of the images was good. The low light images were also good, as the LED helps to capture the moments. It can also capture 1080p videos. It also features the new Google Lens mode, which scans the image and helps to search them on the internet.
The front camera is of 16-MP which captures good images but not that impressive. The colour reproduction was good but the images lack the in-depth details which should have been there. It offers different AR filters and modes for the selfie. It also has the group selfie mode which captures a wide-angle photo so everyone could adjust in one photo.
Overall the camera ability is decent but it could have been better. The camera app also offers several modes for additional help like Portrait, Cutout, Spot Colour, Panorama and face Filter. It also offers several video modes like Slow Motion, Time-lapse, YouTube Live and Face Filters. Some of them are really handy but some are just for a name.
At a price point of Rs. 15,999 it offers great design with 3D Glass Back Body. The Simple UI and Turbo Charging looks promising. Moto G6 will surely have tough competition with the other smartphones in this range like Honor 9 Lite, Oppo Real Me1 and Redmi Note 5. But if you want a smartphone with good looks, this is the one you may consider.