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Moto G6 Review (Initial): Will it Stand Against Redmi Note 5 Pro and Zenfone Max Pro M1?

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Motorola added two new smartphones in its G-series – the Motorola Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play priced at ₹13,999 and ₹11,999 respectively. Both are budget-centric smartphones with Moto G6 being the higher-end one. In this article, we are going to do the initial review of Moto G6. Before we start, have a look on the specs:

Moto G6 Specifications and Features

Display 5.7 inch IPS LCD Full HD+, 18:9 Aspect Ratio, Gorilla Glass 3
SoC & GPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 | Adreno 506
OS & RAM Android 8.0 Oreo | 3GB or 4GB
Storage 32GB or 64GB | Expandable up to 256GB
Rear Camera 12MP (f/1.8) + 5MP (f/2.2), PDAF, Dual LED Dual Tone Flash
Front Camera 8MP (f/2.2), LED Flash
Battery 3,000 mAh Battery with 15W Turbo Charging

Moto G6 Design and Display

Following the footprints of Moto X4, the new Moto G6 also comes with same Moto X4-like back panel. The handset is made with glass (front and back) with an aluminum frame. The camera setup looks like watch dial, same as Moto X4. This is Motorola’s very first smartphone to come with 18:9 aspect ratio display.

The handset looks premium and is compact in size. With 5.7 inch IPS LCD display protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 (both front and back), the smartphone has full HD+ resolution of 1080×2160 pixels. The fingerprint sensor lies below the display, following its own tradition.

The handset comes with USB type-c connecter and the edges are curved. During the initial test, the display looks bright and vivid.

Moto G6 Hardware, Software and Performance

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Starting with hardware, the Moto G6 is powered by Qualcomm’s low-end processor Snapdragon 450. It comes in two variants: 3GB RAM with 32GB ROM and 4GB ROM with 64GB ROM. What’s disappointing that this handset costs ₹13,999 but comes with a low-end processor. Other smartphones in this range like Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Redmi Note 5 Pro have better processors. So if we compare it with them, this is definitely an underdog.

The handset runs on stock Android 8.0 which means the overall user experience is quite simple and smooth however, it is not for gamers. Basic operations won’t affect the performance of this handset but if you switch to heavy operations like playing graphics rich game, the handset might start lagging. We will talk about it in details when we will publish detailed article.

Moto G6 Camera

Featuring a combo of 12 and 5 megapixels cameras on the rear, the Moto G6 seems to be producing decent images. Initial test reveals that it focuses faster and images have decent amount of colors and details. It also features an 8 megapixels front facing camera with LED flash. So, it is no less than a savior for selfie lovers. LED flash would help them taken selfies anywhere without worrying about the lighting condition.

Talking about what’s interesting, the Moto G6 will soon get Google Lens integration. Motorola has promised to push an update very soon which will add Google Lens in its camera interface, allowing users to search texts, objects and more right from the inbuilt camera app. For in-depth knowledge of its camera, wait for our in-detail review.

Moto G6 Battery

The Moto G6 is backed by a 3000 mAh battery with 15W fast charging. Now this is not something new. Motorola has been giving turbo charger with its G-series which is really effective and takes few minutes over an hour to completely charge the battery. To compare, other phones like Redmi Note 5 Pro and Zenfone Max Pro M1 don’t come with bundled fast charger.

Our Verdict

The Moto G6 seems to be overpriced. The phone does have decent specifications but for this price, Zenfone Max Pro M1 would be a better price. The Moto G6’s specifications are identical to Honor 7C which costs just ₹9,999. To be true, the Moto G6 should be priced under ₹10,000.

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