Moto G6 & G6 Play Launched In India; The New Midrange Challengers?

The G series from Moto is known for their value-for-money smartphones. Do the G6 and G6 Play continue with this tradition?

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Moto G6 & G6 Play Launched In India

Motorola has finally launched the latest iterations of their midrange champion, the Moto G6 and the Moto G6 Play in India today. One of the few in this range to feature a dual camera, the Moto G6 is the bigger brother among the two. The Moto G6 will succeed the MotoG5S while the Moto G6 Play will replace the Moto G4 Play.

Available at Rs 11,999 the Moto G6 Play, which is a Flipkart exclusive, is aimed at the budget-conscious smartphone buyer. The higher-specced Moto G6 is an Amazon exclusive costs Rs 13,999 and features a more premium design.

The G series from Moto is known for their value-for-money smartphones. Do the G6 and G6 Play continue with this tradition? Are these phones worth the money they are asking for?

Let’s find out.

Moto G6 – Features, Specifications & More

The Moto G6
The Moto G6

The Moto G6 is supposed to be the better-specced of the two new releases. But it disappoints in the specifications department. Moto is charging 13,999 for a smartphone that has 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage space and is powered by the Snapdragon 450 processor.

It simply doesn’t make any sense!

Compared with the competition, it falls woefully short on specifications. The RealMe 1 which costs lesser at Rs 13,990 comes with 6 GB RAM, 128 GB storage, 2GHz deca-core Helio P60 processor and a bigger 6-inch display. The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, which is Rs 1,000 cheaper than the Moto 6 at Rs 12,999 offers 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, Snapdragon 636 processor and a massive 5,000 mAh battery. Here’s the list of Moto G6’s specifications.

  • 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SOC with Adreno 506 GPU
  • 3GB RAM + 32GB Storage; 4GB RAM + 64GB Storage; Expandable up to 256GB
  • 5.7-inch, Full HD+, 18:9 MaxVision LCD Display; Gorilla Glass 3 Protection
  • 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel Dual Rear Cameras
  • 16-megapixel Selfie Camera with Low Light Mode
  • Fingerprint Reader and Face Unlock
  • 3,000mAh Battery with TurboPower Charger
  • Bluetooth 4.2; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4GHz + 5GHz
  • Dual SIM; USB C; 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • GPS; AGPS; GLONASS; BEIDOU

Even though these are decent specifications, they fail to live up to the price.

Moto G6 Plus – Features Specifications & More

The Moto G6 Play
The Moto G6 Play

The Moto G6 Play is meant for the budget-conscious buyers who do not want to spend too much on smartphones. But, it is sadly overpriced. Available at Rs 11,999, the Snapdragon 430 processor and 3GB + 32GB combination fail to justify the asking price, which seems too high given the specifications.

The Moto G6 Play simply cannot stand against the competition. The Redmi Note 5 which costs the same at Rs 11,999 brings 4GB RAM, 64 GB storage, a Snapdragon 625 processor, a bigger and better 5.99 full HD+ display and a dual camera. The 3GB+32GB version of the Redmi Note 5 costs even lower at Rs 9,999. Here’s the list of Moto G6 Play’s specifications.

  • 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SOC with Adreno 505 GPU
  • 3GB RAM + 32GB Storage; Expandable up to 256GB
  • 5.7-inch, HD+, 18:9 MaxVision LCD Display
  • 13-megapixel Rear Camera with LED Flash
  • 8-megapixel Selfie Camera with LED Flash
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • 4,000mAh Battery with Turbo Charger
  • Bluetooth 4.2; WiFi; FM Radio
  • Dual SIM; Micro-USB; 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • GPS; AGPS

The Moto G6 Play’s biggest disappointments are the HD+ display and the Snapdragon 430 processor, both of which make sense on a much lower-priced smartphone.

To Buy Or Not To Buy?

Both the latest G series smartphones have decent specifications. But surprisingly, they no longer are the value-for-money smartphones that their predecessors were. Motorola has completely lost it with their pricing.

The increasing competition also means that there are better smartphones available which are the new value-for-money propositions. For a price-conscious smartphone market like India, the prices of the Moto G6 and G6 Play simply do not make any sense.

Even hardcore Moto fans will find it difficult to justify buying the G6 and the G6 Play over some better offerings. There is no way which we can recommend either of these.

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