The Motorola world of smartphones has a device type for almost everyone, with every country getting a different set of models.
Today, we’re going to review the Moto’s most significant line of smartphones – the Moto G series, which made its debut back in 2013 along with the Moto X and has gone on to overshadow the more expensive Moto phones in terms of, both, name recognition and sales.
The 6th generation Moto G series (2018) includes the Moto G6 Play, the Moto G6 and the Moto G6 Plus in ascending order of their pricing.
While the G6 replaces the G5 Plus, the G6 Plus takes over from the Moto X4 in countries where the X4 wasn’t introduced.
The first noticeable difference in the 2018 Moto G line-up is the form factor, which is taller and narrower this time around with a 2:1 display aspect ratio – something we’ve been witnessing from most, if not all, manufacturers in the past year, or so.
Another conspicuous physical attribute of this 6th generation Moto G series is the curved reflective back, very much like the Moto X4, as well as a narrower front-facing fingerprint sensor below the display area, at least as far as the G6 and G6 Plus are concerned.
Now, let’s take these phones one at a time and see what each of the Gs has to offer.
Moto G6 Play
With a price tag of $199, the Moto G6 Play is the cheapest phone in the new G line-up, made possible by a few cost-reduction tactics that Motorola has effectively employed on the Play, like, for instance, having a shiny plastic rear instead of Gorilla glass.
The 5.7-inch, 720-pixel LCD panel and the Snapdragon 427 chip, used across the Moto E4 line-up last year, have also contributed significantly in making it possible for Moto to offer the G6 Play at that price of under $200.
The Play comes with up to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage plus a huge 4,000 mAh battery that Motorola claims is good to give you 36 hours of mixed usage.
The most impressive feature of the phone is on the rear and it’s not the 13-megapixel, f/2.0 aperture camera we’re talking about here; it’s actually the fingerprint sensor that has been integrated into the famous Moto logo – the stylized “M” insignia.
While the Snapdragon 450 chip inside the Moto G6 may seem like a demotion from the 625 on last year’s Moto G5 Plus, it is, for all intents and purposes, the same chip – the same 8 Cortex a53 cores, the same Adreno 506 GPU as well as the same super-efficient 14-nanometer processor.
As far as RAM goes, the G6 offers 3GB and 4GB versions as well as storage options of 32GB and 64 GB, along with a 3,000 mAh battery inside.
Some additional features that were missing from its immediate predecessor, the Moto G5, have been included in the G6, including dual cameras, an impressive tall 5.7-inch display, and a USB Type C charging – a first in the entire Moto G range.
Backing the dual camera system is a much-improved camera app that boasts a bundle of new features, including landmark identification as well as documents and object recognition.
Although the second sensor does allow portrait mode, it is not capable of doing anything significant on its own strength – it’s neither wide-angle nor is it monochrome.
The newer and less complicated camera interface on the G6 is also a welcome change when you consider the less-than-ordinary camera experiences of the past.
The 13-megapixel front-facing camera incorporates super-fast facial recognition features including a whole lot of endearing face filters – a leaf out of the Samsung book which in turn took one out of the Snapchat book.
The $249 Moto G6 is definitely coming to the US this year along with the G6 Play but not the Moto G6 Plus, which actually makes a whole lot of sense, considering the fact that the G6 Plus is the Moto X4 equivalent and, hence, not meant for countries where the latter was launched.
Moto G6 Plus
The Moto G6 is the larger version of the X4 with a 5.9-inch 18:9 display and the same Snapdragon 630 support as the Moto X4
The 12-megapixel, f/1.7 aperture back-facing camera on the G6 Plus is a tad better than what you the X4 affords.
You get up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage with the Plus.
The front-facing 16-megapixel camera boasts an impressive 8-megapixel lowlight mode that promises better results when shooting under lowlight conditions by doubling the number of pixels per picture.
The top-of-the-line G6 Plus is a pretty amazing specimen of smartphone technology but, unfortunately, it’s not being made available in the United States for reasons discussed above.
The entire 2018 Moto G line-up have the stock Android 8.0 Oreo with some subtle differences in the pre-installed Moto app.
And here’s what you will find really exciting; the G6 and the G6 Plus boast overhauled Moto voice capabilities, allowing local command but Google Assistant takes over when there’s a need pass it off to stuff on the Internet
So, those were the three new Moto G models, two of which are coming to the US.
There are also three new Moto E models, two of which are also coming to the US
So, those were the three new Moto G models for you, only two of which are coming to the U.S of A.