“The G6 Plus has easily one of the most eye-catching designs in mid-budget smartphones. We go hands on”
Motorola launched its latest mid-range smartphones, the G6 (review) and G6 Play in the subcontinent back in June. During the launch, the brand teased that the phones’ powerful sibling, aptly christened the G6 Plus will also be coming to India. While we don’t exactly know when the phone will launched in the country, we managed to get our hands on the smartphone at Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (aka IFA) to tell you whether this is the mid-ranger to watch out for.
The first thing that draws your attention towards the Moto G6 Plus is, of course, its design. Just like its sibling, the smartphone features an attractive glass-sandwich build, with the glass at the back curving towards the edges. These curves ensure that the smartphone can be held in the hand for long sessions with ease, and I didn’t find any issues to reach the corners of the screen. Adding distinctive character to the handset is the dual-camera module at the rear, with the lenses looking like eyes of the ‘Wall-E’ robot. Sadly though, the module protrudes from the body quite significantly and might get scratched rather easily.
Similar to the G6, the G6 Plus features an 18:9 display. However, the screen on the latter is larger and measures 5.93-inches diagonally. The IPS panel sports a resolution of 1,080 x 2,160 pixels. The display offers pleasing colours with good viewing angles and ample brightness levels. Even though the phone features a bezel-less design, the borders look quite wide on the top and bottom. That’s also because, just like its sibling, the G6 Plus offers a fingerprint scanner-cum-home button on the chin.
The smartphone continues to be splash proof, thanks to P2i nano-coating. In terms of the positioning of buttons and ports, you won’t find anything unusual.
Previous phones in the G range have utilised chipsets in the SD6xx series, so it was certainly odd to see the Moto G6 shipping with the Snapdragon 450 processor. If you also feel the same, then the G6 Plus is what you are probably looking for. The handset comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 chipset, which works in tandem with 4GB of RAM to ensure smooth performance. During my brief use, the device was able to jump in and out of apps quickly and navigation was flawless as well. Storage is taken care of by 64GB of memory onboard, which can be expanded further via microSD cards.
In the camera department, the Moto G6 Plus flaunt a 12-megapixel f/1.7 shooter which is paired with a 5MP depth sensor. The primary camera comes with dual-pixel autofocus to ensure that it can lock the focus on the subject quickly. Strangely however, the selfie snapper on the G6 Plus sees a downgrade to 8-megapixel as compared to the 16MP camera adorning the front of the G6.
A 3,200mAh battery is there to ensure that the Moto G6 Plus doesn’t give up during the middle of the day. There’s support for Turbo Charging to charge the handset quickly as well. For software, the phone boots stock Android 8.1 Oreo. As can be expected, there’s barely any bloatware except for the Moto enhancements.
The Moto G6 Plus has been priced at €299 (around Rs 25,000) in the European market, which is on the higher side considering the cut-throat competition in India in the sub-Rs 20k segment. We hope that the brand will be pricing its smartphone well to take on the likes of the Xiaomi Mi A2 (review), Nokia 6.1 Plus (first impressions) and more.