Motorola Announces Moto G6/Play/Plus And Moto E5/Play/Plus: Price, Specifications, Availability




At an event in Brazil, Motorola took wraps off the sixth generation G- and fifth generation E-series. The Lenovo owned company announced three models under each of the series - the standard model, the 'Play' model and the 'Plus' model. Motorola has retained its naming convention of the past and the 'Play' model denotes the least powerful variant of the lot.

We will cover up the six smartphones that Motorola announced today. Let us take a look at the G6 lineup first.

Moto G6, Moto G6 Play and Moto G6 Plus

To make it easier for you to compare one model against the other, we have put the specifications of the three models together in a tabular form. The specifications are given below.


Device Moto G6 Play Moto G6 Moto G6 Plus
Bands 2G - GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz 3G - WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz 4G - LTE B1 (2100), B2 (1900), B3 (1800), B4 (1700), B5 (850), B7 (2600), B28 (700) 2G - GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz 3G - WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz 4G - LTE B1 (2100), B3 (1800), B5 (850), B7 (2600), B28 (700) 2G - GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz 3G - WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz 4G - LTE B1 (2100), B3 (1800), B5 (850), B7 (2600), B28 (700)
Display 5.7", 1440x720 IPS LCD, 283ppi 5.7", 2160x1080 IPS LCD, 424ppi 5.9", 2160x1080 IPS LCD, 410ppi
Aspect Ratio 18:9 18:9 18:9
Dimensions (Length x Breadth x Height) 154.4 x 72.2 x 9 mm 153.8 x 72.3 x 8.3 mm 160 (or 161, depending on market) x 75.5 x 8.0 mm
Weight 175g 167g 167g (or 168g, depending on market)
Processor Snapdragon 427 (Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53), Adreno 308 GPU Snapdragon 450 (Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53), Adreno 506 GPU Snapdragon 630 (Octa-core 2.2GHz Cortex-A53), Adreno 508 GPU
RAM 2GB/3GB 3GB/4GB 4GB/6GB
Storage 16/32GB internal memory, support for microSD 32/64GB internal memory, support for microSD 64/128GB internal memory, support for microSD
Rear Camera 13MP (f/2.0), 1080p 30fps Dual Camera 12MP (primary, f/1.8) + 5MP RGB (secondary, for depth, f/2.2), 1080p 60fpps video Dual Camera 12MP (primary, f/1.7) + 5MP RGB (secondary, for depth, f/2.2), 4K 30fps video
Front Camera 8MP (f/2.2) 8MP (f/2.2) 8MP (f/2.2) / 16MP (f/2.2) [market dependent]
Battery 4000mAh Non-removable 3000mAh Non-removable 3200 mAh Non-removable
Charging Micro USB TurboPower 10W charger included USB-C TurboPower 15W charger included (up to 7 hours of use with 15 minute charge) USB-C TurboPower 15W charger included (up to 7 hours of use with 15 minute charge)
Security Fingerprint sensor (rear) Fingerprint sensor (front), face unlock Fingerprint sensor (front), face unlock
Software Android Oreo 8.0 Android Oreo 8.0 Android Oreo 8.0
Headphone jack Yes Yes Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient Light, Digital Printing Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Light Environment,Digital Printing Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Light Environment, Digital Printing
Colours Indigo, Gold Indigo, Silver Indigo, Topaz
Pricing $199 (Rs 13,167 / €161) $249 (Rs 16,475 / €202) €299 (Rs 24,408 / $368.1)
Miscellaneous Bluetooth 4.2, Water-repellant coating Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, Water-repellent coating Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Water-repellent coating




The Moto G6 Play is the least powerful handset of the lineup. The price in rupees translates to roughly Rs 13,000, which is a thousand rupees more than the 4GB+64GB variant of the Redmi Note 5. As compared to the G6 Play, the Redmi Note 5 has a 1080p display, more RAM and the Snapdragon 625 (Octa-core 2.0Ghz Cortex-A53), which is significantly better than the Play's Snapdragon 427.



The Moto G6 is fifty bucks costlier than the Play, and sports a taller screen, dual cameras, and Snapdragon 450. The SD450 is more of a rebrand of the Snapdragon 625. The only difference between the two processors is in the clock speed. The SD625 has a maximum clock speed of 2.0Ghz, in comparison to the SD450's 1.8Ghz. Going by the pricing, the Moto G6 will lock horns with Xiaomi's Redmi Note 5 Pro. Once again, Xiaomi is superior on the specification sheet. The RN5Pro has a better camera, processor (SD636), more RAM and higher battery capacity.



The G6 Plus is the top model of the G-series. Priced at Rs 24,408, the G6 Plus will be competing with the Nokia 7 Plus. The G6 Plus has Bluetooth 5.0, which is unlike the Play and the standard G6, both of which come with Bluetooth 4.2.

Moto E6, E6 Play and E6 Plus

Left to right: Moto E5 Play, Moto E5, Moto E5 Plus

Whilst Motorola's G-series is meant for mid-range buyers, Motorola's E-series is targeted at customers who don't wish to spend much, but want to get a decent Android experience. 

Here's the spec sheet of the three fifth-generation Moto E smartphones.


Device Moto E5 Play Moto E5 Moto E5 Plus
Bands 4G LTE (Cat6), CDMA / EVDO Rev A, UMTS / HSPA+ GSM / EDGE 4G: TDD LTE band 38/41(Full) FDD LTE band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/14/17/25/26/29/30/66 3G: WCDMA band 1/2/4/5/8 2G: GSM band 2/3/5/8 CDMA BC0/BC1/BC10 4G LTE (Cat4), UMTS/HSPA+, GSM/EDGE 2G: GSM band 2/3/5/8, 3G: WCDMA band 1/2/5/8, 4G: FDD LTE band 1/3/5/7/8/20 TDD LTE band 38/40 4G LTE (Cat6), CDMA / EVDO Rev A, UMTS / HSPA+, GSM / EDGE 4G: TDD LTE band 38/41(Full) FDD LTE band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/14/17/25/26/29/30/66 3G: WCDMA band 1/2/4/5/8 2G: GSM band 2/3/5/8 CDMA BC0/BC1/BC10
Display 5.2", 1280x720 IPS LCD, 283ppi 5.7", 1440x720 IPS LCD, 283ppi 5.9", 1440x720 IPS LCD, 273ppi
Aspect Ratio 16:9 18:9 18:9
Dimensions (Length x Breadth x Height) 151 x 74 x 8.85 mm 154.4 x 72.2 x 8.95 mm 161.9 x 75.3 x 9.35 mm
Weight 150g 174g 200g
Processor Snapdragon 425 or 427 (Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53), Adreno 308 GPU Snapdragon 425 (Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53), Adreno 308 GPU Snapdragon 435 (Octa-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53), Adreno 505 GPU
RAM 2GB 2GB 3GB
Storage 16GB internal memory, support for microSD 16GB internal memory, support for microSD 32GB internal memory, support for microSD
Rear Camera 8MP (f/2.0, 1.12μ), 1080 30fps 13MP (f/2.0, 1.12μ), PDAF, 1080 30fps 12MP (f/2.0, 1.25μ), laser auto-focus, 1080 30fps
Front Camera 5MP, selfie flash 5MP, selfie flash 8MP (f/2.2, 1.12μ), selfie flash
Battery 2800mAh Removable 4000mAh Non-removable 5000 mAh Non-removable
Charging Micro USB TurboPower 5/10W charger included Micro USB TurboPower 10W charger included Micro USB TurboPower 15W charger included
Security Fingerprint sensor (rear) Fingerprint sensor (rear) Fingerprint sensor (rear)
Software Android Oreo 8.0 Android Oreo 8.0 Android Oreo 8.0
Headphone jack Yes Yes Yes
Sensors Proximity, Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Magnetometer (e-Compass) Proximity, Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Sensor Hub Proximity, Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Sensor Hub, Gyroscope
Colours Black, Dark gray, Flash lake Flash gray, Fine gold Black, Mineral blue, Flash gray, Fine gold
Pricing Unknown €149 (Rs 12,108 / $184) €169 (Rs 13,734 / $209)
Miscellaneous Bluetooth 4.2, Water-repellant coating Bluetooth 4.2, NFC (only in single SIM variants), Water-repellent coating Bluetooth 4.2, Water-repellent coating

Build & Software

All the aforementioned Motorola handsets are powered by Android Oreo 8.0. As with previous Motorola smartphones, the software is nearly vanilla Android with few useful additions from Motorola such as Moto Actions. The Moto G6 and G6 Plus have on-screen navigation buttons in addition to the fingerprint scanner on the front. The fingerprint scanner supports swipe gestures which can be used to emulate the actions of the back button and recents key. Swiping to the left will trigger the back action, and a swipe to the right will show the recents panel. A simple tap on the fingerprint scanner will emulate the function of the home button.

Since the phones ship with Oreo, they are compatible with Project Treble. According to Google, Treble makes it easier for manufacturers to update their devices. We, therefore, expected Motorola to improve its update tactics and support its devices for longer periods. Unfortunately, Motorola is still maintaining the same update approach as last year. The Moto G smartphones will get only one major Android update, while the Moto E handsets aren't even assured of an Android version upgrade. Motorola says it will be rolling out security patches to the smartphones once in every "60-90 days".

As for the build, all the new phones - barring the E5 Play - have the modern 18:9 displays. Because they are cheap, the 2018 Moto E smartphones have plastic bodies, while the 2018 Moto G phones have a curved back which makes it easier to grip the phone, in addition to giving the phone a premium feel. The back of the G6 Plus and standard G6 is made of Gorilla Glass, and the sibling G6 Play (which is the cheapest of the G6 lineup) has a plastic back which is made to feel like glass. 

Availability

All the devices in the new Moto G lineup will be available in Brazil starting today, and next week onward in Mexico. The Moto E5 Play will only be sold in North America. Also, the Moto G6 Plus and Moto E5 won't be available in North America. Leaving out the Moto E5 Play, all the Motorola smartphones announced today will be available in coming months in Asia/Pacific (including India), Europe and Latin America.

Source: Motorola - (1), (2), (3)

[All images courtesy of Motorola]

Krittin Kalra
Krittin Kalra is a 19 year old Android freak. Striving for passions, chasing down his dreams and living a life without regrets is his sole mantra. A bit moody, he also does custom ROM reviews for AndroGuider. Currently pursuing his B.Tech, he aspires to follow his heart.
Motorola Announces Moto G6/Play/Plus And Moto E5/Play/Plus: Price, Specifications, Availability Motorola Announces Moto G6/Play/Plus And Moto E5/Play/Plus: Price, Specifications, Availability Reviewed by Krittin Kalra on 4/20/2018 01:14:00 am
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