Motorola Moto G6: Specs, Price, Release Date & Features

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The Moto G6 series has now officially launched at Motorola’s special event in Sao Paulo, Brazil. As expected, there are three models in the line-up, the Moto G6, the Moto G6 Play, and the Moto G6 Plus.

First up, all three models share a few features; the overall design aesthetic, the 18:9 aspect ratio displays, front-mounted fingerprint scanners (below said display), and a near-stock implementation of Android 8.0 Oreo.

Moto G6: Specs & Features

The standard Moto G6 model has a 5.7in IPS LCD display with a FullHD+ 1080p resolution. It also features a dual-sensor camera on the rear with both 12MP and 5MP sensors with f/1.8 apertures, and it supports 1080p video recording at 60fps. Meanwhile, there’s an 8MP selfie camera on the front.

The bodywork has a premium look and finish with Gorilla Glass 3 on front and back panels, clad around a metal frame. It had a P2i certified water-repellant coating (ie: not fully waterproof, but will fend off rain and splashes). There’s a front-facing loudspeaker with Dolby Audio tech onboard.

Inside you’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor. RAM is either 3GBB or 4GB depending on the choice of 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. There’s also a microSD slot for cards.

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Lastly, the battery cell is rated at 3,000mAh and supports Quick Charge, with a 15W TurboCharger included with the phone.

The Moto G6 has an RRP of €249.

Moto G6 Plus: Specs & Features

The Moto G6 Plus is essentially the “enhanced” version of the Moto G6, but it is also physically bigger with a 5.9in IPS LCD display with a FullHD+ 1080p resolution.

The camera is also improved, while the sensors are the same 12MP and 5MP rating as the regular model, it had the addition of a large 1.4µm pixel size, Dual-Pixel Phase Detection Autofocus, and 4K video capture. The 8MP front-facing selfie cam with 1080p video is the same, however.

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The internal spec has been boosted with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 CPU with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM depending on which storage option you pick, with the choices going up to a maximum of 128GB. It also has microSD support.

The battery has the same fast charging and TurboCharger, and has a boost up to 3,200mAh. The RRP is €299.

Moto G6 Play: Specs & Features

The Moto G6 Play is the most affordable of the new trio, and also has the lowest spec to accomodate that low price point. The RRP is just €199, but you do get a bigger battery than the other two at a whopping 4,000mAh.

It runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage and microSD card support. The display is the same size as the regular model at 5.7in and is still IPS LCD, however, it has a lower 720p HD+ resolution.

The primary camera is a single-sensor rated at  13MP, with support for 1080p video recording at 30fps. The front camera is the same 8MP setup as the other two phones.

Head over to Page 2 to see how all the pre-launch rumours compared to the final release…

Smartphone firms launching multiple variants of particular models seems to be increasingly commonplace, but Motorola’s Moto brand has been at it for a few years already. Parent firm Lenovo plans to reboot the Moto G brand once again in 2018, making it the 6th generation of the series, and this time there will, according to rumours and leaks, be three distinct models; the Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus and the Moto G6 Play.

Adding fuel to the fire, all three handsets have now received their official network certifications in Thailand and Indonesia – such certifications only tend to start popping up when a launch is on the horizon. Although the trio is yet to appear in more prominent certifications such as the US FCC, we know that the Moto G6 series will be launched across a variety of regions and not just the two mentioned Asian markets.

Motorola has now begun sending out press invitations to an event it will host in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 10 – it’s thought this will be the launch of the Moto G6 series. If past launches are any indication it will likely also host local events at key international locations across the globe, where the main event will be livestreamed and press will have a chance to go hands-on with the new devices.

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Both the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus have been leaked wearing cases, some of which are transparent, showing once again the design of the handsets. As is often the case with such leaks, the source firm is third-party case maker Olixar, which has listings for its Moto G6 series cases up on the webstore of online retailer Mobilefun.

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The Moto G6 Play has also leaked in a hands-on video ahead of the official unveiling, despite the video being labelled as the Moto G6 Plus and the commentary describing it as a Moto G6, we know it’s the Play model due to the single-sensor camera, with the other two having dual-cameras.

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Apparently official product renders of each of the Moto G6 series in every colour variant have now leaked online, courtesy of Twitter source @IshanAgarwal24.

Here we have the Moto G6 Play in Indigo Blue and Gold:

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The Moto G6 in Indigo Blue, Rose Gold, Silver, and Black:

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And the Moto G6 Plus in Indigo Blue and Gold:

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Moto G6

Publication DroidLife claims that all models in the Moto G6 series will feature the Moto X4 style curved glass back and “hockey puck” camera module design. It also says the Moto G6 will launch in black, silver and rose colour options.

It’ll allegedly feature a 5.7in FHD+ (2160 x 1080) display, a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor,  and a 3,000mAh battery cell.

The front-facing camera is a 16MP setup, while the rear will be a dual-sensor affair with both a 12MP sensor and 5MP sensor working in tandem.

What appears to be the Moto G6 has now appeared in a certification document via the official Chinese certification authority; TENAA. The device appeared with the model number XT1925-10 and appears to have the same display size as the rumoured Moto G6. Included details are the device dimensions (154.5 × 72.2 × 8.3mm) , the battery capacity (3,000 mAh), and some images of the phone itself. The photos show the “puck” rear camera array with a dual-LED flash, as well as a front-mounted fingerprint scanner module, and what appears to be curved front and rear panel edges.

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Moto G6 Plus

The Moto G6 Plus will be the highest spec model of the series. While Moto “Plus” devices in the past haven’t tended to feature larger screens – just higher specs – the Moto G6 Plus will have a slightly bigger panel at 5.93in and it’ll again be FHD+ resolution. The battery will be slightly beefier at 3,200mAh, as will the processor; a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 630.

In the past, Moto G Plus phones tend to have better camera hardware also, but so far there are no leaked specs on this front. We also don’t know about RAM or storage.

Android Headlines has some leaked images of the Moto G6 Plus, and also reports it’ll come in five colour options; gold, silver, white, blue and cyan.

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DroidLife, however, has some contradictory information, saying the Moto G6 Plus will come in black, silver and dark teal.

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The Moto G6 Plus has now appeared in a set of benchmark results via the GeekBench database, where it’s shown running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor – a slightly higher spec model than the previously rumoured hardware. The phone was clocked at 2.21GHz and running all the other hardware and specs previously leaked for the Moto G6 Plus. It’s possible Moto has decided on a last minute upgrade.

Moto G6 Play

Traditionally the Moto G series has been an affordable brand, but within the overall Moto branding the “Play” moniker also signals an affordable variant, meaning that a Moto G Play handset is usually the most affordable Moto model around. Last year’s Moto G5 series skipped over the “Play” model, but it’s reportedly making a return in 2018 for the Moto G6 range.

Information is somewhat sparse so far, but we do have a leaked image posted by TrendyTechz, as well as some specs.

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As you can see from the image, for a budget model, it’s looking somewhat premium, as it is using design cues from the Moto X4 flagship, including a curved glass back panel. Another feature from the Moto X4 is the large circular “hockey puck” style camera array.

Leaked specs suggest a 5.7in display with an 18:9 wide-screen aspect ratio, just like many flagships. It’s thought to have a 720p HD resolution.

The cameras are also impressively specced for a budget device, with 16MP on BOTH front and rear, while inside is a 4,000mAh battery cell and a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor.

On the RAM side of things, both 3GB and 4GB have been mentioned; based on past Moto handsets it’s plausible that we could see both, with the RAM differing between storage models. So far storage hasn’t been mentioned.

DroidLife says the Moto G6 Play will arrive in dark blue, charcoal and gold.

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