This smartphone in a spectacularly curved glass case with a water-repellent coating boasts a sturdy screen, a decent duet of the main cameras, a separate slot for a microSD memory card, as well as branded fast charging. At the same time, Android 8.0 (Oreo) acts as an operating system without any shells.
This spring, Lenovo has taken care to replenish the budget lines under the Motorola brand with six new smartphones. Meanwhile, only three low-cost models – Moto G6, Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus – reached the Russian market.
All new items equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon chips, spacious screens, capacious batteries and spiced with the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system, along with proprietary Moto features.
The first to review was the Moto G6, which the company promotes under the slogan “created to impress.” Note that this device has a premium appearance clearly contrasts with the budget filling and affordable price.
The battery life of the Motorola Moto G6 Plus is decent, given the huge screen area that this mobile phone has. However, the image quality could be better. Summing up the test, we can say that the ratio of price and quality at the time of verification is good, but other smartphones for the same money can offer a little more.
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
Chic Giant Motorola Moto G6 Plus, like the smaller Moto G6, is made in black and is dressed in Gorilla Glas 3. With its large display in the modern 18: 9 format, it should not be embarrassed by the external appearance in front of top devices. Despite the large display area, in the hand the device still lies quite well.
However, for users with small hands, it may already be too heavy to clasp a smartphone with your fingers and device control will not be so comfortable. The workmanship is good, but there is still a noticeable thin joint between the frame and the back side.
The corners of the case are nicely rounded. Without a transparent silicone case, which Motorola, when purchasing the Motorola Moto G6 Plus, will kindly include, a double camera will appear on the back of the case. In addition, it is a pity that the device is not waterproof.
Motorola Moto G6 Plus: A Bright 5.9-Inch Display
The Motorola Moto G6 Plus, unlike many models that follow modern trends, has no “groove” at the top edge of the display. But the lower part of the frame is slightly wider, since here is a thin fingerprint scanner, which reacts quickly to touch.
The side frames also turned out to be somewhat wider than other such models, for example, like the Huawei P20, but in the case of the G6 Plus it bothers us as little as with the G6. By the way: those who do not want to unblock the G6 Plus with their fingers can use the face recognition function – it also reacts reliably and quickly.
LC display with a 5.9-inch diagonal offers a very large image area, displaying content in great detail with a resolution of 1080 × 2160 pixels. In addition, it offers powerful colors and contrast, and without ambient lighting it shines with a brilliant brightness of 590 cd / m2.
In sunlight, the content remains well readable. The only pity is that Motorola continues to refuse in the G6 line from the status LED to display notifications.
At the same time, the device displays information on the screen and in Stand-by mode. To do this, a gesture is enough (even without touching the display) above the device.
Quick Navigation via Fingerprint Scanner
Who wants to get even more space on the G6 Plus screen, as in the case of the Moto G5 Plus, can activate the “one-button navigation” mode through the Moto-App, and instead of using on-screen navigation buttons, use a fingerprint scanner to control the smartphone fingertips.
Touching it in this case replaces clicking on the “Home” button, the application manager opens the side of the svayp or forces the system to take one step back. The practical application of this function is learned quickly.
It is also possible to launch several more functions, such as a quick screenshot (tap with three fingers), rotation to activate the “do not interfere” mode, or swipe left or right below to reduce the working area of the screen.
Thus it is possible to significantly facilitate the management of the smartphone with one hand. But annoying is the fact that you can’t return the picture to the normal mode with the same simple swipe. This can be done only through the deactivation button in the Moto-App settings menu.
Motorola Moto G6 Plus: Mediocre Camera
The dual camera, located on the back of the Motorola Moto G6 Plus, has not changed since the G6 or even its predecessor, let alone improved. The main camera has a resolution of 12 megapixels and has a really high-aperture f / 1.7.
The pictures provided by the camera are ordinary but not good. On some, though not all, images, the lower area is fuzzy. The camera is difficult to focus quickly, sometimes it takes more than a second before the shutter is released.
Thin structures such as hair and yarn are also partly noisy and poorly distinguishable. With a low level of ambient lighting, the pictures look like a watercolor painting and look very “relaxed”. Sharpness is not enough; the texture is almost indistinguishable. In this case, the texts look quite clear.
Motorola Moto G6 Plus Test: Powerful Processor
The G6 Plus battery with a capacity of 3200 mAh has exactly the same dimensions as the Moto G6. But the length of battery life during tests with an activated display was only about half an hour: 8 hours 58 minutes our hours recorded – this is a decent figure, given the screen area.
More enduring smartphones that can work in this mode for up to 13 hours can be found in our respective rankings. While the Moto G6 managed to distinguish itself by the very short charging process of 96 minutes, the G6 Plus took about 20 minutes more to fill up the battery’s energy reserves. However, this charging time can still be considered good.
As for the processor, the Moto G6 Plus allows itself to relax a bit. However, the Snapdragon 630 does not provide the highest performance, similar to that of the most powerful 845 currently installed in devices such as the OnePlus 6, but with all everyday operating scenarios, the system runs smoothly, and large applications and web sites run nice quick.
Motorola Moto G6 Review: Specifications
- Model: Moto G6 (XT1925)·
- OS: Android 8.0 (Oreo)·
- Processor: 8-core, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (ARM Cortex-A53, up to 1.8 GHz)·
- Graphics coprocessor: Adreno 506 (600 MHz)·
- RAM: 3 GB, LPDDR3·
- Memory for data storage: 32 GB, a separate slot for memory cards microSD / HC / XC (up to 128 GB)·
- Screen: 5.7 inches, IPS, Full HD + (2160×1080 pixels), Max Vision 18: 9, 424 ppi, up to 10 simultaneous touches, 2.5D protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3·
- Rear photo module: main camera – 12 MP, aperture f / 1.8, autofocus, auxiliary camera – 5 MP, LED flash, HDR, video 1080p @ 30 fps (or 60 fps without EIS)·
- Front camera: 8 MP, aperture f / 2.2, wide-angle lens (viewing angle of 80 degrees), LED backlight, HDR, video 1080p @ 30 fps·
- Network: GSM / GPRS / EDGE, UMTS HSPA +, 4G LTE Cat. 4 (150/50 Mbit / s), LTE-FDD Band (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20); LTE-TDD Band (38, 40)·
- SIM card type: nanoSIM (4FF)·
- Number of SIM-cards: two, Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS)·
- Interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 EDR + BLE, NFC, USB Type-C (USB 2.0, OTG), 3.5 mm for audio headsets (CTIA)·
- Navigation: GPS / GLONASS / BDS, A-GPS·
- Sound: Dolby Audio, three microphones·
- Radio: FM tuner with RDS·
- Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, light and proximity sensors, magnetometer, ultrasonic sensor, fingerprint scanner·
- Battery: non-removable, 3,000 mAh, 15-watt TurboPower fast charge·
- Feature of the case: water-repellent p2i nano-coating·
- Color: deep indigo·
- Dimensions: 153.8х72.3х8.3 mm·
- Weight: 167 grams
The manufacturer installs here the current operating system Android 8.0 (Oreo). Important security updates should come every two to three months. The security systems patch at the time of the test (mid-June) was dated April 1, 2018. G6 Plus should get an update before Android version 9, but whether it will receive support after that, it only remains to wait. Moto G6 Plus can be obtained at the manufacturer’s recommended price of about $350.