Price and spec-wise, the Moto G6 falls right between the G6 Plus and G6 Play but it’s still the original version. It has come a long way from the first ever Moto G model and still makes a compelling case for your next mid-range device.
The Moto G6 carries an even more refined look while keeping mostly the same design concept as its predecessor. Aluminum frame and Gorilla Glass 3 back and front panel wrap around the device making up for a premium feel and appearance. It rests comfortably in the hand and thanks to the curved back and relatively thin side bezels, reaching the other edge of the screen with your thumb isn’t problematic, although the upper region will still be an issue if you have smaller hands.
Even if the build doesn’t suggest a noticeable difference between the Moto G6 and G6 Plus, the hardware is here to clear the confusion. For starters, the most obvious downgrade over the G6 Plus is the chipset. The standard version of the phone gets the Snapdragon 450 chipset with 8x Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz while the G6 Plus sports the considerably more powerful Snapdragon 630. Still, the performance that the Snapdragon 450 provides is adequate for the price range and will prove sufficient for most users, especially when you consider the fact that the Moto G6 family runs on stock Android 8.0 Oreo. That’s probably the reason we didn’t notice any hiccups or hangs.
Anyway, the list goes on with 64GB of internal storage, 32GB of RAM for the pricier alteration and 32GB/3GB ROM/RAM for the standard one. The battery is rated at 3,000 mAh and since the Plus and the standard version have 14nm SoCs, the 300 mAh advantage of the Moto G6 Plus won’t be as noticeable.
Another apparent change is the screen. As the name suggests, the Plus model carries a slightly bigger 5.9-inch display while the standard Moto G6 has a 5.7-inch panel while retaining the same 1080×2160 resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio.
And lastly, the camera setup also appears to be suitable for its class, although there are no fancy or over the top features that make the Moto G6 standout as much. The main shooter sports a 12MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture (the Moto G6 Plus has the same sensor but with f/1.7 aperture) aided by a standard 5MP camera that’s used for depth information and helps in some low-light scenes. Also, due to the less powerful Snapdragon 450, the phone is limited to only 1080p video recording in 60 fps and if this isn’t enough for you, you should opt for the G6 Plus as its Snapdragon 630 is capable of 4K@30fps recording.
You can check some sample photos and video in the hands-on review but expect more detailed analysis of the camera in the full review. The same goes for the rest of phone’s features and hardware.