Motorola entered the smartphone world in the year 2011 when the company parted into two different sectors. The Motorola Enterprise was in charge of the enterprise solutions. Which was obviously acquired by Google later on. And Motorola Phones started wobbling in the late 2013. But ray of hope came by when Lenovo acquired Motorola Phones by the year 2014. Moto G6 Play Specs. After that, the journey started to smoothen up and Motorola keep launching new and exciting phones in the market.
After launching their first android phone and tablet in 2011, Motorola keeps on surprising their fans with the amazing phones. G Series was a huge success for them. After Z Series, they introduced G Series in the market.
The all new G6 and the G6 was launched in the same date. It was announced on the mid of April and hit the stores in May, 2018.
Motorola is now walking down the road holding the hands of Lenovo. The merge is proving to be very7 beneficial for both the company as Lenovo was trying to make an impression in the Mobile market and Motorola trying to survive.
The all new Moto G6 Play has been rather a budget edition of the G6. But this phone has been promising a really good deal as far as the Moto G6 Play specs are concerned. Today, on this article, I will be reviewing the all new Moto G6 Play. I hope you guys will be sticking along. Without wasting any time let us dig into the review real quick.
Moto G6 Play Review: The Awesome Phone!
Moto G6 Play has been in the market from the starting week of May and it has been creating a hype in the market. Fans, loyal fans of Motorola are buying this phone and are giving a great feedback. We have got our review unit. We have unboxed it already.
Looking at the phone, it has been giving one hell of a mark already. Though the phone is plastic, or high density polymer as Motorola is claiming, it really looks awesome.
Before giving an initial impression, I would like to go through some aspects which will generate a better understanding about the phone. The aspects are:
- Sensors and Other Features
- Water Resistance
This are the basic aspects which are to be considered before buying a phone. Or you could just stick with me from the very beginning as I will tear the phone apart from you.
Relax! I will not tear the phone. I will be examining the aspects one by one.
The Design of Moto G6 Play: The Polymer Plastic Body or Finger Print Magnet?
First up, the design of Moto G6 Play. As I have mentioned earlier, the phone is made out of plastic. But Motorola claims it to be Polymer Glass. It’s a marketing strategy really because it is basically plastic. But the glossy finish makes it looks like glass unless you hold it in your hands!
The phone itself has been very sturdy as this unit is weighted around 175 grams. The front part, I mean the screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass and the frame and the back part is made out of Polymer plastic.
The dimension is 6.08 inches length, 2.84 inches in width and 0.35 inches in breadth. As per as the dimensions are concerned, the phone is a bit heavier but you won’t even notice it unless I hand you a lighter phone. But the margin of difference is pretty narrow and it won’t affect you in any way. So rest assured.
As far as the availability is concerned in terms color, then the Moto G6 Play comes in four color variants. Deep Indigo, Silver, Flash Grey and Gold. The review unit which we have with us today is the Flash Grey version of Moto G6 Play. And I must tell you, this is a gorgeous looking phone. But it catches a whole lot of fingerprint and smudges! So if you are super sensitive about keeping your phone spotless, you will be having a hard time and your friends would probably see you rubbing the phone with the side of your clothing quite often.
Now let us speak about the attributes. The front side is the glass display, obviously has the Gorilla Glass protection on it. The bottom bezel is slightly thicker which is completely unnecessary to me, the side bezels are pretty narrow and does give a nice view when you are playing a video. The top beze3l is just about the perfect size as it has been the home for the earpiece cum front firing speaker. On the right side of the earpiece is out flash and on the left side is our front facing camera and the holes for the sensors.
We cannot see any navigation button because it is basically on screen. The power button and the volume adjustment button is on the right side. The feedback of the buttons are quite good and is giving a solid response as well. On the left side, we have the SIM tray. It supports two Nano SIM and also has a Micro SD card slot for additional storage expansion.
On the top of the is our all important 3.5 mm headphone jack and the charging port is USB Type C which settles down in the bottom part of the Moto G6 Play.
On the back is the single camera setup and the camera flash which is LED of course. I don’t know why but the circular camera cut out does really stand out for the phone. It is an unusual design that does seem to attract the audience. So well done Moto for making me scratch my head!
The finger print scanner is placed or embalmed rather down the signature circular camera cut out. The ‘M’ logo of Moto is inherited on the scanner.
Overall speaking, I kinda like the design. It is very practical and stylish at the same time. But the bottom bezel should have been shrined down a little bit and Moto G6 Play should have been availing a far more superior frame and built, take aluminum for instance. I know it will cost a bit more, but 20/30 dollars here and there would not be a problem for the fans.
That was enough talking about the design, now let us move on to the next segment; The Display of Moto G6 Play!
Moto G6 Full Specifications
|Release date||April 2018|
|Launched in India||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||154.50 x 72.30 x 8.30|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3000|
|Colours||Deep Indigo, Indigo Black|
|Screen size (inches)||5.70|
|Protection type||Gorilla Glass|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||424|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 450|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||128|
|Rear camera||12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron) + 5-megapixel (f/2.2)|
|Rear autofocus||Phase detection autofocus|
|Rear flash||Dual LED|
|Front camera||16-megapixel (f/2.2)|
|Operating system||Android 8.0 Oreo|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 4.20|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
The Display of Moto G6 Play: The IPS LCD with HD!
The screen has been a pretty good factor when it comes to purchasing a particular phone. 79% of the buyers tend to have the first impression as the last impression in terms of phone. And if something can make a good impression then it is the screen. As almost everything will appear on that!
Moto G6 Play has been playing safe with IPS LCD panels. IPS LCD has been almost the most picked screen type now a days and Moto has not been an exception.
But Moto just crushed my heart as the opted to select a HD Screen rather than going for full HD! This is truly heart breaking because the phone has the potential to support a full high definition screen!
The 5.7 inches IPS LCS panel comes with a resolution of 720 pixels into 1440 pixels. The aspect ratio is 18:9; the typical one so far. The screen to body ratio is almost 75.2% as far as the thick bottom bezel is concerned. Moto would have done justice if they opted to shrink the bottom bezel by a small margin to make some extra room for the screen to go big.
The protection is Corning Gorilla Glass. Now, you must be wondering that what type of protection it is, Gorilla Glass 3 or 5. But Moto has not been in the speaking terms about it. So it is an unspecified version of Corning Gorilla Glass. The Screen is pretty bright and vivid. You can stream up to 720 p resolution from the screen and I must tell you, the results are indeed eye pleasing!
It worked okay in the bright conditions when I hit down the road with my friends on a bright sunny day. So job well done Moto!
Now let us move on to the next section real quick which is the performance!
The Performance of Moto G6 Play: The Snapdragon Delight!
Now let us talk about the factor which I personally look up to before judging a phone. It is the performance section. Now I do believe that the performance of a particular phone lies on the very collaboration of both the software and the hardware. The software will run the phone seamlessly and the hardware will provide the essential juice for it. So without making an impression too soon, let us judge the phone’s hardware and the Software.
The Hardware of Moto G6 Play
When my colleague showed me the Moto G6 Play Specs, I was pleased to know that the phone has opted to go for the Qualcomm chipsets. Moto G6 Play comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430. Yes, they could have been shooting with a 630 which is a slightly better performing chipset, but 430 is smooth as well.
This 28 nm chipset runs in eight core as you have guessed it. The processors are clocked at 1.4 GHz Cortex A 53. So it is a decent chipset with a fair amount of clock spend and processing power. Moto G6 Play Specs.
The GPU is Adreno 505 and does give a solid punch in the performance while conducting graphics sensitive tasks.
The RAM comes in two variants; 2 GB and 3 GB and internal storage is 16 GB for the 2 GB RAM and 32 GB for the latter variant. There is an additional Micro SD Card slot available to expand your storage as per your needs.
The Software of Moto G6 Play
The phone runs in Android as Android has been the most favorite OS so far. It runs in Android Version 8.0 which is known as Oreo. But it is upgradable up to Android Version 9.0 which is PIE.
As far as the UI is concerned, Moto has done nothing special and opted to go stock, which is very fine at this range of smartphones. Moto G6 Play Specs. Going Stock Android gives you a better experience overall.
Now as we examine the collaboration between the Software and the Hardware, the phone did pretty well when we pushed it to the limits. It is a total win-win for the crowd.
Camera of Moto G6 Play: 13 MP and 5!
The rear camera is an f/2.0 aperture 13 Mega Pixels camera with PDAF support. It can click some awesome shots in proper light conditions and can record a video up to 1080p in a frame rate of 30 frames per second. But no real image stabilization has been provided.
The front facing camera AKA the selfie camera is a 5 Mega Pixel camera which works fine. But not ideal if you are a selfie lover.
Battery of Moto G6 Play
The 4000 mAh battery does gives you a punch with fast charging support of 15 watts.
Sensors and Other Features
The finger Print scanner is Rear mounted and the other sensors are accelerometer, gyro and proximity.
It has no waterproofing.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Great Power
- Good Battery
- Plastic Body
- Thick bottom Bezel
- No Full HD Screen
Does Moto G6 Play has Water Resistance?
Does the USA version and the Global version has the same specs?
No, it differs in some aspects.
So that was it for today folks. Looking at the Moto G6 Play Specs and the reviewing experience, I must admit that this is a decent phone. An idea one if you are buying your first phone.
I hope you have enjoyed the review. Do let me know about your thoughts on the Moto G6 Play. Good Bye for now!