The newest member of the Moto G series, the Moto G6 has been introduced as a mid-range smartphone. The new Moto G6 has a glass-and-metal construction, features a 5.7-inch FHD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 450 processor, 16MP selfie camera and dual rear cameras. So, we can see here evidently, it’s much upgraded from its predecessor the Moto G5.

The Moto G6 was announced at a launch event in New Delhi on Monday after it was unveiled globally back in April. The new Motorola Moto G6 price in India starts at Rs 13,999 for the base model and goes up to Rs 15,999 for the top model.  So, with this pricing, the phone is placed in the most competitive mid-range price segment. Let’s find out what are the things that make it a best and worst competitor in this segment.

Moto G6 Best Features

Premium Build Quality

When it comes to design, the Moto G6 does look upgraded from the Moto G5 or other previous phones released in Moto G series. It feels like a high-end device made with the 3D glass and metal combined together which makes it look similar to the Moto X4. The curved edges fit perfectly in your palm, and the Moto G6 measures 8.3mm and weighs in at 167 grams which makes it perfect to hold.The fingerprint sensor remains at the front, below the screen as a home button and it is very fast and accurate as well. Moto G6 also has facial recognition feature to unlock the phone. The Moto G6 isn’t certified for water resistance, though it has a water-repellent Nano-coating.

Lastly, taking cues from the competition, the Moto G6 has minimal bezels around the display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. All these things in terms of design and display, make the Moto G6 is a good contender in the mid-range segment.

Better Cameras

The Moto G6 has a dual-camera setup on the back with a 12MP main camera unit with f/1.8 aperture and phase-detect autofocus and a secondary 5MP camera. The camera also has the ability to identify landmarks and objects in the frame.

Despite the dual rear camera, the highlight here is the selfie camera on the Moto G6 in India which is a 16MP sensor and comes with a front flash.  It captures good photos with accurate color and a solid amount of detail even in low-light. It is to be noted that, globally the phone comes with an 8MP front camera.

USB Type C port and Fast Charging

The Moto G6 comes bundled with a 15 W TurboPower charger inside the box which promises that it will take roughly 90 minutes to fill up the battery from 10 percent to 100 percent. Moreover, the phone comes USB Type C port that’s very good, especially for a device in this price range.

If we talk about other good features, Moto G6 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box and the user interface is close to a pure version of Android. Though it is not running the latest Android 8.1 Oreo, the software experience on the Moto G6 is great.

Moto G6 Worst Features

Old hardware

Moto G6 is powered by a 1.8 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. It comes with either 3GB or 4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage. Motorola has opted for a relatively inferior processor in the form of the Snapdragon 450 when compared to the Snapdragon 625 on last year’s G5S Plus.

Though this is a step up from last year’s Snapdragon 430 processor in the Moto G5, but still it is old processor and is used in budget phones these days. Interestingly, this is the same processor which is found inside the Redmi 5, which costs Rs 7,999.

Snapdragon 450 is an octa-core processor with all ARM Cortex A53 cores clocked up to 1.8GHz. This is not bad for a moderate user, but when we compare it to what others are using in this segment, this is an inferior processor and gaming is also not something the Moto G6 can handle very well with the old hardware.

Smaller Battery

The device’s 3000mAh battery is slightly smaller when compared to its competitors. Though the battery charges up fast, thanks to the Turbo Power charger, it is surely not that long lasting. However, the Moto G6 can easily last a day on moderate to heavy usage. Its competitors the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the ZenFone Max Pro M1, on the other hand, offer larger batteries, and consequently, better battery life.

Smaller Screen

Moto G6

Moto G6 has got a full-screen display, thanks to the 18:9 aspect ratio. The 5.7-inch screen comes with an FHD+ resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels. The display looks crisp, clear and colorful, with wide viewing angles, but it is slightly smaller when compared to other mid-range phones these days. The device’s 5.7-inch screen is smaller when every other brand is offering the 5.9-inch screen. Though this could not be exactly the worst thing for all users.

Conclusion

Motorola Moto G6 is an overall good phone without any doubt with one of the best-looking design elements in the mid-end segment. The Moto G6 fulfills a number of promises made by the company including– 18:9 aspect ratio display, premium design, dual cameras, and fast charging battery. However, had the company used a beefier processor and a bigger battery, it would be one of the best contenders in the mid-range segment.