Our Opinion

The Motorola Moto G6 Play is a significantly better phone than the Motorola Moto E5 Plus, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Motorola Moto G6 Play!

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Excellence Score
24.6
30.9
Value for Money Score
65.3
78.3
Price ₹ 11,430 onwards ₹ 10,437 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2018 Jun, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 5.7 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display IPS LCD, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 1.4 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 505
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 12.0 MP 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.25µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, HDR, Panorama, Manual Mode, Burst Shot, Best Shot, QR code/Barcode Scanner, Slo-motion mode, Video Stabilisation F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), EIS, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features LED Flash LED flash, Full HD Video Rec
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.35 mm 9 mm
Weight 197 gm 175 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, TurboPower Yes, TurboCharge
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Good build quality, premium looks with a glass back
  • Water-repellence – a feature that can help at least some with minor splashes (but does not make the phones submersible in water)
  • Decent fingerprint scanners in the rear
  • Modern, tall, 18:9 display with slimmed-down bezels - it's fairly bright and vivid
  • In typical Moto fashion, the Moto E5 Plus run a clean, bloat-free version of Android, with minimal useful add-ons like Moto Display, Moto Actions, and Night Mode
  • Decent day-to-day performance - for light workloads, the phone will sail through just fine - multitasking switches quickly, and apps launch in a timely manner
  • Decent rear camera in favorable lighting conditions
  • Video recording is decent too with reasonably good stabilisation
  • Call quality is pretty good too
  • Excellent battery life - with a 5000mAh battery, the E5 Plus is a road warrior, and can last you up to 2 days with moderate use, before you need to charge it again
  • Fast charging support (TurboCharge) - the phone gets from 0 to 50% in about an hour
  • One of the best-looking phones in this class - even though the back is plastic it looks classy with reflective elements under the top layer responding well to light
  • It's also likely to be more durable in the long run, compared to it's senior G6 series cousins with all-glass bodies
  • Easy to use with one hand
  • The trendy new 18:9 extra-tall display adds to the looks too
  • The display is pretty good otherwise too - it has decent brightness, contrast and sunlight legibility - the only thing you are really loosing compared to the regular G6 is resolution
  • Software continues to be Motorola's strong suit with a a fine blend of vanilla Android and just the right amount of useful proprietary customizations (like Moto Actions)
  • Decent day-to-day performance backed by a Snapdragon 430 - it’s not a super-powerful chipset but does get you more-than-acceptable performance in most areas, including simple gaming
  • Good rear camera, especially in daylight - the default Auto HDR mode works well, and colors are well-saturated and natural (the only place really where the Moto G6 Play camera loses out to its senior cousins is the absence of a secondary camera for bokeh effects, and somewhat worse low light performance)
  • EIS for video is a great little bonus and it works surprisingly well
  • Decent front camera too, with a relatively subtle Beauty mode to zap your eye bags
  • Decent, clean audio quality through the 3.5mm jack
  • There's a dedicated MicroSD cars slot on the SIM tray, so you can have to SIM cards and and SD at the same time
  • Great battery life - the 4000mAh unit lets the Motorola Moto G6 Play plough on through a full day of intensive use - with lighter use you should find you have 40-50% left by bed time
  • Supports fast charging (which is uncommon at this price point) - gets you from flat to 100% charge in under two hours
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • A bit on the heavy side
  • The glass back is prone to scratching (as all glass backs are)
  • The display could have had better resolution
  • Average front camera
  • Average loudspeaker - both loudness and audio quality could have been a bit better
  • The Moto E5 Plus is a decent phone by itself, and is a especially good choice if you value battery life above all else, but other devices from Xiaomi, Asus, Realme in this price bracket will likely be better overall deals
  • Has a micro USB charge socket rather than the newer USB-C on the senior Moto G6 phones
  • Lacks the water repellent nano-coating of the senior Moto G6 phones
  • The performance is decent in day-to-day use, but there are some phones with better CPUs now in this price bracket (though that is likely to matter only if you are into gaming)
  • Camera, though decent, is a bit on the slow side too - you can only take roughly one shot a second
  • The speaker is not the most loud or clear
  • On the whole, the Moto G6 Play is a pretty decent phone on its own, especially because of it's fuss-free software, but it will face some stiff competition from Xiaomi, Asus and Realme phones, which offer significantly more powerful devices in this price bracket
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  1. A dependable phone with a nice feature set
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  2. Great value...Has plenty going for it, including a long-lasting battery and a decent screen. If you're on a tight budget it's easy to recommend.
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  3. The Moto G6 Play packs great looks and nearly two-day battery life
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  4. If your budget is tight, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better deal
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