Our Opinion

The Motorola Moto G6 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Motorola Moto G6 Play is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Motorola Moto G6 (4GB RAM, 64GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Motorola Moto G6 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  Motorola Moto G6 Play 
Motorola Moto G6 Motorola Moto G6 Play
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Excellence Score
33.9
30.1
Value for Money Score
71.7
76.4
Price ₹ 13,911 onwards ₹ 10,422 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2018 Jun, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 5.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display IPS LCD, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.4 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #50 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #64 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 505
RAM 4 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 Dual Camera (12MP + 5MP), 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, Panorama, Auto-HDR, Slow Motion Video F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), EIS, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, LED flash, Full HD Video Rec. LED flash, Full HD Video Rec
Internal Memory 64 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 8.3 mm 9 mm
Weight 167 gm 175 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes Yes
Battery Capacity 3000 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, TurboCharge Yes, TurboCharge
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Face Unlock; WiFi Direct; WiFi Dual-band; USB Type-C; Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Premium, sleek, glass-based design - this is easily the best looking Moto G to date
  • The rear edges of the G6 are curved, and that allows it to sit much more comfortably in the palm of your hand than previous models – if you've seen the Samsung Galaxy S7, it’s a similar curvature on the back
  • Among the Moto G6 sisters - the Moto G6 is arguably the perfect size - not too big, not too small
  • Also has water-repellent coating
  • Motorola has also kept the fingerprint sensor on the front of the phone, just below the display, but it doesn’t take up much space, so the bottom bezel is quite thin and looks good
  • The fingerprint sensor is also easy to hit, and works efficiently
  • Modern, bright, clear Full HD+ 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with then new 18:9 display ratio - the new aspect ratio isn’t just good for the look of the handset, it means there’s more screen packed into a smaller body - it's the optimum size for the phone's overall size
  • Moto continues to excel in the software part, keeping the UI close to stock Android while adding just the right set of add-ons like Moto Actions (gesture control), night display, and fingerprint sensor based navigation
  • Decent daily performance, backed by the efficient Snapdragon 450 - it will do reasonably well for most uses except if you tend to use heavy games
  • Decent set of dual rear cameras - pictures generally come out well, and the portrait mode is well implemented too
  • The phone also comes with image recognition software that enables you to take photos of objects you come across, or landmarks in a city you’re visiting, and get information about them, for example a Wikipedia page, or details of where you can buy an item
  • On the front of the Moto G6 is a 8MP selfie camera, which is pretty decent too - it also has a filters mode, which overlays Snapchat-like frippery such as cat features or bunny ears (though it takes a long time to process images)
  • The front camera also has an effective group selfie mode that works similar to a panoramic images mode
  • Video recording is decent too, and there is a pretty decent slow-mo mode too
  • Decent loudspeaker
  • Decent (though not exceptional) battery life - will last the day with moderate use
  • Fast charging support
  • 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]
  • Outdoor visibility of the display could have been better
  • Performance is decent, but far from the best in the price bracket (that space belongs to the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro) - Motorola could have done with a more powerful SoC
  • The camera, though it's pretty decent in quality, can be somewhat slow at times, so shooting moving subjects can be an issue
  • On the whole, the Moto G6 looks great, has good software, performs alright, and has a decent set of cameras - seen alone, its a good device - but in this competitive segment, with the likes of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and the Asus Max Pro M1 around (both of which are better equipped, offer better performance, and have arguably better cameras as well), Moto might find the going tough, in all but the most loyal Motorola fan segments
  • 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
Expert Reviews
  1. All-around package
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Moto G6 is sublime value
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The G6 offers a lot of solid features, plus extras including some fun camera features, fast charging and it all adds up to make one of the best budget handsets on the market
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Good upgrade to the last year’s Moto G5
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Packs a punch with clean software
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Moto G6 defines what a good value smartphone should be like
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. the Moto G6 has good qualities in spades: it looks super stylish, the performance is solid and the camera is one of the best you can get without spending more than twice the money
    alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Definitely a tempting option at its price point
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A good phone....offers a pleasant user experience and a competent camera
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
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  13. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  19. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  22. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  24. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. recombu.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  27. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  29. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. A dependable phone with a nice feature set
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  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.
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Moto G6 Play packs great looks and nearly two-day battery life
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If your budget is tight, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better deal
    alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  10. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  12. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
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