Enlarge / The Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, Moto E5 Plus, and Moto E5 Play. (Not precisely to scale.)

NEW YORK CITY—Motorola is taking the wraps off its mid- to low-end lineup in the present day. The corporate is launching 4 telephones directly—the Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, Moto E5 Plus, and the Moto E5 Play. And it doesn’t matter what Motorola does with these gadgets, there’s nearly no competitors within the sub-$300 value vary (particularly right here within the US), making all of those telephones worthy of consideration simply due to their value level.

Asserting 4 telephones directly (some with a number of configurations!) can get actually complicated, so let’s begin with a large spec sheet evaluating all of them. Proper off the bat, there are some notable similarities: all 4 telephones have headphone jacks, MicroSD slots, fingerprint readers, a “water repellent” coating, Android eight.zero Oreo, and all the same old connectivity choices aside from NFC.

MOTO G6
MOTO G6 PLAY
MOTO E5 PLUS
MOTO E5 PLAY

STARTING PRICE
$249
$199
unknown
unknown

SCREEN
5.7″ 2160×1080 LCD
5.7″ 1440×720 LCD
6″ 1440×720 LCD
5.2″ 1080×720 LCD

CPU
Snapdragon 450

(Eight 1.8Ghz Cortex A53 Cores, 14nm)

Snapdragon 427

(4 1.4GHz Cortex A53 Cores, 28nm)

Snapdragon 435

(Eight 1.4GHz Cortex A53 Cores, 28nm)

Snapdragon 425 or 427

(4 1.4GHz Cortex A53 Cores, 28nm)

GPU
Adreno 506
Adreno 308
Adreno 505
Adreno 308

RAM
3GB or 4GB
2GB or 3GB
3GB
2GB

STORAGE
32GB or 64GB
16GB or 32GB
32GB
16GB

PORTS
USB-C, headphone jack
Micro USB, headphone jack
Micro USB, headphone jack
Micro USB, headphone jack

BATTERY
3000Ah
4000Ah
5000Ah
2800Ah

BACK MATERIAL
Gorilla Glass three
Clear plastic
Clear plastic
Opaque plastic

The Moto G6

First up is the Moto G6. This $249 machine is the highest-end cellphone introduced in the present day, packing a Snapdragon 450 into an all-glass physique.

Wait, what? The 2017 Moto G5 Plus was $20 cheaper ($229), had an aluminum again, and used a Snapdragon 625 SoC. There isn’t a “Plus” mannequin this yr, so sadly, it looks like the highest-end Moto G6 affords a downgrade within the SoC and supplies regardless of being a bit dearer.

The lower-tier SoC means the Moto G is principally standing nonetheless this yr within the processing division. The Snapdragon 450 is only a rebrand of the Snapdragon 625: each chips are constructed on a 14nm processor, function eight Cortex A53 cores, an Adreno 506 GPU, and X9 LTE modem. The 450 has a barely decrease clock pace (1.8GHz versus 2GHz) and a slower ISP.

Customers no less than get an improve within the display screen division. The Moto G6 is now packing a 5.7-inch, 2160×1080 LCD with a flagship-style 18:9 facet ratio and rounded corners. The Moto G5 Plus solely had a 5.2-inch show. However because of a discount in bezels, the G6 can match a much bigger display screen in a physique that’s roughly the identical measurement.

The cellphone makes use of on-screen navigation buttons, and under the show is a backside bezel with a big “Motorola” brand and an old-school entrance fingerprint reader. In addition to the common navigation buttons, the Moto G6 additionally helps gesture controls, that are shortly changing into the recent new factor in Android land. You may swipe to the left over the fingerprint reader to set off Android’s Again button, and a swipe to the precise will set off Current apps.

Different specs embrace 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of storage, a 3000mAh battery, and an 8MP entrance digital camera. There are some luxuries that you could be or could not get at this value level. The Moto G6 (and each different Moto cellphone introduced in the present day) has a headphone jack and a MicroSD card. It additionally has a contemporary USB-C port for altering and 15W “turbo charging” with the included charger. Sadly, NFC isn’t listed within the spec sheet of any of those telephones, so these hoping to do Google Pay are out of luck.

You will not discover an IPx water resistance ranking on Motorola’s telephones this yr, however all of them have a “Water repellent coating” from an organization known as “P2i.” The wonderful print on Motorola’s spec sheet notes that this can “assist defend towards reasonable publicity to water corresponding to unintentional spills, splashes or gentle rain,” however it’s “not designed to be submerged in water, or uncovered to pressurized water, or different liquids; Not waterproof.”

Motorola is touting a feature-packed digital camera on the G6. The twin digital camera setup pairs a 12MP principal digital camera with a 5MP secondary digital camera for depth results. You may apply a depth-of-field impact to a photograph after it’s shot, because of saved depth info. There is a selective black-and-white mode, a time-lapse function, Snapchat model “face filters” that may stick digital props in your face, movement images that save a couple of seconds of video together with your image, and even a Google Lens-style visible search that may supposedly determine landmarks, objects, and do OCR (optical character recognition) for textual content. All of your images will be saved on Google Photographs, which is the default gallery app on the G6.

The 2018 G and E telephones all include Android eight.zero Oreo, however the replace scenario is fairly unhappy. The Moto G telephones are promised one main OS replace, to Android P. The E telephones usually are not assured an OS replace. Neither will get month-to-month safety updates, however as a substitute safety releases will come “each 60-90 days.”

Moto G6 Play

Subsequent up is the Moto G6 Play, a less expensive, $199 model of the Moto G6.

I want I may say the costliest G6 is an all-around higher choice than the G6 Play, however I am undecided. I desire the design of the cheaper cellphone, which dumps the old-school entrance fingerprint reader for a extra trendy rear fingerprint reader that’s fantastically built-in into the Motorola brand sitting slightly below the digital camera. You additionally get a battery that’s 25-percent bigger than the dearer Moto G6: 4000mAh.

The worth financial savings present up within the show—the Play nonetheless affords a 5.7-inch 18:9 LCD, however solely 720p—and within the SoC, which is downgraded to a Snapdragon 427. This makes use of 4 1.4GHz Cortex A53 cores made on a much bigger, extra power-hungry 28nm course of with a wimpy Adreno 308 GPU.

RAM and storage is downgraded, too, with choices for two or 3GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of storage. You are right down to an older MicroUSB port for charging, together with a slower 10w charging functionality. You get one 13MP rear digital camera and 8MP entrance digital camera, all with out the pile of additional digital camera options within the G6.

The opposite large change to the G6 Play is that the again is not glass. The G6 Play introduces us to the idea of a “faux glass again”—a transparent again fabricated from plastic however designed to appear like glass.

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