8.1/10
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The Motorola Moto G6 currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 47 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

If you’re looking for a solid option for everyday use, don’t need powerhouse flagship performance, and are not worried about the weak camera the Moto G6 offers outstanding value and is the sweet spot in Motorola’s latest G-Series lineup.

What's good

  • Great value
  • Detailed, well-balanced display
  • Plenty of storage
  • microSD support
  • Stock Android experience

What's bad

  • Weak camera
  • Questionable aging

Moto’s G-Series has held a spot at the top of the budget and mid-tier phone rankings thanks to their smart balance of price and features. The latest release, the Motorola Moto G6, sees one of their highest prices yet. But does it still find that balance the series is known for?

Looking at the phone, it's easy to see that Motorola is attempting to add an upscale feel to the line. Instead of the usual plastic from earlier releases, the G6 uses a gorilla glass back with smooth curves and a slight camera bump. The phone also includes slots for a microSD card and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Reviewers had no problem with grip or smudges and liked the new design and materials.

Around front, you’re greeted with a 5.7-inch 1080-by-2160 IPS display. While it doesn’t offer quite the contrast of an AMOLED display, reviewers found the color balance was great and the screen was easy to see -- even in direct sunlight. The resolution also provides plenty of detail for web browsing or streaming video.

Compared to previous models, Motorola has reduced the bezels on the display. You’ll still find a chunky chin, thanks to the fingerprint scanner. But overall, reviewers found the phone well balanced in the hand and comfortable to use.

The octa-core 1.8Ghz Snapdragon 450 processor shows the phone’s budget roots. Paired with 3GB or 4GB of RAM, reviewers had no problem with stuttering. While they noted the phone doesn’t launch apps as fast or multi-task as well as a flagship phone, it’s also a fraction of the price. Most found the performance more than adequate for daily use -- though some questioned how well the phone would age.

It ships with a nearly stock version of Android 8.0 Oreo. The only major change is the addition of Moto Actions -- gesture controls the reviewers loved.

Depending on your region, the phone is available with either 32 or 64GB of storage. But microSD support allows you to add up to 128GB more space for movies, games, apps, and other files.

The weakest point of the phone for many reviews, the dual-lens 12MP/5MP rear camera offers decent performance in perfect lighting. But if there’s much contrast in the scene or the lighting is low, things deteriorate fast. Between slow response time, noisy images, and a weak portrait mode, reviewers often found that pictures didn’t meet expectations. There’s also an 8MP front-facing lens with flash for selfies and video chat.

Reviews on the 3,000mAh battery with Type-C TurboPower charging were mixed. With average use, the phone had no problem lasting a full day. But push the phone, and battery dips fast. Fortunately, the phone comes with a TurboPower charger for quick boosts in as little as 15 minutes.

Overall, the phone was a hit with reviewers despite the bump in price. Business Insider said, “The Moto G6 is pretty much for anyone, just as long as they don't really care so much about camera quality.” Mobile Syrup praised the phone, saying, “In spite of the device’s unimpressive camera and slightly underwhelming battery performance, it’s very easy to recommend purchasing the Moto G6.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.8 GHz
Screen Size
5.7"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TrustedReviews

This is easily one of the nicest sub-£300 phones to use and it helps that the screen is great and the software slick.

- Max Parker, TrustedReviews
Android Guys

Understanding that a lot of pre-paid and second-tier service providers offer the Moto G6, we think it would be well-received at the bigger carriers. We're only too happy to evangelize the phone.

- Android Guys
Good Gear Guide

If you’re someone who doesn’t care about more-intensive applications like mobile gaming and photography, it’s difficult to think of an easier standout budget device that the Moto G6.

- Fergus Halliday, Good Gear Guide
Android Authority

The Moto G line is know for striking that perfect balance between quality and compromise, and these phones are no different.

- Jimmy Westenberg, Android Authority
Deccan Chronicle

The Moto G6 is a good phone. It offers pleasant user experience and has a competent camera. The build quality is quite solid. Unfortunately for Lenovo, "good" is not good enough these days. Especially, when the brilliant Redmi Note 5 costs only thousand rupees more than the base model of G6.

- Chandrakant Isi, Deccan Chronicle


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Screen Size
5.7"

The Motorola Moto G6's screen size is 5.7 inches with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 Octa core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo (Update Available: 9.0 Pie) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 1450 minutes, 631 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Moto G6 Specs

Overview
Release date April 19, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo (Update Available: 9.0 Pie)

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Processor Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 Octa core 1.8 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64 GB
RAM 3/4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.10 W/kg
Body: 1.410 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 581 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 631 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 565 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1450 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 13.9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Deep Indigo, Pink, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.38 x 7.23 x 0.83 cm (6.1 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 167 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel density 424 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (5 MP 2nd camera), Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording, HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Front camera flash
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Moto G (6th Gen), Moto G (2018), Moto 1S, Pomelo 1S

Also available in dual SIM variant.

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