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Motorola Moto G6 Play
Motorola Moto G6 Play
Motorola Moto G6 Play
Motorola Moto G6 Play
Motorola Moto G6 Play
Motorola Moto G6 Play
Motorola Moto G6 Play

Informr score
The Motorola Moto G6 Play currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 18 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

As the lowest-priced model in Motorola’s 2018 G-Series lineup, the G6 Play shares much of its design and many of its specs with it’s more costly sibling -- the G6. But it’s not a matter of a simple downgrade or cut in price, the Play variant also brings a few unique perks to the table as well.

While reviewers found the overall experience similar to that of the G6, there’s a few notable differences:

  • A lower resolution screen at 1440-by-720 pixels
  • Less RAM at 2 to 3GB depending on the model
  • A slightly slower 1.4Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 427 processor
  • Less storage with 16 to 32GB available depending on your region

Overall, reviewers found the phone handled basic daily tasks, such as checking email, scrolling through Twitter, or streaming video with no problems. Gaming wasn’t as good with the phone struggling to play intensive games at high quality.

However, reviewers considered the camera the biggest downside to the phone compared to the rest of the series. With a single lens 13MP rear camera, it simply cannot compete with the dual-lens model in the pricier G6 or G6 Plus. Yet, the cameras on those models didn’t exactly get rave reviews either.

The biggest upside -- and perhaps the biggest overall difference -- is the phone’s battery. The 4000mAh cell is one of the largest available currently and even dwarfs some of the flagships out there. Reviewers hit two to three days on a single charge. Pair that with TurboCharge support and you should never have to worry about battery life with the G6 Play.

So while performance is slightly scaled back from the standard G6, you’ll get exceptional battery life. Ultimately, reviewers recommend the phone for anyone looking for a budget-friendly phone and don’t need top of the line performance and features. 

The phone shares many qualities with its pricier sibling, if you want to know about the design, software, and features, be sure to check out the summary for the Motorola G6.

Operating system
Operating system
1.4 GHz
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
13+ MP, f/2.0
13+ MP, f/2.0
4000 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Gadgets 360
Gadgets 360

The Moto G6 Play looks great, is built well, and is easy to use with one hand. The battery life is above average and the software package is fluid and has a few useful customisations. However, the cameras are average, performance is sub-par, and the display is nothing to write home about.

- Shobhit Varma, Gadgets 360
Android Guys
Android Guys

For less than $200 you can now get a solid phone from a respected and trusted brand that’s not only powerful enough for everyday usage, but its batteries ensures 2-3 days usage at a clip. Better yet, it’s unlocked and works with all of the major carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and S...

- Android Guys

Motorola G6 Play is a smart purchase for those looking for a phone that doesn't cost a fortune and which can be used for typical daily activities like chatting, browsing the web and watching videos on YouTube.

- Bogdan Popa, Softpedia
Android Central
Android Central

The Moto G6 Play stands uncontested in battery life, and the ultra-clean Android software is a nice bonus. If you're working with $200, go ahead and pull the trigger on the G6 Play — you won't be disappointed.

- Hayato Huseman, Android Central
Android Headlines
Android Headlines

The Moto G6 Play is a pretty decent smartphone, especially if you factor in the price. Sure, most of us are consumed by the “flagship” smartphones, and always want to compare products to those high-end devices. But that’s simply not fair, seeing as the Moto G6 Play is about a quarter of the price of...

- Alexander Maxham, Android Headlines

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Motorola backs up the Moto G6 Play with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Moto G6 Play has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Motorola Moto G6 Play's screen size is 5.7 inches with 720 x 1440 pixels resolution.

1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8920 Snapdragon 427 Quad core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).


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

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ MP, f/2.0 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 2043 minutes, 900 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Moto G6 Play Specs

Release Date April 19, 2018
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo (Update Available: 9.0 Pie)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8920 Snapdragon 427 Quad core 1.4 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
RAM 2/3 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.20 W/kg
Body: 1.11 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
13+ Megapixels, f/2.0
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Front camera flash
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1440 pixels
Pixel Density 282 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to 874 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 900 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 2043 minutes
Standby Time Up to 30 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Flash Gray, Deep Indigo, Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.54 x 7.22 x 0.91 cm (6.1 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 180 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Additional Information Other Names (AKA): Motorola Moto G6 Forge

Also available in dual SIM variant.

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