|Launch Date||June 5, 2018 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v8.0 (Oreo)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Colours||Indigo Black, Fine Gold|
|Screen Size||5.7 inches (14.48 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||720 x 1440 pixels|
|Pixel Density||282 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||75.21 %|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 MSM8937|
|Processor||Octa core, 1.4 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Internal Memory||32 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||8 MP Front Camera|
|Image Resolution||4128 x 3096 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus|
|Video Recording||1920x1080 @ 30 fps|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||Rear|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope|
The Moto G6 Play from the house of Motorola is a good smartphone but it is surely not the best in class. We get a modern design but it does have some large bezels on top and bottom. Also, there is no notch display. The Max Vision display is good but we do not get Full HD+ resolution. The overall performance is good, battery life is superb and we also get fast charging support. The cameras are decent but it lacks dual rear cameras. The interface is very smooth and it will get major OS updates in the future. We also get water-repellent nano-coating feature. So the Moto G6 Play is a good purchase in this segment. In case you want to check out the competition, then have a look at the Honor 9N, Redmi Note 5 Pro and Realme 2.
In June 2018, Motorola had launched the successor of 2016’s Moto G4 Play, the Moto G6 Play. It is the latest budget smartphone in the ‘Moto G series’ which had launched along with the Moto G6. The G6 Play has a modern design with Max Vision display along with decent hardware. It lacks dual rear cameras but it offers water-repellent nano-coating, which is missing in all other budget smartphones except other Moto phones. So let us check out the Moto G6 Play review in order to find out if you should invest in this smartphone or not. However, do have a closer look at the specifications of the mobile below.
The Moto G6 Play is powered by a Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB). The phone sports a 5.7-inch HD+ display and runs on Android 8.0 Oreo OS out of the box. In the camera department, we get a 13 megapixel primary rear camera and a 8 megapixel selfie shooter. There is Dual SIM connectivity along with 4G VoLTE support. Others include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE and GPS. In the sensor department, we get an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and ambient light sensor. Under the hood, there is a 4000mAh non-removable battery with Turbo Charge support.
The Moto G6 Play is completely made up of metal and glass. The build quality is excellent and the overall quality is very premium. It has a modern design but we get large chin on both top and bottom. It does not have the lightest body (175 grams) as it packs in a massive battery but the weight is evenly distributed and thus the phone can be used for longer duration without feeling any pain in the hands. The credit goes to Motorola for maintaining a good build quality. Since the Moto G6 Play is not the most compact, you might face difficulties in using it with one hand. In case you have large hands, then you can use it with one hand. The phone has slight round edges and the back cover has a glossy finish.
On the front, we get a 5.7-inch display along with the selfie camera, LED flash, earpiece/loudspeaker and couple of sensors. There are on-screen buttons for navigation. Below the display, we get a Motorola branding on the chin. The volume rocker and power/lock buttons are placed on the right side while the left side has the tray for SIM and microSD cards. The microUSB port and primary microphone sits at the bottom while the secondary microphone and 3.5mm audio jack are at the top. Turning towards the back side, we get the primary camera along with the LED flash inside a circular enclosure. The Moto branding is found below the camera, which also houses the fingerprint sensor. The back cover is non-removable but a 4000mAh battery sits underneath. Overall, the Moto G6 Play has a stylish design and capable hardware.
The Moto G6 Play features a 5.7-inch IPS display, which comes with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels (HD+). It is a modern Max Vision display with 18:9 aspect ratio but the resolution is on the lower side as we get Full HD+ displays in this segment. However, the quality of the panel is top-notch and the color reproduction is very good. The brightness level and contrast ratio are good as well. The viewing angles and sunlight legibility are quite decent. The brightness automatically gets adjusted as we get an ambient light sensor. We do not get any branded protection on top of the display but it is not flimsy. It is good for content consumption.
The touch response of the Moto G6 Play is very smooth and fluid because of the overall display quality and lag-free stock Android OS. Overall, the Moto G6 Play has a good display but the resolution could have been better.
The Moto G6 Play is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor clocked at 1.4GHz and 3GB RAM. It is not the best chipset in this price range but it can easily perform the basic day-to-day tasks without any hiccups. The 3GB RAM provides a good multitasking experience and it can also handle most of the apps and games. You can easily open more than four apps simultaneously without any lag. In general, the interface is also lag free for most of the times since it is a Motorola device and we mostly get a stock Android experience. In terms of gaming, you can play most of the games without any lag but the high-end games can be played only in medium settings. The Moto G6 Play has 32GB of internal storage, out of which you will get around 25GB of free space. Although, if you want more storage, you can get that by inserting a microSD card (up to 128GB). The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back and the Moto logo is also embedded on top of it. The sensor works quickly and accurately. Talking about connectivity, there is 4G VoLTE support. It is a Dual SIM phone (nano) and both the slots support 4G VoLTE. We also get a dedicated microSD card slot. The battery capacity of the Moto G6 Play is 4000mAh, which is obviously on the higher side and hence you will get around one and half days of battery life with moderate usage and two days of battery life with normal usage. Also, there is Rapid Charge support and the phone comes with a 10W Rapid Charger.
Overall, the Moto G6 Play is an all-rounder and performs well in most areas.
The Moto G6 Play rocks a 13 megapixel primary rear camera. In terms of picture quality, the color saturation was on point and we also got some details in the images that were shot in bright outdoor conditions. However, in low light conditions, the photos were filled with a bit of noise. So we would suggest you to use the LED flash in low light conditions or just shoot with ambient lighting. The sensors do take a little bit of time in focusing on subjects but once they lock in, the photos come out very well. Macro shots were quite good while HDR clicks were probably the best of the lot. Now coming to the selfie camera, we get a 8 megapixel selfie shooter on the front. It is good enough for clicking regular selfies. We also get a LED flash on the front.
The camera app of the Moto G6 Play comes with a simple and easy to use interface. There are a lot of shooting modes in the stock camera app and it works pretty well. Hence, you do not need any other camera app for optimal performance. The primary shooter can record Full HD videos and the quality is decent. Overall, the Moto G6 Play boasts of decent cameras but it lacks dual rear cameras.
The speaker of the Moto G6 Play is located at the top inside the earpiece. It is a front-ported speaker, which is very audible and the sound quality is great. The audio does not distort at high volume. Since the speaker is not placed at the back or at the bottom, there is no audio blockage while playing games or videos. It also has Dolby audio support. Google Play Music app is the stock music player for the Moto G6 Play and hence most of the features are available but if you have any personal favorite music app, you can download and use that as well.
The Moto G6 Play can play both Full HD and 4K videos smoothly because of the capable processor and display. For the best video watching experience, just download a third-party app such as MX Player or you can even use the default player. However, do use a good pair of earphones for the best possible audio experience. Overall, the Moto G6 Play offers one of the best audio and video experiences in this segment.
The Moto G6 Play smartphone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo OS out of the box and is expected to get updated to Android 9.0 OS in the future. In terms of software, it is one of the best budget smartphones for sure as we get a near stock Android experience. The UI does not show any lag or frame drops in general day-to-day usage, however it might lag a little during hardcore gaming or running high-end apps. There are a couple of pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily uninstall them if you do not want to use them. In case you are not a fan of stock Android, you can easily install third-party themes of your preference.
Overall, the Moto G6 Play is one of the best budget smartphones in this segment when it comes to UI, simply because it is very close to stock Android and it will get major OS updates in the future.