It’s about that time of the year that Motorola fans are looking forward to the launch of the new Moto G series.
Unlike in 2016 where the Moto G lineup had three handsets: Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 Play, the 2017 release had only two options to choose from: Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. However, Lenovo made up for this by following up the pair with two more releases: the Moto G5S and G5S Plus. In 2018, Lenovo is once again expected to shake things up a little bit by presenting fans of the budget-friendly series with more options to choose from.
Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know (including rumors, leaks and speculations) about the upcoming Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus.
Moto G6 and G6 Plus design and display
Many described the Moto G5 Plus as easily the best budget smartphone of the year 2017. It was the same in 2016 with respect to the Moto G4 Plus and expectations are that the Moto G6 Plus will pick up from where its predecessor left off and give the masses another master class.
Well, it appears Lenovorola isn’t ready to disappoint at all. Leaked images of the Moto G6 and G6 Plus do suggest that the two phones will be undergoing massive design and display changes in line with the latest trends. The screen of the G6 will be taller than the G5 and G5S and even though the fingerprint scanner will keep its place on the front panel, it’ll be narrower. The “moto” text that appears below the earpiece on the Moto G5S will find a new home just above the fingerprint scanner on the G6, but it’ll be written in full – motorola.
As opposed to previous cases, the Moto G6 seems to be joining the 18:9 design camp, but the weird-looking camera design on the back will be retained. The phone will also come with a dual-lens camera, a step up from the single-lens setups used on previous Moto G handsets (Moto G5S Plus had a dual-lens camera). The usual logo will keep its place on the back, just below the camera, but it appears to have no dimple.
There isn’t much difference between the design of the Moto G6 and the G6 Plus. As usual, the major differences will be in terms of screen size and internal specs, where the latter will be getting a bigger 5.93-inch full HD+ display screen compared to the slightly smaller 5.7-inch panel on the former. Since the standard G6 will keep the same full HD+ resolution, it’ll be a little crispier than its bigger counterpart.
Moto G6 and G6 Plus specs and features
The standard Moto G5S comes with a Snapdragon 430 SoC running the show alongside 3GB of RAM. In terms of storage, the G5S has 32GB, expandable via a microSD card of up to 256GB. The Moto G6 is expected to pick up from there by coming in with a more powerful Snapdragon 450 paired with two memory options: 3GB RAM and 32GB storage or 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Of course, there will be room to expand using a microSD card.
As mentioned earlier, the Moto G6 will join the Moto G5S Plus in rocking a dual-lens camera on the back – 12MP+5MP. As for the selfie, you’ll get a huge 16MP sensor accompanied by a LED flash. Keeping the G6 alive will be a 3000mAh battery unit, the same unit that powers the G5S and for the OS, you can expect Android Oreo to run the show out of the box.
Similarly, the Moto G6 Plus will also get an upgrade over the Moto G5S Plus. There will be a new Snapdragon 630 processor running the show, up from Snapdragon 625. While the G5S Plus also came with 3GB and 4GB RAM options, the G6 Plus will reportedly add a third variant with a whopping 6GB RAM. Interestingly, there will only be two storage options of 32GB and 64GB.
Like the standard G6, the G6 Plus will also get a dual 12MP+5MP camera on the back, but of course, it should be a better performer than the G6. You can almost certainly expect to see the same 16MP selfie camera on the front of the G6 Plus, but the battery will be a bit bigger at 3200mAh, something that might not be taken well. You’ll be happy to learn that Lenovorola will finally give the Moto G6 and G6 Plus the latest USB-C standard, although the 3.5mm audio jack will still be there. The G6 Plus will also come with Oreo out of the box.
Update [February 15, 2018]: Fresh reports have surfaced online giving us a few more details of the Moto G6 and G6 Plus. Apparently, the former will rock a 3000mAh battery unit and the latter will bring you a slightly bigger 3250mAh unit, just like it had been rumored before.
The new report has also been accompanied by some images of the pair, which you can check out below.
We know that the Moto G6 and G6 Plus will come preinstalled with Android 8.0 Oreo, but according to this report, those in China will get a ZUK-skinned version as the rest of the world gets stock Oreo.
Moto G6 and G6 Plus prices and release date
We do know that the Moto G6 and G6 Plus will be released this 2018, however, we still have no precise dates. Previously, Lenovorola has used the MWC show to unveil the Moto G series and if the latest rumors are to be believed, the G6 and G6 Plus will be unveiled at this year’s event to be held beginning February 26th.
As for the prices, the Moto G6, which will be sold in Black, Rose Gold and Silver (not their final names), will reportedly start at about $240. The Moto G6 Plus, on the other hand, will be sold in Nimbus (Silver), Deep Indigo (Black) and Dark Lake (Dark Teal) (official names) priced at about $330. From the look of things, it appears that the Moto G series will once again steal the show this 2018, just like it did in 2016 and 2017.
Update [February 15, 2018]: If the latest leaks are to be believed, the Moto G6 will be launched in India priced at INR 15,000 while the Moto G6 Plus will be valued at INR 17,000. These price tags translate to about $235 and $265, respectively.
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