Hands-on with the Moto G6 Play
The Moto G6 Play is the child of Motorola’s brand-new vary of price range smartphones. That’s to not say it’s smaller in measurement, simply that it packs barely fewer options and fewer highly effective parts than its siblings, the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus. Crucially, it additionally comes with the bottom price ticket at simply £169.
The first Moto G did for affordable Android telephones what the Nexus 7 did for low-quality Android tablets. It made them out of date. It was the one selection if you happen to wished an excellent smartphone expertise for lower than £150. It compelled each different producer to step up – or go dwelling.
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Since then Motorola has step by step improved the Moto G, and the vary now seems to serve what most people want, even when it isn’t what they most need. It’s the place the good cash is spent.
Motorola’s G sequence of telephones have at all times provided unbelievable worth for cash, and on first impressions nothing has modified – you may’t get higher bang in your buck.
Being the entry-level mannequin means the Moto G6 Play doesn’t include as many bells and whistles because the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus. There’s no facial recognition or twin cameras, for instance. And as an alternative of the metal-over-plastic design of the G5, Motorola has opted for a extra trustworthy polymer (plastic, to you and me) rear. Nevertheless, it feels good.
The Moto G6 Play has its personal social gathering piece, although. It has a large 4000mAh battery that Motorola claims can present as much as 32 hours of combined use on a single cost. A battery of that measurement together with a low-powered processor means the G6 Play ought to supply stellar battery life.
Moto G6 Play – Design and display screen
The Moto G6 Play comes with a brand new 18:9 display screen, which implies it feels completely different to earlier fashions. It’s a bit of taller and narrower than the G5, however comes with a a lot bigger 5.7-inch display screen. That makes it nice for watching films and TV on the go, whereas nonetheless being an excellent measurement for slipping right into a pocket.
The IPS display screen is vivid and punchy. It’s a disgrace it’s a slight downgrade from final 12 months’s Full HD 5-inch display screen, however it isn’t too noticeable. It nonetheless qualifies for what Apple dubs ‘Retina’ high quality, which implies you may’t spot pixels from regular viewing distances.
The speaker can also be a lot loud for video calling, and since it’s now situated on the entrance, isn’t simply muffled when held.
For a telephone that prices lower than £200 the Moto G6 Play feels strong, if not luxurious. The body is steel and the bezel skinny. It doesn’t have an edge-to-edge show, however it isn’t far off. The again is now manufactured from plastic quite than the metallic fashion of the earlier mannequin. It’s nonetheless straightforward to grip and cozy within the hand due to some ergonomic curves.
Weighing in at 175g means it additionally has some heft. That’s 30g greater than the G5, however not a lot that it turns into tiresome to make use of one-handed. What it does imply is that this appears like a way more costly telephone than it’s.
The Play may not have the premium really feel of the glass-backed G6 and G6 Plus, however if you happen to’re apprehensive about having two glass surfaces to by accident smash then it’s the extra smart possibility.
One factor I do want on the cheaper G6 Play is the situation of the fingerprint sensor. It’s positioned in a dimple on the rear of the telephone, precisely the place your index finger would possibly relaxation. It’s a doddle to make use of and I discover it extra helpful than the sensors on the entrance of different telephones.
The Moto G6 Play will are available in two colors when it’s launched. These are the blinging “Fine Gold” and the a lot darker “Deep Indigo”.
Moto G6 Play – Camera
The G6 Play comes with 13-megapixel rear-facing digicam with an f/2.zero aperture and phase-detection autofocus. If that sounds acquainted then it’s as a result of these specs are an identical to those on final 12 months’s G5 digicam.
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As the telephone I examined was nonetheless a pre-production mannequin, a number of the digicam software program wasn’t completed. However, it’s prone to match the Moto G5 and which means nice pictures in good lighting and uninspiring ones in low-light.
The front-facing digicam has had a carry. This is now eight megapixels and comes with a front-facing LED flash for selfies at the hours of darkness. It additionally has a “beautification” mode, if what you’re actually after is the smooth-all-over look of Action Man or Barbie.
Moto G6 Play – Specs
The Moto G6 Play comes with the identical processor as final 12 months’s G5, however that shouldn’t be a trigger for concern. I discovered the Play to be and responsive, simply because the G5 nonetheless is.
The Snapdragon 430 comes with a strong Adreno 505 graphics chip, which means you’ll be capable to play most high-powered 3D video games with out noticing many jitters or dropped frames.
The G6 Play now comes with 3GB of RAM as commonplace, which ought to preserve issues operating extra easily in comparison with the 2GB on the entry-level G5. It additionally comes with higher storage as commonplace, 32GB up from 16GB. Of course, there’s additionally the choice of a microSD card to bump up storage additional, if you happen to so select.
One of the largest advantages of shopping for a Moto G is that it runs inventory Android, with just some bells and whistles added to sure apps such because the digicam one. Google’s Android simply retains getting slicker and it’s hardly ever an enchancment when producers add their very own layer on high.
It additionally means the Moto G6 Play ought to obtain Android updates extra shortly than different telephones – and that may solely be an excellent factor.
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Many mobiles have jumped onto the USB-C bandwagon, however the Moto G6 Play isn’t one in all them. It nonetheless makes use of a micro-USB port for charging and knowledge switch. However, you do get a TurboPower charger included for quick charging, one thing Apple doesn’t embody with its £1000 iPhone X. According to Motorola you may get six hours of use from a fast 15-minute blast.
If you want the thought of USB-C then you may go for the Moto G6 or G6 Plus. These include the reversible connector, amongst a number of different upgrades.
Happily, all three telephones include NFC for straightforward pairing and Android Pay, in addition to a three.5mm headphone jack that’s missing from so many flagships. There’s additionally Bluetooth four.2 if you happen to want utilizing wi-fi headphones.
What you don’t get with these dearer telephones is a the large 4000mAh battery. If battery life is one in all your major issues then the Moto G6 Play ought to be a really tempting proposition certainly.
Moto G6 Play – Price and launch date
The Moto G6 play will price simply £169 SIM-free. The on-sale date remains to be TBC.
The likes of Honor and Xiomi have made the price range cell area way more aggressive, however the Moto G6 Play stays one in all most full telephones you may choose up for lower than £200. All indicators level to the G6 Play being an excellent price range telephone from Motorola. Our full evaluate can be coming quickly.