By | July 23, 2018

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Motorola US was the first company to offer a mobile phone to the world way back in 1973. But long time since that, the company faced so many push-backs on their way to the present situation. The one and only handset that saved them from sinking was Moto G in 2013. Since then, the company had never turned back and in fact it became the most selling smartphone in numbers for the succeeding years. Solid build quality, good battery life, capable internals, etc. were their USPs. Some of them had dust and water resistance (OMG) that too in a budget segment (Sony was the first to offer those, but 3 times pricier!). Story has changed a lot, in fact, Motorola is in the hands of Lenovo now and things are looking not so good for the MOTOs… What’s really happening Moto? Are you allergic to mid-range processors or Lenovo simply making you that? Seriously, Moto G Series 2018 makes me laugh! Don’t you see Asus, Xiaomi, Honor and all keeps on kicking in with those upper mid-range processors in the budget segments? It’s time for you to think more seriously about if it’s good to incorporate low-end processors in your phones with a higher price tag. Let’s see what you have done in 2018 with your Moto G Series.

 

Moto G Series 2018

 

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Moto G6 Play

Of course there is no argument in the build quality of Moto G6 Play. But the real problem is with the internals and the touchscreen (its a tad slow). The SoC used is snapdragon 430 octacore chipset clocked at 1.4GHz. That chipset is, no doubt, an able performer but when it comes to pricing, OMG, it’s around 12K for that low-end processor, 3GB 32GB version. It could have been a no-brainer if the pricing was around 9K or lower. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 with SD 625, fingerprint scanner, 4000mAh battery, etc. was priced at 10K for the 3GB variant. Apart from the new trendy look and glossy finish, there is nothing outstanding about this device. If there were no other choices, we could have recommended it. But now for the time being, you are out of this league – Moto G6 Play.

Moto G Series 2018 - Moto G6 Play

Specifications:

Display: 5.7-inch (18:9 ratio)
Processor: SnapDragon 430, 1.4GHz octa-core
Rear Camera: 13-megapixel
Front Camera: 8-megapixel
Resolution: 720×1440 pixels
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
RAM: 3GB
Storage: 32GB
Battery Capacity: 4000mAh
Price: 11,999 INR

Moto G6

Come come Moto G6, let’s go party – let’s all welcome the second charming boy of the series, the Moto G6. The same scenario as the Moto G6 Play continues here. What’s going on, really… A few gimmicks here and there with display and build quality is not an ordinary customer wants, Moto (Lenovo in fact). Actually it’s the processor I am talking about, i.e. Snapdragon 450 inside this boy which is priced at 16K for the 4GB, 64GB version (And the face unlock feature is really horrible!). That too when Xiaomi, Nokia, Asus, etc. are offering high-end Snapdragon 600 series chipset with breath-taking performance and splendid battery life in this price range. Surely Moto G6, 2018 is not yours anymore. It would’ve been a different story if both of these used another chipset, say Mediatek’s P25 for Moto G6 play and all new Mediatek P60 for the Moto G6. But, now there’s no turning back for the two and that’s unfortunate for them in this year.

Moto G Series 2018 - Moto G6

Specifications:

Display: 5.7-inch (18:9 ratio)
Processor: SnapDragon 450, 1.8GHz octa-core
Rear Camera: 12-megapixel dual camera
Front Camera: 16-megapixel
Resolution: Full HD
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
RAM: 4 GB
Storage: 64 GB
Battery Capacity: 3000mAh
Price: 15,999 INR

Moto G6 Plus

At last, some relief as far as specifications are concerned but then about the price factor, I am embarrassed. A 5.9′ FHD display with dual camera set up and Snapdragon 630 inside the Moto G6 plus is really worth around between 15K to 17K but actually it would be priced above 20K as per the reports. If that’s so, I will recommend everyone to blindly pick up Nokia 7 Plus which is built like a tank (both internals and externals), and it has been proven to be solid competitor within the 30K price range. There’s no point in choosing Moto G6 Plus over Redmi Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max pro M1, Nokia 6.1, or even last year’s Moto G5s Plus which was a splendid phone in the segment.

Specifications:

Display: 5.9-inch (18:9 ratio)
Processor: SnapDragon 630, 2.2 GHz octa-core
Rear Camera: 12 + 5 -megapixel dual camera
Front Camera: 8-megapixel
Resolution: FHD
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Battery Capacity: 3200mAh
Price: 22,000 INR (expected price)

So, that’s all for Moto G series this year. And while Moto Z3 play is on its way to the brotherhood, I am not excited much by seeing the specs of its lil’ bros. Anyway let’s hope Moto G series in the coming year will be another story and Lenovo will rectify all these flaws in the future for the G series of Moto. Now it’s time for me to go guys, and this is your Arjun Sankar signing out. Ba-bye.

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