Motorola's affordable Moto G6 combines glass-backed style and a dual-camera array at a very attractive price point.
When does the Moto G6 come out? Announced late April 2018, expected to launch by June 2018
What’s new about the Moto G6 Snapdragon 450, dual cameras, 18:9 display
How much will the Moto G6 cost? Expected to cost around $300-$400
What is the Moto G6?
The successor to 2017's highly-affordable Moto G5, as its name suggests, the Moto G6 takes the essential core design and much of what made the G5 such a solid budget competitor and adds the features we're seeing as standard in 2018 to the mix.
What that means is that it sports an 18:9 aspect ratio display with a 5.7-inch 1080x2160 pixel display, all wrapped in a Corning Gorilla Glass finish to give it more of a premium feel than its price point might suggest. Motorola branding, including the ever-popular batwing design is clearly present, but this is a good-looking phone that will come in Deep Indigo, Blush, Black and Silver finishes. No word yet on which models we'll see in Australia, but the smart money tends to suggest that it's the Black model that ships here.
Beneath the glass you'll find the entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, which marks the Moto G6 out as a competitor in the budget range. That's paired with either 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, or 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
It's not clear which version we'll see locally, although last year's model shipped in lower storage to stores, while Motorola offered the higher-specification variant through its online store only. You can't upgrade the RAM, but the Moto G6 will support microSD card expansion to boost its storage to meet your needs.
The Moto G6 will be an Android 8.0 ("Oreo") device. Motorola doesn't tend to add much in the way of launchers or additional software to its phones and this is not an Android One handset, despite the fact that it was at one time owned by Google.Back to top
Does the Moto G6 have a good camera?
The other distinctly 2018-era feature that the Moto G6 brings to the game is the inclusion of a dual-camera setup, although this isn't the first Motorola phone to have that feature.
The Moto G6 will feature two rear cameras, with one 12MP f/1.8 and one 5MP f/2.2 lens working together. As with many 18:9 phones you can't quite shoot at full resolution if you want to use the whole frame, but within its particular budget space, the Moto G6 appears to be entirely adequate. If selfies are more your style, the front-facing camera is a single 8MP f/2.2 lens.Back to top
Is the Moto G6 water-resistant?
Motorola is yet to release a phone with a specified water-resistance rating, and that trend sadly continues with the Moto G6. It should survive a quick spell of rain or maybe even a splash of fresh water, but any kind of sustained immersion is not advisable.Back to top
When will the Moto G6 be available in Australia?
Motorola Australia has committed to releasing the Moto G6 family locally but without a precise time frame for when it will do so. Internationally, the Moto G6 will go on sale in the UK from early May, so we'd expect to see it launch here sometime in the May-June time frame.Back to top
How much will the Moto G6 cost?
Motorola can of course set its own price, and with no announced time frame there's also no pricing to work from either. What we can work from is the UK pricing, where the baseline Moto G6 costs £219, or £239 for the 4GB/64GB variant. That equates out to around $300-$350, which is what we'd expect Motorola Australia to charge.
Previous entries in the Moto G series haven't been placed with carriers and we expect that to continue, so if you want a Moto G6, you're most likely going to have to buy one outright.Back to top
Moto G6 Specifications
- Product Name
- Moto G6
- Display Size
- 5.7 inches
- Snapdragon 450
- Operating System
- Android 8.0
- Front camera
- Rear camera
- Dual 12 MP/5MP
- 153.8 x 72.3 x 8.3 mm
- Expected $300-$350
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