Motorola's Moto G6 Plus promises big-screen-quality performance at a fraction of the price of a premium handset.
When does the Moto G6 Plus come out? Announced late April 2018, expected to launch by June 2018
What’s new about the Moto G6 Plus Snapdragon 630, dual cameras, 18:9 display
How much will the Moto G6 Plus cost? Expected to cost around $350-$400
What is the Moto G6 Plus?
Motorola doesn't play in the premium space when it comes to mobile phones. Instead, it concentrates on a range of Moto-branded phones that offer good value at budget- and medium-range price points. Its G-series phones typically fall more towards the budget end of the spectrum, and the Motorola Moto G6 Plus may as well be the "flagship budget" phone, if that definition makes sense to you.
What you get with the Moto G6 Plus is a 5.9-inch display in an 18:9 display ratio (which means it's much taller than it is wide, a common feature of 2018 smartphones) with a pixel count of 1080x2160. Aside from the flip to an 18:9 ratio, the Moto G6 Plus actual design isn't terribly dissimilar to previous generations of Moto G-series phones, with a front-mounted thin fingerprint sensor, distinctive Moto "batwing" logo on the rear and a variety of colours, although it's not clear which colours we'll officially see here in Australia.
Underneath the display you'll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, pretty much the processor of choice right now for mid-range phone handsets. There will be two different RAM variants of the Moto G6 Plus with either 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, or 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM; it's not yet clear which version Australia will get. Either way, microSD card expansion is supported for up to 256GB of additional storage if you feel the need.
The Moto G6 Plus will run on Android 8.0 ("Oreo"), and while it's not an Android One device, Moto is pretty good at delivering updates so Android P feels like a likely upgrade. Like its predecessors, don't expect a bunch of additional apps cluttering up your Moto G6 Plus when you get it, leaving much of the customisation up to you.Back to top
Does the Moto G6 Plus have a good camera?
Dual cameras were at one point the exclusive territory of premium-priced flagship phones, but in recent times we've seen plenty of dual camera options in more affordable models.
The Moto G6 will feature two rear cameras, with one 12MP and one 5MP lens working together. Impressively, the 12MP sensor features an f/1.7 aperture, which should give it solid low-light performance for a device in this price range. Unlike the cheaper Moto G6, the Moto G6 Plus will also be capable of shooting video at 4K where the G6 can only manage HD.
Around the front, you'll find a single 8MP f/2.2 lens for selfie shooting purposes.Back to top
Is the Moto G6 Plus water resistant?
The Moto G6 Plus has no official water-resistance rating, which means that full immersion is very much a bad idea, and quite likely to do the phone serious harm. Most of Moto's previous handsets have been decent at dealing with small splashes of water and rain in very limited quantities, but that's not an open invitation to soak the Moto G6 Plus. It won't end well if you do.Back to top
When will the Moto G6 Plus be available in Australia?
It's a somewhat open question as to precisely when we'll see the Moto G6 Plus in Australia. Motorola launched the Moto G6 family in late April 2018, and Motorola Australia representatives announced that the "Moto G6 family" was on its way to our shores... and so far, that's all we know for sure.
It seems likely in a market where there's intense competition in the mid-range and budget spaces that Moto won't hang about waiting to release the Moto G6 family. What it does leave rather more open is which members of the Moto G6 generation it chooses to launch here. The Moto G6 Plus, as the best of the bunch might seem obvious, but it's also feasible that Moto might jump the other way and opt for the more affordable Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play instead.Back to top
How much will the Moto G6 Plus cost?
Again, with no specific announcements on pricing, it's tough to pinpoint a precise number locally. Based on UK pricing of £269, we'd expect to see the Motorola Moto G6 Plus arrive at somewhere between $350-$400 outright.
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 Plus, you're most likely going to have to buy one outright.Back to top
Moto G6 Plus Specifications
- Product Name
- Moto G6 Plus
- Display Size
- 5.9 inches
- Snapdragon 630
- Operating System
- Android 8.0
- Front camera
- Rear camera
- Dual 12 MP/5MP
- Expected $350-$400
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