Motorola will announce updates to its Moto G5s and Moto G5s Plus with three new versions, expected on 19 April. The Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus and Moto G6 Play have some subtle differences, but all should appeal to those in the market for a budget smartphone, an area in which Motorola has long held the crown. We explain what to expect and when from the Moto G6.
Based on the leaked photo, the Moto G6 Play, will have a glass build, reminiscent of last year’s Moto X4. One of the differentiating factors will be the 18:9 display. It is worth mentioning that even if the display is edge-to-edge, the overall design language of the smartphone continues to be the same with the familiar curved edges. It continues to sport a regular fingerprint sensor up front.
The G6 Plus has been spotted on the benchmarking website Geekbench, which suggests that the phone will come with a Snapdragon 660 SoC and 4 GB of RAM. Geekbench also shows the phone running Android 8.0 Oreo. Interestingly, the phone is listed as running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, which is completely at odds with previous reports.
According to a report on GizmoChina, GeekBench has been known to wrongly list the Snapdragon 630 as the 660. Geekbench showed the HTC U11 Life as coming with a Snapdragon 660 whereas it was launched with a Snapdragon 630. The benchmark figures of 866 and 4,123 are also in line with our own Snapdragon 630 benchmark data, indicating that in this case, Geekbench is very likely to be wrong about the 660.
The Moto G6 Plus will be the most expensive among the three phones and is expected to be a larger device with a 5.93-inch full HD+ display. The phone will likely be powered by a more powerful Snapdragon 630 SoC. All three phones are expected to ship with Android Oreo out-of-the-box. Not much else is known about the Plus model as yet. We will know more in the days leading up to the launch event on April 19.