Motorola was one of the first brands to trigger the epic price war that has taken place in the Indian smartphone market in recent years. The popular early generations of the Moto G-series and Moto E-series regularly found places on our lists of the cheapest smartphones, and their clean Android software without bloating or spam also earned them fans. Recently, Xiaomi, Realme, Honor, and other brands have largely stolen the lead in offering the best features and specifications to cost-conscious buyers. Motorola is now back with a new competitor, the Moto E6 Plus.
The Moto E6 Plus was presented at the press conference of the parent company Lenovo at the IFA in Berlin and underlines the brand's commitment to the European market. It is not certain whether this model will come to India, but if it does, it will have to fight very hard to be popular at a price of 139 euros (around 11,000 rupees). We were able to spend a little time with this smartphone at IFA 2019, and here are our first impressions.
First, the device feels very slim and light. Even with a 3000 mAh battery and a 6.1-inch screen, this phone only weighs 149 g and is 8.6 mm thin. It showed up in four color variations: Bright Cherry, Polished Graphite, Rich Cranberry and Caribbean Blue. The first two are solid color with glossy surfaces, while the second two are tinted slightly black in the middle to achieve a two-tone look.
On the front is a 6.1-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of HD + 720×1560 pixels. The screen quality seemed good enough to us in the harsh lighting conditions of the event and show area, but we have to wait until we can test the Moto E6 Plus to really see how well the screen works in all conditions.
The processor is the entry-level MediaTek Helio P22, and the RAM options are 2 GB and 4 GB. The storage capacity is either 32 GB or 64 GB, depending on which versions Motorola offers in the individual countries. However, microSD cards up to 512 GB are supported. There is a fingerprint reader on the back. Face detection is also available.
Motorola points out that the Moto E6 Plus has two rear view cameras, which actually doesn't really matter anymore in the low-cost segment. Predictably, the 13-megapixel 1: 2.0 main camera is connected to a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels.
We were surprised at how smeared and slippery the units we were able to use after launch. Granted, they were just being handled by a lot of eager conference participants, but the effect was far worse than we are used to and seems to indicate that this will be a problem for the owners. We hope that a plastic case will be included in the sales packaging.
The back of the Moto E6 Plus is removable, which was a surprise for us. The battery is replaceable and both single SIM and double SIM options are offered in different countries. Not surprisingly, the micro USB port on the bottom.
The overall performance seemed okay to us in our short time with the Moto E6 Plus, and we had no problems navigating the Android interface. It remains to be seen how well it will handle common apps and games. We also need to thoroughly test the cameras when this phone is launched in India and we have the ability to review it.
The announced European prices for the Moto E6 Plus seem a little too high to be extremely successful in India. Even so, this phone could be suitable for users with simple needs who don't want to deal with complicated devices, and it could also serve as a solid second phone.
You can get more information about the Moto E6 Plus when the company announces anything. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360.