It had been feeling likely that we'd be seeing at least some of this hardware make its debut this week, ahead of possible sales next month, and today we see that confirmation arrive, as Motorola launches the Moto G6, G6 Plus, G6 Play, E5, E5 Plus, and E5 Play. Now, though, it's a big, big deal and the biggest, most impressive of the latest Moto phones is the Moto G6 Plus. All three come with f/1.7 apertures.
The next smartphone in the Moto E5 series is the Moto E5.
Unfortunately, it seems that the Play version will launch only in North America. But this time, there are several changes made and there is a new design language that the company has got. Marketed as "picture ideal in every way", the 5.9-inch G6 Plus pairs a Full HD+ 2:1 "Max Vision" display with dual 12 + 5MP rear-facing cameras for both top-notch content consumption and creation. The Honor 9 Lite, which costs £199, also features an 18:9 aspect ratio. All three models come with 32GB built-in storage as standard, and all come with a microSD slot.
The big deal on the G6 is the camera. Also includes a front-facing 5.0MP camera for self-portraits and video. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel sensor coupled with LED flash.
Compared to the rest, the battery is small at 2,800mAh.
The regular G6 steps up to a Snapdragon 450 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage, or 4GB and 64GB, while a Snapdragon 630 powers the G6 Plus. The phone supports dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, GLONASS and has 3.5mm headphone jack. To Motorola's credit, however, the G6 Plus definitely doesn't feel like a $200 phone - it's wrapped in a glossy non-Gorilla glass and has a reassuring heft to it.
Following the current trend, the Moto G6 has an 18:9 screen ratio, and that means the screen is taller and narrower than before. A Snapdragon 435 processor is the chipset of choice. There's also a dual-tone dual-LED flash on the back.
The 8MP front camera has "live filters" that put amusing glasses and such on your face, if you're into that. Micro-USB sits at the bottom of the G5, but this has been upgraded to USB-C on the G6. The definition is however lower than the other two devices, and the fingerprint reader for this model is located on the back. Packed with features and premium functionality, the new moto g and moto e families are designed with the consumer in mind, offering exceptional value.
The Play, meanwhile, drops down to a Snapdragon 427 with an Adreno 308 and 2GB or 3GB RAM. Don't fret about free space too much, though: you can add microSD cards as large as 128GB.
The higher-end Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus feature a dual-sensor, 12 MP and 5 MP camera setup around the back, while the Moto G6 Play sticks with a single 13 MP snapper.
It can also handle video at up to 4K rather than 1080p. The battery size is 3,200 mAh, and deep indigo and nimbus are the colors here. The phone has a rear mounted fingerprint scanner for secure access.
Your fingerprint keeps your phone secureSwipe your finger on the backside sensor panel to unlock your phone.