Late last week, AndroidHeadlines provided comprehensive details on Motorola’s upcoming Moto G6 smartphone. Now, the same level of information is available for one of the sibling devices expected to launch with the standard Moto G6. This is the Moto G6 Play. Some of the specs on this device leaked over the weekend and AndroidHeadlines is able to confirm most of the information as being correct, as well as padding out those specs and features in more detail, including the phone's processor of choice. As was the case with the previous Moto G6 post, the information detailed here has come from the same reliable source and is based on in-house Motorola documentation seen by AndroidHeadlines. To protect the identity of the source, the documents themselves will not be published.
Display and design
With the Moto G6 Play being a G6 variant, there is significant overlap between the two devices and this is most evident at the display and design level. To briefly recap on the common features between the two models, AndroidHeadlines can confirm the Moto G6 Play will feature an edge-to-edge 5.7-inch “Max Vision” display. Although compared to the standard model, the Play version will come with a downgraded resolution, HD+. The “+” and the seen documentation confirm the use of an 18:9 aspect ratio. The design of the Moto G6 Play is generally in line with the standard model including the same Gorilla Glass 3 protection, as well as the use of P2i nano-coating for a splash-resistant level of protection – neither Moto G6 model will be waterproof. For more detailed information on any of these aspects, as well as the standard Moto G6 model, see here.
Cameras are one of the main areas of difference between the Moto G6 and G6 Play as unlike the standard model, the G6 Play does not feature a dual rear camera setup. Instead, AndroidHeadlines can confirm the Moto G6 Play employs a single 13-megapixel rear camera. In spite of this, Motorola is positioning the G6 Play as a camera-focused smartphone due to the software tweaks and enhancements on offer. Most of these features are again common to both G6 models and include “Quick Capture” to allow the user to very quickly launch the camera, “Best Shot” where the software is primed to take multiple images each time an image is taken with the goal of recommending the best shot to the user. As well as greater granular control of focus, exposure compensation, ISO, shutter speed, and white balance, through the software’s “Manual Mode.” In contrast, the front-facing camera is now confirmed as a 5-megapixel unit which features a “Beautification Mode” to improve the quality of selfies.
Performance, security, and software
Generally speaking, much of the performance software is exactly the same as the standard Moto G6 model, although there does seem to be one interesting difference. While the Moto G6 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, AndroidHeadlines can confirm the Moto G6 Play will be powered by the Snapdragon 427 quad-core SoC (clocked at 1.4 GHz) along with an Adreno 308 GPU. Otherwise, users of either model can expect a very similar software experience, including access to the same suite of exclusive Moto-branded features, free FM radio access, Dolby Audio support, and the same fingerprint experience – including Moto Key support. Again, for more details on any of these points, see here.
Overall, battery life is going to be the clear defining difference between the standard model and the Play version, and the aspect Motorola will likely mostly focus on when marketing the Play model. In terms of straight numbers, AndroidHeadlines can confirm the Moto G6 Play will arrive with a 4,000 mAh battery compared to the standard Moto G6's 3,000 mAh battery. Motorola will state the battery capacity of the G6 Play will allow the phone to stay powered for “up to 36 hours.” The Moto G6 Play will also support the company's TurboPower charging solution. When coupled with the included 10-watt charger, the Moto G6 Play will be able to receive “hours of power” in a matter of minutes.
To briefly recap in a more condensed manner, the Moto G6 Play will feature a 5.7-inch “Max Vision” display along with an 18:9 aspect ratio resulting in an HD+ resolution. The Moto G6 Play will come powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 quad-core SoC, a 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a splash-resistant level of protection (not waterproof), and a 4,000 mAh TurboPower-supported battery.