Lenovo, the owner of the Moto brand, has just announced its latest midrange and low-tier mid-range devices, the Moto G6 and Moto E5 series. The Moto G6 Plus and Moto E5 will not be coming to the USA. In fact, in terms of its specification and capabilities, the Moto G6 Plus is more a match for the Sony XA2 and XA2 Ultra handsets than the Moto G6.
Pricing for all devices in the USA stays under $250, starting with the Moto G6.
Amazon also listed the "Moto G6 32GB model" on its Canada and USA sites last week.
It's still Full HD+ and IPS LCD so you really won't notice a big difference. The rear panel is made of curved-edged Gorilla Glass. The phone is a bit thick, but that's because it holds a massive battery. This edge to edge screen comes wit 18:9 aspect ratio. The G6 still represents great value when you look at it compared to last year's model.
Both the G6 Plus and G6 have a luxurious feel that I did not expect from phones at this price. Meanwhile, the G6 Play comes with a single 12MP shooter.
The design flourishes don't end there.
Otherwise, there's nothing especially remarkable about the camera setup. The dual lenses sit centrally behind a large glass circle with an etched outline.
The G6 camera supports portrait mode with a selective blur that can be intensified and added to the front or background even after a photo's been shot. It's hard to believe you can get quality like this for so little money.
Design-wise, all feature a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that is cleverly embedded into the "batwing" logo. Let us know in comments!
In the United Kingdom the E5 release date is set for June and the handset will be available from a number of retailers including Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone, Amazon and Argos.
Despite costing £220, this is a phone that much more closely resembles a flagship device than bargain-bucket handset. The G6 is also the only one with USB Type-C, where the others use micro-USB.
This worked well in my initial attempts.
All the three devices come with a water-repellent nanocoating, though no IP rating has been provided by Motorola. I couldn't check this in the brightly lit testing location, but images looked detailed and in sharp focus on first inspection.
There's also the £169 G6 Play and £219 regular G6 but you might well want to pay the extra dosh for the Plus. The camera on the E5 Plus seems impressive. It can also recognise objects.
The Moto G6 Plus can also shoot 4K video - a step up on the 1080p limit of the Moto G6. As for optics, there is a 13-megapixels with PDAF and LED flash while at the front, there is a 5-megapixels with selfie flash.
Officially priced at €299 ($370), this is obviously the most powerful of the six mobile devices released today, packing a Snapdragon 630 processor and up to 6GB RAM. Apps open instantly and the camera is fast and responsive to commands, just the way it should be. Mated to the chipset is a 2GB of RAM module and 16GB of storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB with a microSD card.
There's NFC for quick pairing, as well as Android Pay. The battery is pegged at 3,000 mAh, and deep indigo, black, blush, and silver are your choice of colors. The standard E5 will fit the bill for the widest number of people considering it's cheaper, easier to handle because of its smaller screen, and still has a huge battery. That doesn't mean you can go scuba diving with it, but it might save it from an accidental spillage.
One last thing to note is that, while the G6 Plus isn't officially water-resistant, it has been treated with a hydrophobic nano-coating. The on-sale date is now TBC.