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Motorola Moto E6i smartphone review - Discreet and affordable Moto phone

Compact copy. We reviewed Motorola's Moto E6s a good year ago, and this year's Moto E6i looks like a 1:1 copy, albeit with a slightly more modern SoC. Is the smartphone in the 100-euro class now outdated or worth buying?
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Motorola Moto E6i (Moto E Series)
Processor
UNISOC SC9863A 8 x 1.6 GHz, Cortex-A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
6.10 inch 20:9, 1560 x 720 pixel 282 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 24 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 256 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.2, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.5 x 155.6 x 73 ( = 0.33 x 6.13 x 2.87 in)
Battery
3000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix f/​2.2, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, depth of field (Camera 2)
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/​2.2, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, Ladegerät, USB-Kabel, SIM-Tool, 24 Months Warranty, FM radio, notification LED (front), fanless
Weight
160 g ( = 5.64 oz / 0.35 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
90 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Rating Version
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Price from
73 %7
05/2021
Motorola Moto E6i
SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322
160 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.10"1560x720
75 %7
05/2020
Motorola Moto E6s
Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320
160 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.10"1560x720
76 %7
12/2020
Nokia 3.4
SD 460, Adreno 610
180 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.39"1560x720
75 %7
04/2021
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320
194 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.53"1600x720

Case, features and operation - Handy smartphone

The dimensions and weight of Motorola's Moto E6i actually correspond exactly to those of the Moto E6s from last year. Thus, the smartphone is again handy and light, and it is especially better suited for smaller hands than some current smartphones. The casing looks a bit simpler than in the Moto E6s. There is no longer a color gradient, but a discreet matte back in gray or rosé

In contrast to the predecessor, you also have to live with a somewhat weaker chassis this time: Pressure quickly gets through to the screen. The overall quality impression is only average, but OK for the price range.

Once again, you have to make do with Wi-Fi 4, but that is not unusual for a phone for less than 100 Euros. At the same time, the Moto E6i proves to be slightly faster overall in our Wi-Fi test with the reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12, but still in the lower range of the comparison devices with only acceptable speeds.

NFC is not available, so users who want to use mobile payment services will have to invest more money in their smartphone. The storage capacity is scarce, but on par with the class.

A fingerprint sensor is found on the back, which unlocks the screen quite reliably after a short delay. The user will have to cope with minor stutters in everyday use.

Motorola Moto E6i
Motorola Moto E6i
Motorola Moto E6i
Motorola Moto E6i
Motorola Moto E6i

Size comparison

165 mm / 6.5 inch 77 mm / 3.03 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 194 g0.4277 lbs161 mm / 6.34 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 8.7 mm / 0.3425 inch 180 g0.3968 lbs155.6 mm / 6.13 inch 73 mm / 2.87 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 160 g0.3527 lbs155.6 mm / 6.13 inch 73 mm / 2.87 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 160 g0.3527 lbs
Cross Platform Disk Test
Sequential read
Motorola Moto E6i
 
73.4 (56.3min, 59.135P1 - 79max) MB/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (35.4 - 88.4, n=45, last 2 years)
71.8 MB/s ∼98% -2%
Sequential write
Average of class Smartphone
  (12.3 - 52.3, n=45, last 2 years)
33.4 MB/s ∼100% 0%
Motorola Moto E6i
 
33.3 (22.2min, 23.375P1 - 38.5max) MB/s ∼100%
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Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Motorola Moto E6i GE8322 / IMG8322, SC9863A, 32 GB eMMC Flash; Sequential write: Ø33.3 (22.2-38.5)
Motorola Moto E6i GE8322 / IMG8322, SC9863A, 32 GB eMMC Flash; Sequential read: Ø73.4 (56.3-79)
Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Nokia 3.4
802.11 b/g/n
122 (69min - 147max) MBit/s ∼100% +282%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
802.11 b/g/n
46.4 (21min - 78max) MBit/s ∼38% +45%
Motorola Moto E6s
802.11 b/g/n
35.4 (5min - 57max) MBit/s ∼29% +11%
Motorola Moto E6i
802.11 b/g/n
31.9 (16min - 48max) MBit/s ∼26%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Nokia 3.4
802.11 b/g/n
113 (75min - 143max) MBit/s ∼100% +119%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
802.11 b/g/n
52.6 (24min - 74max) MBit/s ∼47% +2%
Motorola Moto E6i
802.11 b/g/n
51.6 (21min - 56max) MBit/s ∼46%
Motorola Moto E6s
802.11 b/g/n
43 (26min - 61max) MBit/s ∼38% -17%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø51.2 (21-56)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø32 (16-48)

Cameras - No real dual cam

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

Nothing has changed in the cameras compared to last year's model: There are still two lenses at the back. However, only one of them can be used for taking pictures, the other one only provides supporting data. Thus, you cannot speak of a real dual camera.

The 13-megapixel camera is still usable for snapshots, but it takes somewhat washed-out and pale photos. Details often lack sharpness. In low light and high contrasts, it would need more brightening, but the results are also OK here if you do not have too high demands.

In the lab pictures, the test chart shows little contrast and is also a bit pale. At 1 lux illuminance, almost nothing is recognizable in the pictures.

The front-facing camera has a resolution of 5 megapixels. Again, you should not have too high demands, but the selfies are usable in bright light.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Hauptkamera BlumeHauptkamera UmgebungHauptkamera Low Light
ColorChecker
7.9 ∆E
9 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
8 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
8 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
1.7 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Moto E6i: 6.56 ∆E min: 1.69 - max: 10.28 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
55.1 ∆E
39.8 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
45.6 ∆E
62.4 ∆E
53.3 ∆E
35.7 ∆E
44.2 ∆E
29 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
64.1 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
47.2 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
76.4 ∆E
44.6 ∆E
42 ∆E
90.9 ∆E
70.6 ∆E
52 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Moto E6i: 46.88 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 90.93 ∆E

Display - Darker than the predecessor

Subpixel recording
Subpixel recording

Resolution and aspect ratio are the same as last year's model, but the IPS screen does not show as bright this time. With 336 cd/m² on average, it is on a low level, even for the price range. The brightness distribution is also relatively uneven.

The contrast ratio and thus the luminosity of the colors on the screen also suffer from the low brightness.

There is a clear color cast in grayscale, colors are displayed reasonably accurately.

363
cd/m²
336
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
348
cd/m²
346
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
350
cd/m²
347
cd/m²
304
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 363 cd/m² Average: 335.7 cd/m² Minimum: 3.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 346 cd/m²
Contrast: 865:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.65 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 6 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
94.7% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.192
Motorola Moto E6i
IPS, 1560x720, 6.10
Motorola Moto E6s
IPS, 1560x720, 6.10
Nokia 3.4
IPS, 1560x720, 6.39
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
IPS LCD , 1600x720, 6.53
Response Times
17%
24%
9%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
60 (35, 25)
64 (31, 33)
-7%
46 (25, 21)
23%
55 (31, 24)
8%
Response Time Black / White *
40 (19, 21)
24 (3, 21)
40%
30 (13, 17)
25%
36 (19, 17)
10%
PWM Frequency
961.5 (20)
Screen
34%
10%
2%
Brightness middle
346
488
41%
440
27%
374
8%
Brightness
336
481
43%
417
24%
345
3%
Brightness Distribution
84
95
13%
91
8%
85
1%
Black Level *
0.4
0.25
37%
0.4
-0%
0.46
-15%
Contrast
865
1952
126%
1100
27%
813
-6%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.65
5.02
-8%
4.77
-3%
3.86
17%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.43
8.99
-7%
8.85
-5%
8.07
4%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6
4.4
27%
5.7
5%
5.7
5%
Gamma
2.192 100%
2.252 98%
2.156 102%
2.307 95%
CCT
8306 78%
7841 83%
7660 85%
6932 94%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
26% / 31%
17% / 13%
6% / 4%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
40 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 97 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (23.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
60 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 35 ms rise
↘ 25 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 95 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (37.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 15345 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.


CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - new SoC? Well...

The Unisoc SC9863A is an SoC that is also already 3 years old, but it is an improvement compared to the Moto E6s in that it is based on more modern Cortex-A55 cores. At the same time, however, the clock speed is significantly lower than that of the Moto E6i predecessor

How does this affect the performance? The Moto E6i is actually slower than its predecessor and all other comparison devices in our benchmarks. These are obviously not good conditions, even though the differences are rarely noticeable in everyday use

You do not have to deal with excessive casing temperatures in the Moto E6i even under load. The smartphone always stays warm to the touch

The mono speaker sounds quite similar to that of the Moto E6sbut there are even fewer low mids this time and the trebles are strongly emphasized. The sound is best at medium volume. If you connect headphones or speakers via 3.5 mm jack or Bluetooth, the sound is clean.

Of course, it is difficult to accommodate a large battery in a compact smartphone. Nevertheless, the Moto E6i achieves decent runtimes of almost 13:38 hours with its 3000 mAhbattery, which should easily be enough for a day of somewhat intensive use. The 5-watt charger takes its time to recharge the battery, and there is no quick-charge function.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E6i
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
127 Points ∼22%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
247 Points ∼43% +94%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
132 Points ∼23% +4%
Average UNISOC SC9863A
  (127 - 152, n=4)
139 Points ∼24% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1604, n=246, last 2 years)
578 Points ∼100% +355%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E6i
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
476 Points ∼24%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
1170 Points ∼59% +146%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
466 Points ∼24% -2%
Average UNISOC SC9863A
  (472 - 848, n=4)
645 Points ∼33% +36%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4455, n=246, last 2 years)
1981 Points ∼100% +316%
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E6i
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
4416 Points ∼56%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
5197 Points ∼66% +18%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
5591 Points ∼71% +27%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
4974 Points ∼63% +13%
Average UNISOC SC9863A
  (4389 - 4694, n=6)
4560 Points ∼58% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15299, n=260, last 2 years)
7923 Points ∼100% +79%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E6i
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
735 Points ∼18%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
810 Points ∼20% +10%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
1425 Points ∼34% +94%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
808 Points ∼20% +10%
Average UNISOC SC9863A
  (699 - 766, n=6)
732 Points ∼18% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=279, last 2 years)
4140 Points ∼100% +463%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E6i
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
671 Points ∼13%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
742 Points ∼14% +11%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
1301 Points ∼25% +94%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
774 Points ∼15% +15%
Average UNISOC SC9863A
  (629 - 681, n=6)
655 Points ∼12% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 22052, n=279, last 2 years)
5241 Points ∼100% +681%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E6i
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
1107 Points ∼37%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1189 Points ∼40% +7%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
2135 Points ∼72% +93%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
987 Points ∼33% -11%
Average UNISOC SC9863A
  (1107 - 1407, n=6)
1257 Points ∼42% +14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5784, n=277, last 2 years)
2983 Points ∼100% +169%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E6i
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
5.9 fps ∼26%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
6.7 fps ∼29% +14%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
11 fps ∼48% +86%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
7.9 fps ∼34% +34%
Average UNISOC SC9863A
  (3 - 6.2, n=6)
4.98 fps ∼22% -16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=283, last 2 years)
22.9 fps ∼100% +288%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E6i
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
3.3 fps ∼13%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
3.8 fps ∼14% +15%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
6.1 fps ∼23% +85%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
3.6 fps ∼14% +9%
Average UNISOC SC9863A
  (3.2 - 3.3, n=6)
3.25 fps ∼12% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.95 - 257, n=282, last 2 years)
26.4 fps ∼100% +700%
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E6i
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
3.6 fps ∼24%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
4.2 fps ∼28% +17%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
6.8 fps ∼45% +89%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
4.6 fps ∼30% +28%
Average UNISOC SC9863A
  (1.9 - 3.8, n=6)
3.07 fps ∼20% -15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 60, n=283, last 2 years)
15.1 fps ∼100% +319%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto E6i
UNISOC SC9863A, GE8322 / IMG8322, 2048
1.2 fps ∼12%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1.4 fps ∼14% +17%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
2 fps ∼19% +67%
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
Mediatek Helio G25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1.4 fps ∼14% +17%
Average UNISOC SC9863A
  (1.1 - 1.2, n=5)
1.18 fps ∼11% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.35 - 101, n=283, last 2 years)
10.3 fps ∼100% +758%
Motorola Moto E6iMotorola Moto E6sNokia 3.4Xiaomi Redmi 9ATAverage 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
117%
293%
157%
97%
787%
Sequential Read 256KB
98.4
275
179%
301.9
207%
266.42
171%
240 (25.8 - 452, n=227)
144%
781 (41.9 - 2037, n=291, last 2 years)
694%
Sequential Write 256KB
90.9
103.5
14%
221.6
144%
84.23
-7%
97.9 (14.8 - 189, n=227)
8%
347 (11.9 - 1321, n=291, last 2 years)
282%
Random Read 4KB
35.7
69.4
94%
123.1
245%
46.49
30%
42 (3.59 - 117, n=227)
18%
139 (13.5 - 325, n=291, last 2 years)
289%
Random Write 4KB
6.3
17.7
181%
42.5
575%
33.53
432%
20 (0.75 - 89.5, n=227)
217%
125 (5.2 - 330, n=291, last 2 years)
1884%

Temperature

Max. Load
 39.9 °C
104 F
37.6 °C
100 F
35.7 °C
96 F
 
 39.8 °C
104 F
37 °C
99 F
36.6 °C
98 F
 
 39.8 °C
104 F
37.5 °C
100 F
36.4 °C
98 F
 
Maximum: 39.9 °C = 104 F
Average: 37.8 °C = 100 F
34.2 °C
94 F
37 °C
99 F
39.9 °C
104 F
35 °C
95 F
36.9 °C
98 F
39.9 °C
104 F
36 °C
97 F
37.1 °C
99 F
39.6 °C
103 F
Maximum: 39.9 °C = 104 F
Average: 37.3 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.6 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.8 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.9 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.4 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 39.9 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.3 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap back side
Heatmap back side
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front

Loudspeaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.439.52534.4293126.628.44030.9305032.436.46322.225.88014.419.710019.920.712512.413.516011.118.42007.125.62508.834.13157.143.14007.250.85006.857.66307.86280013.471.7100015.272.912501069.716009.167.620009.366.225001063.931501162.5400011.856.7500012.364.163001372.4800013.679.31000014.5751250015.359.51600016.153SPL23.982.6N0.549.1median 11.1median 62Delta2.412.632.437.43536.527.128.62633.530.437.325.232.322.725.725.525.220.126.419.230.517.835.717.841.116.145.616.652.715.96214.364.214.770.214.874.814.373.714.167.816.367.414.468.113.865.513.956.614.264.114.569.614.676.51574.515.360.615.761.271.226.982.325.60.950.7median 15median 64.11.611.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMotorola Moto E6iMotorola Moto E6s
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Motorola Moto E6i audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 36.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (28.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 80% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 13% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 87% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 9% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Motorola Moto E6s audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 57% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 33% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 73% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 20% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Motorola Moto E6i
3000 mAh
Motorola Moto E6s
3000 mAh
Nokia 3.4
4000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 9AT
5000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
818
806
-1%
843
3%
1145
40%
899 (425 - 2000, n=295, last 2 years)
10%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
13h 38min

Pros

+ decent runtimes
+ compact format
+ passable camera
+ hardly any heating

Cons

- less performance than the predecessor
- slow loading
- dark screen
- pressure sensitive case
- slow memory
- wobbly USB port

Verdict - Hardly any improvement, even regression

In the review: Motorola Moto E6i.
In the review: Motorola Moto E6i.

Already last year, the inexpensive and compact Moto E6s was a solid, very affordable smartphone if you like your phone compact. The Motorola Moto E6i manages that again as its successor, but there are some differences because of which you should carefully consider whether the supposedly older model might not even make more sense for you:

For example, the screen of this year's model is darker than that of the predecessor, the back and build quality look a bit plainer, and you even have to accept performance losses despite the supposedly somewhat more modern SoC. Sure, these are minimal and probably hardly noticeable in everyday use, but it is still a bad sign for a successor if it is slower than the previous year's model.

The Moto E6i is a solid, inexpensive phone that primarily convinces with its compact dimensions.

Unfortunately, the Moto E6s is hardly available anymore and also 10 Euros more expensive than its successor, but there are also alternatives from other manufacturers. How does the Moto E6i fare here? It is on class level in most areas, but it can hardly stand out. At the same time, there are few truly compact and lightweight smartphones, so the Moto E6i is worth a look if that is what you are looking for.

Price and availability

The Motorola Moto E6i is available at the time of testing from the manufacturer itself and at some online retailers. Prices start at around 90 Euros, with Amazon (US) currently paying 144.99 Dollars.

Motorola Moto E6i - 05/24/2021 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
74%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
33 / 70 → 47%
Weight
91%
Battery
90%
Display
81%
Games Performance
5 / 64 → 8%
Application Performance
46 / 86 → 54%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
66 / 90 → 74%
Camera
40%
Average
67%
73%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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