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Motorola Moto G6 Play Smartphone Review

Mike Wobker, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Tanja Hinum (translated by Martin Jungowski), 06/05/2018

Big battery at a good price. Motorola's latest iteration of its G-series includes the mid-range Moto G6 Play smartphone at a price of around $200. With its 13 MP camera and its Snapdragon SoC it seems to be positioned fairly competitively. Let us find out how well it did in our test.

Shortly after introducing a special edition of its Moto G5 dubbed Moto G5s in late 2017, Motorola has proceeded to introduce its 6th generation Moto G series. In addition to the Moto G6, which can be considered the series’ standard vanilla model, the other two variants are the better equipped Moto G6 Plus and the more affordable Moto G6 Play. Today, we are reviewing the latter. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 with integrated Adreno 505 GPU, and at a price of slightly over $200 comes with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of eMMC flash storage. It runs the most current version of Android, 8.0 Oreo.

As we know competition in this segment is more than fierce, and the Moto G6 Play faces a large number of worthy competitors. For the sake of our review, we have limited ourselves to a selection of similarly performing devices, among others the BQ Aquaris VS, the Nokia 6 (2018), and the Honor 6A. For the sake of better comparability, we have also included the Moto G5s in our comparison group.

Motorola Moto G6 Play (Moto G6 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
5.7 inch 2:1, 1440 x 720 pixel 282 PPI, Capacitive, IPS, Moto Display, night display, attentive display, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 26 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm , Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: fingerprint reader, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM (850/900/1,800/1,900 MHz) UMTS (850/900/1,900/2,100 MHz) 4G LTE (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 38, 40), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9 x 154.4 x 72.2 ( = 0.35 x 6.08 x 2.84 in)
Battery
4000 mAh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 32 h
Operating System
Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix f/2.0, 1.12µm
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 1 front-facing speaker, Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, USB power supply, MicroUSB cable, SIM ejection tool, 24 Months Warranty, SAR (head): 0.657 W/kg, SAR (body): 1,423 W/kg, fanless
Weight
175 g ( = 6.17 oz / 0.39 pounds), Power Supply: 40 g ( = 1.41 oz / 0.09 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The Moto G6 has already made it abundantly clear that Motorola has bid the old aluminum design farewell and is following the current trend in case design: glass. Looking at the specifications we find that the Moto G6 Play is made of a so-called polymer glass that feels suspiciously like acrylic in our hands. The fingerprint reader is located at the back, as is the rather simple 13 MP camera supported by an LED flash. The edges at the sides are somewhat sharp and very noticeable all around the phone.

The physical buttons are located at the right-hand side, and both the volume rocker and the power button sit firm and tight. On the other hand, the SIM/SD tray on the left-hand side seems to have a little bit of play and wobble when fully inserted into the slot. The G6 Play is available in Indigo Deep (a deep Blue) and Silver.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

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The mid-range smartphone Moto G6 Play is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 430 with integrated Adreno 505 GPU and equipped with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space. Like the standard Moto G6, the G6 Play can take up to two SIM cards and a microSD card simultaneously. A 3.5 mm headphone jack to connect to external audio equipment is available, and the phone is charged or connected to a computer via a MicroUSB port at the bottom. Unfortunately, the port only supports USB 2.0.

Software

Running a slightly modified version of Android 8.0 Oreo with security patches as of March 2018, the G6 Play features just a few additions to vanilla Android. Among others, there are preloaded apps for LinkedIn and Outlook, an app for help and support, and the Moto app. The latter is required for configuring various aspects of the phone. It supports multiple user accounts that can be configured in the menu, and microSD storage can be formatted as internal storage and thus used for storing apps.

Communication and GPS

With support for GSM, 3G and 4G/LTE networks, the G6 Play offers a wide variety of connectivity options. Unfortunately, LTE support is restricted to Cat. 4, which means that its downstream and upstream transfer rates are limited to 150 and 50 Mbps, respectively. In addition, the G6 Play also supports NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, and Wi-Fi.

The latter is limited to 802.11 b/g/n networks, and accordingly the G6 Play did not do very well in our Wi-Fi tests. In fact, it boasted the lowest Wi-Fi speeds in our test group. In everyday use, this became most noticeable when downloading large files; however, browsing the web with the G6 Play remained very fast and snappy.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
289 MBit/s ∼100% +547%
BQ Aquaris VS
Adreno 505, 430, 64 GB eMMC Flash
280 MBit/s ∼97% +526%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=279)
199 MBit/s ∼69% +345%
Motorola Moto G5s
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
121 MBit/s ∼42% +171%
Honor 6A
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
52.9 MBit/s ∼18% +18%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
44.7 MBit/s ∼15%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Nokia 6 2018
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
345 MBit/s ∼100% +637%
BQ Aquaris VS
Adreno 505, 430, 64 GB eMMC Flash
230 MBit/s ∼67% +391%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=279)
195 MBit/s ∼57% +317%
Motorola Moto G5s
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
111 MBit/s ∼32% +137%
Honor 6A
Adreno 505, 430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
51.2 MBit/s ∼15% +9%
Motorola Moto G6 Play
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
46.8 MBit/s ∼14%
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors
GPS test indoors
GPS test indoors

Using the GPS-Test app we determine GPS accuracy. Outdoors, our position accuracy was 3 m (~10 ft) - a very respectable result. Unsurprisingly, indoor accuracy was much worse but at 12 m (~39 ft) still somewhat decent.

During our standard outdoor bicycle GPS test the Moto G6 Play turned out to be even more accurate than the Garmin Edge 500 reference GPS. At low speeds it even managed to accurately record the tiniest of movements, for example, when stopped at a red light. Twists and turns as well as changing to the other side of the road were recorded reliably and accurately.

Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Motorola Moto G6 Play
Motorola Moto G6 Play
Motorola Moto G6 Play
Motorola Moto G6 Play
Motorola Moto G6 Play
Motorola Moto G6 Play

Telephony and Call Quality

Motorola has opted for Google’s default telephone app thanks to which we had no trouble making or receiving phone calls. Both sides were easily understandable during a phone call.

Using its internal speaker the G6 Play supports making a phone call using the speaker phone. This, too, resulted in clearly understood conversational partners on both sides of the line. Unfortunately, high frequencies quickly led to distortions on our side of the call. Maximum volume was high enough to drown out ambient noise.

Cameras

Front-facing camera
Front-facing camera

The Moto G6 Play’s main camera is a rather simple 13 MP shooter featuring an f/2.0 aperture and an LED flash. The front-facing camera houses an 8 MP sensor instead. Using the selfie cam we were able to take decent shots in daylight.

The main camera, on the other hand, turned out to be a tad too dark. In addition, photos were slightly out of focus towards the edges. In bright daylight and decent lighting conditions the camera took decent photos rich in detail as long as they remained in focus. Under poor lighting conditions we found the outlines of objects to be somewhat blurred, and details suffered noticeably in darker areas of the photo.

The camera app features a professional mode, allowing for individual manual adjustments for subject, white balance, exposure, ISO, and brightness. The video feature lacks detailed adjustment, but offers a decent image stabilization instead.

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.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
ColorChecker Passport
ColorChecker Passport

Using the ColorChecker Passport we have determined how well and accurate the Moto G6 Play’s camera recorded colors through its lenses. Generally speaking, colors were slightly overexposed while grays and blacks were underexposed.

Under normalized lighting conditions, the G6 Play took a very detailed and accurate photo of our test chart that looked somewhat pale on the bottom left and right corner. Nevertheless, it accurately captured even fine lines and details.

Accessories and Warranty

The box includes a protective case made out of silicone rubber, a charger, and a MicroUSB cable. Additional model-specific accessories are not available.

European devices come with a 24-month limited warranty. US customers are once again disadvantaged and only get a 12-month limited warranty instead. Optional warranty extensions referred to as motocare are available through Motorola’s website.

Input Devices and Handling

The G6 Play’s default keyboard is Google’s GBoard, which worked as well as expected. The touchscreen felt very responsive and fast, and acknowledged every input with a short vibration which some users might find to be too deep and full. The phone supports multitouch gestures.

Unlocking the phone can be achieved in various ways. For one, the phone offers a fast and reliable fingerprint reader at the back. Other ways include voice recognition and face detection, both of which were significantly slower than the fingerprint reader though. Subjectively speaking, they seemed to be a bit too slow for comfortable and quick everyday use.

Display

Subpixel geometry
Subpixel geometry

Featuring a 1440x720 IPS display the G6 Play’s display resolution is lower than the Moto G5s's or the Nokia 6 (2018)’s. However, the display was very bright and managed to outperform the other displays in our test group specification-wise.

555
cd/m²
609
cd/m²
592
cd/m²
583
cd/m²
614
cd/m²
607
cd/m²
570
cd/m²
609
cd/m²
601
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 614 cd/m² Average: 593.3 cd/m² Minimum: 4.11 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 614 cd/m²
Contrast: 2117:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.9 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 5.5 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
95.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.32
Motorola Moto G6 Play
IPS, 1440x720, 5.7
BQ Aquaris VS
IPS, 1280x720, 5.2
Nokia 6 2018
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Honor 6A
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Motorola Moto G5s
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
Screen
-21%
-36%
-8%
-11%
Brightness middle
614
535
-13%
417
-32%
480
-22%
490
-20%
Brightness
593
544
-8%
421
-29%
462
-22%
502
-15%
Brightness Distribution
90
88
-2%
88
-2%
94
4%
92
2%
Black Level *
0.29
0.61
-110%
0.61
-110%
0.43
-48%
0.43
-48%
Contrast
2117
877
-59%
684
-68%
1116
-47%
1140
-46%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.9
5.3
10%
6.1
-3%
5.2
12%
5.7
3%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.6
11.1
-16%
11.2
-17%
8
17%
7.8
19%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.5
4
27%
7.1
-29%
3.1
44%
4.7
15%
Gamma
2.32 95%
1.95 113%
2.16 102%
2.4 92%
2.4 92%
CCT
7822 83%
6800 96%
8362 78%
6688 97%
7526 86%

* ... smaller is better

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 detected 2404 Hz ≤ 6 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 2404 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 6 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 2404 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8677 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

According to our measurements, it boasted a very high contrast ratio of 2,117:1 and a very low black level of just 0.23 nits. As a result colors pop and are clearly distinguishable, and our subjective impressions further confirmed our measurements. Blacks were very deep and photos looked very crisp and clear despite the display’s comparatively low resolution.

CalMAN - color accuracy (sRGB)
CalMAN - color accuracy (sRGB)
CalMAN - color space (sRGB)
CalMAN - color space (sRGB)
CalMAN - gray scale (sRGB)
CalMAN - gray scale (sRGB)
CalMAN - saturation (sRGB)
CalMAN - saturation (sRGB)

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
21.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8.8 ms rise
↘ 12.4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 22 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
40.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18.8 ms rise
↘ 22 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 48 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41.1 ms).

Thanks to its high brightness of nearly 600 nits the display remained usable in bright daylight. However, its high brightness was somewhat thwarted by the reflective panel; a problem many smartphones suffer from.

Outdoors
Outdoors

Due to its underlying IPS technology the display’s viewing angles were excellent, and screen contents remained readable from all sides, even at the most acute angles as long as one managed to avoid reflections. The G6 Play can thus be used in all positions.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Backlight bleeding
Backlight bleeding

Performance

The Moto G6 Play features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 430 and an integrated Adreno 505 GPU. This combo is roughly two years old at this point, and it can be found in various lower mid-range smartphones. With 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, our review unit was equipped just like most similarly priced smartphones.

In our benchmarks, the G6 Play performed as expected of a smartphone with this particular CPU/GPU combination. In most benchmarks, it was remarkably close to the average of other Snapdragon 430-equipped smartphones. The Nokia 6 performed significantly faster than all of its competitors, but we should also add that it is around $100 more expensive.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
46267 Points ∼63%
BQ Aquaris VS
44022 Points ∼60% -5%
Nokia 6 2018
72580 Points ∼100% +57%
Honor 6A
43936 Points ∼60% -5%
Motorola Moto G5s
46370 Points ∼64% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (42798 - 47066, n=15)
44925 Points ∼62% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (23275 - 250848, n=366)
72912 Points ∼100% +58%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
58511 Points ∼52%
BQ Aquaris VS
56906 Points ∼51% -3%
Nokia 6 2018
90435 Points ∼81% +55%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (44992 - 59990, n=8)
56213 Points ∼50% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (17073 - 348178, n=145)
111758 Points ∼100% +91%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
3624 Points ∼77%
BQ Aquaris VS
3648 Points ∼77% +1%
Nokia 6 2018
4719 Points ∼100% +30%
Honor 6A
3710 Points ∼79% +2%
Motorola Moto G5s
3604 Points ∼76% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (3508 - 3892, n=13)
3699 Points ∼78% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (6998 - 9868, n=233)
4440 Points ∼94% +23%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
4590 Points ∼84%
BQ Aquaris VS
4751 Points ∼87% +4%
Nokia 6 2018
5484 Points ∼100% +19%
Honor 6A
4820 Points ∼88% +5%
Motorola Moto G5s
4669 Points ∼85% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (3347 - 5290, n=15)
4632 Points ∼84% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (4147 - 13211, n=396)
4801 Points ∼88% +5%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
866 Points ∼97%
BQ Aquaris VS
680 Points ∼76% -21%
Nokia 6 2018
895 Points ∼100% +3%
Honor 6A
606 Points ∼68% -30%
Motorola Moto G5s
703 Points ∼79% -19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (10 - 866, n=14)
461 Points ∼52% -47%
Average of class Smartphone (7 - 1731, n=471)
680 Points ∼76% -21%
Graphics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
737 Points ∼45%
BQ Aquaris VS
786 Points ∼48% +7%
Nokia 6 2018
1520 Points ∼94% +106%
Honor 6A
734 Points ∼45% 0%
Motorola Moto G5s
723 Points ∼45% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (715 - 788, n=14)
740 Points ∼46% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (18 - 15875, n=471)
1622 Points ∼100% +120%
Memory (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
741 Points ∼63%
BQ Aquaris VS
773 Points ∼66% +4%
Nokia 6 2018
1161 Points ∼99% +57%
Honor 6A
765 Points ∼65% +3%
Motorola Moto G5s
656 Points ∼56% -11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (530 - 1209, n=14)
771 Points ∼66% +4%
Average of class Smartphone (21 - 4798, n=471)
1171 Points ∼100% +58%
System (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
1531 Points ∼47%
BQ Aquaris VS
1544 Points ∼48% +1%
Nokia 6 2018
3237 Points ∼100% +111%
Honor 6A
1678 Points ∼52% +10%
Motorola Moto G5s
1553 Points ∼48% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (1281 - 2154, n=14)
1714 Points ∼53% +12%
Average of class Smartphone (369 - 12202, n=471)
2367 Points ∼73% +55%
Overall (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
923 Points ∼61%
BQ Aquaris VS
894 Points ∼59% -3%
Nokia 6 2018
1504 Points ∼100% +63%
Honor 6A
870 Points ∼58% -6%
Motorola Moto G5s
848 Points ∼56% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (0 - 1055, n=15)
654 Points ∼43% -29%
Average of class Smartphone (150 - 6097, n=475)
1185 Points ∼79% +28%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
2224 Points ∼53%
BQ Aquaris VS
1808 Points ∼43% -19%
Nokia 6 2018
3690 Points ∼88% +66%
Motorola Moto G5s
1871 Points ∼45% -16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (1731 - 2224, n=10)
2031 Points ∼49% -9%
Average of class Smartphone (836 - 14417, n=170)
4186 Points ∼100% +88%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
2322 Points ∼56%
BQ Aquaris VS
2400 Points ∼58% +3%
Nokia 6 2018
883 Points ∼21% -62%
Honor 6A
2612 Points ∼63% +12%
Motorola Moto G5s
2270 Points ∼55% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (2270 - 2889, n=13)
2575 Points ∼62% +11%
Average of class Smartphone (1099 - 11598, n=220)
4163 Points ∼100% +79%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
643 Points ∼15%
BQ Aquaris VS
657 Points ∼16% +2%
Nokia 6 2018
4210 Points ∼100% +555%
Honor 6A
638 Points ∼15% -1%
Motorola Moto G5s
630 Points ∼15% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (619 - 681, n=13)
654 Points ∼16% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (394 - 4824, n=221)
1229 Points ∼29% +91%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
1259 Points ∼72%
BQ Aquaris VS
1129 Points ∼65% -10%
Nokia 6 2018
1738 Points ∼100% +38%
Honor 6A
1360 Points ∼78% +8%
Motorola Moto G5s
1199 Points ∼69% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (1034 - 1360, n=15)
1192 Points ∼69% -5%
Average of class Smartphone (549 - 4183, n=325)
1588 Points ∼91% +26%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
254 Points ∼23%
BQ Aquaris VS
264 Points ∼23% +4%
Nokia 6 2018
707 Points ∼63% +178%
Honor 6A
271 Points ∼24% +7%
Motorola Moto G5s
243 Points ∼22% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (234 - 271, n=15)
249 Points ∼22% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (69 - 5220, n=325)
1124 Points ∼100% +343%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
309 Points ∼29%
BQ Aquaris VS
318 Points ∼30% +3%
Nokia 6 2018
814 Points ∼76% +163%
Honor 6A
330 Points ∼31% +7%
Motorola Moto G5s
295 Points ∼27% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (284 - 330, n=15)
303 Points ∼28% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (86 - 4734, n=333)
1075 Points ∼100% +248%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
1254 Points ∼72%
BQ Aquaris VS
1145 Points ∼66% -9%
Nokia 6 2018
1733 Points ∼100% +38%
Honor 6A
1339 Points ∼77% +7%
Motorola Moto G5s
1158 Points ∼67% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (1002 - 1339, n=15)
1194 Points ∼69% -5%
Average of class Smartphone (532 - 4150, n=356)
1484 Points ∼86% +18%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
522 Points ∼34%
BQ Aquaris VS
533 Points ∼35% +2%
Nokia 6 2018
1249 Points ∼82% +139%
Honor 6A
507 Points ∼33% -3%
Motorola Moto G5s
483 Points ∼32% -7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (483 - 535, n=15)
508 Points ∼33% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (104 - 8312, n=356)
1527 Points ∼100% +193%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
600 Points ∼45%
BQ Aquaris VS
605 Points ∼45% +1%
Nokia 6 2018
1332 Points ∼100% +122%
Honor 6A
588 Points ∼44% -2%
Motorola Moto G5s
555 Points ∼42% -7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (554 - 613, n=15)
582 Points ∼44% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (127 - 6378, n=364)
1304 Points ∼98% +117%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
9162 Points ∼69%
BQ Aquaris VS
9067 Points ∼69% -1%
Nokia 6 2018
13196 Points ∼100% +44%
Honor 6A
9297 Points ∼70% +1%
Motorola Moto G5s
9045 Points ∼69% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (8864 - 10364, n=14)
9165 Points ∼69% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (7095 - 36762, n=511)
12516 Points ∼95% +37%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
9713 Points ∼52%
BQ Aquaris VS
10271 Points ∼55% +6%
Nokia 6 2018
18572 Points ∼100% +91%
Honor 6A
9663 Points ∼52% -1%
Motorola Moto G5s
9626 Points ∼52% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (9342 - 10271, n=14)
9721 Points ∼52% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2465 - 160199, n=511)
16923 Points ∼91% +74%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
9585 Points ∼56%
BQ Aquaris VS
9977 Points ∼59% +4%
Nokia 6 2018
17030 Points ∼100% +78%
Honor 6A
9579 Points ∼56% 0%
Motorola Moto G5s
9491 Points ∼56% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (9231 - 9977, n=15)
9586 Points ∼56% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2915 - 77599, n=512)
14348 Points ∼84% +50%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
16 fps ∼53%
BQ Aquaris VS
18 fps ∼60% +13%
Nokia 6 2018
30 fps ∼100% +88%
Honor 6A
16 fps ∼53% 0%
Motorola Moto G5s
16 fps ∼53% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (15 - 18, n=15)
16.3 fps ∼54% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 251, n=537)
29.5 fps ∼98% +84%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
26 fps ∼84%
BQ Aquaris VS
21 fps ∼68% -19%
Nokia 6 2018
31 fps ∼100% +19%
Honor 6A
26 fps ∼84% 0%
Motorola Moto G5s
16 fps ∼52% -38%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (14 - 27, n=15)
20.7 fps ∼67% -20%
Average of class Smartphone (6.9 - 120, n=540)
24.2 fps ∼78% -7%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
7.1 fps ∼45%
BQ Aquaris VS
7.7 fps ∼49% +8%
Nokia 6 2018
14 fps ∼89% +97%
Honor 6A
7.1 fps ∼45% 0%
Motorola Moto G5s
7.1 fps ∼45% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (6.7 - 7.7, n=15)
7.15 fps ∼45% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 115, n=459)
15.8 fps ∼100% +123%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
14 fps ∼92%
BQ Aquaris VS
15 fps ∼98% +7%
Nokia 6 2018
15 fps ∼98% +7%
Honor 6A
15 fps ∼98% +7%
Motorola Moto G5s
7.4 fps ∼48% -47%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (6.6 - 15, n=15)
11 fps ∼72% -21%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 115, n=462)
15.3 fps ∼100% +9%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
4.6 fps ∼34%
BQ Aquaris VS
4.9 fps ∼37% +7%
Nokia 6 2018
9.8 fps ∼73% +113%
Honor 6A
4.6 fps ∼34% 0%
Motorola Moto G5s
4.6 fps ∼34% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (2.2 - 4.9, n=15)
4.27 fps ∼32% -7%
Average of class Smartphone (1.3 - 69.3, n=324)
13.4 fps ∼100% +191%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
10 fps ∼75%
BQ Aquaris VS
11 fps ∼83% +10%
Nokia 6 2018
10 fps ∼75% 0%
Honor 6A
11 fps ∼83% +10%
Motorola Moto G5s
5 fps ∼38% -50%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (4.3 - 11, n=15)
7.65 fps ∼58% -23%
Average of class Smartphone (2.6 - 110, n=326)
13.3 fps ∼100% +33%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
2.6 fps ∼28%
BQ Aquaris VS
2.7 fps ∼29% +4%
Nokia 6 2018
5.6 fps ∼60% +115%
Honor 6A
2.5 fps ∼27% -4%
Motorola Moto G5s
2.5 fps ∼27% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (2.4 - 2.7, n=15)
2.54 fps ∼27% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (0.72 - 40, n=254)
9.31 fps ∼100% +258%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G6 Play
5.3 fps ∼63%
BQ Aquaris VS
5.9 fps ∼70% +11%
Nokia 6 2018
5.9 fps ∼70% +11%
Honor 6A
5.6 fps ∼66% +6%
Motorola Moto G5s
2.7 fps ∼32% -49%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (2.4 - 5.9, n=15)
4.09 fps ∼48% -23%
Average of class Smartphone (1.1 - 50, n=257)
8.44 fps ∼100% +59%

Legend

 
Motorola Moto G6 Play Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
BQ Aquaris VS Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Nokia 6 2018 Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Qualcomm Adreno 508, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Honor 6A Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Motorola Moto G5s Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 32 GB eMMC Flash

In the browser benchmarks, the Moto smartphone performed average as well. In Mozilla’s Kraken 1.1 it managed to ever so slightly outperform the entire competition. In everyday use, browsing the web was an enjoyable experience with websites loading quite fast. Pages with media contents seem to benefit from high web browsing performance in particular.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 273, n=394)
35.4 Points ∼100% +95%
Nokia 6 2018 (Browser: Chrome 65)
28.167 Points ∼80% +55%
Honor 6A (Chrome 55.0.2883.91)
21.323 Points ∼60% +18%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (17.6 - 21.5, n=14)
19.3 Points ∼55% +6%
Motorola Moto G5s (Chrome 62)
18.661 Points ∼53% +3%
Motorola Moto G6 Play (Chrome 66)
18.142 Points ∼51%
BQ Aquaris VS (Chrome 65)
18.125 Points ∼51% 0%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 43280, n=530)
5305 Points ∼100% +61%
Nokia 6 2018 (Browser: Chrome 65)
4993 Points ∼94% +51%
Honor 6A (Chrome 55.0.2883.91)
3326 Points ∼63% +1%
BQ Aquaris VS (Chrome 65)
3296 Points ∼62% 0%
Motorola Moto G6 Play (Chrome 66)
3296 Points ∼62%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (2604 - 3438, n=15)
3181 Points ∼60% -3%
Motorola Moto G5s (Chrome 62)
3035 Points ∼57% -8%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Motorola Moto G6 Play (Chrome 66)
13730 ms * ∼100%
BQ Aquaris VS (Chrome 65)
13612 ms * ∼99% +1%
Motorola Moto G5s (Chrome 62)
13057 ms * ∼95% +5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) (10396 - 14709, n=15)
12507 ms * ∼91% +9%
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=549)
11710 ms * ∼85% +15%
Honor 6A (Chrome 55.0.2883.91)
10921.2 ms * ∼80% +20%
Nokia 6 2018 (Browser: Chrome 65)
9922.7 ms * ∼72% +28%

* ... smaller is better

In the storage benchmarks, the G6 Play was the fastest contender in our test group once again, both for internal and microSD storage. The latter was benchmarked using our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference card.

Motorola Moto G6 PlayBQ Aquaris VSNokia 6 2018Honor 6AMotorola Moto G5sAverage 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-13%
-19%
-35%
-16%
-33%
-37%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
60.73 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
59.41 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-2%
61.29 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
1%
63.13 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
4%
62.32 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
3%
46.3 (3.4 - 87.1, n=106)
-24%
44.7 (3.4 - 87.1, n=301)
-26%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
83.23 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
83.32 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
83.42 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
83.87 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
1%
84.11 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
1%
65.5 (8.2 - 96.5, n=106)
-21%
63 (8.2 - 96.5, n=301)
-24%
Random Write 4KB
61.68
6.4
-90%
15.3
-75%
6.94
-89%
46.2
-25%
18.1 (0.75 - 77.3, n=145)
-71%
14.8 (0.14 - 164, n=580)
-76%
Random Read 4KB
65.95
47.2
-28%
38.78
-41%
50.21
-24%
40.6
-38%
35.9 (3.59 - 117, n=145)
-46%
36.4 (1.59 - 173, n=580)
-45%
Sequential Write 256KB
135.82
185.9
37%
118.32
-13%
64.06
-53%
77.5
-43%
93.7 (14.8 - 189, n=145)
-31%
75.8 (2.99 - 242, n=580)
-44%
Sequential Read 256KB
243.67
254.4
4%
272.59
12%
123.57
-49%
259
6%
229 (25.8 - 440, n=145)
-6%
222 (12.1 - 895, n=580)
-9%

Gaming

Thanks to the Qualcomm Adreno 505 GPU, the G6 Play is capable of running most Android games smoothly without much trouble. Some more demanding titles will either incur significant loading times or might require reducing the details. The touchscreen worked very well in our tests, and the gyroscope responded quickly and without any noticeable lag.

Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2
Temple Run 2
Temple Run 2

Emissions

Temperature

The G6 Play only warmed up slightly during regular use. Under load, we found a singular surface hotspot of 36.5 °C (~98 °F). Thus, the device remained cool to the touch. G6 Play users are never going to have to deal with a hot phone.

Max. Load
 36.4 °C
98 F
36.4 °C
98 F
34.2 °C
94 F
 
 36.5 °C
98 F
35.8 °C
96 F
34.6 °C
94 F
 
 35.5 °C
96 F
35.5 °C
96 F
33.7 °C
93 F
 
Maximum: 36.5 °C = 98 F
Average: 35.4 °C = 96 F
31.4 °C
89 F
33.1 °C
92 F
34.9 °C
95 F
31.6 °C
89 F
33.5 °C
92 F
33.9 °C
93 F
30.8 °C
87 F
33 °C
91 F
33.9 °C
93 F
Maximum: 34.9 °C = 95 F
Average: 32.9 °C = 91 F
Power Supply (max.)  27 °C = 81 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-260
Heatmap - top
Heatmap - top
Heatmap - bottom
Heatmap - bottom

Speakers

Pink noise
Pink noise

The Moto G6 Play’s single speaker is decent enough for talking on speaker phone and listening to media content occasionally. That said sound quality actually decreased with increasing volume and eventually started to creak very badly. By and large, the speaker’s frequency spectrum was clearly focussed towards the mids and lower to medium highs. Everything above and below those thresholds turned out very poorly. A 3.5 mm headphone jack to connect to external audio equipment is available. It was very tight and worked without any trouble at all.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.237.72532.937.63137.238.14031.733.35039.633.76328.333.28027.330.910026.929.912526.729.1160243120020.937.725020.946.231519.548.740018.556.350017.559.863017.564.380015.766.2100015.874125016.675160015.875200015.473250015.572.631501675.8400015.876.550001674.1630016.372.5800016.372.11000016.266.71250016.461.91600016.452.7SPL28.685.4N1.160.3median 16.4median 66.2Delta2.11331.637.125.436.725.336.932.929.733.632.331.633.728.427.5272720.825.62226.321.331.520.839.821.24619.45319.559.217.762.217.964.417.86917.370.717.469.316.771.517.27418.274.417.976.717.676.817.77217.870.417.968.718.16818.263.83083.81.355.6median 17.9median 681.312.5hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMotorola Moto G6 PlayHonor 6A
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Motorola Moto G6 Play audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 50% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 38% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 72% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 22% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Honor 6A audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 35.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.2% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 52% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 35% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 73% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 21% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Life

Power Consumption

All things considered power consumption was neither here nor there. Like many other smartphones in its class it turned out to be fairly efficient with its maximum power consumption of 6 W under load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.68 / 1.8 / 1.83 Watt
Load midlight 3.38 / 5.67 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Motorola Moto G6 Play
4000 mAh
BQ Aquaris VS
3100 mAh
Nokia 6 2018
3000 mAh
Honor 6A
3020 mAh
Motorola Moto G5s
3000 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
8%
9%
-40%
-4%
-17%
-11%
Idle Minimum *
0.68
0.61
10%
0.67
1%
1.33
-96%
0.67
1%
0.843 (0.52 - 1.4, n=15)
-24%
0.884 (0.2 - 3.4, n=613)
-30%
Idle Average *
1.8
1.7
6%
1.76
2%
2.53
-41%
1.4
22%
1.96 (1.4 - 4.17, n=15)
-9%
1.725 (0.6 - 6.2, n=612)
4%
Idle Maximum *
1.83
1.71
7%
1.78
3%
2.54
-39%
1.52
17%
2.19 (1.52 - 4.2, n=15)
-20%
1.997 (0.74 - 6.6, n=613)
-9%
Load Average *
3.38
3.02
11%
2.82
17%
3.84
-14%
4.56
-35%
3.98 (2.85 - 7.5, n=15)
-18%
4.03 (0.8 - 10.8, n=607)
-19%
Load Maximum *
5.67
5.31
6%
4.56
20%
6.12
-8%
7.05
-24%
6.51 (4.88 - 13.7, n=15)
-15%
5.7 (1.2 - 14.2, n=607)
-1%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our real-world Wi-Fi test, the Moto G6 Play ran for almost 15 hours straight. In its class and price range, it is thus one of the longest-running contenders and can easily keep up with much more expensive smartphones. Using the included 15-W charger, its 4,000 mAh battery was fully charged from near empty after just shy of two hours.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
14h 47min
Motorola Moto G6 Play
4000 mAh
BQ Aquaris VS
3100 mAh
Nokia 6 2018
3000 mAh
Honor 6A
3020 mAh
Motorola Moto G5s
3000 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
887
681
-23%
942
6%
790
-11%
518
-42%

Pros

+ very long battery life
+ high-contrast display
+ 2 SIM cards plus microSD
+ decent GPS

Cons

- low resolution
- mediocre camera

Verdict

In review: Motorola Moto G6 Play. Review unit courtesy of Motorola Germany.
In review: Motorola Moto G6 Play. Review unit courtesy of Motorola Germany.

No doubt: the G6 Play is a tough contender. It performed admirably in our benchmarks and behaved exactly as we would have expected of a $200 smartphone. In addition, it runs the latest version of Android Oreo, offers very decent battery life stamina, and features a high-contrast display.

The Moto G6 Play is a real killer in the $200 class. Its competitors are certainly going to have a hard time keeping up.

If you opt for the G6 Play you get one of the fastest devices in this price range. Build quality was immaculate, and the G6 Play deserves our full endorsement despite its poor camera and speaker performance.

Motorola Moto G6 Play - 05/29/2018 v6
Mike Wobker

Chassis
89%
Keyboard
69 / 75 → 91%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
38 / 60 → 63%
Weight
90%
Battery
98%
Display
85%
Games Performance
20 / 63 → 31%
Application Performance
42 / 70 → 60%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
68 / 91 → 75%
Camera
63%
Average
73%
83%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2018-06- 5 (Update: 2018-06- 7)