Moto G6 vs. Moto G5: Is it time to crown a new budget king?

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The range of economic Kings of Motorola has a new model with the arrival of Moto G6 smartphone. But how does the new model compare with the last great delivery of the Moto G line, the Moto G5? Although the Moto G5 was never officially launched in the United States, it was still a massive success around the world. With the new G6 on the wings, how do the two compare? We take a look to discover it.


Moto G6 Moto G5
Size 153.8 x 72.3 x 8.3 mm (6.01 x 2.85 x 0.33 inches) 144.3 x 73 x 9.5 mm (5.68 x 2.87 x 0.37 inches)
Weight 167 grams (5.89 ounces) 145 grams (5.11 ounces)
Screen size 5.7-inch IPS LCD 5.0-inch IPS LCD
Resolution of screen 2160 x 1080 pixels (424 pixels per inch) 1920 x 1080 pixels (441 pixels per inch)
Operating system Android 8.0 Oreo Android 7.0 Nougat (Android 8.0 Update) Planned Oreo)
Storage space 16 GB, 32 GB
MicroSD card slot Yes, up to 128 GB Yes, up to 128 GB
Tap-to-pay services [19659028] No No
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
RAM 3GB, 4GB [1 9659009] 2GB, 3GB
Camera Double lens 12MP and 5MP rear, 8MP front 13MP rear, 5MP front
Video 1080p at 60 fps, slow motion video 1080p a 30 fps
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.2
Ports 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB-C 3.5 mm headphone jack, Micro USB [19659010] Fingerprint Sensor Yes Yes
Water Resistance No No
Battery 3,000mAh 2,800mAh
App marketplace Google Play Store Google Play Store
Network support All major operators All major operators
Colors Black, Deep Indigo ] Lunar Gray, Fine Gold, Sapphire Blue
Price $ 250 $ 200
Buy in Motorola Motorola, Amazon
Score Hands on [19659009] News

Performance, battery life and charge

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We did not review the Moto G5, due to the aforementioned fault of a launch in the United States, but the G-range has generally brought a pretty fast performance for a budget phone. We were impressed with the latest release, the Moto G5S Plus. While it certainly does not present a performance at the flagship level, the Snapdragon 430 on the Moto G5 is reliable and responsive. The Moto G6 is packing the most powerful Snapdragon 450, and offers the option of more RAM, which will give the G6 an advantage in multitasking.

The G6 also has a battery larger than the G5, reaching 3,000mAh from the G5 2,800mAh. Wireless charging is a no-go, but that's not unexpected in a budget phone. Charging speeds are also faster on the G6 thanks to the USB-C port that allows Motorola TurboPower charging to reach 15W. The Moto G5 can still be charged quickly at 10 W, enough for six hours of charging in just 15 minutes, as long as you use the right charger.

The Moto G6 is a direct improvement in all aspects. The newest model is the clear winner here.

Winner: Moto G6

Design and durability

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We had some criticisms about the appearance of the Moto G5 Plus when it was first launched, and those reviews also apply to the smaller G5. The thick bevels and rounded style make the G5 look like a much older phone, and while we do not expect the levels of supercars to be attractive on our cheap phones, we do expect a high level of style in 2018. Fortunately, this seems to have been rectified with the Moto G6. The G6 has an increasingly common 18: 9 aspect ratio, and although the phone is not really without a bezel, the frames are much smaller and retain a style that is very MotoG and still modern. You will also find the fingerprint sensor in front of both phones.

As you would expect for a budget phone, none have significant water resistance, with a "water repellent" coating that is the only real protection against liquids. . In terms of physical durability, it is more of a shock. The Moto G5 is covered in a very weak metal, and it is debatable whether that metal will have a better quality than the glass on the back of the G6. Glass is prone to breaking, but that risk can be hampered by a good case.

We are still affected by the problem of durability, but we think it is clear that the Moto G6 is by far the most attractive phone here. The G6 takes it.

Winner: Moto G6


  Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus Our first shot

Both phones incorporate IPS LCD screens with Full HD 1080p screens, and are colorful , sharp and good enough for an economical phone. Outside of that, there is little more in common with these two phones. The 5.7-inch screen of the Moto G6 covers significantly more of the front of the phone than the 5-inch screen of the G5, while the aspect ratio of the G6 18: 9 also gives it a longer screen. On screens, bigger is often better, and although the G6's screen is not as sharp as the G5's (due to the greater coverage and similar resolution), it's not a big enough difference to be seen with the naked eye . 19659079] The Moto G6 gives you a bigger screen that is oh-so 2018, and wins this category.

Winner: Moto G6


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Cameras on budget phones have greatly improved over the course from last year. Since the beginning of 2017, we have seen more and more frequent double-lens cameras, even in lower-priced phones, and the Moto G6 continues this trend with 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel lenses on the back, and a considerable size of 8- megapixel trigger in the front. We'll have to see how it works when we have it in our hands, but even if it's as good as the G5S Plus camera, we're pretty sure it will be better than the only 13-megapixel trigger on the G5.

In terms of video, the Moto G6 has uploaded a G5 with 1080p recordings at 60 frames per second. The G5 can only manage 30 fps with the same resolution. There is also support for slow motion recording on the G6 and a time lapse function.

Although we have not spent much time with the Moto G6 camera, we are reasonably sure that it will turn out to be the superior of the two.

Winner: Moto G6

Software and updates

  Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus Our first take

Motorola is known for sending their phones with an Android version reasonably close to the stock, and there is no difference here in that sense. However, you will find an updated version of Android 8.0 Oreo on the Moto G6, while the Moto G5 is currently stuck on the old Android 7.0 Nougat. Although an update is planned for the G5, there are still no signs of it.

In the future, Motorola has declared that the G6 will receive an update of Android P and up to two years of upgrade support, since the G5 is now available. In the middle of its update life, it is unlikely that there will be similar support.

Although there is nothing wrong with the Android version of the G5, the G6 has all the latest features and is more likely to be compatible for longer. The Moto G6 wins here.

Winner: Moto G6

Special features

  moto g6 hands in 11
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Since both phones are close to the stock of Android You may think that there will not be many special features added by Motorola. But you would be wrong. Functions such as Moto Actions allow you to use physical gestures with your phone to open specific applications, such as turning your wrist to open the camera, while Moto Voice allows you to access some phone features or open applications with the phrase "Show me".

These features have been pretty standard on most of the latest Motorola phones, and at this time we are not aware of any additional features that can separate them. This is a draw.

Winner: Tie


Both phones are inexpensive beasts with a lot to offer. The Moto G6 will be available in May, with prices starting at $ 250. The Moto G5 was not officially launched in the US. UU., But that does not mean you can not buy an international variant of Amazon, and the current price is $ 160. That is a real bargain for such a good phone.

Winner: Moto G5

Overall winner: Moto G6

We would really have been questioning Motorola if this had been the other way around. While the Moto G5 is still a great economical phone with a lot to offer, it is really outgrown and eclipsed by the improved design and the insides of the Moto G6. The newest phone is the clear winner in this fight, and we are waiting more impatiently with the Moto G6 to discover exactly what it is capable of.

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