The Moto G6 is the company's latest in its wildly popular line of low-cost phones, modernizing the brand with 2018 design traits and refreshed internals. Last year's Moto X4 has seen a number of price drops in the last year, though, to the point you can get it for even cheaper than the G6. So what's a better use of your money; last year's mid-range, or this year's budget option?
The Moto X4 is still a great phone
The Moto X4 is over a year old now, but its specs still hold up well against the Moto G6. It's got a few advantages; the Snapdragon 630 is a bit more powerful than the 450 (you'll find the same Snapdragon 630 in the higher end Moto G6 Plus, and the Moto X4 is IP67-certified for water and dust resistance, whereas the Moto G6 simply features splash resistance. In addition, certain variants of the Moto X4 ship with 6GB of RAM, while the Moto G6 maxes out at 4.
Depending on where your Moto X4 came from, the software may be more up to date than that of the Moto G6, as well. Most Moto X4 units run Android 8.1 Oreo with some slight Motorola customizations, but users in India are starting to see an over-the-air update to Android 9 Pie. The Moto G6, on the other hand, isn't expected to receive Pie until early 2019, with Android 8.0 installed in the meantime.
The Moto X4 also benefits from better cameras. Though both features dual lenses, the Moto G6's secondary sensor is simply for measuring depth for Motorola's selective focus features, which most won't find terribly useful. On the other hand, the Moto X4's secondary lens allows for wide-angle photography, unlocking much more creative potential. The Moto X4 also captures video at up to 4K at 30fps — the Moto G6 maxes out at 1080p.
|Moto X4||Moto G6|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo (9 Pie on Indian models)||Android 8.0 Oreo|
|Display||5.2-inch IPS LCD
1920 x 1080, 424PPI
|5.7-inch 18:9 IPS LCD
2160 x 1080, 424PPI
|Chipset||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 8x 2.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, 8x 1.8GHz Cortex-A53 cores|
|GPU||Adreno 508||Adreno 506|
|Expandable||Yes (microSD slot)||Yes (microSD slot)|
|Rear Camera||12MP f/2.0 + 8MP f/2.2, PDAF, 4K at 30fps||12MP f/1.8 + 5MP f/2.2, PDAF, 1080p at 60fps|
|Front Camera||16MP f/2.0, 1080p video||8MP f/2.2, 1080p video|
|Connectivity||WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, USB-C||WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, USB-C|
|Security||Fingerprint sensor (front)||Fingerprint sensor (front)|
|SIM||Nano SIM||Nano SIM|
|Dimensions||148.4 x 73.4 x 8mm||153.8 x 72.3 x 8.3mm|
...But so is the Moto G6
Don't be too scared off by the Moto X4's advantages; the Moto G6 has plenty of its own. For one, it has a much more modern design, thanks to the larger 18:9 display. It's still made of glass, and Motorola used the same reflective coating around the back as the Moto X4. By all means, this phone looks and feels much more premium than its price tag would have you believe.
In addition, the Moto G6 features the same 3000mAh battery as found in the Moto X4, but a more power-efficient processor should keep it running for a bit longer, and the 15W TurboPower support means it'll recharge just as quickly. That processor also ensures smooth performance; while not quite as powerful on paper as the Moto X4's Snapdragon 630, the Snapdragon 450 inside of the Moto G6 is plenty capable for carrying out daily tasks and even some casual gaming.
Of course, Motorola's popular Moto Actions are still present, meaning you can still double-twist the Moto G6 in your hand to launch the camera or double-chop to toggle the flashlight. You're not missing out on many hardware features either, since the G6 retains the 3.5mm headphone jack and front-facing fingerprint sensor, as well as the USB-C port — a first for the Moto G line.
When the Moto X4 first went on sale for $400, the G6 was a clearly better value for most people, but with both phones set at nearly the same price these days, it's not as cut and dry. The Moto X4 has received better software support thus far, with Android 9 Pie starting to roll out to some models, but the Moto G6 has a much more modern design and better endurance. It's a tough call, but the newer software and slightly lower cost of the Moto X4 make it an appealing option.
Older design traits paired with newer software and a slightly lower price.
The Moto X4 doesn't have the futuristic design traits of a 2018 phone, but it's received great longterm support, with some models already being updated to Android 9 Pie. Despite being over a year old, this is still a great buy.
Midrange is in
Get the style of a flagship phone for hundreds less.
The Moto G6 is still stuck on Android 8.0 Oreo, but it's slated to receive Pie in early 2019. In the meantime, its 18:9 display makes it a much more modern-looking phone than the Moto X4 for roughly the same price.
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