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New leak shows off the Moto G6, G6 Plus, and G6 Play in all their glory

We got a first look at the Moto G6 series earlier this year, and now a leak out of a Hungarian retailer (opens in new tab) gives us a detailed look at Motorola's upcoming budget phones. All three phones have a similar design aesthetic and sport 18:9 panels. The Moto G6 and G6 Plus feature a home button with an embedded fingerprint sensor, with the G6 Play featuring a rear-mounted sensor tucked into the Batwing logo.

As for the hardware, the Moto G6 Plus is said to feature a 5.93-inch FHD+ panel, 2.2GHz Snapdragon 630 chipset, up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 12MP + 5MP rear cameras, 16MP front camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, and a 3200mAh battery with TurboPower fast charging.

The Moto G6, meanwhile, is set to offer a 5.7-inch FHD+ 18:9 display, 1.8GHz Snapdragon 450, up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, microSD slot and the same camera configuration as its larger sibling — dual 12MP + 5MP sensors at the back, and a 16MP shooter up front. Other specs include Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and a 3000mAh battery with TurboPower.

Moto G6 Play

The Moto G6 Play will round out Motorola's budget series, with the phone offered as the base variant. The phone is rumored to come with a 5.7-inch HD+ (1440x720) panel, along with a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430, up to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, microSD slot, 12MP rear camera, 5MP front shooter, and a 4000mAh battery. Based on Motorola's track record, it's likely we'll see several SKUs of each device tailored for individual markets.

All three phones offer Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, and it doesn't look like Motorola is making any drastic changes on the software front this year.

As noted by FoneArena, the date in the renders — April 3 — suggests a launch is imminent. We should know more about the Moto G6 series next week, but in the meantime, what are your thoughts on Motorola's upcoming phones?

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

35 Comments
  • I love my Moto g5 plus. I "downgraded" back to it from a Pixel 2, after deciding that functionally there were no advantages to having a flagship, and the Moto additions for usability actually enhanced the stock experience. That said, I'm worried that the smallest of the 2018 G's is 5.7". What will be the mid-range phone for 2018 in the 5-5.2" space? I really was hoping that would be a version of the G6.
  • These have 18:9 aspect ratio. The screen sizes of 16:9 and 18:9 cannot be compared.
  • Generally speaking the 5.7 inch screen in the 18:9 format results in a phone body that is similar in size the 5.2 inch screens on a 16:9 phone. The G6 is one phone that I'm finally looking forward to.
  • I'd love a phone the size of a htc one m7
  • I'm looking at the Xperia XA2 as a good 5.2" option.
  • These devices look as if they are going to be $500 and below.
  • Hopefully all below $300.
  • Usually the top level G series phone comes in around $330 when first launched.
  • I would love to grab one of those battery beast G6 Plays. Does anyone know if that particular model will be available stateside?
  • Get a Z series instead and try out Mods, they are getting better and better!
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/plug-pack-a-moto-mod-concept-for-the-...
  • That is if you ship the thing ;)
  • I've had G4 and G5 phones and will probably get a G6 at some point.
    Good honest phones at a very good price.
  • Yummy
  • Remember guys don't expect OS updates from these....but Oreo isn't bad to be stuck on
  • Where's the Moto X5!? I need some water proofing 😔
  • It was canceled
  • I guess the G6 Plus is replacing the X5, since it has relatevely comparable specs to last year's X4. It's a shame, I wanted a new X5 with Project Fi support. I hope the rumors of the X5's cancellation are not true.
  • The bottom chin could have been smaller for a 18.9 screen, but it looks nice.
  • No 5GHz WiFi on the G6?
  • Understated good looks. Its good in people and good in phones. I really like these. I wonder when the E series will launch.
  • I don't see NFC?
  • I'm kinda waiting for camera tech on Moto phones get a bit closer to the 1st Gen Pixel. Other than the camera, (and absence of NFC) I really love the Moto G line. Solid build, reliable and smooth software experience.
  • They should rename the G6 Play to "G6 minus". That would be a consistent naming scheme.
  • Lame. The G6 and G6 Plus have physical home buttons and the FP sensor is embedded in them instead of on the back.
  • I'm sure it's not a physical home button. Fingerprint sensor probably works just like the last two generations.
  • So, the G series' FP sensor does not double as a home button, when ONE BUTTON NAV is selected, at on the Z series?
  • Never mind. I went ahead and looked it up, myself. They do!
    https://www.androidcentral.com/one-button-nav-moto-g5-exciting-new-way-i...
    https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/indevice_detail/...
    I can't see the G6 not having this feature, but stranger things have happened.
  • Right, I imagine it will have the software home button navigation if enabled. Not physical hardware home button.
  • If I wasn't set on Pixel 2 XL (I only use Google apps and services and want the pure Android and Google experience) I'd pick the Nokia 6 over the Moto G6 Plus, better phone, pure Android software and Google experience and only Google services with garranteed updates and it runs Android One, plus the Nokia e looks better than the ugly Moto G6 Plus.
  • Not tried ether phone (obviously) but the Moto camera is usually better than the competition.
    Skin on G5 was quite close to stock and they are well built. (For the price)
  • So weird because a minute ago I was sippin sizzurp in my ride..u know, gettin slizzard & I was thinking now now now now now now I'm feelin so fly like a G6.
  • Yes, not bad batteries, not bad processors, not bad looks and huge screens and bezels to hold the phone too...my favorite feature. The only one that will leave us some type of bezel to hold on to and play with.
  • I will not leave behind my battery monster Moto E4 plus that runs just like any top dog of 2016..yes is a budget beast.
  • OS updates would be nice though. Wife and one son on G4 plus and one son on G5 plus, or should I say stuck...
  • Still waiting for Oreo on the g5 plus. If you care about updates, this is not the phone for you.