The Moto E6 has been announced, but in one key respect it looks to be a backwards step. Can high-value rivals now snatch Motorola’s low-budget crown?
The Moto E6 has been announced, so now we know exactly what to expect from the budget phone — but the battery has left us disappointed, with the 3000mAh capacity being 25% smaller than that of its predecessor, the Moto E5.
Impressive battery life has long been a selling point for Motorola’s wallet-friendly smartphones (just take the colossal 5000mAh battery in the Motorola G7 Power for instance), so this downgrade looks like a regrettable compromise.
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The device has a Snapdragon 435 chip (so don’t expect to run the most demanding apps smoothly), along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The display measures 5.5 inches with a 1440 x 720 resolution. The selfie camera has a 5-megapixel resolution and the 13-megapixel main camera is joined by a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the device. Notably it does not support NFC, so you can’t use this phone for contactless payments.
The price of $150 (~£120) is surely intended to be the upside to the considerable downside of the smaller battery, but only consumers will be able to assess whether the trade-off is worth it. Surely rival brands such as Honor and Nokia will be hoping they can capitalise on this possible misstep with their own cheap handsets.
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When we reviewed the Moto E5, there were two main criticisms: we thought it needed a boost to its performance, and that it didn’t offer as good value as the G-series. On the former point there’s no indication from these specs that it has addressed those problems, while it has rowed back on the positive recommendation of good battery life. As to the latter point, it still would seem that the G-series offers better value for money from what we’ve seen so far, but a specs sheet doesn’t tell the whole story of course — you’ll have to wait for our full review for that.