Moto E6 Plus full review

The Moto E6 Plus was one of the highlights from Motorola at IFA 2019, an affordable phone that offers a strong specification for those on a strict budget.

Not everyone wants to spend a packet on the fastest, most powerful phones, with all their associated bells and whistles. For those users, in the E6 Plus Motorola has put together a nice design, good cameras and capable hardware at a very low price.

We’re not sold on the lack of NFC and USB-C, but if all you want is a phone that can make calls, send texts, get online and use a few casual apps, the Moto E6 Plus could be the one for you.

Moto E6 Plus Price & Availability

Moto E6 Plus will go on sale in the UK on 30 September, but is available to pre-order now at £99.99. Four colours are available, each with a gradient finish.

Moto E6 Plus

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Moto E6 Plus Build & Design

Despite its low price the E6 Plus achieves a much more premium design than previous models in the line. Its screen is a real standout, thanks to slimmer bezels and a new waterdrop notch that houses the 8Mp selfie camera.

The chin is still a little chunky, alluding to its budget roots, but with its nicely rounded corners that are so characteristic of the brand and pleasing overall design it’s hard to complain.

Adding to the feeling of a premium design is a mirror-like finish at the rear. Unfortunately this does mean it becomes something of a fingerprint magnet, as you can see in our photos.

This is a 6.1in screen with an HD+ resolution of 1560x720 pixels, and a screen-to-body ratio of 80%.

A fingerprint sensor is found at the rear, integrated to the Motorola logo. There’s a dual-lens camera to its left, and we were pleased to find it doesn’t protrude enough to make the phone rock on a desk.

Moto E6 Plus

Moto E6 Plus Core Hardware

This was actually one of two new Motorola phones announced at IFA 2019. With the Motorola One Zoom standing out for its cameras, the Moto E6 Plus seems to suffer as a result. But actually this is the first in the line to incorporate a dual-lens camera - if only just: while there’s a primary 13Mp lens, the secondary is simply a 2Mp depth sensor that will be useful in achieving a bokeh (blurred background) effect.

The main lens has an f/2.0 aperture, which helps it to take better photos in low light without the quality suffering. Flagship phones will specify closer to f/1.6, but this is more than reasonable for the money. We’ll reserve our final verdict until we’ve had a chance to conduct more thorough testing.

The core specs are basic, as you might expect. For memory you get a choice of 2- or 4GB of RAM, and in a world where we’re increasingly seeing 8GB that seems rather low, but it will suffice for casual use.

Internal storage fails to impress us at 32GB, with 64GB as an option, but again, remember this is a budget phone. And do note the inclusion of a microSD card slot, which lets you expand storage by up to 512GB later.

Motorola covers all the basics, even stretching to biometric security with the rear fingerprint sensor and support for face unlock, but some users would argue its omission of NFC is a step too far. If you want to be able to make mobile payments you need this connectivity. Omissions such as fast- or wireless charging and waterproofing are easier to forgive at this price.

Although we have not yet been able to confirm this, Lenovo claims the internal 3,000mAh battery will last up to two days. Given the low-power hardware inside we are inclined to take its word for it, though naturally how long it actually lasts will depend on your usage.

Moto E6 Plus Early Verdict

We really need to spend more time with Motorola’s new budget phone before we can give a definitive verdict, but this is clearly a smartphone that will appeal to those on a tight budget. For less demanding users who do not wish to download too many games and aren’t fussed by extra features such as fast charging the E6 Plus will serve them well.

This review has been adapted from an original written by Sara Piquer-Marti on our sister site PCWorld Espana.

Specs

Moto E6 Plus: Specs

  • 6.1in HD+ (1560x720p) display, 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Android 9 Pie
  • MediaTek Helio P22, eight cores, 2.0GHz
  • 2/4GB RAM
  • 32/64GB storage (microSD expansion up to 512GB)
  • 13Mp f/2.0, 1.12um + 2Mp depth camera, LED flash
  • MPEG-4/H.263/H.264
  • 8Mp f/2.0, 1.12um selfie camera
  • Micro-SIM (or Dual: Micro + Nano SIM)
  • single speaker, 2-Mics
  • 3,000mAh battery (10W charging)
  • 155.6x73.02x8.6mm
  • 149.7g

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