Motorola Moto G6 Plus review

Georgi Vasilev, 12 May 2018.

A lotta nits, white whites and no notch

Motorola could have stretched the Moto G6 Plus' display diagonal a tiny bit to 6 full inches, but no - 5.9 it is. It's all display, though - there are no notches on the IPS panel, just gently rounded corners. Resolution is FullHD, with a plus, of course - 2160x1080px in an 18:9 aspect ratio, making for a 407ppi pixel density.

Motorola Moto G6 Plus review

In our tests, the Moto G6 Plus proved to be an excellent performer pushing close to 800nits in Auto brightness mode. Flick the auto toggle to its off position and you'd be getting a little over 600nits - not half-bad either. Blacks get a little more illumination than ideal, but even so contrast is a respectable 1400-ish to 1.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Motorola Moto G6 Plus 0.418 610 1459
Motorola Moto G6 Plus (Max Auto) 0.564 776 1376
Motorola Moto G6 Play 0.339 476 1404
Motorola Moto G6 Play (Max Auto) 0.419 554 1321
Motorola Moto G5S Plus 0.352 483 1372
Motorola Moto G5S Plus (Max Auto) 0.455 616 1354
Huawei Mate 10 Lite 0.257 476 1852
Huawei Honor 7X 0.236 458 1941
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 0.548 555 1013
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra 0.404 631 1562
Nokia 6 (2018) 0.367 469 1278
Oppo F7 0.228 446 1956

Out in the sun, the Moto G6 Plus fares very well too, posting contrast numbers typical of the AMOLEDs of yesteryear - a fine achievement for an LCD. In fact, sunlight legibility on the Moto G6 Plus is better than on the iPhone 8 Plus, if only marginally so.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Apple iPhone X
    5.013
  • OnePlus 5T
    4.789
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    4.768
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    4.658
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
    4.63
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    4.615
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
    4.537
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    4.459
  • Oppo R11
    4.454
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    4.439
  • OnePlus 3
    4.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    4.376
  • HTC One A9
    4.274
  • Oppo R15 Pro
    4.251
  • Samsung Galaxy Note7
    4.247
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • Nokia 8
    4.239
  • Google Pixel 2 XL (pre-update)
    4.234
  • OnePlus 3T
    4.232
  • Google Pixel XL
    4.164
  • ZTE Axon 7
    4.154
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    4.148
  • Meizu Pro 7 Plus
    4.147
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    4.124
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal)
    4.096
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Huawei P20 Pro
    4.087
  • Nokia 6 (2018)
    4.052
  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)
    4.023
  • LG V30
    4.022
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3.998
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3.964
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone)
    3.957
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus
    3.935
  • Lenovo Moto Z
    3.931
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    3.918
  • OnePlus 5
    3.914
  • Samsung Galaxy C5
    3.911
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    3.896
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor
    3.879
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor
    3.873
  • Motorola Moto G6 Plus
    3.865
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    3.859
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
    3.842
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    3.818
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    3.817
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    3.816
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    3.812
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    3.804
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.802
  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro
    3.798
  • LG V20 Max auto
    3.798
  • Sony Xperia XZ
    3.795
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    3.789
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    3.783
  • Meizu Pro 5
    3.781
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    3.772
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
    3.767
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
    3.765
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
    3.756
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
    3.729
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (True Tone)
    3.725
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    3.709
  • Vivo X5Pro
    3.706
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
    3.688
  • Huawei P20
    3.683
  • Apple iPhone SE
    3.681
  • Huawei Mate 9
    3.68
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
    3.675
  • Meizu PRO 6
    3.659
  • BlackBerry Priv
    3.645
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
    3.597
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3.588
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
    3.58
  • LG G6
    3.556
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    3.53
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
    3.526
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.523
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    3.523
  • Acer Jade Primo
    3.521
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    3.512
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3.499
  • Nokia 7 plus
    3.479
  • nubia Z11
    3.466
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    3.456
  • HTC U Ultra
    3.453
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
    3.445
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • LG V20
    3.402
  • Huawei P10
    3.379
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
    3.378
  • Oppo R9s
    3.352
  • Honor 8 Pro
    3.341
  • Oppo F7
    3.333
  • Oppo R7
    3.32
  • Lenovo P2
    3.316
  • Archos Diamond Omega
    3.305
  • Honor 9
    3.289
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s
    3.276
  • Nokia 5
    3.261
  • Nokia 6 (Chinese version)
    3.244
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    3.238
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    3.235
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    3.234
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2
    3.228
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    3.222
  • Oppo F3 Plus
    3.218
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
    3.206
  • Huawei P9
    3.195
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
    3.19
  • ZTE Nubia Z17
    3.159
  • Oppo R11s
    3.153
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    3.113
  • HTC U11 Life
    3.108
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    3.105
  • LG Nexus 5X
    3.092
  • HTC U11
    3.089
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    3.023
  • Asus Zenfone 4 ZE554KL
    3.019
  • Sony Xperia XA1
    3.012
  • Motorola Moto X4
    3.012
  • Sony Xperia L1
    2.994
  • Sony Xperia X
    2.989
  • LG Q6
    2.987
  • Huawei P10 Lite
    2.974
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.97
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5
    2.951
  • Huawei Mate 8
    2.949
  • Sony Xperia XA2
    2.938
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4
    2.92
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
    2.913
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S
    2.913
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    2.906
  • LG G5
    2.905
  • HTC One S
    2.901
  • Huawei Honor View 10
    2.896
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
    2.884
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2.876
  • Nokia 3
    2.871
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    2.851
  • Lenovo Moto M
    2.813
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
    2.803
  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact
    2.784
  • Nokia 2
    2.752
  • Meizu MX6
    2.751
  • LG V10
    2.744
  • Huawei Mate 10 (normal)
    2.742
  • Motorola Moto G5S Plus
    2.737
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    2.735
  • Huawei Honor 7X
    2.734
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    2.714
  • Meizu M5
    2.71
  • Sony Xperia M5
    2.69
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    2.689
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
    2.679
  • Huawei P9 Lite
    2.679
  • vivo V7+
    2.671
  • Vivo V3Max
    2.659
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix
    2.658
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
    2.654
  • Oppo F5
    2.653
  • Doogee Mix
    2.642
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    2.641
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4a
    2.635
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Standard)
    2.616
  • Sony Xperia XA
    2.609
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)
    2.582
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus
    2.582
  • Meizu M5s
    2.58
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    2.574
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    2.567
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
    2.563
  • Huawei P Smart
    2.563
  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
    2.563
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2
    2.561
  • HTC U11+
    2.556
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)
    2.556
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    2.544
  • Lenovo K6 Note
    2.544
  • Oppo F1
    2.528
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    2.525
  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c
    2.506
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • BlackBerry Motion
    2.494
  • Oppo F1s
    2.481
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    2.473
  • Huawei G8
    2.471
  • Huawei nova
    2.467
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
    2.459
  • Meizu m3 max
    2.447
  • Xiaomi Mi 4
    2.424
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Auto)
    2.417
  • HTC 10 evo
    2.407
  • Huawei Honor 7
    2.406
  • Vivo V7
    2.404
  • Sony Xperia E5
    2.386
  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo
    2.382
  • HTC 10
    2.378
  • Oppo F3
    2.376
  • vivo V5 Plus
    2.371
  • Meizu m1 note
    2.362
  • Huawei nova plus
    2.329
  • Razer Phone
    2.328
  • HTC One E9+
    2.305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Sony Xperia L2
    2.266
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    2.254
  • HTC U11+ (EU)
    2.253
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    2.253
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    2.249
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    2.235
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
    2.234
  • Motorola Moto G (2014)
    2.233
  • LG Nexus 5
    2.228
  • Huawei P8
    2.196
  • Meizu M5 Note
    2.189
  • Huawei Honor 6
    2.169
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    2.166
  • OnePlus Two
    2.165
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)
    2.145
  • LG Aka
    2.145
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    2.134
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2.119
  • Xiaomi Mi 4S
    2.095
  • Acer Liquid X2
    2.084
  • Huawei P8lite
    2.078
  • vivo V5
    2.059
  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual
    2.026
  • Xiaomi Mi 3
    2.001
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    1.996
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    1.972
  • OnePlus One
    1.961
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    1.944
  • Meizu m3 note
    1.923
  • Meizu m2 note
    1.892
  • BlackBerry Leap
    1.892
  • HTC Butterfly
    1.873
  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini
    1.759
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie
    1.68
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)
    1.675
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    1.659
  • Jolla Jolla
    1.605
  • Motorola Moto E
    1.545
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • Sony Xperia L
    1.351
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    1.311
  • HTC Desire C
    1.3
  • Nokia X
    1.291
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Sony Xperia E
    1.215

Despite all its vanilla Android vibe, the Moto G6 Plus offers a little more complex color rendition options than Google does. You get a color temperature slider with Warm/Neutral/Cold settings and a second toggle to switch between Standard and Vivid colors.

Out of the box, you're at Neutral-Vivid and that yields slightly bluish whites and an average DeltaE of 6.3 measured against an sRGB target. For the most accurate colors, Warm-Standard is your settings combo, giving you a very good average DeltaE of 2.5 and pleasantly white whites. That will cost you some brightness though, to the tune of 50nits in manual mode. We're not entirely sure why anyone would opt for the Cold setting where whites are practically blue (DeltaE around 16).

Motorola Moto G6 Plus battery life

The Moto G6 Plus is packing a 3,200mAh battery - 200mAh more than the G6 proper for a 0.2-inch increase in display diagonal - seems reasonable. The marginally larger Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (a.k.a. Redmi 5 Plus) has quite a bit more juice at 4,000mAh, while the slightly smaller (in display area) Nokia 6 (2018) has a slightly smaller 3,000mAh cell inside.

In our testing, the Moto G6 Plus put out respectable numbers in the active use tests, but a less than impressive standby draw brought down the overall rating somewhat. In any case, with 11 hours of looping videos or close to 12 hours of web browsing, you'd be getting plenty of uptime from a single charge of the G6 Plus. The almost 21 hours of 3G voice calls aren't too shabby either.

The Redmi 5 Plus will give you two extra hours on the web, and three more in video, but the Nokia 6 (2018) will die an hour earlier than the Moto G6 Plus in either discipline.

Motorola Moto G6 Plus

Our endurance rating denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Motorola Moto G6 Plus for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

We're big fans of fast charging (well, most of us anyway), and we especially appreciate bundled fast chargers. The TurboPower unit of the Moto G6 Plus outputs up to 15W and a 30-minute charge from flat gets the battery to 38%, while a full charge takes a few minutes short of two hours (okay, 1:52h). So charging speed isn't exactly lighting fast, but it's still something.

Loudspeaker

Reading that the Moto G6 Plus' earpiece is also its loudspeaker, you're probably thinking that it's among the quieter ones - after all, in dual speaker setups with the earpiece acting as the second channel it's typically not as loud as the 'main' speaker.

Well, the Moto G6 Plus is loud, very loud. The readings of our sound level meter put the G6 Plus in the Excellent bracket, much like the G5S Plus before it. There's no distortion at maximum volume either, but there's also not much punch in the bass region.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Motorola Moto G6 Play 62.6 68.0 71.0 Average
Oppo F5 63.5 70.8 71.5 Average
Huawei P20 (Film) 65.0 67.8 75.0 Average
LG Q6 67.0 69.3 76.1 Good
Huawei Honor View 10 68.6 69.9 77.8 Good
Nokia 7 plus 67.5 71.3 79.7 Good
Motorola Moto X4 67.2 71.1 80.7 Good
Huawei Honor 7X 66.4 71.1 85.1 Very Good
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra 68.8 73.9 80.8 Very Good
Nokia 6 (2018) 67.1 74.0 85.3 Very Good
Oppo F7 68.0 73.8 84.8 Very Good
Sony Xperia L2 67.4 72.2 91.6 Excellent
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 71.1 72.7 87.7 Excellent
Motorola Moto G6 Plus 82.2 76.1 86.8 Excellent
Motorola Moto G5S Plus 91.5 74.9 86.9 Excellent

Audio quality

Motorola Moto G6 Plus put up a great performance in the first part of our test. When hooked to an active external amplifier its loudness was downright impressive and scores were perfect top to bottom.

The truly impressive bit was the performance with headphones, though. The Moto G6 Plus lost next to none of its brilliance in this case and delivered a performance that would put most current flagships to shame, let alone its mid-range competitors. Loud and clear, this was certainly one of the best musicians of 2018.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Motorola Moto G6 Plus+0.00, -0.03-93.693.50.00500.011-94.6
Motorola Moto G6 Plus (headphones)+0.02, -0.02-93.593.40.00670.033-81.0
Oppo F7+0.01, -0.10-92.592.70.00190.0077-91.2
Oppo F7 (headphones)+0.50, -0.20-91.491.80.00790.402-51.5
Nokia 6 (2018)+0.10, -0.20 -37.580.40.00184.735-93.3
Nokia 6 (2018) (headphones)+0.05, -0.03-94.390.20.00270.019-58.6
Nokia 7 Plus+0.02, -0.31 -38.881.70.00134.690-95.9
Nokia 7 Plus (headphones)+0.25, -0.23-93.390.40.00450.227-53.9
Honor View 10+0.02, -0.01 -92.692.60.00210.012-94.4
Honor View 10 (headphones)+0.17, -0.03-92.092.10.00230.092-52.8

Motorola Moto G6 Plus frequency response
Motorola Moto G6 Plus frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

  • Loxi K.

This phone is GREAT! Forget what all the bad reviews say, I could say nothing bad about it! It has fast speed, fast charging, great camera, great features, and awesome price. It is a bigger phone so if you are looking for a smaller phone this may not...

  • Kenja

This Motorola phone is a piece of s***. Touch screen dont work all the time unless I push the volume up button. My text messages are delayed by a day.Whatever Network chip they using in this phone is a piece of garbage. Ever since I got this phone it...

  • Linda

You must be mistaken. I have a Motorola G6 and it's a piece of garbage. It shuts off randomly, battery usage is erratic at best. Charge cords are loose and don't connect very well. Even the really good chords that came with the phone. Sometimes it se...