Motorola, after a long time, has announced a new smartphone in the budget segment with its latest Moto E6s smartphone. The phone comes with a price tag of Rs 7,999 and it is available for purchase from Flipkart from September 23.
With this, the company has finally revived its E-series, which was quite famous in two or three years down the line. The latest smartphone comes loaded with an attractive design language coupled with some standards specs sheet you will see in this price segment. So, can it bring Motorola back in the game when it comes to the budget segment? We got the chance to use the device for a while and here are our first impressions.
Design and Display
Starting with the design language, which also happens to be its major highlight, the smartphone comes loaded with metallic-style glossy finish at the back panel. The phone is available in Polished Graphite and Rich Cranberry colour options. We got the former for review and it surely gives a premium look and feels, though it attracts a lot of smudges and dust particles. Thankfully, the company gives you a protective case bundled with the box, which is a welcome move.
At a time when most of the competition is offering a unibody design, Moto E6s comes with a removable back panel and battery can be removed as well. The back panel features a dual-camera setup along with a fingerprint sensor, which comes with Moto’s famous batwing logo engraved in it. Once you remove the back panel, you will find dual-SIM slot and a dedicated microSD card slot. The odd thing here is that the company has given on nano-SIM slot and one micro SIM slot.
The right side of the device features volume controls and power on/off button, while the left is blank. The base panel features a micro USB port and a speaker grille, while the top houses a 3.5mm audio jack. Overall, the smartphone is quite lightweight when you hold in hand and it is compact making it easier to reach the corner of the screen.
Coming to the display, the Moto E6s features a 6.01-inch HD+ Max Vision display with a screen resolution of 1560 x 720 pixels. The display is good considering its price range. The colour reproduction seems to be decent and the viewing angles are good. The only thing we didn’t like about the display was its brightness. The low brightness makes it difficult to read any text in outdoor conditions.
Hardware and Software
On the hardware front, the Moto E6s is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 chipset along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The memory can be further expanded up to 512GB via microSD card slot. That said, looking at sheer specifications, it will have a tough time competing with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 7, Realme 3i, Infinix Hot 8, Tecno Spark Go and more. Coming to security, it features a physical fingerprint sensor and face unlock, which gave us a mixed result.
For software, the phone runs on Android 9.0 Pie and it offers stock Android experience. This comes as a delight for users who are looking for a stock Android feel in a budget device. There is no bloatware, which is a welcome move as the competition gives you an ample amount of bloatware. We will talk more about this in our upcoming review.
Moto E6s is backed by a dual-camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary lens with f/2.0 aperture and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with LED flash. For the front, there is an 8-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture and 1.12-micron pixel size. Starting with the camera modes, it comes with Beauty, Portrait, Photo, Video and Panorama.
The camera performance is weak in our initial testing as the photos clicked in daylight came out to be dull. Photos in low light were tainted with noises and grains. The selfie performance is still better as compared to the rear panel.
Battery and Connectivity
On the battery front, the Moto E6s is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and the company has added a 10W charged bundled with the box. The battery seems to be weak again as the competition is offering at least 4,000mAh battery with their latest offerings. On the connectivity front, it supports 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, GLONASS,3.5mm audio jack, dual-SIM and micro USB port. The phone measures 155.6 x 73.06 x 8.6 mm and weighs 149.7 grams.