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Motorola Moto E6 Plus breaks bad in Berlin with 'more' of everything

Motorola says the Moto E6 Plus has more. More screen, more battery, more camera. Is the idea of MOAR enough to tempt buyers?

Published onSeptember 5, 2019

Motorola Moto E6 Plus rear view

Lenovo-owned Motorola today announced the Moto E6 Plus: a bigger and badder version of the E6 that we saw earlier this year.

The E series is one of Motorola’s most affordable. Despite the “plus” branding being added to the Moto E6, this device is still close to entry-level in terms of design, materials, and specs. Here’s what you need to know.

A simple setup

Motorola Moto E6 Plus front standing

The Moto E6 Plus is built around a 6.1-inch display with a teardrop notch. With HD+ resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, it earns the Max Vision designation from Motorola with an 80% screen-to-body ratio. There’s no immediate word from Motorola if it is an LCD or OLED display, but we assume LCD.

People will be able to choose from four colors, including blue, cranberry, cherry, and graphite. The plastic rear panel can be removed, and the 3000mAh battery underneath can be swapped when necessary.

The shape of the phone is smooth and simple. There’s no IP rating, no headphone jack, and it relies on the out-going micro-USB connector rather than USB-C.

Low-cost parts

Motorola Moto E6 Plus side view

Rather than opt for Snapdragon power, the Moto E6 Plus relies on a MediaTek engine to keep it humming along. The Helio P22, with eight cores at 2.0GHz, 2GB/4GB of RAM, and 32GB/64GB of storage, keeps the phone in gear.

You’ll find support for LTE on board, though in only a handful of bands. This will limit where the phone can access 4G to some degree. There’s no NFC, but you’ll find an FM radio along with GPS/GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.2, and Wi-Fi.

There’s also a fingerprint reader on the rear of the phone.

Sporting a dually

Motorola Moto E6 Plus camera closeup

Motorola has adopted a dual-camera configuration on the Moto E6 Plus, a first for the E series according to the company. The main camera sports a 13MP sensor at f/2 that is accompanied by a 2MP depth sensor. Owners of the phone can put this combo to work capturing bokeh shots or dressing up portraits with effects.

An 8MP selfie camera at f/2 adorns the front for capturing those self portraits. A screen flash can assist when shooting in darker spaces, such as restaurants or clubs.

Motorola Moto E6 Plus
6.1-inch HD+
1,560 x 720p
19.5:9 Max Vision
MediaTek Helio P22
Octa-core at 2.0GHz

2GB or 4GB of RAM
32GB or 64GB of storage
No wireless charging
Main 13MP f/2
Depth 2MP

8MP f/2
Bluetooth 4.2
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
FM radio
155.6 x 73.06 x 8.6mm
Fingerprint scanner
Facial recognition
Polished Graphite
Bright Cherry
Rich Cranberry
Caribbean Blue

Taking stock

A stock build of Android 9 Pie brings everything together. The Moto E6 Plus provides a bloatware-free experience. Further, it has been enhanced with Motorola’s tasteful Moto Actions tools.

The Motorola Moto E6 Plus will be available across Latin America starting September 5 for the approximate cost of 139 euros. It should reach Europe later in September and the Asia Pacific region over the next few months. Motorola says there are no plans to bring the Moto E6 Plus to North America.

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