Motorola reveals the new Moto E6s budget smartphone
Motorola’s strongest asset for close to 7 years has been its ability to make solid mid-range and low-end smartphones. In 2013, they took the world by storm with the original Moto G, which many would argue was the first smartphone that proved that cheap smartphones didn’t necessarily have to suck. Then later came the Moto E line which raised the bar on decent affordable phones even more. Moto E phones are still serious contenders in the entry-level marketplace these days, even though competition in the value segment has dramatically increased. Now, Motorola has launched a new Moto E6s device aimed at budget smartphone buyers.
If you think you’re having déjà vu after reading that name, you aren’t alone. Motorola did actually launch a Moto E6s about 6 months ago, but that was a rebranded Moto E6 Plus for the Indian market. That decision has led to confusion around this new phone which is an entirely different device as evidenced by its looks, yet internally they are still very similar. The glossy backplate is swapped for a matte one with a gradient, and the camera mount is replaced from a single module to a bifurcated one similar in aesthetic to Motorola’s newest devices, despite it still being a dual camera mount.
Otherwise, the device packs a MediaTek Helio P22 processor, but unlike its Indian counterpart, this new phone has just 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which is barely enough to get you places these days. The India-only Moto E6s, which, again, is a different device, comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. To make matters worse, this phone is launching with Android 9 Pie while we’re well into 2020. Android 10 has been out for several months and Android 11 is already on the horizon. It is hard to see the point of this device as it is pretty much a slightly different Moto E6 Plus.
|Specification||Motorola Moto E6s (2020)|
|Dimensions and Weight||155.6 x 73 x 8.5mm;
|Display||6.1-inch Max Vision IPS LCD, HD+ (1560×720), 19.5:9, 282PPI|
|SoC||MediaTek Helio P22 @ 2.0GHz|
|RAM and Storage||2GB RAM + 32GB storage (expandable via microSD card)|
|Battery and Charging||3,000 mAh; 5W wired charging|
|Ports||microUSB, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Connectivity||Single or dual nano-SIM
|Rear Camera||13MP, f/2.2, PDAF (main)
2MP, f/2.4 (depth sensor)
|Front Camera||5MP f/2.2|
|Android Version||Android 9 Pie|
Motorola says that the phone will be available in the coming weeks in select Latin American, European, and Asian markets. Pricing is not available yet, however. The phone will go on sale in Peacock Blue and Sunrise Red colors.