Motorola was truly having a packed schedule these few months, with the introduction of a range of different smartphones at distinct price points. Users were enjoying the modular Moto Z3 Play, but it is a bit too expensive compared to other Moto smartphones. The lower budget selection of Motorola is perhaps more significant for users as there are a number of better options rendered. But Motorola is among one of the few tech manufacturing companies, who consistently put out inexpensive smartphones but with high quality and standard features.
Motorola has recently introduced the all-new Moto G6, the successor of Moto G5S. With its launch, Moto G6 has successfully entered into the popular budget of G-series. Moto G line is rendering more initiative to bring some premium range smartphones features into the present market of budget smartphones. Therefore, Moto G6 is not an exception. However, the Moto X4 belongs to mid-range smartphones and got unveiled in 2017 has also focused on its premium aspects.
Moto X4 is also offered with standard features but at reasonable prices to render Moto G6 a great competition. Both the smartphones are incredibly designed with different mobile carrier support but have the potential to reach customers of the same potential. Considering its features, customers may get easily confused with both of its similar features. Therefore, Moto G6 inherits a number of similar design features from Moto X4. Both of the smartphones are featured with curved sides, have a glass back, top-mounted dual-lens camera and surrounding raised ring as well.
Moto X4 and Moto G6, both are designed parallel with a fingerprint sensor, metal frame, 3.5mm headphone jacks and USB-C plugs options. However, the noticeable distinctions are quite subtle. Apart from having its LED flashlight under the camera, the Moto G6 is considerably bigger in size than the Moto X4. Hence, Moto G6 weights 167 grams and measures 153.8 x 72.3 x 8.3 mm (height x width x thickness), whereas, Moto X4 weights 163 grams and measures 148.4 x 73.4 x 8 mm (height x width x thickness) as well.
Distinctions are also there in the button options of both the smart devices. Moto X4 is featured with a single volume rocker and large power button option. On the other hand, Moto G6 is equipped with separate and small buttons for volume up, power and volume down. The fingerprint sensor of X4 is more of an Oval. However, both the smartphones share an insufferable amount of Motorola branding, as both Moto X4 and G6 are designed with same Motorola logo on the back of the device. But the distinction is in X4, which is designed with “Moto” in the front, whereas, G6 designed with “Motorola” on the front.
Moto G6 is powered by water resistance option along with a p2i coating but this smart device could not handle water submersion or pressure. On the other hand, Moto X4 is much better in water along with the IP68 rating, which allows the device to facilitate almost 5 feet and spent maximum of half hours in water. Considering its display screen, G6 wins over X4 easily. As Moto X4 is designed with 5.2-inch standard Full HD-display, whereas, Moto G6 is designed with a giant screen of 5.7-inch Full HD+ display. Hence, it is not a size that is considered but also G6 comes with higher Full-HD+ display resolution. Interestingly, both the screens are IPS and could not enjoy the option for OLED display.
Moto G6 is designed with 18:9 aspect screen ration and Moto X4 with 16:9 aspect screen ratio, which is quite distinct. Hence, considering this aspect Moto G6 is preferable for its bigger screen and high resolution and aspect ratios as well. However, evaluating the operating system and power support, Moto X4 wins over G6. X4 is designed with Octa-core processor and Snapdragon 630 chipset, whereas, G6 is equipped with Octa-core processor and Snapdragon 450 chipset. Therefore, CPU of Moto X4 runs much faster and smoother than the G6’s CPU.
Graphically, X4 has the potential to outperform G6 as X4 is implemented with 508 Andreno graphics and G6 with 506 Adreno graphics. However, both the smart devices are featured with similar 3GB RAM at base configuration. But Snapdragon 630 facilitates Moto X4 with faster RAM speeds. X4 is further implemented with external storage facility up to 256 GB, additional storage via microSD card. On the other hand, external storage facility of Moto G6 can be expanded via microSD card but limited to 128 GB only. Both the smart devices run on latest Android (Oreo) operating system.
Moto X4 and Moto G6 are similarly featured with non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery support along with 15W TurboPower charging options. However, considering some important distinction in the camera options, differences lean in favor of Moto X4. X4 is featured with an 8MP front camera and 12MP rear camera, whereas, G6 is designed with a 12Mp rear camera and 5MP selfie camera. Differences lie in the resolution of the selfie camera, front camera of X4 has a high-resolution 16MP sensor and G6 has lower-resolution 8MP sensor.
The all-new Moto G6 is launched at a starting price of £219 ($249), whereas, the original starting price of Moto X4 starts at £199 ($399), which is comparatively $150 more. Since both the smart devices are available on an extensive range of mobile networks, they try to win one another. Considering its base price and features, Moto G6 is fairly persuasive. For buyers on a limited budget, the base price of Moto X4 is debatable to validate with its minor implementations it offers. Other than price, considering display screen of Moto X4 that actually falls short in front of the 5.7-inch Full HD+ display screen offered by Moto G6.
Between Moto X 4 and newly launched Moto G6, which phone buyers should opt for, is basically a matter of priorities. Moto X4 is featured with higher-end performance, slightly standard hardware, superior water resistance capacity and more capable camera option. But Moto X4 is almost 40% extra expensive. Noticeable, considering its moderate base price Moto G6 is more spectacular than Moto X4, although Moto G6 falls short than the hardware and performance of the Moto X4.
So, if you are after a low-budget and big-screen phone, then Moto G6 is surely a great option for you. But if you are looking forward to a better hardware, protection, performance and can spare the amount, then Moto X4 will be the right choice for you. Other than this, if performance is a key factor for you, then you are free to look into the Moto Z2 Force and Moto Z2 Play as well.
-By Chandrani Sarkar (Sr. Content Developer and Research Analyst @Travarsa)