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Moto G6 vs. Moto G5 – Best Design, Display and Hardware

Whenever a new company comes up with a new model in a phone series, fans cannot help but wonder what new changes come with the revamped phone. This is notably one of the questions on the minds of the people that already purchased last year’s flagship phone. Is it worth it to buy the latest one or should you stick with what you own?

Today we are going to answer that question by looking at Moto G5 and Moto G6. We’ll analyze the differences between the two and see how the devices compare. If you were in search of a thorough look at these two devices, then this is the article for you!

Round 1 – Design

The first and most obvious thing that we are going to be talking about is the differences in how these two phones look like. After all, this is by far the first thing that one notices where comparing them side by side. The first thing that we would like to mention is that the G5 features a premium finish that was a noticeable step up from the plastic case of the G4. What Motorola did with Moto G6 is come up with a design finish that rivals that of high-end products.

On the front end of the G6, we see a fingerprint sensor and a circular camera setup, which is different from G5. If we flip the phone, we will see that under the rear camera we can find the logo of the brand. On the bottom side, we will find a USB-C port on the G6 which was upgraded from G5’s Micro-USB port. Happily enough, Motorola decided to keep the 3.5mm headphone jack on the G6.

Winner: Moto G6

Round 2 – Display

Another significant improvement that happens to devices coming from one series is that inevitably, the size of the display gets bigger year by year. This is a trend that has become almost universal with every phone brand out there. The same thing can be said for the upgrade to Moto G6. If with the G5 we had a 5-inch display with Full HD resolution and a pixel density of 440ppi, with Moto G6 things change. We now have a 5.7-inch display with a Full HD+ display and an 18:9 aspect ratio.

Winner: Moto G6

Round 3 – Hardware

Since we got through the noticeable differences between the two devices, it is now time to get to the differences under the hood of these two smartphones. We will first like to talk about Moto G5. It came with the Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. If you wanted to add more storage, there was also a microSD card slot available.

Moto G6 already comes in two different variants, giving buyers the option to choose what fits them best. We are talking about the fact that the Snapdragon 450 processor powers the smartphone and that it comes with either 3 GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage or 4GB of RAM and 65GB of internal storage.

Battery wise, both smartphones allow for a fast charging option, but the size of the batteries is a bit different. Moto G5 came with a downsized 2,800mAh battery, and the G6 is going to be powered by a 3,000mAh battery.

Winner: Moto G6

Round 4 – Cameras

Last but not least, we would like to talk at length about the Cameras of these two devices. Motorola launched Moto G5 last year with a 13MP camera on the rear side and a 5MP camera on the front. The rear camera had a phase detection focus feature and f/2.0 aperture. The front end camera had a display flash with a f/2.2 aperture.

G6 is upping the game by coming with a dual rear camera setup. The two cameras are 12MP and 5MP respectively with an aperture of f/1.8. The selfie camera has also seen an upgraded, now being 8MP.

Some of the features that come with this camera include the group selfie option, portrait mode, object recognition. Face filters, panorama, beauty mode and time-lapse.

Winner: Moto G6

Which to buy?

By now you may be guessing which phone we think is the clear winner. It is the Moto G6! It won in every round where we put it to the test against its older brother, the G5, and it looks like the new member of the family is undoubtedly the best equipped thus far. Now, if you do not own either device and want to buy one but do not know which, we will obviously suggest the G6. If you already own a G5 and are pretty on the fence about making the upgrade, then it is all up to you. Yes, the improvements are palpable, but that does not mean that Moto G5 is in any way worse for wear. If you feel more into the 2018 member of the family, then you should make the change.

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