What is the Moto G6 Play?

The Moto G6 Play is the most affordable phone in the 2018 Moto G family. It looks a lot like the Moto G6 but strips away a few features in order to sell at £169 – and is just about the best phone you’ll find for the money.

It offers an 18:9 screen, a smart look and more storage than most £170 phones. However, if you can afford the extra £50 for a Moto G6, you get a better camera, an expensive-feeling glass rear, a more powerful CPU and a higher-resolution screen.

If you want a high-end flavour, buy a Moto G6. However, since this cheaper phone has a larger battery, it has an appeal of its own too.


All three of the 2018 Moto G phones look pretty similar. The G6 Play, the G6 and G6 Plus have long 18:9-style frames and curved glassy-finish rears. They may not flatten the all-aluminium Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus for build quality, but seem far closer to current top-end phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Huawei P20 Pro. Glass is “in”. However, the Motorola Moto G6 Play doesn’t use the real thing. What you see here is plastic.