Lenovo owned smartphone brand Motorola has capitalised heavily on its budget-oriented G series in India. The brand has continuously launched phones in the sub Rs 15,000 range and has garnered impressive sales figures for the same. Motorola phones have been praised for their stock Android experience, superb build quality and other features which it avails at this price range. However, this price segment seems to be growing competitive at a very unprecedented rate. Just a few months ago, Xiaomi was the only competitor in this segment, and Motorola was easily able to dominate the market using the G series of smartphones. With the launch of the Poco F1 by Xiaomi which debuts at Rs 20,000 the market for Moto G series has undoubtedly taken a hit. The Moto G6 Plus, which is the latest smartphone by Motorola made its debut at Rs 22,499 which has been speculated to be an alarming sign for Motorola.
Growing Smartphone Prices with Advancing Series
The trend of hiking smartphone prices while furthering the line-up has been a prevalent one in the smartphone market. The OnePlus One debuted with the price tag of Rs 21,999 a few years ago, and now the latest OnePlus phones are touching the price tag of Rs 34,999. So it is safe to say that this practice is well known in the technology sector. However, what makes things interesting is that the other phones in the Moto G series stick to their speculated initially prices. However, the Moto G6 Plus come off as the outlier in this comparison. Now it is being said that for the same pricing; the Poco F1 can create substantial competition for this Motorola phone, thus blowing it out of the waters.
Disruption in the Affordable Segment
In the previous year, the Moto G series phones have hovered around the Rs 16,000 price tag and have returned to shelves successfully. Things have taken a turn in the last few months only, as brands like Xiaomi and Nokia have doubled down their attempts to conquer the budget and mid-range segment. While we take a look at the specifications of the Moto G6 Plus, it’s apparent that the phone belongs to the strata of Redmi Note 5 Pro and other similar devices rather than crossing the Rs 20,000 mark. The launch of Poco F1 has further complicated things for the Lenovo owned brand as the phone offers the best in class Snapdragon 845 processor at the price of Rs 20,000 which even gives tough time to the likes of OnePlus 6. Nokia with its latest launches like Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus has further made things tougher for Motorola.
Moto G6 Plus Specifications
The Moto G6 Plus flaunts a 5.9-inch Full HD+ (2280×1080) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio encased in an all-glass design. Under the hood, the phone runs on Snapdragon 630 chipset with 6GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and a 3200mAh battery. The dual rear camera setup on the device comprises of 12MP + 5MP sensors with an 8MP shooter on the front. The device comes with Android Oreo on the software front. Looking at these specifications, the phone can be speculated to land somewhere around the Rs 15,000 or even lesser price range instead of crossing the Rs 20,000 price mark.
Future of Moto G Series
Given the present situation of the Moto G series with the lower two variants lying around the Rs 15,000 price mark and the Moto G6 Plus crossing the Rs 20,000 mark, it is hard to predict where the Moto G series will head in the future. However, if the trend stays like this, then the public will undoubtedly expect the brand to pack the phones with better hardware, software quirks and better design which seem more competitive in the market rather than falling short of the expectations.
Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.