Motorola Moto E6 Play

Motorola Moto E6 Play

The E6 Play is a good option for those on a budget with a clear display, decent daytime camera and Android 9.0 Pie. Read more


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Last updated on the 24th of November at 12:11am with 262,039 deals.

Our Motorola Moto E6 Play Review

The E6 Play is a little hit-and-miss but it’s still worth considering if you’re shopping for a smartphone on a budget. It’s quite nice looking with a display that’s more than acceptable for the price, a fairly good camera and you’ve got all of Google’s great apps to use with Android 9.0. 


Considering its sub-£100 price tag, the E6 Play’s LCD 5.5-inch display is pretty decent with videos and games both looking fine. It’s quite compact but with a 720p HD resolution there’s a fair amount of detail and its colour palette is made punchier by a good level of contrast. 

Viewing angles are of average quality and while its brightness levels aren’t an issue inside, good news for those who like to scroll through social media in bed, it can get a bit tricky to see once you venture outside, especially in direct sunlight. 


Its single lens 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.2 sensor is capable of taking some solid daylight shots in the right circumstances. In well lit conditions, you’ll find shots look nicely colourful and fairly sharp which can be improved even further by manually switching on HDR to reduce blur. 

Images taken in darker conditions, like during the evening at a restaurant, often look quite poor coming out fuzzy and quite noisy. The front camera is also unfortunately a bit temperamental sometimes taking serviceable selfies while others will leave you looking too washed out. 


The E6 Play is much more attractive looking than you’d think for a smartphone this cheap. The back is made from plastic rather than glass but it’s still got a nice glossy shine to it and is much more durable. Below the rear camera sits the Motorola logo which also acts as a quick and responsive fingerprint sensor. 

The biggest indicator to the E6 Play’s price point is its thick top and bottom bezels which really limit the size of its display. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom and a microSD card slot so you can expand its memory up to a sizable 256GB. It doesn’t have any water resistance though, so don’t try listening to your favourite playlist in the shower!


MediaTek’s MT6739 quad-core chip and only 2GB of RAM combine to offer a below average performance. To be fair to Motorola, you shouldn’t purchase this kind of budget device if you’re looking for a major powerhouse but there’s still quite a bit of lag. Apps take a while to load and it can stutter when powering up or you’re swiping around.  

More basic games run fine but you’ll find it difficult to enjoy more high-powered titles as the frame rate will likely be very low. Battery life isn’t particularly great either and you often won’t make it to the end of the day if you’re doing any significant amount of streaming or browsing. 


The E6 Play runs a nice, clean version of Android 9.0 Pie and, sluggish performance aside, it’s packed with all of its usual excellent features. This includes Adaptive Battery, which intuitively learns which apps you use the most so it can prevent those you use the least from consuming as much power, smarter search results and Android Doze. 

All of the annoying bloatware is also gone leaving Google’s fantastic set of apps like Chrome, YouTube, Google Play Movies and TV. It’s a bit of a shame some of Motorola’s own genuinely useful additions are missing however like gestures and the peek display which shows your notifications even when the screen is off. 

How much is the Motorola Moto E6 Play?

The E6 play is an incredibly affordable smartphone and can be purchased for under £100. Choosing a SIM only deal is an excellent way to keep those costs down but if you’d prefer, there should be some cheap pay monthly options available too.

Motorola Moto E6 Play: Our Verdict

The E6 Play is another solid budget smartphone from Motorola. Of course, there are certain compromises you have to make but mostly they’re fine. Its display is pretty good with a camera that’s quite capable in the right light plus you’ve got all the advantages of Android 9.0. 

It’s let down by its performance and its battery life though, so if you’re a big smartphone gamer definitely look elsewhere.


Motorola Moto E6 Play Specification

  • Display Size: 5.5"
  • Display Resolution: 720 x 1440
  • Display Type: IPS LCD
  • Primary Camera Flash: LED flash
  • Primary Camera Resolution: 720 x 1440
  • Primary Camera Megapixels: 13
  • Secondary Camera Megapixels: 5
  • Memory Card Slot: MicroSD up to 256GB
  • 2G Connectivity: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 3G Connectivity: HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100
  • 4G Connectivity: LTE 850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600
  • 5G Connectivity:
  • Bluetooth: 4.2 with A2DP, LE
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Quad-core
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6739
  • Talk Time:
  • Weight (grams): 140
  • Dimensions: 146.5 x 70.9 x 8.3 mm
  • Battery Type: Non-removable
  • IP Rating:
  • Sim Type: Nano SIM
  • Operating System: Android
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Last updated on the 24th of November at 12:11am with 262,039 deals.