The G5 and G5 Plus were two of our favourite budget phones in 2017, and now thanks to leaks, the G6, G6 Plus and even G6 Play look set to take the budget crown once again.

And we might be seeing the Moto X5 as well... 

  • Expected launch in March

But when will the new Moto handsets launch? We were expecting the new Motorola devices to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in late February but it didn't happen.

It is probable that there will now be a separate Motorola event in the Spring. 

We'd always expect budget prices for the G6 series and Droid Life agrees, saying the G6 and G6 Plus will cost between $240 and $330, but hasn't given an estimated price for the G6 Play.

  • Three devices exoecred
  • Moto G6, G6 Play and G6 Plus

Evan Blass, who has often been a reliable source for leaks said in November 2017 that the Play name would return to Motorola's phone lineup and this appears to be true, as Droid Life has obtained images of all three devices although does say they're unverified at the moment.

The most obvious change from the G5 smartphones is the addition of a dual-lens rear camera for the G6 and G6 Plus, both of which protrude from the back panel in a similar way to the Moto X4. 

While not confirmed right now, Droid Life says both cameras will comprise 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel lenses and both will get a 16-megapixel camera on the front.The Moto G6 Play gets a single-lens camera instead, but we don't yet know the megapixel count.

Ahead of an official unveiling, the Moto G6 Play has leaked via NCC.

Motorola usually reserves the "Play" brand for phones with a long battery life. The G6 Play, for instance, is expected to have a 4,000mAh battery, as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 and 5.7-inch (2:1-aspect and 1440 x 720-pixel) display.

TrendyTechz/NCCMoto image 2

As you can see in the leaked images, it has a Moto X4-like design, slimmer bezels, and a fingerprint reader to the back of the phone beneath the camera.

Other rumored features include Android 8.0 Oreo, a 16-megapixel camera, and 32GB storage with 3GB RAM or 64GB with 4GB of RAM.

Unfortunately, based on these images, it looks like it will have a Micro USB port on the bottom instead of USB-C.

TrendyTechz/NCCMoto image 3

However, the phone will have a headphone jack, so that's cool. Motorola is clearly targeting the mid-level market with this smartphone.

Elsewhere, Droid Life believes the G6 will get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor while the Plus version will get the aforementioned 630, both will seemingly have 3GB and 4GB RAM options, although the G6 Plus is also said to get a 6GB RAM version too.

Both will get 32GB and 64GB storage options. Mobielkopen says the G6 Play gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, 3GB of memory and it has also been benchmarked, too. 

Aside from the camera, the other noticeable difference is 18:9 displays for all three phones.

The G6 and G6 Play will get 5.7-inch full HD displays, while the G6 Plus will get a larger 5.93-inch full HD screen. The G6 and G6 Plus will have fingerprint scanners embedded in the front-mounted home button while the G6 Play's will move to the back, in a similar fashion the recently leaked E5.

The only spec listed for the G6 Play is the battery, which is said to come in a mammoth 4,000mAh, while the G6 and G6 Plus will get 3,000mAh and 3,200mAh units respectively.

The G6 Plus has been subject to another leak, but this time it's a real-life image of the phone that's leaked, presumably from the production line.

The images were uploaded to Reddit and they certainly line up with the images leaked to Droid Life, including an 18:9 display with slim bezels and a home button/fingerprint scanner at the bottom.

RedditMotorola Moto G6 Plus spotted in the wild 189 display confirmed image 1

The photos are a little blurry, and they claim to be of a pre-production model of the G6 Plus, so the design may change before the final production model is released. So, as with any leak it's obviously worth taking them with a pinch of salt for now.