LG has recently announced variants of the high-end LG V20 and LG G6.
In fact, we did an article on these two phones arguing that the former’s variant dubbed LG Q8 is a much better option compared to the latter’s variant known as LG Q6, however, this was based on the idea of which model is the better alternative to the LG G6
Between the two, it’s obvious that the LG Q6 is targeting the budget market segment – a segment that is already full of options such as the Moto G5 Plus, which has been around for a couple of months following its launch in April. In a bid to determine which of these two – the LG Q6 and Moto G5 Plus – is the better option, we put the two in a head-to-head comparison with respect to the performance specs, design & display, battery life, camera & software as well as their price. Read on to find out how the tow fared on.
Design and display
The LG Q6 is a slimmed-down version of the LG G6 and this is evident from the design language. The phone looks like its high-end counterpart, especially from the front panel. The display is big and beautiful at 5.5 inches with a 1080p resolution and rounded edges like the ones you see on the G6. As for the rear panel, the setup is very different, where you only see a Q6 logo, a camera and a LED flash.
Still, none of these make the Moto G5 Plus a bad-looking phone, but it just looks a little 2016 or even older. The fingerprint scanner is front-mounted and the back has a protruding camera module. The display size is smaller at 5.2 inches with the same 1080p resolution, which means you get a crispier view on the G5 Plus compared to the Q6.
Both phones have a metallic unibody with no waterproof features, which means they can go through the same abuse and come out in the same way. Nonetheless, the LG Q6 gets this one due to its modern design compared to the aging design used on the Moto G5 Plus.
Every smartphone buyer will always look at the specs they are getting no matter what. In this case, the Moto G5 Plus is a clear winner. Note that we are looking at the high-end versions of both phones, which gives you a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC mated with 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. On the other hand, the LG Q6 has a Snapdragon 435 SoC mated with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage, which can also be expanded.
As you can see, the two have the same amount of RAM and storage, but the Moto G5 Plus has a stronger and much better processor compared to the LG Q6. It gets even worse to know that the latter has no place for a fingerprint scanner, yet the former has it mounted on the front panel, just below the display.
Battery life is another very important aspect of a smartphone and here, both phones give you the same 3000mAh battery units. However, you won’t get fast charging support on the LG Q6, a feature that is available on the Moto G5 Plus. On the contrary, the former gets the better off the latter thanks to the fact that it has the latest USB-C port compared to the microUSB port available on the G5 Plus.
However, just for having support for fast charging technology, the Moto G5 Plus is our pick on this front.
Camera and software
No one wants a phone with a poor camera and these two won’t disappoint, at least when looking at the specs on paper. The Moto G5 Plus has a 12MP sensor on the back with a bigger f/1.7 aperture, AF, dual-tone LED flash and support for 4K video recording. The LG Q6, on the other hand, gets a 13MP shooter on the back with a yet-to-be-confirmed aperture, but you get AF, LED flash and support for 1080p video recording.Both phones have the same 5MP selfie cameras that should do well when taking shots as well as making video calls.
While it takes more than on-paper specs to determine which camera is the best, at least the Moto G5 Plus shows that it has what it takes to be a better option here.
In terms of software, the LG Q6, however, wins the battle thanks to the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat the powers it out of the box as opposed to Android 7.0 Nougat that is used on the G5 Plus.
Price and availability
As noted earlier, the Moto G5 Plus was unveiled in April and so far, it’s already selling priced at $300. As for the LG Q6, it has just been unveiled and so far, the details of its availability and pricing are still unclear. But looking at the package, it looks as if LG is targeting the sub-$400 category, something that would further make the Moto G5 Plus a better option.
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