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Moto E6s unboxing and first impressions: bringing dual camera goodness to the E-series

Earlier this month, the Lenovo-owned brand, Motorola launched the One Zoom and E6 Plus at its pre-IFA event in Berlin, Germany. Both these smartphones are first of their kind for the brand. While the former is the first Motorola smartphone to flaunt a quad-camera setup, the latter brings dual cameras to the affordable E-series for the first time. The company has now gone ahead and launched the E6 Plus as the Moto E6s in India. I received the review unit of the phone ahead of launch, here’s what I think about based on my initial impressions.

Coming to the packaging, the Motorola E6s comes in the standard Motorola cardboard box in an orange hue with Motorola branding all over. However, this time around, the brand has placed a close-up of the rear panel at the bottom to emphasise upon the dual camera module on the back. Opening the box, you will find the Moto E6s with the protective cover on. Under the phone, you will find the wall charger, micro-USB cable, documentation and a jacket for the nano-SIM.

As for the phone itself, the Moto E6s features a removable battery and removable back panel that is crafted from plastic just like its predecessors. However, unlike the older models’ matte finish, the Moto E6s has a highly reflective, glossy finish on the back. I had a hard time keeping the back panel of the silver unit I received pristine, and smudges are hard to remove as well. I would suggest keeping the protective cover on if you hate fingerprints as much as I do. Surprisingly, the sides of the phone are matte, and offer a good contrast to the back panel.

Speaking of sides, you will find the physical buttons on the right edge while the left edge is bare. The top edge housees the 3.5mm audio jack and at the bottom, you will see the micro-USB port with the loudspeaker grille. There’s no SIM slot because you will have to remove the back panel to insert SIMs as well as microSD card.

As for the back panel, you will find the dual camera module with an LED flash in the top left corner and the recessed Motorola logo with a fingerprint scanner towards the center. The fingerprint scanner is pretty fast but I personally feel face unlock is a little on the slower side.

Flip the phone over, and you get a 6.1-inch HD+ Max Vision IPS screen featuring a waterdrop notch. The display is pretty sharp and vivid, but I found myself struggling a bit with the brightness under the direct sunlight even at 100 percent setting. Being a stock Android device, there are generic display features like a night light mode, ambient display and dark theme.

The Moto E6s is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 processor, which a 2GHz octa-core chipset backed by the IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU. Unlike the E6 Plus, the India-specific Motorola E6s is being offered in only one configuration with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The onboard storage can further be expanded using a microSD card. During my time with the phone, I was able to multitask easily and swap apps without any sort of lag. I will be able to comment better on the performance aspect after I have used the device for some time. The smartphone boots Android 9 Pie in close to stock iteration and is powered by a 3,000mAh battery.

As I mentioned before, the Motorola E6s is the first E-series phone to feature a dual-camera setup on the back. The camera module comprises of a 13MP primary lens accompanied by a 2MP depth sensor. For selfies and video calling, there is an 8MP camera inside the notch on the front. The camera interface is loaded with features like AI-enabled scene recognition, Beautification, Portrait mode, HDR, and panorama. Motorola has kept the camera interface minimal. and I feel it will help those who want an easy-to-use phone. The pictures taken in daylight were pretty good, however, I noticed noise creeping in when taking pictures indoors. The portrait mode also works well thanks to the secondary depth sensor, though you might find a halo effect around the edges in some images.

While the Moto E6s stands out for bringing dual cameras to the E-series, it will go up against the likes of the Redmi 7 and Infinix Hot 8 (review) in India, both of which offer better specs for the price. However, the near-stock Android interface on the E6s will appeal to the Android purists.

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