Moto E6 S: Stock Android is the beauty here
The Moto E6s seems to be living up to the reputation of the Moto E series. Coming in as the first dual-camera smartphone in the E-series, the phone goes up against similarly-priced phones from Xiaomi, Realme and more.
Design and display
The Moto E6s has the same form factor as the Moto E5 Plus, but with several cosmetic changes. To start with, the camera module is no longer circular, and the display has a waterdrop notch.
On the flip side, the glossy back panel attracts fingerprints like a moth to the flame, and those are very hard to get rid of as well. On the front, the Moto E6s ships with a 6.1-inch HD+ LCD panel. Despite being a 19.5:9 screen, there are considerable bezels all around and a thicker chin than usual.
The Motorola Moto E6s phone is to feature a dual-camera module on the back panel. The setup comprises of a 13-megapixel autofocus primary sensor, accompanied by a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
Selfies and video calls are handled by an 8-megapixel shooter on the front. The camera app is minimal with all modes laid out on the viewfinder including beauty, portrait, panorama, HDR, video and photo. You can also turn on the AI scene detection from the settings menu.
Coming to the selfie mode, the 8-megapixel camera also captured impressive selfies for the price tag. You also get the portrait mode for selfies, however, due to the lack of a secondary shooter, you will find halo effect around the edges. Moreover, the pictures taken in low light turn out to be noisy.
Performance, software, and battery
The Moto E6s runs stock Android 9 Pie out of the box, without any bloatware to mar the experience. You get Google goodies like Digital Wellbeing as well as Performance Optimization features from Motorola.
Speaking of the performance, the Motorola Moto E6s features the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC which is ubiquitous in this segment. However, the processor is backed by a generous 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. Needless to say, the combination of the vanilla Android interface and ample RAM ensures smooth performance. Moto E6s handled multitasking and other routine tasks without busting a vein. You might experience slightly slower app loading times, but that’s a given for an entry-level phone.
The 3,000mAh battery is on the smaller side compared to what you get on similarly priced devices from Xiaomi and Realme, however, I managed to push through an entire day on a single charge.