Motorola Moto G8 Plus: is it worth your purchase?
Broadly speaking, you should consider that the Motorola G8 Plus is a better mobile than its predecessor, the Motorola G7 Plus. Refers to the photographic section not only with a set of three sensors, but also in other aspects, which are highly valued by all: performance and autonomy.
The main lens of 48 Mp is with a wide angle with which to increase field of vision, to which we have to add the night capture mode ‘Night Shift’, which Motorola premieres in this price range.
For the price you pay, you will have a great mobile phone, which will support NFC technology for mobile payments while interacting discreetly, disregarding ‘Moto Acts’ actions.
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Motorola Moto G8 Plus Review
Following the long launch by Motorola with One Zoom in September, the brand has recently introduced three new models of different range (Moto One, Moto G and Moto E), with faces later this year Intends to increase sales
The Moto G8 Plus model analyzed here is. As we will see below, Motorola improves the aspects that are important such as cameras, batteries and processors to offer more extras within the same price range.
Availability and prices
When a brand develops a certain generation, as discussed here, users expect tangible improvements in the new model. This is something you will get in exchange for a € 50 price increase with the new Moto G8 Plus. Are they fair?
This is something we will see throughout the analysis: if a slight increase in its price justifies the cheaper goods and if they are sufficiently confident to award any of our recommended product awards.
In the meantime, you should know that the new Moto G8 Plus is available in Spain at a price of € 269, with either crystal pink or cushion blue. In Mexico it is possible to get it at the Lenovo Assistant’s official store for a price of $ 6,499.
This price matches the model with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, which is expandable by microSD card. To this we must add that it is a dual sim compatible mobile.
Although it holds a mini-jack audio jack, you won’t find headphones in the box, but a USB Type-C cable and a 15W turbopower quick-charge adapter to charge your 4,000mAh battery. Also typical is silicon case that protects the terminal.
Design and build quality
It is a mobile with a 6.3-inch big screen, something that you will see while watching series and movies or retouching your photos, but not while keeping it in your pocket. It is larger and, with 188 grams, is part of the model considered heavier.
The aspect ratio is 19: 9 and has a full-HD + resolution (2280 x 1080 pixels) as opposed to the 21: 9 format found in the Motorola One Vision (also with a 6.3-inch screen). Thus, it is more manageable to have a wide mobile and it is easier to reach all the points of the screen.
We have the opportunity to try the blue version and it exposes the different shades of colors that can be traced back. Despite this, fingerprints remain very accurate.
Its set of three lenses (although visually they may look like four) has been moved to the side, allowing the central part to detect the fingerprint sensor. Thus, in the G8 Plus, it is placed in the back rather than integrated into the front screen.
On your side, we should say that the time during which we have tried this is accurate and fast, much more than what we experience with the Moto One Zoom. It is integrated under the glass of the front screen, which confirms that innovation does not always translate into development.
The front camera is 25 Mp and comes as a ‘U’ rather than a distinctive notch that resembles a water drop. The edges of the frame are used and not as thick as you can find on the iPhone 11, although surprisingly this is not true below and the display loses pixels.
To close the design section, it should be noted that the screen activation button is easily accessible thanks to its rough edge, while the headphone jack is located at the top.
The speakers located just above the selfie camera allow us to enjoy the stereo experience decorated by Dolby.
We would have liked the rear fingerprint sensor to include an LED notification system which we have seen in other models of the brand such as the Moto One Zoom, but this is not the case.
The theme of the edges of the screen has also been improved, leaving us with a display area of 82.5% with respect to the screen ratio, a fact for which other models are over 90% of the surface.
Performance and autonomy
Already in the performance section, the resulting values are not surprising, but when compared to their counterparts, we see that Motorola takes full advantage of this Snapdragon 665 eight-core chipset that takes it in, especially the model only. 4 GB of RAM
In both single-core and multi-core Geekbench tests we see that the price is very close to the performance we have achieved with the Xiaomi Mi A3 terminal, which is a good sign as it is the best in its price range. , Currently set at € 249.
As you will see in the specifications, it is possible to expand the 64 GB of storage that this model brings via microSD card, although we seem to be a smaller figure than other brands in this price range.
Regarding autonomy, the other major deciding factor that can pick you up for one or another terminal, the Moto G8 Plus throws us an average usage time of 9 hours and 12 minutes, which is slightly below the Mi A3 which Lasts 10 hours and 53 minutes. 4,000 mAh battery capacity.
Fortunately, we have the TurboPower fast charging mode with an 18W charger that lets us reach 50% charge in 42 minutes, or full charge in about 2½ hours.
In the beginning you should know that the screen has an IPS panel and LCD technology against AMOLED mode, despite which it retains the colors to be imagined with great realism.
We like being able to handle high brightness values, as it stays at 400 nits. This means that as a general rule, you have to maintain a high-level setting (around 100%) if you want to see multimedia content or social network photos come alive without losing detail.
This is a factor that does not preclude that in general we like the calibration done by the brand, in tune with the wide viewing angles and results that your eyes see in reality.
It should also be added that it provides a good response when it comes to transferring the ‘FPS‘ of games without noticeable delays or lag.
Cameras and action
The G8 Plus’s main sensor is 48 Mp, and although it has three sensors instead of four sensors, as it appears, Motorola combines pixels to achieve results with greater sensitivity to light.
Physically, the action or wide-angle camera is one in the upper part, outside the cluster in which the rest of the components are located. It is 16MP with focal f / 2.2 and offers a viewing angle of 117 degrees, which makes the objective with the most dimensions possible.
Below the comments, we explore the depth sensor and laser with autofocus, which is positioned in such a way that it sounds as if it were an additional camera. There is still room to integrate LED flash.
For practical purposes and thinking about photographic results, it is as if the brand joined One Zoom’s main camera with a wide-angle One Action to achieve great results. Certainly, it succeeds under certain conditions.
This is the case for situations of great light, where whites are fairly accurate and colors are faithful to reality, with some phones in this range not apparent.9 (Review Motorola Moto G8 Plus )
These image captures are stored with a size of 16 Mp and we must recognize that the HDR meets efficiently when collecting a large number of details in complicated photographs taken backlit.
The G8 Plus also allows you to set live filters, in addition to being able to access specific modes such as Night Vision. In general, everything seems to be within reach, but we appreciate a certain delay when jumping between one election or another.
By the way, if you are thinking of taking advantage of Face Night mode, do not get the G8 Plus, although it allows you to capture images, you will have to repeat it multiple times to get the result and not expect Want great results.
Group selfie mode is considered, but the sensor only handles digital zoom so that you won’t be able to widen the field of view. The results here have the quality fruits of the sensors used by the manufacturer-implemented 25 MPP and quad pixel technology.
Regarding video recording, although Motorola has already released it in the Moto One Zoom model, here it again offers serial video recording in vertical format, which allows for just one hand mobile capture and stabilization Has proved very positive.
Indicate here that you can go to landscape mode with a quick adjustment to the camera interface if you wish, allowing you to take full advantage of the mobile screen to see more detail during recording.
The main camera can record video in 4K at 30 fps and full HD at 120 fps, while the wide-angle camera and selfie camera can only record at 1080p. We verify that the stabilization of the video works in an excellent way, being the envy of many others.( Review Motorola Moto G8 Plus )
Android software and version
Here it was expected that the Moto G8 Plus was already launched on the market with the latest version of Android 10, but that has not happened, so we should comply with the minor customization made by Android 9 Pie and Motorola , With special emphasis on ‘Moto Actions’. ‘.
At this point you are sure that you already know the advantages of its direct functions, such as moving the phone to launch flashlight mode, or turning your hand to activate screen mode from its screen.
Regarding the option of navigation without buttons through the system deployed by the firm, it works well and you won’t have a hard time using it, though once we’ve tested the usage gestures with Android One , Then we must recognize that this experience is difficult to improve. But this is always a somewhat personal aspect.( Review Motorola Moto G8 Plus )
In general and as we had anticipated, the Moto G8 Plus improves substantially with respect to its predecessor, the G7 Plus, and clearly, for aspects that are important to the user, such as photography, Performance and autonomy.
We also like the premium design that Motorola is able to deploy in this model, although it has larger dimensions and is heavier, and the edges of the screen can be better utilized.
The performance figures are statistically at least sufficient for the average user’s normal tasks, including the timely reproduction of action games. Autonomy of just over 9 hours according to our tests, confirm that you will not have problems recovering from one day of intensive use.
The problem of the G8 Plus lies in the fact that competition is very tight in this range, which is neither entry-level, nor mid-range. The last to come may be Realme (like Realme 5 Pro), much to consider.( Review Motorola Moto G8 Plus )
- Price: € 269
- IPS LCD screen 6.3 inches and 400 nits
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa core with Adreno 610
- 4 GB RAM
- 64GB memory with microSD option
- Rear cameras: 48 MP f / 1.7 main sensor, OIS, 16 MP wide angle and 117º FOV, 5 MP depth sensor and dual LED flash
- Front camera: 25 MP, f / 2.0 Quad Pixel Technology
- Operating system: Android 9.0 Pie (Motorola One)
- Battery: 4,000 mAh 15W TurboPower fast charge
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi / WLAN 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / Bluetooth 5.0, GPS A-GPS
- USB Type C and 3.5 mm minijack
- NFC and FM Radio
- Rear fingerprint reader
- Dimensions: 75.8 x 158.4 x 9.1 mm
- Weight: 188 grams