Motorola Moto G8 Plus is the newest member of the G-series device lineup from Motorola. The series has often been associated with feature-packed budget devices. The Moto G8 Plus succeeds the hugely-popular Moto G7 and brings improvements such as a triple camera setup and a powerful Snapdragon 665 processor.
The Motorola Moto G8 Plus release date was October 25 2019. However, the device is not yet available for sale in local retail outlets and e-commerce stores. Once it is, the Motorola Moto G8 Plus price is expected to be around £239 (about 110,830 Naira). This seems like a bargain considering the features that come with the device. We take a look at the Motorola Moto G8 Plus latest news.
Here is a look into the pros and cons based on the recent Motorola Moto G8 Plus leaks.
- High-resolution selfie camera
- High-capacity battery coupled with fast charging
- Relatively low price for the available features
- Android 9.0 seems dated since a newer version already exists
- Rear-mounted fingerprint sensors are becoming outdated
Motorola Moto G8 Plus full specification list
- Dimensions: 158.4 x 75.8 x 9.1mm (length, width and thickness)
- SIM card: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Display: LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Size: 6.3 inches
- Resolution: 1080 x 2280 pixels
- Operating system: Android 9.0 (Pie)
- Internal memory: 64GB ROM & 4GB RAM
- Expandable memory: MicroSD up to 512GB
- Camera: 48MP main camera and 16MP ultra-wide camera and 5MP depth sensor
- Selfie camera: 25 megapixels
- USB: Version 2.0, Type-C reversible connector with OTG
- Bluetooth: Version 5.0 A2DP and LE
- Sensors: Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, compass, gyro sensor and accelerometer
- Battery: 4000 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery
- Charging: 15W Turbo charge
Here is a look at the device’s hardware features.
Motorola Moto G8 Plus design
The device has a plastic build with a glossy finish at the back. The triple-camera module occupies the left corner at the back in a vertical strip while the Motorola logo sits in the middle. The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is housed under the emblem and works quite intuitively. The phone measures 9.1 millimeters at its thickest and weighs 188 grams.
The right edge of the frame houses the power button and volume rocker, which are both nicely-textured for identification. The left side houses the hybrid dual SIM-card slots. One slot can only be used for SIM card insertion while the second doubles up as a microSD slot. The top of the device features a 3.5 mm jack for those who choose not to go the wireless way. The bottom has a USB Type-C port, a speaker grille, and a microphone.
Motorola says that the Moto G8 Plus is water-resistant even though it lacks an official IP67/68 certification. However, there are rubber gaskets throughout various sections of the device which could help prevent damage from minor splashes. However, anything more than that will probably cause damage.
The device packs a Full HD+ 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel. This comes in at a 1080 by 2280 pixels resolution and a decent 400PPI pixel density. The screen's 19:9 aspect ratio is ideal for watching movies since most are usually shot in that ratio. For protection, the display is overlaid with a layer of Panda glass, a less common alternative to Corning’s Gorilla glass.
The bezels surrounding the display are relatively narrow except on the bottom area where there is a rather distinct border. While the screen is quite decent, it is not as good as Full HD AMOLED displays available at this price point. The brightness, colours, and contrast are, however, quite good for this price. Motorola’s Attentive Display and Peek Display features also make it to the Moto G8 Plus. The former keeps the display on when a user is looking at it while the latter allows viewing of notifications when the phone is locked.
Processor, performance, and storage
The device is powered by a decent Snapdragon 665 processor which is common among mid-range smartphones. This is paired with an octa-core CPU and an Adreno 610 GPU. Users will also get 4GB RAM and 64GB built-in storage which can be expanded using a microSD card of up to 512GB. While the storage options seem adequate, most people might find the RAM somewhat insufficient for resource-heavy tasks.
The Moto G8 Plus is powered by a non-removable 4000 mAh battery which is quite decent, given the phone’s price. An average user can expect a two-day battery life. However, heavy users who spend long hours watching movies or browsing the internet will get about a day of battery life. This is still quite impressive for a mid-range device. Motorola’s battery management software helps save power by shutting down applications that are open but not in use.
The phone also supports 15W fast charging using the supplied TurboPower charger. The device will take 150 minutes to charge from zero to a hundred percent. While this is nowhere near the quickest-charging phones, it is still reasonable, especially considering the high battery capacity.
Speaker and call quality
This device is among the few modern ones to still feature a 3.5mm jack. The presence of stereo speakers means the audio quality is significantly better than phones with a single speaker setup. The company has also included an active noise cancellation feature which will take call and music audio quality a notch higher.
Here is a look into the phone’s software features.
Operating system and features
The device will initially ship with Android 9.0 (Pie) out of the box. However, Motorola has confirmed planned upgrades to Android 10 for the device. Additionally, users will get a free two-year update guarantee from the company. It is worth noting that Motorola does not overlay Android with a custom skin and users will, therefore, be getting a stock experience as Google intended.
Motorola has implemented a wide range of Moto Actions to give users easier access to the device’s features through gestures. These include lifting to unlock, twisting to launch the cameras and a chop motion to switch on the flashlight.
Motorola Moto G8 Plus camera review, video, and image quality
The device comes with a triple-camera setup at the rear. These include a primary 48MP sensor, 16MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 5MP depth sensor. The company has added a laser autofocus mechanism for perfect focus, especially in low light. On the front, the phone features a 25MP selfie camera housed in the notch on the top of the display.
The primary sensor can shoot 4K video at 30 frames per second and 1080P videos at 120 frames per second for smooth slow-motion playback. The wide-angle sensor can only shoot 1080P videos. The device features electronic image stabilization which is excellent for producing steady footage.
Motorola Moto G8 Plus review
Here is a look at what people have to say about the device on social media.
The Motorola Moto G8 Plus ticks all the boxes one would expect from a device in this price range. The phone features an excellent camera system, a decent processor and a good display. The Moto G8 Plus will appeal very much to people looking for a budget smartphone from a reliable brand. It is undoubtedly one of the phones worth considering at this price range.
Motorola Moto G8 Plus has several stand-out features that will certainly attract potential buyers. These include a powerful processor, stock Android experience and the update guarantee from Motorola. However, limitations such as the inadequate RAM and an all-plastic build show that the company has cut some corners to make the device affordable. However, there are very few devices that can provide the feature-price balance that the Moto G8 Plus has.