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Motorola G8 Plus

The Motorola Moto G8 Plus offers all sorts of features for a mid-range smartphone. And unlike most feature-packed phones, it comes at an affordable price.

Since flagship models are so expensive, the middle class is conquering the smartphone market. Even cheap entry-level models now pack a lot of punch for the money you pay. The Motorola Moto G8 Plus is a middle class smartphone that is packed with high-end features, including a 48 megapixel main camera with night mode and laser focus, an action camera with ultra-wide angle, quick-charge function and 4G. That all sounds good, doesn't it?

Motorola G8 Plus

Motorola Moto G8 Plus: New series, new design?

Instead of big leaps, Motorola prefers to take small progressive steps in design. In comparison to the almost identical predecessor, the Motorola G7 Plus, the back is the main new feature. The fingerprint sensor and Motorola-typical Batwing logo can still be found there. Instead of a circular recess, the lenses are now lined up along the side of the housing. This looks more subtle than the G7, mainly due to a round arrangement of the three lenses (there were two more on the G7 Plus), plus a laser sensor would apply even thicker. The front is also more elegant-looking. The front camera notch has shrunk, and the Motorola lettering has disappeared. Overall, the G8 Plus with its minimal changes looks a touch more chic than its predecessor.


Motorola Moto G8 Plus: Upgraded Display

The G8 Plus fills the front with slightly more screen than the G7 Plus. The diagonal measurement grows from 6.2 inches to 6.3 inches, to accommodate a full HD Plus resolution of 2270x1080 2280x1080. Hardly worth mentioning as this is more or less standard on the majority of mid-range smartphones. On the other hand, the improved display quality is definitely worth a mention. In comparison to its predecessor, the black is richer, and the white more neutral-looking. The maximum brightness is also higher. The pixels however leave a little to be desired.


Motorola Moto G8 Plus: Quad-pixel technology

Even if the cameras do not follow a circular arrangement, the camera package is still a wrap-around. The G8 Plus comes with three lenses, all for different purposes. The main sensor has a resolution of 48 megapixels. Due to the quad-pixel technology, these merge into 12 megapixels on the photo taken. During the day, the camera takes detailed photos at first glance. On closer inspection, however, these reveal an uneven sharpness, especially at the edge of the picture. This is a classic Motorola camera downfall.


Due to the high number of pixels, the sensor should primarily capture more light, which creates a well-lit photo even in very dark situations. After testing the Motorola One Zoom - which uses the same technolog - the quad-pixel method made a lot more detail visible in the dark, but nevertheless struggled with poor detail and colour falsifications. The camera of the G8 Plus also shares these weaknesses. At night, the night mode makes more details visible, but the sharpness is uneven and colours are reproduced unnaturally strong.


Moto G8 Plus: depth sensor and laser focus

The main sensor is supported by a depth sensor with 5 megapixels. While the former captures the photographed object with all details, the depth information is used by the auxiliary lens for a blurred background. In combination with the laser focus, this works very well. The camera quickly focuses on an object and it is shown in detail on the photo. The transition to the blurry background is very precise.

Motorola G8 Plus Camera

Moto G8 Plus: Ultra wide-angle videos

Like the Motorola One Action, an additional camera for action shots was installed in the Moto G8 Plus. The best bit about this is the fact that videos can be recorded with a 117° ultra-wide angle – when videoing upright! The device is held as usual and with a firm grip in one hand, the video is recorded in landscape format. Due to the ultra-wide angle, the Full HD videos with their 60 frames per second look like the action videos of a Go Pro. Atheleste, and people who like to record their own stunts will enjoy the action cam, which is equipped with improved image stabilisation. Just be careful that you’re not recording somewhere too wet as unfortunately the G8 Plus is not waterproof. Don’t forget it’s only a mid-range smartphone.


Moto G8 Plus: Selfie camera

Like the main camera, the sensor on the front camera is based on quad-pixel technology, but has a resolution of 25 megapixels, of which 6.2 megapixels make it onto the actual photo. The real highlight - and this can be taken literally here - is the portrait mode. As with the iPhone 11 (and the predecessors from the iPhone X), you can play with different blur effects and exposure scenarios. The Motorola Moto G8 Plus does not always implement the effects as cleanly as we’d like though. Details such as fine hairs are not clearly worked out and the overall picture looks more plastic than that of the iPhone 11, but it is blurred and smooth. The transition of the motif to the dark background is more even with the iPhone. Nevertheless, the G8 Plus does well and it is fun to create chic photos with the effects and it’s much cheaper than anything that Apple have to offer with a comparable camera.


Moto G8 Plus: throttled engine

The built-in Snapdragon 665 processor from Qualcomm clocks an impressive eight cores at 2.0 GHz each and is supported by 4 gigabytes of RAM. In the benchmarks, the G8 Plus lines up with this economical configuration in the lower middle class and cannot stand up to high-priced siblings like the Motorola One Zoom or mid-range models from the competition like the Huawei P30 Lite. Standard applications run sufficiently fast in everyday life. However, in the camera app you sometimes notice breaks and stutters in the effects calculated in real time. The Moto G8 Plus has achieved a significant increase in performance compared to the G7 Plus. However, the G8 Plus is neither designed nor suitable for graphically demanding games. Again, remember that we are dealing with a mid-range smartphone here.


Moto G8 Plus: Persistent battery and turbopower charging

The poor gaming performance benefits the battery. With 4,000 mAh, the battery should last a long time considering the weak processor. Motorola boast up to 40 hours. You can also charge it quickly thanks to the included 18-watt power supply, but not as fast as the G7 Plus with its 27-watt turbopower power supply, which offered a record-breaking charge.


Moto G8 Plus: Fast 4G and fast WLAN

Thanks to 4G CAT 13, you can surf the Internet quickly at 400 megabits per second. In the WLAN of your choice, the G8 Plus uses either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency bands. This is a rear feature on the inexpensive devices in of middle class. Of the installed 64 gigabytes of memory, 50 gigabytes can still be used and it’s possible to expand on this to 512 gigabytes if you use a micro-SD card. The tradeoff for this is that you have to make do without a second SIM card. The G8 Plus has only one hybrid slot.

Motorola Moto G8 Plus: Conclusion

The popular G7 series now has a very worthy successor. However, unlike in previous years, Motorola haven’t presented a whole series of G8s – the G8 Plus is a lone wolf. It is not yet confirmed whether other variants will follow, such as a slimmed-down G8, a game-compatible G8 Play or a sustained G8 Power. Above all, the G8 Plus relies on better camera equipment than its predecessor and thus turns out to be an interesting hybrid: It offers the ultra-wide-angle video camera of the Motorola One Action, the quad-pixel front and main camera of the Motorola One Vision and the laser focus of the Motorola One Macro. Even if the respective lens clearly has weaknesses. The overall package is rounded off by the sharp, bright display and a powerful battery with quick-charge function and justifies the current price difference of around £50 compared to the G7 Plus. An alternative without compromises is hard to find. But if you want a solid mid-range smartphone that offers a brilliant camera and doesn’t need charging twice a day – you’ll be hard-pressed to find something better than the Motorola G8 Plus.