The Moto G lineup was one of the best-selling devices in the budget segment until it faced competition from Chinese smartphone makers. The latter is offering some interesting choices in the sub-15,000 segment. However, Motorola has a new offer and it could be an attractive choice for a budget phone.
Although Motorola has launched several Motorola One smartphones this year, they focused on one camera feature or another. The Moto G8 Plus, on the other hand, is the ultimate sequel to the Motorola One series. It combines one-to-one action cameras, one-vision primary cameras, and one-macro laser autofocus. Not only is the camera flexible, the Moto G8 Plus also offers Dolby-backed stereo speakers.
After the extra-priced Moto G7 Plus, the Moto G8 Plus marks the return of the Moto G-lineup in the lower mid-range segment. But is that enough to compete with the Realme 5 Pro, Samsung Galaxy M30s and Redmi Note 8 Pro? Find out.
Moto G8 Plus is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset, which can be seen on devices like Realme 5 and Redmi Note 8 which are much less than Rs 13,999. It comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, which can be expanded up to 512GB using a shared microSD card.
On a daily basis, the performance of the phone was satisfactory. It does not delay or delay when switching between multitasking and Chrome tabs and jumping between apps. There were hiccups, but it didn’t necessarily slow down the phone.
In our benchmark test, the Moto G8 Plus performed well. It scored 142599 on AnTuTu 7.0, which is lower than the competitors. For reference, the Redmi Note 8 Pro scored 222904 in the same test. However, it was more than the Galaxy M30s. The Moto G8 Plus 3D scored 1760 in the mark sling shot.
For gaming, the Asphalt 94 runs at an average frame rate of 25 frames per second with 44 percent stability. In contrast, PUBG Mobile runs at an average frame rate of 21 frames per second with 98 percent stability. During the gameplay, the animations were mostly continuous and stutter-free. We used a gamebench to record all the gaming metrics
By default, it runs ‘low’ graphics presets on PUBG Mobile. Although the graphics did not look very good, the gameplay was not very impressive. The phone did not warm up alarmingly during the gaming session. The performance was satisfactory.
Call performance was loud and clear on both the earpiece and the speaker.
My favorite aspect of the phone – UI without any ads or bloatware. The Moto G8 Plus comes with a stock Android-like experience. The default apps don’t spam you and there are no unnecessary ads or notifications The phone has been shipped with Android 9 Pi and the company says they plan to bring Android 10 to the device “soon”.
Features like digital wellbeing and Android gestures are included in the software. However, I would advise you to stay clear on the hints. The device comes with a bunch of shortcuts called Motorola Moto Action. There are shortcuts to quickly turn on the camera and torch, take quick screenshots and much more. You can use the phone in one-handed mode by swiping diagonally down from the center of the display. Then there’s Peak Display Gesture – my favorite – which enables a pseudo-always-on-display function.
The device comes with a standard Google app suite like slides, news and sheets.
Moto G8 Plus has a 48MP main sensor with f / 1.7 aperture + a 16MP ultraviolet action camera with f / 2.2 aperture + a 5MP depth sensor with f / 2.2 aperture. There is an autofocus module with triple rear camera setup. However, more does not necessarily mean better. Image quality is rather average.
The phone saves 12MP oversample photos by default. Also, you can’t click pictures in full 48MP resolution. When shooting nearby subjects, the device quickly focuses. It captures a decent amount of detail. The pictures are sharp, the colors are vivid and the pictures look good
Overall, the camera tends to highlight blue tones. This makes the image look much cooler than expected. The dynamic range, as you can create from samples, is also not great. It winds up highlighting. For portrait shots, the depth sensor does a good job of detecting edges around our subject and obscuring backgrounds. The software lets you adjust the blur effect before and after the shot. There are also options for adding different lighting effects.
Shooting hits and misses in low light environments when night vision is on. However, it doesn’t make much of a difference in low light shots. Sometimes, image processing looks worse when the night vision is on than when the night vision is off. Low light shots contain muddy details.
Surprisingly, the Moto G8 Plus has a wide-angle camera, but it can’t take wide-angle pictures. This is Motorola’s Action Cam, which lets you shoot only videos. Videos captured on Action Camera are stable at 1080p 30fps, but not at 60fps. Video quality is good and electronic stabilization works well in daylight. However, it is remarkably granular and softer in detail in low light. The footage is well fixed for a mobile phone. However, one should not expect GoPro level footage. For videos taken with the primary camera, the resolution can be set up to 30fps up to 4K, but without the stabilization.
Coming to the front camera, it lets you take selfies in full 25MP resolution or with additional samples at 6MP. Selfie looks decent during the day. The camera manages to capture colors and details well. As you can see in the picture above, once told where to focus, the camera was able to capture the image well. Low light quality will be given an average rating with poor description and noise. Users get the option to enable Face Beauty mode, which smoothes the skin texture. There are other shooting modes like spot color, group selfie, portrait and slow-motion video.
Display and audio
The Moto G8 Plus has a 6.3-inch Full HD + IPS LCD display. It looks good at first glance. The contents of the IPS LCD panel are crisp. However, the brightness reaches a maximum of 500 nits, which is lower than the average for a device of Rs 15,000 in our test. However, the contents of the screen were easily visible under direct sunlight. The device also has a wide viewing angle.
The smartphone has a 19: 9 aspect ratio. When viewing 18: 9 content on a long screen, the software active-black bars are noticeable, at least for me. But then again, this is the case with every phone that comes with an LCD panel. Also, the display looks high quality for the price.
The speaker output on the Moto G8 Plus is loud and clear. The company has a range of Dolby enhancements that you can turn on or off. When left in ‘Auto Mode’, Dolby settings adjust to the scene, whether it’s while watching a movie or playing music. You can always tinker manually with bass, mid and vocal depending on your listening style.
Outside of the earphone’s audio box, it didn’t sound very good. But when the Dolby Audio app was launched, I had no problem listening to music through my earphones. The audio via Bluetooth was also good, and I didn’t notice any dropouts while listening to music and moving around in my apartment so it’s safe to say that the range of Bluetooth is also good.
Overall, the Moto G8 Plus is a really good device for media use, with nice speakers and a sleek display. In fact, it is one of the best in the range.
The Moto G8 Plus packs a 4000mAh battery and the battery life of this phone is excellent. Battery life is one of the unique selling points of this phone. We ran a video on the loop in full brightness to see how long it takes for the phone to go from 100 to 0, and it lasted more than 20 hours – more than the average of the 15,000 bucks we’ve tested so far. .
During testing, the Moto G8 Plus was put through several sessions of gaming, web browsing, simultaneously installing and downloading apps, and online video playback. It performed well throughout the test. Moreover, leaving the phone unattended did not have a significant effect on battery life. It is perfect for all day use.
The Moto G8 Plus comes with a 15W USB-C charger in the box, which charges the battery from zero to 100 percent in about 2 hours.
Construction and design
In terms of design, the Moto G8 Plus looks like the phone I reviewed earlier, the Motorola One Macro. It sports a polycarbonate body and comes in Cosmic Blue and Crystal Pink colors, which are beautiful to look at. There are purple highlights of blue color. The back of the phone registers stains and fingerprints each time the device is picked up. It is therefore advisable to use the clear case included in the box. It will also help you reduce the camera bump. The rear panel also has a fingerprint sensor built into the Motorola logo. The sensor works just as you would expect – making the unlocking experience faster and hassle-free.
Quad rear camera setup
Up front, the Moto G8 Plus has a 6.3-inch display. It comes equipped with a waterdrop groove. The size of the side bezel helps it to keep pace with current design trends. The chin is not too big either. Above the display is a large earpiece grille, which doubles as a stereo speaker. A USB Type-C port is placed on the top and bottom of the headphone jack.
For smartphone directions, the volume rockers are located above the power button on the right side of the device. The power button has a textured finish. Which helps to distinguish it from the volume buttons. Moreover, the sensitive response of the buttons is not the best and it could have been better. On the left end is the SIM tray, which can hold two nano-SIM cards, or one SIM card and one microSD card (up to 512 GB). Since the Moto G8 Plus only comes in one configuration, i.e. 64GB storage, I would have preferred a separate microSD card slot instead of the Hybrid.
The Moto G8 Plus plays a nano-coating layer, which makes it splash resistant. The company says it has applied small rubber gaskets throughout the phone’s entire build. Although the phone does not have IP68 certification, Motorola claims that it is waterproof.
Overall, there is nothing remarkable about the design language of the Moto G8 Plus. It lacks the glass-metal sandwich design seen in the Moto G7 Plus, but it is still more ergonomic and fits perfectly in the hand. It looks elegant and smart as long as you are able to keep fingerprints off.
The last row
The Moto G8 Plus is an excellent device in terms of media consumption and battery life. It has very good stereo speakers, a solid battery life, a fine display and above all a clean Android experience. Compared to the Motorola One series models, the Moto G8 Plus is the best Motorola device among all the options available in the price range.
Where the Moto G8 Plus fails in heavy gaming Make no mistake, this could easily lead to a casual gaming session, but if you’re someone who specializes in their PUBG mobile sessions or COD matches, you’d better look elsewhere. The camera performance of the Moto G8 Plus is a little higher than average. Sadly, there is no way to click on a wide-angle photo, and low-light camera performance is very low.
Other than that, if you are in the market for a device with experience like stock Android, through which you can use media and it still lasts all day, Moto G8 Plus is that device.