The American Multinational Telecommunication Company, Motorola has launched its Moto G8 Plus in India. It is available on Flipkart at INR 13,999/-. The Moto G Series was launched back in 2013 and the series is now entering its 8th generation. The original Moto G was avant-garde in the realm of affordable smartphones. But in the last few generations of Moto G phones have failed to live up to that prestige. The newly launched Moto G8 Plus is here to remind us that the company still knows the craft of building great phones with competitive hardware and aggressive pricing. Succeeding the Moto G7 Plus that launched in February of this year. The Moto G8 Plus brings refreshed internals, three cameras, stereo speakers, and a sizeable battery.
Design and Display
The Moto G8 Plus has poly-carbonate body and comes in two color option – Cosmic Blue and Crystal Pink. The back panel of Moto G8 Plus has a gradient-like glossy finish with the camera setup is on the top left corner, and the iconic Motorola batwing logo aligned in the middle.
The logo area doubles up as a fingerprint sensor, which is rather intuitive and unlocks the phone within seconds. While in-display fingerprint sensors have started making an appearance on mid-range phones, those applications still aren’t as fast as a traditional fingerprint sensor.
The Moto G8 Plus is 9.09 mm thick and weigh around 188 g, which is heavier than the G7 Plus. The right edge houses volume rockers and an unlock button, which is textured for better identification, while the left edge is home to a hybrid SIM card slot. It doesn’t have an additional slot for micro SD card. You can either use two nano sim cards or one nano sim and a micro SD card.
Motorola claims that the body of the G8 Plus is water repellent, and the company has implemented little rubber gaskets throughout the build of the phone to back that claim up. However, it’s still not the same as an IP67/68 rated phone, so anything other than usual splashes of water may do some damage.
A soft protective plastic case is provided in the box for added protection, which is useful, especially if you’re prone to dropping your phone a lot.
The Moto G8 Plus has a 6.3-inches, an IPS LCD panel display with a Full HD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels) resolution and a U-shaped notch up top. The screen has 19:9 aspect ratio, topped with a layer of Panda Glass which is similar to Corning glass.
There are narrow bezels on three sides except for the chin area, which has a more distinct black border. There’s a speaker grill just above the notch, which works in tandem with the bottom speaker, making up the phone’s stereo system.
The Moto G8 Plus has triple camera setup (48 + 16 + 5 MP ). It has primary camera of 48 MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture paired with a 16 MP ultra-wide angle lens with a 117-degree field of view and a 5 MP depth sensor which assists in portrait mode. On the front, there’s a 25 MP selfie camera housed within the notch cutout with an f/2.0 aperture.
The primary camera can record videos in 4K at 30fps and Full HD at up to 120fps while the wide-angle camera and selfie camera can only record at 1080p. The phone has an electronic stabilization in place for videos, which is pretty good at keeping stabilized while shooting. One can also record videos holding the phone in a vertical position which improves stability.
The Front facing camera is of 25 MP with aperture f/2.0. The selfie camera on the front is decent and so are the portrait pictures. But they sometimes require a bit of tweaking as the camera often processed over-exposed pictures with higher saturation levels.
here are some sample shots of Moto G8 Plus :
Performance and Storage
The new Moto G8 is geared up with an Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver) along chipset of Qualcomm Snapdragon 665. It runs on the OS Android Pie (9.0) and has GPU Adreno 610. It can be the ideal pick for the heavy user under the mid-range segment smartphones. Motorola is offering a complete package with great specs and camera in this Moto G8 Plus. You can play heavy games like PUBG, Asphalt 9 and many more without any lag and a thrilling experience.
Moto G8 Plus has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. It supports the micro-SD card and storage can be expanded upto 512 GB. You can also use cloud storage offered by Google like photos, drive for additional space.
The device supports 15W fast charging with the TurboPower adapter provided in-the-box. The smartphone takes around to 150 minutes to fully charge from 0-100%, which is a little on the slow side, but at this point you’re often stuck with micro-USB ports which take even longer, so we’re happy with the USB-C port here. Moto G8 Plus is powered by a 4,000mAh battery, which is a pretty decent capacity even at the low-price tier of phone. On regular use, you can expect a two-day battery life from the G8 Plus. But if you like watching videos, being on social media at all times and playing games on your phone, the phone still easily lasts for a day on a single charge. The battery management system of the phone efficiently saves power by dismissing apps that aren’t in use. Which helps the phone last longer.