Moto G8 Plus Review : Stunning Performance Under Budget

Motorola’s Moto G series smartphones have been popular in the budget segment for a long time. Motorola has now updated its Moto G series after launching some new One Series models such as Motorola One Macro and Motorola One Action. Read comprehensive Moto G8 Plus Review here.

Moto G8 Plus Review : Reimagine The Motorola Glory

Moto G8 Plus Review

The design of the Moto G8 Plus is exactly like the Motorola One Macro, especially the arrangement of the camera sensor on the back panel of the phone. The polycarbonate body looks good in cosmic blue color variants. Apart from this, there is also a crystal pink color variant of the Moto G8 Plus. The back panel of the phone feels like glass.

Moto G8 Plus Design:

This phone is not very heavy but it is more than 9.09 millimeters thick. The side is glossy and sometimes a bit slippery. The textured power button is placed correctly but the volume button is placed slightly up. The SIM-tray is on the left side of the phone which supports two nano-SIM cards and a second slot up to 512 GB MicroSD card.

Moto G8 Plus has a headphone jack at the top and USB Type-C port at the bottom. The earpiece and bottom speaker work together to create a stereo effect. Motorola has given a 6.3-inch LTPS IPS display in the Moto G8 Plus, using Panda Glass for scratch protection.

Moto G8 Plus Review

The Moto G8 Plus comes with full-HD + (1080×2280 pixels) resolution and 19: 9 aspect ratios. The panel shows Vivid and Colors accurately. Brightness remains true even when used outdoors and viewing angles are also good. You will find the option for Basic Color Adjustment in the Settings menu.

The bezel surrounding the display is not very thin. There is a water drop notch on the front panel where phone’s elfie camera is placed. The Moto G8 Plus has a Moto Display which is an ambient display mode that will show you missed notifications, battery level and time on the lock screen.

Phone’s rear camera at the back of the phone has emerged slightly. The fingerprint sensor is sitting at the Moto logo on the back panel. You can also use the Face Unlock feature. It works correctly in sufficient light. Phone’s box contains a 15 watt turbo charger, SIM eject tool and Type-C cable.

Moto G8 Plus Specifications and Software:

The Moto G8 Plus is packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 655 processor. The same chipset has been used in Realme 5, Xiaomi Mi A3 and Redmi Note 8. Only one variant of Moto G8 Plus has been launched which is equipped with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage.

The phone has dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth version 5, dual 4G VoLTE, NFC and three satellite navigation system support. Motorola has claimed that the Moto G8 Plus is water resistant, although it does not come with an official IP rating.

The software is quite clean and is very close to stock Android. There is no bloatware on the phone and the default apps will not bother sending you spam notifications. The Moto G8 Plus comes with Android 9 Pie with Digital Wellbeing and standard Android gestures.

The Moto app gives you the option to select Moto Action and set the Moto Display. Moto Actions are shortcuts and gestures that are used to quickly turn on the camera and flashlight and take quick screenshots.

There is also a Dolby audio app that boosts the volume and quality of sound coming through speakers, wired and wireless headphones. In the phone you will find some Google apps like slides, news and sheets.

Moto G8 Plus performance and battery life

The Moto G8 Plus manages everything correctly. Multitasking was also easy and we did not have any heating problem in the phone. Due to the large display in the phone, there may be some difficulty in reaching the upper part of the screen, but many gestures in the phone will help you. The phone did get slightly hot during gaming.

Moto G8 Plus Review

Like the speaker at the bottom of the phone, the earpiece is also very fast. The Moto G8 Plus has Motorola 15 W Turbo Charging feature support. In our battery loop test, the Moto G8 Plus lasted for 14 hours and 10 minutes. With general use, which included playing games, using a camera, and surfing the Internet.

The phone rang for more than a day. The turbo charger that comes with the phone charges the Moto G8 Plus battery from 0 to 36 percent in half an hour, up to 70 percent in one hour and full charge in about two hours.

Moto G8 Plus cameras

The back of the Moto G8 Plus has three rear cameras. The primary sensor is 48 megapixels, its aperture is F / 1.8. It will be supported by a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera. The phone also has a 5 megapixel depth sensor. The Moto G8 Plus also has a laser autofocus module and LED flash.

The camera app is easy to use due to the simple layout. Apart from the main shooting mode, additional modes such as portrait, panorama and night vision are given separately in the menu. You will also find some fun modes like spot color and cutout in Moto G8 Plus.

In daylight the primary camera sensor captures good landscape shots and close-up shots. It also handles HDR correctly, besides balancing the exposure of light correctly. Colors look vivid but don’t show much boost and details are captured well.

The phone saves 12 megapixel photos by default. The handset does not have the option to shoot at 48 megapixel resolution. RAW files can also be captured in manual mode. Close-up shots were good, the details were captured well.

Colors was also vivid and sharpness was also good. Close-up shots taken in low light were also good. You will also get night vision in Moto G8 Plus. Colors were captured properly but the details did not improve much. If you look at the photo without zooming, then you will see the photos well.

The depth sensor works well to detect the edge around the subject and blur the background. The blur effect can be adjusted before and after taking a shot. The 16 megapixel action camera can be used not only for photos but only for video shooting which is a bit disappointing.

Video Quality

In the video mode, near the shutter button a button is present that gives access the wide-angle camera. Video taken with a wide-angle action camera on the Moto G8 Plus stabilized at 1080p 30fps, but not at 60 frames per second. Video quality is good in daylight and electronic stabilization also works well.

Video quality was not very good in low light as grains appeared in the video. When switching to the primary camera, you can set the resolution to 4K at 30 frames per second but without stabilization. The video came electronically stabilized at 1080 resolution 30 frames per second and the footage also came out with better color reproduction. For the information of people, let us tell you that in low light the quality also decreased slightly.

Selfie Camera

The Moto G8 Plus has a 25-megapixel selfie camera. You can also capture selfies at full resolution if you wish. Selfie came out well in daylight, colors and detail were captured well. You can enable face beauty mode which smoothes skin texture.

Image quality was below average in low light. The details were also not captured properly, as well as a glimpse of Noise. While shooting with a selfie camera, you will find many shooting modes such as spot color, group selfie, portrait and slow-motion video.

Moto G8 Plus Review : Conclusion

Moto G8 Plus has only one variant launched in India. The important feature of Moto G8 Plus is its cameras and Dolby-Stereo speakers provided in the phone.  At 13,999, Motorola has neck to neck fight with Realme 5 Pro and Samsung Galaxy M30s. Not only this, Redmi Note 8 Pro is also available in this price segment. We find this phone worth buying in your budget.

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