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Moto G8 Plus Review: Another Mid-Range Marvel
Motorola's Moto G-series have long been renowned for the exceptional quality that they provide at a mid-range price point.
The Moto G7 Plus received rave reviews, so how does the new and improved Moto G8 Plus compare?
The Moto G8 Plus certainly doesn’t look like a mid-range device, sporting a stunning 6.3-inch Max Vision FullHD+ IPS display for bright colours and clarity. Indeed, this boasts a pixel resolution of 2280 x 1080 at roughly 400-pixels per inch and edge-to-edge technology makes media playback a real pleasure. The dewdrop notch hasn’t hindered video playback all that much - which is good news since there is no software tech to hide it – as an 82.5% screen-to-body ratio and tall 19:9 aspect ratio allows for a really immersive experience. A contrast ratio of 1612:1 isn’t all that bad for a device at this price point, however an LCD panel will never compete with the true backs that can be produced by an OLED display.
The screen itself is topped by a layer of Panda Glass to protect it from bumps and bruises, whilst the device itself has a thin nano-coating layer that Motorola describes as ‘water-repellent’ but not waterproof. The device also comes with a TPU case in box.
Indeed, the G8 Plus is a plastic build, rather than the more premium glass. This does make it fairly prone to smudges and dirt, but on the plus side, it’s less likely to shatter and is more lightweight. At 188g and with dimensions of 158.35 x 75.83 x 9.09mm it’s a lot more pocket friendly than many other similar devices.
We're big fans of the gradient finish on the back and the Motorola logo doubles up as a fingerprint scanner.
- 6.3-inch Max Vision FullHD+ IPS display
- 2280 x 1080
- 82.5% screen-to-body ratio
- 19:9 aspect ratio
- 1612:1 contrast ratio
- Panda Glass coating
- Water-repellent layer
- 158.35 x 75.83 x 9.09mm
- Fingerprint scanner
The rear of the device is also home to a triple lens camera system, consisting of a 48MP main sensor with an f/1.7 aperture and PDAF tech, a 5MP depth sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, and lastly a 16MP ultra-wide action camera, with an f/2.2 aperture and a 117-degree field of view.
Images shot with ample lighting are brilliant, with plenty of detail and decent colour reproduction. On board AI enhancements also work very well to ensure the best possible picture every time and don’t over-saturate as much as other similar devices that we’ve used. That said, Dynamic Range could be better – even with HDR turned on.
Quad Pixel tech is also respectable and works by combining four pixels into a single large on, for improved light sensitivity that gives for more detailed pictures with improved colour and clarity. The resulting pictures are of course 12MP.
Motorola’s camera software isn’t half bad and High Res Zoom allows for digital zoom at up to 8 times, getting you closer to your subject. Night Vision also works to increase low light sensitivity so that you can capture every detail whether it’s day or night.
The Moto G8 Plus is able to record 4K video @ 30fps, or Full HD @ 120fps and comes with Electronic Video Stabilisation to keep your moving images smooth and focused.
The 16MP Action Camera can shoot horizontal video even when held in a portrait orientation, however the maximum resolution with this lens is 1080p.
If selfies are more your thing, then the G8 Plus has a single 25MP front shooter with an f/2.0 aperture. This comes with similar Quad Pixel tech for 6MP results and takes some really impressive selfies for the price point.
- Triple rear-camera setup
- 48MP main sensor, f/1.7 aperture and PDAF
- 5MP depth sensor, f/2.2 aperture
- 16MP ultra-wide Action Cam, f/2.2 aperture and 117-degree field of view
- Onboard AI
- High Res Zoom; 8x digital zoom
- 4K video @ 30fps; Full HD @ 120fps
- 25MP front camera, f/2.0 aperture
The Moto G8 Plus runs the efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor with 4GB RAM; making simple day-to-day tasks fast and smooth. Android 9 (Pie) ships in box with a promise of an update to Android 10 soon and is lightly dusted with Moto Experiences such as Gestures. This allows you to do things like activate your torch with a double karate chop or launch the camera with two swift twists.
Onto the battery, then the 4000mAh is fantastic for this kind of device and should keep you going for 1-2 days. When it is time to recharge, the device comes with a 18W TurboPower charger in box and takes just over 2 hours to charge from 0-100%.
The G8 Plus has 64GB of internal storage for all of those apps and pictures, however, also supports a microSD card up to 512GB within the hybrid SIM slot.
Finishing things off, the G8 Plus has a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB-C port and support for NFC.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
- 4GB RAM
- Android 9.0 (Pie) with imminent update to Android 10
- 4,000mAh battery
- 18W TurboPower Charger
- 64GB internal storage
- MicroSD support up to 512GB
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- USB-C port
Motorola’s G-range has long been at the forefront when it comes to great mid-range devices and with the G8 Plus it certainly continues that trend. With a near-pure Android experience, a fantastic battery life and a triple lens camera headed up by a 48MP lens, the G8 Plus gets all of the essentials very very right - and some.
For only £239.99 inc-VAT from Clove Technology, you won’t find many better all-round experiences than the Moto G8 Plus; so go and check that out.