Motorola Moto G8 Plus review

Orlin Milinov, 13 Dec 2019.

Introduction

Far removed from the Moto G that got the series started in 2013, the Moto G8 Plus we have for you today aims to keep up with the times with a big display, large battery, and Quad Bayer cameras.

The all-plastic midranger that goes for €270/£240/INR 14,000 packs a 6.3-inch FullHD display (an LCD and not an OLED). Powering that is a generous 4,000mAh cell, a sizeable upgrade over the G7 Plus' 3,000mAh capacity. And for the first time on a G-series phone, the G8 Plus sports a Quad Bayer camera, or Quad Pixel as Motorola calls it. In fact, there are two of those - a 48MP one on the back and another 25MP one for selfies.

Motorola Moto G8 Plus review

The Moto G8 Plus has an unusual twist on the above general formula too. Like its brother from another lineup, the Moto One Action, the Moto G8 Plus has a dedicated ultra wide-angle video camera that's rotated 90 degrees - so you can hold the phone in portrait, and still capture correctly oriented video.

Spicing up the spec sheet is the presence of stereo speakers - a welcome sight in this segment, and a feature carried over from the G7 Plus. Similarly to this predecessor, the G8 Plus comes in a single 4GB/64GB trim level, though it does one-up the G7 Plus with a newer and more efficient Snapdragon 665 chip. It has lost the dedicated microSD slot, however - if you get the dual SIM version, that is.

Motorola Moto G8 Plus specs

  • Body: Plastic frame and back; Dark Blue, Dark Red color schemes; 158.4x75.8x9.1mm, 188g.
  • Display: 6.3" LCD, 1080x2280px (~400ppi), 19:9 ratio.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (11nm), octa-core CPU (4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver); Adreno 610 GPU.
  • Memory: 4GB RAM; 64GB storage, shared microSD slot.
  • OS: Android 9.0
  • Rear camera: Main: 48MP Quad Pixel (Quad Bayer filter), 1/2" sensor size, 0.8µm pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, PDAF, laser AF; 2160p@30fps video recording. Ultra wide: 16MP, 14mm, f/2.2 - dedicated video camera (1080p). Depth sensor: 5MP, f/2.2. LED flash.
  • Front camera: 25MP, 0.9µm, f/2.0.
  • Battery: 4,000mAh Li-Po; 18W TurboPower charging (QuickCharge based).
  • Connectivity: Single/dual nano SIM ; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 5.0 + LE; NFC (market dependent); GPS, BDS, Galilleo, GLONASS; USB-C (USB 2.0); 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor; stereo speakers.

The G8 Plus runs Android 9.0, and we would have liked to be seeing Android 10 on phones that launch this time of the year, particularly ones with relatively light software customizations like the Moto's. It's also rubbing us the wrong way that you can't really take photos with the ultra-wide cam - that's a level of dedication to video that seems limiting for the user. Anyway, let's see what you're getting.

Motorola Moto G8 Plus unboxing

The Moto G8 Plus arrives in a rather unusually styled box. The plain lid has a prominent bat logo and the phone's name printed on it, nothing out of the ordinary. But on the bottom, where most phones have specs and regulatory labels and whatnot, there's a photo of the handset. The key hardware is listed on the right, the left holds the trademarks, while the IMEIs and stuff are on the short side.

Motorola Moto G8 Plus review

A box is just a box, and it's what's on the inside that counts. There's an 18W TurboPower-branded adapter that's rated at 5V/3A, 9V/2A, and 12V/1.5A, and a USB-A-to-C cable to go with it. There is no headset of any sort which is a bummer.

On a positive note, there is a clear silicone case that fully covers the perimeter of the phone and also has a lip on the front to distance the display from the tabletop if you happen to leave your phone face down - by accident, of course.

Reader comments

  • Moto man

Sums it up very well.

  • Manik barma

What is tha stok Motorola moto g8 plus?

  • Anonymous

Every phone in today's time is like that. What is there to joke about??. And pixel binning is done to improve low light performance. Megapixels are numbers.