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Moto G8 Plus, a mid-range mobile for those who want almost pure Android

The mid-range in the Android ecosystem is quite complex if we don't know the different options that exist. Thus, for example, Motorola is a brand with a long history in the telephone sector and today we bring you the review of your Moto G8 Plus.

There are many options in the mid-range market in Android, and therefore not the same device is recommended for everyone, so we will tell you what this Moto G8 Plus stands out or not.

Design and construction

The Moto G8 Plus has a quite sober design, built in plastic and glass. We can see how the rear part changes from darker to lighter colors depending on the surrounding light. Despite being built in plastic does not offer a feeling of bad construction.

On the front of the Moto G8 Plus we find a small water drop type notch fully rounded in which the front camera of the terminal is housed.

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In the right song all the device buttons: the off, on and lock button, in addition to the volume up and down buttons.

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On the left side of the G8 Plus is the tray through which we can insert or two nanoSIM O well a nanoSIM and a microSD.

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At the bottom we find the multimedia speaker, the microphone in charge of picking up the audio during the phone calls and the USB type C.

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The loudspeaker for answering calls, the microphone in charge of picking up the audio during our recordings and the speaker are integrated in the top of the G8 Plus 3.5mm jack.

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On the back of the device the 3 photographic sensors protruding from the chassis, the Motorola logo on the same fingerprint reader and a brief description of the main sensor of the terminal.

Moto G8 Plus, specifications

At the moment, we have not revealed any type of feature of the Moto G8 Plus so, before going deeper, let's see what we can expect from that device.

  1. Screen: 6.3 inches FHD + (2,280 x 1,080 pixels).
  2. Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 8-core at 2 GHz.
  3. RAM: 4GB.
  4. Internal storage: 64 GB with microSD slot.
  5. Rear camera: 48 MP f / 2.0 main + 16 MP ultra wide angle 117 + 5 MP f / 2.2 depth.
  6. Front camera: 25 MP f / 2.0.
  7. Connectivity: 4G / LTE, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and NFC.
  8. Ports and sensors: USB-C, 3.5 mm jack and fingerprint sensor.
  9. Battery: 4,000 mAh with fast charge at 15 W.
  10. Operating system: Android 9

Purchase: Moto G8 Plus (Amazon)

Purchase: Moto G8 Plus (PC Components)

Three cameras without too much versatility

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Although we have already seen in the specifications what is the function of each sensor, seeing three cameras was expected to introduce the versatility offered by other terminals to include more than one sensor.

In this case it is not so, but it may be worth it in the case that the photographs we take with the terminal are of a very good quality or have other news.

They are not too common Motorola options in the camera software:

  1. Portrait mode: Also called the bokeh effect, it consists of blurring the background of the object and in the case of this G8 Plus we can choose different ways to blur using software.
  2. Cutout: from the recognition of a face cut the person or object only staying with the silhouette of the same, so that we can change the background of the person.
  3. Selective color: We will select a color from an element around us and from there we will only show that color in the photograph.
  4. Night Vision: Also called night mode, it opens the focus of the different objectives to capture the maximum possible light and offer a higher quality image in low light situations.
  5. Cinemagrafa: known as timelapse, it consists in the creation of a video through images.
  6. Panoramic: It is an elongated photo of up to 360 through which we can collect everything that is around us, at a lower quality than if a normal photo were.
  7. Live Filter: We can apply different filters live to the image and give a different touch to the photographs.

As we see, there are few ways that this G8 Plus has, but there are none remarkable that will improve our experience in the photographic section. Although it is appreciated the shortcut we found to run Google Lens.

The main sensor, as the firm itself announces on the back of its device, has a sensor 48 MP, which looks limited to 12 MP, without the possibility of obtaining the maximum potential since it allows us to configure the sensor to take photos of this resolution.

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While it is true that this is a common practice in many terminals with large amounts of megapixels, manufacturers include the option to take advantage of them through a specific way.

With the photographic section of the Moto G8 Plus, the low quality of the image on the screen is striking when taking a picture. Everything related with Magnification (zoom) in the image is done by software and not by Quad Pixel technology so, if we make a timely zoom this, a priori, lose quite sharpness.

The funny thing is that once the photo has been processed by Motorola's algorithm, the image radically improves in all aspects (sharpness, noise, definition, colors) In addition, this occurs in both day and night situations.

At the color level, they are images true to reality, partly due to the HDR that gives it that intensification of colors. At the level of detail it leaves to be desired since, when we slightly expand a capture, noise appears and loses a lot of definition.

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He portrait mode is quite accurate Thanks to its depth sensor, which is also supported by the software, we offer different options to blur the background.

At Night section does not do a bad job in general terms, because the sensors that the Moto G8 Plus has are dedicated in this situation to collect as much information as possible.

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We liked that the Moto G8 Plus has many options and gestures that we can activate at any time through the camera settings.

A correct selfie

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The front camera It is one of the sections that have taken more importance in recent years, so the G8 Plus has a sensor 25 megapixels which offers us some quite correct results both day and night.

Da obtains very sharp, defined and quality photos once the image has been processed, since the screen shows worse defined results.

At night section it is a sensor that it unfolds correctly. As expected in the mid-range, the quality drops significantly and does not perform a good control of the lights, since it depends on what circumstances we notice that the skin tone changes.

At the software level, in the front camera we have almost all the options of the rear camera, for example: Portrait (which is still adjustable), Selective color, Cinemagrafa, Group Selfie and Live Filter.

Video, good stabilization and little focus

He video quiz is the section where we expected something else of the Moto G8 Plus. Although it is true that the stabilization is maintained both day and night and there is no delay in night situations as it happens in other terminals, perhaps due to the action camera approach Motorola gives the mobile.

On the other hand, the approach in motion is slow and fails to perform it quickly or effectively. What surprises us is the fast approach that the terminal performs if we are not moving.

The Moto G8 Plus is equipped with the possibility of record video at 4K UHD, but in our tests, making recordings at the highest quality that it offers us, the stabilization is practically nil.

Therefore, we have chosen to make recordings to 1080p and 60 fps, which is where we believe there is a balance between definition and stabilization.

Software, welcome Android stock

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The personalization layer of the Moto G8 Plus is the same one that has been using the Chinese firm for many years, which consists of Pure Android 9 with some inclusion in the settings and some proprietary application of the system.

It is a very clean customization layer in which we don't notice any type of lag and everything is very fluid.

We have an application drawer, on the left side the Google news feed and on the right side the pages with application shortcuts, with animations between customizable screens.

What we have not found useful is where the button to clean the multitasking is located: we will have to go to the left of all the applications so that the option to Delete all appears. Of course, the fluidity between pestaas is very good.

We cast missing gesture integration, although there is the possibility of replace the back, home and multitasking buttons with a bar. Depending on where we slide to perform the same actions as the buttons, but the bar occupies a smaller space on the screen.

Although later we will talk about rear fingerprint sensor, the possibility of swipe the notification bar thanks to.

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Moto Actions is how Motorola has baptized the various quick accesses to options or utilities of our device, for example, activate the flashlight by shaking the mobile.

These are useful details, although by unlocking the device we can activate the flashlight from the notification bar, with Moto Actions it becomes easier and faster.

Security, many options but little useful

We will probably be in one of the key sections for users and in which we will show the multiple options that the Moto G8 Plus has.

Said terminal has a pretty slow facial recognition, but as a counterpart we can say that it is safer than others. Despite not having dedicated sensors beyond the front camera, it does not unlock if we have sunglasses, even if we see glasses. And, most importantly, it does not unlock with closed eyes.

The rear fingerprint sensor, as we have said, has the odd function at the software level, but aside from that, it is a slow and missing fingerprint sensor If we don't put our finger completely.

In our tests we have erased and re-registered the fingerprints and yet we have not achieved a better result.

In addition to these two biometric surveys, the Moto G8 Plus has the possibility of unlocking through PIN and pattern.

screen

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The panel with which the Moto G8 Plus has is 6.3 inches, built with IPS technology offers some shallow colors in general which is curious, since IPS panels usually have more vivid colors than those based on Super AMOLED.

Draws attention to the inclusion in an IPS panel of the Always on Display technology, which does not consume barely any battery in Super AMOLED screens because they turn off the pixels in blacks, but not in IPS, which use backlighting.

The panel has some very good viewing angles. Although the maximum brightness is not too high, the minimum brightness is quite dark. The tactile response is good and fluid.

As for the aspect ratio, we barely notice content loss when we enlarge the screen, since its 19: 9 ratio is not too long for current standards.

Like other manufacturers, from the settings we can modify some parameters such as change the color temperature or activate night mode.

Sound, fair and necessary for multimedia

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The Moto G8 Plus has double speaker, one located at the bottom and another shared with the headset to answer calls. These speakers offer a fairly fair sound quality and as soon as we put them to more than 70% they begin to distort, offering even metallic touches.

In general, the G8 Plus achieves a pretty flat sound where the media, neither the bass nor the treble, do not stand out, resulting in a monotonous, very differentiating experience between the different contents.

The immersion is good for multimedia consumption at a medium volume, since in addition the Moto G8 Plus has different configurations provided by Dolby, which are adjustable to achieve a better experience.

Autonomous

The Moto G8 Plus has a great 4,000 mAh battery and, as expected, it reaches quite good autonomous figures, partly given by its efficient processor. The following tests have been performed with WiFi, Bluetooth, automatic brightness, automatic rotation and night mode activated.

In our tests, the autonomy offered by this Motorola G8 Plus has been the following:

  1. 7 hours active screen with WiFi, making use of social networks and some other game.
  2. 5 hours with demanding use and mobile data, including 3D video games such as Asphalt 9 or Call of Duty Mobile.
  3. About 6 hours of screen in mixed use, which will be the usual combination of social networks, games, surf the net

This autonomy will be more than enough for most users reaching the gives or gives and means of use.

Average yield

The Moto G8 Plus features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, which offers a good performance if we are not too demanding, since we noticed each frame drop and somebody else running advanced games, but nothing serious.

The graphics we get are medium-low, so the performance of the Moto G8 Plus is not the strong point of the mobile.

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The Snapdragon 665 is accompanied by 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory expandable goes microSD, so it is understandable that it does not reach too high solvency.

Fast charging 18W Turbo Power

The Moto G8 Plus has a fast charge called Turbo Power, which charges 100% of the battery in a time of an hour and a half approximately.

As the firm itself tells us, we noticed a slight warming while recharging, which is not excessive.

A mid-range in a competitive segment

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As we have said on occasion, the mid-range of the Android world is quite complex if we do not value the many options that exist to make the smartest purchase.

The Moto G8 Plus has tough rivals in other newcomers, such as Realme 5 Pro, among others. Of course, it has some unusual function today, such as FM Radio, which may be important for the user.

In the back we have 3 photographic sensors, including one to be used as an action camera, although they do not provide too much versatility in the photos.

This Moto G8 Plus may be an option for a user who look for a terminal with software that includes pure Android and that values ​​the different quick accesses offered by Moto Actions.

The Moto G8 Plus is for sale with a unique configuration of 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage internal in colors blue or red At a price of 269 ​​euros in Spain.

Purchase: Moto G8 Plus (Amazon)

Purchase: Moto G8 Plus (PC Components)

Moto G8 Plus's strengths in our review

  1. Very clean software based on Android stock.
  2. More than enough battery for most users.
  3. 3.5mm jack
  4. FM Radio.
  5. Quick load included.
  6. Double speaker.

Weak points of the Moto G8 Plus in our review

  1. Hardware fairly fair for its price.
  2. Fast load in which the device is heated.
  3. Sound quality below other terminals.
  4. Photographic sensors without excessive versatility.

Our valuation

  1. Design: 7
  2. Screen: 6
  3. Hardware: 5
  4. Autonomous: 7
  5. Camera: 5
  6. Software: 8
  7. Price: 5
  8. Overall score: 6.1

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