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Alcatel 3x, LG Q60, Motorola Moto G8 Plus: three mid-range smartphones for these Holidays


An LG Q60 (left), an Alcatel 3x (center) and a Motorola Moto G8 Plus (right)

In recent times three manufacturers updated their
offer of smartphones in Argentina, with good performance equipment and very good design, in addition to a price that
goes from 14 to 25 thousand pesos, which added to the possibility of financing them in installments places them as an alternative for this Christmas (or to take advantage of some promotion and renew the cell phone). Are the
Motorola Moto G8 Plus, he
LG Q60 and the
Alcatel 3x; The latter is the most recent of the three to reach the country.

The Alcatel 3x, precisely,
It was announced in Argentina at the beginning of this month at a price of 16,499 pesos, although these days it is possible to get it at 13,999 pesos in some electrodomsticos houses. The LG Q60, meanwhile,
Presented in August in the country, it has a current price of around 18,999 pesos. There is also the Moto G8 Plus,
announced in November last and with a local price of 24,999 pesos (it has a younger brother, the Moto G8 Play, a little more modest and with an agreed price of 18 thousand pesos).


The LG Q60The LG Q60

Something that the teams look like is to bring quite sophisticated features to that price segment, especially with good batteries and multiple rear cameras, also emphasizing the appearance: the three models have a solid and attractive design.

The Moto G8 Play differs in the colors available (dark pink or blue) with a very well-lit sunflower; The Alcatel 3x has a textured edge treatment that significantly improves grip. Both companies also include a transparent case in the box with the purchase.

Autonomous

A point always on a modern smartphone is the theme of the battery: what autonomy the team will have. The good news is that both the Alcatel 3x and the Moto G8 Plus have 4000 mAh batteries; that of the LG Q60 is 3500 mAh. This ensures good autonomy in all three cases; The Motorola model has fast charging, and the 15-watt charger is included in the box. Use USB-C, like the Alcatel model; The LG Q60, on the other hand, has a microUSB connector, which is no longer in use. However, the good news is that in all three cases the autonomous exceeds the day of use; They are phones to charge in the morning and forget the subject even if they are asked for intensive use.


The Alcatel 3xThe Alcatel 3x

The screens

All three are good-looking phones: a 6.2-inch screen on the LG Q60 (with a resolution of 1520 x 720 pixels), while that of the Moto G8 Plus is 6.3 inches, with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels, both with a 19: 9 format (the ratio between height and width), while the Alcatel 3x is the largest, with a 6.5-inch screen, a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels and a format 20: 9

All three use IPS panels of excellent quality and color reproduction; all three have the drop-type front camera in the middle of the upper edge of the screen; The Moto G8 Plus has the highest resolution and is the most compact of the three thanks to its smaller edges. The difference, however, is minimal. Because of its size, the Alcatel 3x can be a bit big for some hands; At the same time, it is ideal for those looking for the largest possible area and do not want to spend too much.

The cameras

The cameras are another point where these three teams stand out, mostly because of the amount they offer, which enables a greater variety of frames when capturing an image.

The Alcatel 3x has a main camera of 16 megapixels with aperture f / 1.8 and focus by automatic phase detection (PDAF), to which adds a wide angle of 8 megapixels, and a depth sensor of 5 megapixels, for achieve portraits with unfocused background; The front camera is 8 megapixels. The rear records video in FullHD.


A Moto G8 PlusA Moto G8 Plus

The LG Q60 has a main camera of 16 megapixels with PDAF and aperture f / 2.0, which adds a wide angle lens of 5 megapixels, and a depth sensor of 2 megapixels; The front camera is 13 megapixels. The back records video in FulHD.

The Moto G8 Plus, meanwhile, has a 48 megapixel sensor with f / 1.7 aperture, PDAF and laser focus; the resulting photos are 12 megapixels, but
use the 48 MP to take four samples for each pixel of the resulting photo, which is especially noticeable in low light situations (allows you to be more sensitive). It also has a 16 megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens f / 2.2 that only serves to record FullHD videos with the vertical phone (
like the Moto One Action), and a 5 megapixel sensor to measure depth of field; The 25 megapixel front camera offers 6 MP selfies. The 48 megapixel sensor can record video in 4K (30 fps).

In all cases, it must be remembered that a smaller aperture (f / 1.7, in these three cases) implies a greater amount of light reaching the sensor, although it is not the only variable to achieve luminous photos.

In general, the three phones have very good results in normal situations, and more than decent photos in low light; the night mode of Alcatel's phone, in particular, was a good surprise at this point. The Moto G8 Plus, meanwhile, combines the best of Moto One Action (the wide-angle camera) with the Moto One Vision (the 48 megapixel sensor) to achieve images that, in general, have good color reproduction, even of night. Of the three, the LG Q60 is the one that best solved the self-portraits and the out-of-focus background with its front camera, especially in regard to the edges (the border where the algorithm compares the main and the complementary camera and decides what it must be in focus and what is the background, something that complicates everyone).

No doubt there are phones with better cameras, although at a different price, but they must meet the needs of most users and are quite reliable.

A minor comment for those who choose the Moto G8 Plus: for the amount of sensors it has for the cameras, it occupies a substantial portion of the back of the phone, and when grabbed it is easy to touch the lower sensor with your fingers; With the case it shows less. The LG Q60 is the one that best has resolved the location of the cameras so that they do not bother to grab the phone.


The two colors of the Moto G8 PlusThe two colors of the Moto G8 Plus

Internal components

All three computers have 64 GB of storage (expandable); the Moto G8 Plus and the Alcatel 3x add 4 GB of RAM; the LG Q60, 3 GB. The latter is also the oldest of the three (it was presented in February) and this influences the hardware present, such as RAM and the microUSB connector for charging. It has a Helio P22 chip, against the Helio P23 of the Alcatel 3x or the Snapdragon 655 of the Moto G8 Plus, all 8-core chips perfectly capable of fulfilling any task entrusted without problems, and with enough frugality to extend the autonomy of the phone. Everyone runs Android 9; Alcatel and LG add a layer of personalization that does not contribute much (the Moto G8 is the one with the most "pure" Android, and notifications with the screen locked).

The three add rear fingerprint sensor (impeccable operation) and FM radio, a rarity these days. In addition to the digital audio connector they have Bluetooth, but in different versions: B4.2 the Alcatel 3x, Bluetooth 5.0 the other two; The Moto G8 Plus adds stereo speakers, and the LG Q60 support for surround sound (DTS X), ideal for watching movies on the phone.

A color fact is that both the Alcatel 3x and the LG Q60 have dedicated buttons to activate Google Assistant on the left side, which can be useful for many users, although it should not be a sufficient differential to choose the equipment for that reason; It is an extra comfort.

Another thing that adds the LG Q60 is a MIL-STD-810G protection, a standard of the United States government to measure the resistance of the phone to shocks, dips, dust, etc. (maybe that does not include the transparent case like the others two). In addition the screen has a year of guarantee, something unusual for the local market. The Moto G8 Plus, on the other hand, has an internal coverage for the components that should protect them from splashes.

Three options, but not the only ones

There are three good alternatives to make a gift for the end of the year; by relation between the price and the benefits, the most interesting is the Alcatel 3x, although the other two have theirs to contribute, especially the Moto G8 Plus (although it is the most expensive); LG Q60, very solid in performance and performance, plays against it – in this comparison – being a little older than the other two.

Of course, these three models do not exhaust the supply of equipment of between 15 and 25 thousand pesos in Argentina; There are also the Samsung Galaxy A30 or Galaxy A20, or the multiple Xiaomi offers that usually appear in Mercado Libre (the Redmi Note 7 or the Mi 9 Lite, for example, with similar benefits), from Nokia or some other brand available in the local market

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