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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.


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).