Moto G8 Plus in the test: Motorola makes four smartphones one

Moto G8 Plus im Test: Motorola macht aus vier Smartphones eins

tl; dr: Where four smartphones formed the Moto G7 series in the spring, there is now only the Moto G8 Plus as a successor, which should combine all the features in one device. Motorola succeeds in many areas amazingly well. In the selected version of Android, the manufacturer shows but little ready for new things.

The Moto G series as the epitome of the Android middle class goes with the Moto G8 Plus in the next round. The development cycle at Motorola has also been streamlined, as shown by the market launch of the Moto G7 series just nine months ago. The Moto G8 Plus does not only inherit Moto G7 Plus, but also Moto G7, Moto G7 Play and Moto G7 Power. With a smartphone, the manufacturer wants to cover the entire segment.

Moto G8 Plus costs 270 euros

The Moto G8 Plus costs 269.99 euros and is available in the colors dark blue (test device) and dark red. Compared to the Moto G7 Plus, the price has fallen by 30 euros, compared to the normal Moto G7 the surcharge is 20 euros. There is a stronger processor, a quad camera including time-of-flight sensor, an upgraded selfie camera, faster LTE Advanced and WLAN and a battery with a third higher rated capacity.

Technical data of the Moto G8 Plus

But not only in the product portfolio is Motorola new, also in terms of design, the Moto G8 Plus is a departure from previously familiar features, especially on the back. Their design reveals more parallels to the newer One series with vertical camera. Motorola's Batwing logo continues to be used as a (good) fingerprint sensor, and the general plastic back and frame construction is the same. Nice to see is the color gradient from dark blue in the lower to black in the upper area around the camera.

The Moto G8 Plus is again a rock solid processed smartphone with even gaps, well-housed keys and the price of reasonable haptics. With 75.8 × 158.4 × 9.10 mm (W × L × D) and 188 g, however, it has again become slightly larger and heavier compared to the previous year. The operation with only one hand should therefore not be considered by most people.

The display grows to 6.3 inches

Responsible for the growth is the enlarged from 6.2 to 6.3 inches display whose resolution was adjusted in the same train to 1,080 × 2,280 pixels (400 ppi). The ten pixels more in height uses Motorola to adjust the previously crooked aspect ratio of 18.92: 9 to 19: 9.

Motorola's IPS-LC display scores with a good maximum brightness, which can only be recalled in automatic mode with corresponding ambient brightness, as well as stable viewing angles and good contrast thanks to a low black value. Less liked the blue cast of the panel, which stands out with a white point of 7,700 Kelvin in the eye. Adjusting the brightness would also have been easier for Motorola to do, as in manual mode, 5 to 200 cd / m² covers the first 82 percent of the controller, before the panel gets noticeably brighter on the other levels.

Settings at the white point does not allow the software, only the color saturation can be influenced. By default, “Reinforced” is set, which does not seem excessive. You can also choose “Natural”, which looks a bit pale, and “Saturated”, which mimics the look of many a badly matched OLED display.

6.30-inch IPS display with 1,080 × 2,280 pixels
6.30-inch IPS display with 1,080 × 2,280 pixels

Selfie camera in drop notch, above it the speaker
Selfie camera in drop notch, above it the speaker

The Moto G8 Plus comes with Notch, which houses the new 25 megapixel selfie camera. The fact that the LED backlight and Notch are not as well tolerated as OLED and Notch shows the slight shadowing around the recess in the screen. The self-emitting pixels do not have this problem.

Qualcomm contributes the 11nm SoC

Motorola remains true to Qualcomm's technical specifications, but changes from the Snapdragon 632 of the Moto G7 and Snapdragon 636 of the Moto G7 Plus to the Snapdragon 665. The chip, which was introduced in April of this year, comes from the 11 nm production line and clocks the familiar ones Cryo-260 cores a bit higher. In addition, the Adreno 610 is a stronger GPU and the Spectra 165 is a more powerful ISP, which enables the new camera design. Compared to the Snapdragon 632, LTE and WLAN work faster. In the benchmarks, the Moto G8 Plus lands consistently, but not blatantly ahead of the Moto G7 Plus.

Memory cards are described slowly

The memory configuration is the same as last year with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB expandable memory. If you expand the internal memory via a microSD card, you lose the option of dual-SIM operation because it is a hybrid slot with either-or-configuration. The memory benchmarks put the Moto G8 Plus in midfield, not surprisingly, as Motorola continues to rely on eMMC instead of faster UFS. Despite eMMC scores the smartphone with relatively high read and write rates. Only access to memory cards is sobering, because again the write rate falls far short of the potential of faster microSD cards.

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