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Moto G8 Power in hands-on: Motorola’s battery monster now has four cameras and Full HD

Moto G8 Power im Hands-On: Motorolas Akkumonster hat jetzt vier Kameras und Full HD

tl; dr: Motorola brings the second offshoot of the G8 series to Germany with the Moto G8 Power. The successor to the Moto G7 Power, which is praised for its very long battery life, comes again with 5,000 mAh, but also significantly upgraded hardware. A new feature of the smartphone can be seen as a deterioration.

The Moto G8 Power comes at a price of 229.99 euros with significantly upgraded hardware. Compared to the Moto G7 Power (test), the price has risen by 20 euros based on the recommended retail price, but the small additional charge is justified in view of the many improvements.

Larger display with smaller notch

To begin with, the display has been enlarged from 6.2 inches to 6.4 inches, which does not need the bar notch of the predecessor and instead accommodates the selfie camera in a circular recess at the top left. In the course of this, Motorola has increased the resolution from formerly HD + to FHD + with 2,300 × 1,080 pixels. The new IPS panel provides a visibly sharper typeface than its direct predecessor. Battery measurements that ComputerBase was able to carry out before the announcement show that more pixels are not an advantage for a smartphone designed for long battery life. But first of all: The 5,000 mAh battery is still good for very long battery runtimes, just not as long as the Moto G7 Power with HD display.

Four cameras from telephoto to macro

Motorola has also massively revised the back of the smartphone. Where previously only one camera could be accommodated, an armada consisting of four vertically arranged lenses is now installed. This design corresponds to the recently presented Motorola smartphones with a fingerprint sensor in the Batwing logo on the back. The new main camera offers 16 megapixels, shoots UHD instead of FHD videos and is more sensitive to light. The lenses for telephoto, ultra wide angle and macro are completely new. The Moto G8 Power therefore offers better features than the 300 euro Moto G7 Plus a year ago. Nowadays, smartphone customers in the field of cameras demand the same equipment as for more expensive devices, and Motorola fulfills this wish.

New Snapdragon processor is more efficient

The processor is also upgraded: Motorola switches from the Snapdragon 632 to the Snapdragon 665 made from 11 nm Samsung. Motorola couples the chip to faster LPDDR4X RAM and another 64 GB of expandable memory. The new SoC is accompanied by upgrades in the areas of LTE and Bluetooth. The Moto G8 Power also has to go without WLAN a / ac at 5 GHz. The Qualcomm chip actually offers the technology ex works.

Motorola Moto G8 Power

5,000 mAh ensure long battery life

As welcome as Motorola’s improvements in other areas, the main focus of the power model has always been on battery performance. With 5,000 mAh, the Moto G8 Power offers the same features as last year’s model, but the energy storage must supply a larger display with 127 percent more pixels. The processor, which is produced in a more efficient production, counteracts something again, but in the end the new model with its still very good measured values ​​does not quite match the runtimes of the Moto G7 Power.

With YouTube streaming in 720p with a calibrated brightness of 200 cd / m², the Moto G8 Power achieves a very good 17 hours; when used productively via PCMark under Android 10, it is well over 16 hours. Both are very good measurements, but do not quite reach the level of the Moto G7 Power, which manages 23 or 21 hours.

First impression

Thanks to its 5,000 mAh battery, the Moto G8 Power remains a mid-range smartphone with very long runtimes, but this time Motorola wants to appeal to more users than those who want a large battery. Even with a quad camera and full HD display, the smartphone will surely get most users through the day, although in extreme situations the changes now require a small compromise. The price is set fairly at around 230 euros, but the predecessor only costs 160 euros in online retail and remains as an alternative.

Overview of specifications

ComputerBase received the Moto G8 Power on loan and under NDA from Motorola to try it out. The manufacturer did not influence the hands-on report, and there was no obligation to publish it. The only requirement was the earliest possible publication date.

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