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Motorola Moto G8 2020 review

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Quick Verdict: Motorola delivers yet another quality mid-range phone in the Motorola G8, but it's a phone with few really exciting features.

  • Clean Android experience
  • Decent app performance for the price
  • Battery life is ordinary
  • Cheap plastic back

6.4 inches

Display size

560x720px

64GB

Internal storage

4,000 mAh

Battery size

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4GB

Memory (RAM)

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Details

Display

Display Size
6.4 inches
Resolution
560x720px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
269 ppi

Camera

Video recording
1080p

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
161.27mm x 75.8mm x 8.95mm
Weight
188.3g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 21

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 665
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 10
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 512GB
Battery capacity
4,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$329
Launch date2020-05-2020
Motorola Moto G8

Motorola has spent some time recently dipping its toes into the premium waters with phones like the Motorola RAZR and Edge+, but its core market appeal remains in the more affordable space with its One series and especially its G series phones. Acting as an effective follow-up to last year's Motorola Moto G8 Plus, the Motorola Moto G8 drops the price and camera specifications a little, leaving exactly what you'd expect from one of Motorola's G series phones.

They've long been good value devices, maybe not that exciting but not that problematic either. That's the Motorola Moto G8 experience neatly summed up, in fact.


Design

Design

  • 6.4 inch 720p display
  • left side hole punch
  • headphone jack
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Camera

Camera

  • Triple lens camera works acceptably well
  • macro lens is fun
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Performance

Performance

  • Snapdragon 655 but only 4GB RAM
  • Moto actions remain fun
  • lightly skinned Android 10
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Battery life

Battery life

  • 4,000mAh battery gives mixed results, USB C charging
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Verdict

Verdict

  • Another good value Motorola option, but not an exciting one
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Should you buy it?

The Motorola Moto G8 follows the Moto G series recipe in just about every way. G series phones have never been about pushing the envelop in terms of new features, instead selling on a mix of good value and simple operation. That's something the Motorola Moto G8 manages pretty easily.

However, that price point around $300 is super-crowded with lots of options, which means that choosing it explicitly means you're after its set of features rather than other phones that may outclass it for camera, design or battery life purposes. That's not an easy choice to make, but it is a rather personal one. At its price point there's little to truly fault the Motorola Moto G8 for. It's just that there's also maybe not that much to get excited by.


Pricing and availability

The Motorola Moto G8 sells in Australia for $329 outright through JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, The Good Guys and Mobileciti.

Price

RRP $329

Where to buy


Alternatives

The Motorola Moto G8 Plus is the obvious in-house competitor to the Motorola Moto G8, coming in at a higher price but with a nicer screen and better overall camera quality.

Motorola also launched cheaper new Moto G8 phones around the time of the Moto G8 launch in the form of the Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite at $279, and the Motorola Moto e6s at $199, but we're yet to put those phones through their testing paces.


Specifications

Display

Display Size
6.42 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2340px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
401 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
48MP + 16MP + 8MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.7 + f/2.2 + f/2.4
Video recording
4K

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
158.63mm x 75.26mm x 9mm
Weight
186g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
RAM
8GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
128GB
Battery capacity
4,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

Images: Alex Kidman

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