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Motorola Moto G8 Plus review: Lacking in the plus factor

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There's not a great deal between the Motorola Moto G8 Plus and its predecessor, and in a market where we're seeing some truly great mid-range phones, merely being adequate doesn't quite cut it.

  • Good battery life
  • Motorola is hands-off with Android
  • Included case is pre-installed
  • Wide angle lens only shoots video
  • Average performance from an average phone

6.3 inches

Display size

1080 x 2280px

64GB

Internal storage

48MP + 16MP + 5MP

Rear camera

4,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
6.3 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2280px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
400 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
48MP + 16MP + 5MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.7 + f/2.2 + f/2.2
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
25MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
158.35mm x 75.83mm x 9.09mm
Weight
188g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 13

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 512GB
Battery capacity
4,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IPX2
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$499
Launch date2019-10
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Finder score: 3 How we score our reviews

It doesn't feel like it was all that long ago that Motorola brought the Motorola Moto G7 Plus to our shores.

That's because it's only been a matter of months since Motorola's "Plus" branded G-series phone landed here, but the Lenovo-owned brand has rather rapidly replaced it with the Motorola Moto G8 Plus.

In many ways, this is essentially just a specifications bump over the existing G7 Plus, but in a market where we're seeing some real competition in the exact price space that the Moto G8 Plus is pitched at, just tinkering around the edges of the design and feature set really isn't all that exciting.


Design

  • 6.3 FH+ display
  • Plastic case is already installed
  • Teardrop notch
  • Still has a headphone jack
Motorola Moto G8 Plus

Camera

  • Triple lens with 48MP primary sensor
  • Wide angle lens only shoots video because...?
Motorola Moto G8 Plus

Performance

  • Snapdragon 665 hits the mid-range square in the middle
  • Lightly skinned Android 9
  • Moto actions add flexibility

Battery life

  • 4,000mAh battery provides good battery stamina
  • USB C charging with 15W supplied charger
Motorola Moto G8 Plus

Verdict

  • There's little essentially wrong with the Motorola Moto G8 Plus
  • But in 2019, average isn't good enough
Motorola Moto G8 Plus

Motorola has certainly been experimenting with its phone range of late, with models such as the Motorola One Macro and Motorola One Vision.

The Motorola Moto G8 Plus is much more a case of Motorola sticking to a formula that has served it very well in recent years. If you buy a Motorola Moto G8 Plus you'll get an entirely serviceable phone with a decent camera, good battery life and acceptable performance within its price range.

The wide angle lens being video only is rather odd, but there's even some scope there for folks who want a pseudo-GoPro experience to get benefit from it.

However, what it ultimately provides is only an average phone experience, and in 2019 you can do better than this at this price point. Fans of the Motorola approach, and folks upgrading from a G6 or older phone may enjoy the continuity of the Motorola experience, but anyone else looking wider can do better.


Pricing and availability


Alternatives

If you wanted to stick with Motorola as a brand, consider the Motorola One Vision phone, which is priced exactly the same as the Motorola Moto G8 Plus at $499.

That same $499 could alternatively pick you up the rather more flexible and stylish realme XT handset.

If your budget can stand the extra cost, the Google Pixel 3A still remains our overall pick for mid-range 2019 handsets.


Specifications

Display

Display Size
6.3 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2280px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
400 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
48MP + 16MP + 5MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.7 + f/2.2 + f/2.2
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
25MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
158.35mm x 75.83mm x 9.09mm
Weight
188g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 13

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 512GB
Battery capacity
4,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IPX2
Wireless charging
No
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