29 Oct 2019
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Early Verdict

Moto G8 Plus continues the legacy of Motorola smartphones, offering luring features at affordable pricing. This time around, the Moto G8 Plus definitely brings better power and features on offer with a capable and versatile camera set-up, high-performing stereo speakers, efficient battery management and an intriguing display. Priced at Rs 13,999 in India, it’s definitely a top competitor in its market segment up against Chinese brands.

Pros:

  • Good display
  • Impressive triple camera setup
  • Fast charging
  • Stereo speakers
  • Efficient battery management
  • Competitive pricing

Cons

  • Average performance
  • Not the best camera results
  • No wide-angle camera setup

 One Minute Review

The Moto G8 Plus is the latest of the Motorola’s G8 series smartphone that has just been launched in India. As with the earlier G series, the G8 Plus is intended to offer users with a high-end user experience along with highly competitive pricing and this time around this is achieved by powering G8 Plus with neat and stock Android version.

The G8 Plus takes the user experience a step further by offering luring features including decent triple camera setup, efficient battery management system, minimum bezel display, and stereo speakers. This sets the phone as an able and potent competitor in medium to the low-end smartphone market in India where it will be competing against a range of devices from Chinese manufacturers. However, compared to Chinese smartphones, Motorola smartphones are known for their robustness and durability, something that has remained consistent over the years.

With a 48MP triple camera system, Moto G8 Plus is definitely worth its value. Let’s find out what’s more on offer in this latest smartphone from Motorola.

Price and Release Date

The G8 Plus has just been released in India (October 25, 2019). The smartphone is priced at Rs 13,999 with a single variant on offering with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage (SD card slot available).

Design

Moto G8 Plus comes with a plastic body and is offered in two color variations (Cosmetic Blue and Crystal Pink). The back panel comes with a glossy gradient finish along with the camera setup fitted at the left-top corner. The iconic Motorola logo remained aligned at the center of the back panel.

The logo area also adds up to the fingerprint sensor, an interesting make by Motorola. The fingerprint sensor works seamlessly unlocking the set in a moment. While at present in-screen fingerprint sensors are trending, the technology still isn’t mature and definitely not as fast as the traditional fingerprint sensor.

The G8 Plus measures 9.09mm thick and weighs 188 grams (a bit more than the previous G7 version). The volume rockers are pushed at the right edge with the unlock button. Like always, the unlock button is textured for easier access and identification. The dual-sim SD card hybrid slot is fixed at the left edge. Now, this might be intriguing for people looking for dual-sim and large internal memory both, as you would have to choose between one of them.

The microphone and the headphone jack is fixed at the top edge. Not to forget that the phone offers an immersive audio experience that can be enjoyed with the headphone jack. Not the least, the microphone, speaker grill, and fast-charging USB-C port can be found at the bottom edge of the phone.

As per the official claims from Motorola, the G8 Plus is water repellent. The company has used the rubber gaskets across the phone built-up which backs-up the official water repellent claim. However, it is to be noted that the phone isn’t IP67/68 rated, which means that anything beyond a few splashed can result in permanent damage. The phone box comes with a soft protective case, which is decent to protect the device against regular wear tear.

Overall, the G8 Plus has nothing out of the extraordinary with respect to the design that makes it stand taller above the rest. However, we can say that the phone offers better ergonomics with its plastic built, as compared to the glass-metal sandwich built (common nowadays). To say the least, the design offered in G8 Plus closely resembles the design offered in Moto One Series, which is another latest series on offer.

Display

Motorola has slightly improved the display features for G8 Plus as compared to G7 Plus. The phone boasts a 6.3-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD panel with a decent pixel resolution of 2280 x 1080. The screen is a u-shaped minimum bezel style with a 19:9 aspect ratio, making it quite decent for videos. The front screen is protected with Panda glass, a similar protective glass covering as Corning’s Gorilla Glass.

The G8 Plus comes with a minimum bezel on the three sides, while a distinct bezel is found at the chin side. The speaker grill is fond near the top-notch, which works in conjunction with the bottom speakers (making up the stereo sound system).

If anything, the display offered in G8 Plus is certainly above average for video watching and gaming. The minimum bezel means a wider screen and a better visual experience. The 19:9 aspect ratio means there is an auto adjustment of video size without additional cropping. The screen is auto-setup to tilt towards the cooler spectrum, however, that can be adjusted as per user preference as well.

Performance

The Moto G8 Plus offered decent performance (understandable with its competitive pricing). The phone is powered by mid-range Snapdragon 665 chipset, a common chip found in various other phones in this segment including Redmi Note 8 and Xiaomi Mi A3. That chipset is paired with octa-core CPU and Adreno 610 GPU.

The phone boasts 4 GB DDR4 RAM with an internal storage of 64GB (expandable to 512GB if you decided not to go with dual-sim option). The Moto G8 Plus offers two years of software update up to Android 10.

Takeaway

The Motorola Moto G8 Plus certainly offers all the right basic features and specs to make it a worthy phone in its price segment. The phone comes with an interesting design, immersive screen, minimum bezel, triple camera system, fast charging option, and a stereo sound experience. While the performance for Moto G8 Plus is better, it could have been better.

Nonetheless, if you are looking for a modern budget phone with plenty of features and specs, Moto G8 Plus is right at the top of the competition in its price segment.

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