The Moto G Series is one of the more popular budget smartphone families out there and generally offers everything you need and nothing you don’t in a relatively affordable package. We’ve already seen the Moto G8 Power and Play in recent months, but now the company has debuted the Moto G8 itself (i.e. the Moto G8, rather than a new variant called Moto G8 Proper). The new phone looks more like an evolution over the Moto G7 than a huge upgrade.
For example, the Snapdragon 632 processor of the old phone and the 3,000mAh battery have been replaced by a slightly more powerful Snapdragon 665 and a stronger 4,000mAh battery. Strangely enough, Motorola’s specification sheet shows that the new phone has 10W charging power compared to 15W charging power for the old phone. Combined with the larger battery, this means that you can expect your new phone to take much longer to charge than the G7.
That’s not the only degradation we see here, as the new phone features a larger 6.4 inch LCD screen with a maximum HD+ resolution compared to the Moto G7’s 6.2-inch FHD+ panel. The differences in the resolution are not always clear, but the fact that you have a slightly larger screen and a lower resolution means that you are more likely to notice vague text on the new phone. Fortunately, the Moto G8 has a more flexible camera experience on paper.
We have a triple rear camera setup, with a 16MP main shooter, 8MP ultra-wide camera (119 degrees field of view), and a 2MP macro camera. Switch to the front, and an 8MP camera in a punch-hole cutout treats your selfishness. Other notable details include 4GB RAM, 64GB expandable storage, Android 10, a 3.5mm port on top of the device, and a water-repellent coating.
The Moto G8 went on sale in Brazil for a recommended price of 1,299 Reals (~$282), although a promotion means you can get it for 1,143.2 Reals (~$248). Motorola says it will be available in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Latin America in the coming weeks. In addition, it adds that the device will be available in the United Kingdom through Amazon, Argos and John Lewis at a recommended price of £179 (~$231).