The Moto G8 Plus and G8 Play are official: specs, price and release date - PhoneArena

The Moto G8 Plus and G8 Play are official: specs, price and release date

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Is this the new value king? Moto G8 Plus is here, Action camera and massive battery in tow
Are you looking all confused at your calendar, wondering if we somehow jumped to 2020? Well, so were we when we found out Motorola is launching the first Moto G8 devices already. The Moto G7 family came out in February this year, so naturally, we didn’t expect any Moto G8 phones before the start of next year. Lenovo (the company behind Motorola smartphones) seems to have other plans, however, and the first pair of G8s is already here: The Moto G8 Plus and the Moto G8 Play. We’re not ones to complain about new phones coming out, so let’s take a look!

Moto G8 Plus: More cameras, more speed, more battery!


One thing about the Moto G8 Plus becomes apparent right out of the gate: this is not some slight refresh of the earlier 2019 model. That might not be as obvious when you look at the front of the new phone, the display is barely 0.1 inches bigger and there’s still a waterdrop notch, although this time its curves are bit more tucked-in. Motorola appears to have removed its name from the bottom bezel which we applaud as it gives the new phone a cleaner look.


On the back, the circular camera bump is gone, replaced by, hmm… a reverse exclamation mark bump? Regardless of the shape, the new camera module appears to have impressive four cameras, but there are only two traditional ones. At the top is a 48MP lens with Quad Pixel technology and under it is a 16MP Action Cam, as Motorola calls it, with an 117 degrees field-of-view, so basically an ultra-wide camera. On there is also a 5MP depth sensor and the Laser autofocus module.

The front-facing camera gets a big bump as well, the one on the Moto G8 Plus has a 25MP sensor compared to the 12MP one of the G7 Plus. Now time to take a look at the main specs and how they compare to those of the Moto G7 Plus.

Display
Size
6.2 inches
6.3 inches
Technology
IPS LCD
IPS LCD
Screen-to-body
81.52 %
82.43 %
Features
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Hardware
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SDM636 (14 nm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SM6125 (11 nm)
Processor
Octa-core, 1800 MHz, Kryo 260, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, Kryo 260, 64-bit
GPU
Adreno 509
Adreno 610
RAM
4GB LPDDR4
4GB
Internal storage
64GB
64GB
OS
Android (10, 9.0 Pie)
Android (10, 9.0 Pie)
Battery
Capacity
3000 mAh
4000 mAh
Charging
Qualcomm Quick Charge 4, USB Power Delivery, Motorola TurboPower
Motorola TurboPower
See the full Motorola Moto G7 Plus vs Motorola Moto G8 Plus specs comparison or compare them to other phones using our Specs Comparison tool.


The main takeaways from this table are:
  • The faster Snapdragon 665 is replacing the 636.
  • RAM and storage remain the same.
  • The battery capacity is now impressive 4,000mAh

That last change should bring a significant boost to the Moto G8's battery life. The phone did gain 12g from it, but we'll exchange some extra weight for hours of screen-on-time any day! What's even better is that the Moto G8 Plus comes with an 18W TurboPower charger in the box so filling that massive battery in a rush is no problem.

What's disappointing to see is that the phone will be running Android 9 out of the box, but hey, at least the headphone jack is still there! 

Somewhat in the shadow of the Moto G8 Plus comes the humbler G8 Play.

Moto G8 Play: welcome to the big boys' club


Until now, the Play version of the G series was relatively compact, the Moto G7 Play came with a 5.7-inch display. Not any more! The Moto G8 Play has a 6.2-inch display, making it almost identical in size to its Plus brother. Unfortunately, what hasn't changed is the resolution of the display, which is only 720p and at that size, it will be more obvious than ever that Motorola has made a compromise with the display. On the bright side, the notch has been reduced to a waterdrop one as well, so the device looks more up to date. 

On the back, the styling is similar to the Moto G8 Plus. The cameras are downgraded but you still get pretty much the same lineup. You can check how the two phones stack up in the table below with the Moto G7 Play added as a second reference point. 

Display
Size
5.7 inches
6.3 inches
6.2 inches
Technology
IPS LCD
IPS LCD
IPS LCD
Refresh rate
 
 
60Hz
Screen-to-body
76.72 %
82.43 %
80.76 %
Features
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Camera
Rear
Single camera
Triple camera
Triple camera
Main camera
13 MP (PDAF)
48 MP (Laser and PDAF)
13 MP (PDAF)
Specifications
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F1.7; Sensor size: 1/2"; Pixel size: 0.8 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Pixel size: 1.122 μm
Second camera
 
16 MP (Ultra-wide)
8 MP (Ultra-wide)
Specifications
 
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 14 mm; Pixel size: 1 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Third camera
 
5 MP (Depth information)
2 MP (Depth information)
Specifications
 
Aperture size: F2.2; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Pixel size: 1.75 μm
Video recording
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
Features
Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, EIS
Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, EIS
Front
8 MP
25 MP
25 MP
Video capture
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
Hardware
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SDM632 (14 nm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SM6125 (11 nm)
MediaTek Helio P70 (12 nm)
Processor
Octa-core, 1800 MHz, Kryo 250, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, Kryo 260, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
GPU
Adreno 506
Adreno 610
Mali G72 MP3
RAM
2GB
4GB
2GB LPDDR4
Internal storage
32GB
64GB
32GB
OS
Android (9.0 Pie)
Android (10, 9.0 Pie)
Android (10, 9.0 Pie)
Battery
Capacity
3000 mAh
4000 mAh
4000 mAh
Charging
Motorola TurboPower
Motorola TurboPower
Motorola TurboPower


Notable changes compared to the previous Play editions:
  • New ultra-wide camera and depth sensor
  • MediaTek's Helio P70 replacing the Snapdragon 632. Performance should be quite similar. 
  • 4,000mAh on this G8 as well

It's admirable that features we're used to seeing on more expensive phones such as the ultra-wide camera are now found on devices as cheap as the Moto G8 Play. But once again, the massive battery is what users are likely to get the most benefit out of. The Moto G8 Play comes with a 10W charger which might not be as powerful as that of the G8 Plus, but it's still more than the 5W one Apple gives you with its $700 iPhone 11. 

Moto G8 Plus and Moto G8 Play price and release date


Here's the big bummer, however, Lenovo has no plans to release the Moto G8 Plus and G8 Play in the US. But don't despair! The company is yet to announce the regular Moto G8 and perhaps the Moto G8 Power, if the new lineup will consist of four phones once more. At least one of them is destined for the North American market, the question is only when they'll be released. 

In Europe, the Moto G8 Plus will cost 269 Euro (about $300) and will become available by the end of October. However, in Brazil, Mexico and India you can get it starting today. 

The Moto G8 Play is being released today Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Perú with other countries from Latin America to follow in the upcoming months. The price for it should be the equivalent of about 200 Euro (around $220). 

All things considered, the Moto G8 Plus is an awesome bang-for-your-buck proposition which is what the G line is all about. Easily recommendable to people that just want a smartphone that works and they don't want to spend a fortune on it. 

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