Test: Motorola Moto G8 in the test

Motorola Moto G8 im Test

Conclusion from 07. 05. 2020

The Motorola Moto G8 primarily impresses with its low price. As our test shows, you get a relatively good performance and above all an enormously long battery life. The display is bright, if not particularly strong in color or sharp. We also like the photo quality only in daylight shots. The equipment has some gaps, but it comes with a few very useful features. For under 200 Euro, the performance offered is strong, especially for battery fans.

Excellent battery life
In the ratio brisk performance
Fast and reliable fingerprint sensor
Low display resolution
Long battery charging time
Poor camera quality in dim light

The values ​​in the article refer to the test time of the product ( 07. 05. 2020 ) .

The ratings below show how it compares to the other products in the leaderboard.

test ratings (compared to all tested products in this category)

  • CHIP rating Good (2.3)
  • Price assessment Cheap
  • Price approx. 190, 00 €

Motorola Moto G8 in the test: simple design, display with weaknesses

The design of the Motorola Moto G8 has a minimalist look: a simple white with a light pattern, plus the Motorola logo, which at the same time as Fingerprint sensor acts. Large parts of the housing are made of plastic. Thanks to the elongated 6.4-inch display in the 19, 5: 9 format a nice impression. Nevertheless, thick edges around the screen shape the overall picture.

The black level of the LC display is not particularly good, and colors look rather flat on the screen. According to our measurements, the Moto G8 under 99 percent of the standard RGB color space as well as only 72) percent of the DCI-P3 color space. Motorola also uses only on HD + resolution (1. 560 x 720 pixels), which is why the sharpness of the G8 display leaves something to be desired. With a pixel density of around 269 ppi you can easily see individual pixels on closer inspection. For this, the maximum brightness goes from something 500 cd / m² perfectly fine. Here it is only difficult to read the display on sunny days.

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The Motorola comes in a simple and minimalist design. The company logo also functions as a fingerprint sensor. Picture: CHIP / Christina Stein

Motorola Moto G8: One day of continuous use minus sleep

In the “Battery and runtime” test category, the Moto G8 has an outstanding runtime. The battery capacity measures generous 4. 00 0 mAh, which thanks to the weak screen and the slimmed down hardware for an enormously long runtime of 17: 33 hours. In other words: with 6.5 hours of sleep a day, you can theoretically use the Motorola cell phone with one battery charge all day long without having to charge the socket in between. In practice, most users are more likely to get three days.

Due to the weak 10 – Watt power supply of the Motorola takes a while to charge: Overall 163 It took the device minutes to test the battery again from 0 to 100 Percent load. To 30 Minutes of charging time are accordingly only again 23 percent on the watch – which should also last for a few hours thanks to the long running time. The Moto G8 cannot be charged wirelessly.

The Moto G8's battery life is spectacular. Two to three days of usage should be part of everyday life. Picture: CHIP / Christina Stein

Fast performance in the lower price range

For the necessary computing power in the Motorola Moto G8 comes the mid-range processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 to the Commitment. This clocks with up to 1.8 gigahertz and works with eight computing cores. This chip is for a smartphone under 200 Euros quite respectable and ensures a decent performance. Also on board are a good 4 gigabytes of RAM.

In our laboratory test, the Moto G8 does well: Our very complex test PDF file is on the G8 after 6, 9 seconds charging time ready, in the PCMark benchmark it reaches decent 7.0 10 Points. The Moto G8 also made a good impression in our practical test. Loading times when starting apps are pleasantly short, the operation works smoothly, the smartphone responds quickly. With the Moto you are well equipped for everyday tasks, including chatting and surfing.

Thanks to the mid-range processor from Qualcomm, the Moto G8 works quite quickly for its price range. Picture: CHIP / Christina Stein

Motorola saved on the camera

There are three camera lenses on the back of the Motorola Moto G8, although the design and arrangement may look more like four lenses. However, only the sensors for the autofocus and not another lens are located at the bottom. The main camera triggers with 16 megapixels, an ultra wide-angle camera shows a larger image area and the bokeh lens captures depth information for the portrait effect. None of the camera lenses is optically stabilized, which is why you should show a steady hand when taking pictures – especially in dim light. But with the Moto G8 video shoots in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second possible. This is not a matter of course for a smartphone in the lower price range.

The image quality in daylight conditions is at a good level. The photo quality is more than sufficient, especially for posts on social media platforms or for sending to friends and acquaintances. However, the leaf turns when it gets darker around you. Here, the pictures are neither particularly attractive from the tripod nor from the free hand, in the latter case even more or less unusable. Above all, strong noise characterizes the pictures, real details can hardly be recognized. The front camera, which is very prominently placed in a hole in the display, is enough to make video calls, for example.

Pictures in daylight are good, but in the dark you shouldn't make high demands on the Moto G8. Picture: CHIP / Christina Stein

Motorola Moto G8: Unlocking is quick and reliable with your finger

The Motorola Moto G8 comes with the latest Android 10 for use. The manufacturer does not have its own software interface, only a few useful additional functions, for example for quick activation of the flashlight, are included.

To be emphasized positively are the existing headphone jack – a real rarity in new cell phones – as well as a dual SIM functionality and current Bluetooth 5. We are also pleased about the USB-C Connection and the very fast and reliable fingerprint sensor on the back.

Unfortunately, the Moto G8 supports WLAN at best only in the old N standard (Wifi 4) and here only in leaks crowded 2.4 GHz band. The internet speed for downloading and uploading is accordingly restricted. In addition, an NFC chip for contactless payment is missing. The internal storage space falls with 64 Gigabyte (after the facility are still 49 Gigabytes available) can be a bit small, but can easily be expanded via a micro SD card. Dual-SIM is then no longer available.

At the time of testing, the Moto G8 is priced at 190 Euro. In addition to the smartphone itself, the scope of delivery also includes a transparent protective cover made of silicone.

Test center: Christoph Giese

Editor: Jamal Fischer

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Android 10 Motorola leaves almost unprocessed, the manufacturer only adds a few small features to the OS. Picture: CHIP / Christina Stein

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Jamal Fischer

Jamal Fischer

Jamal Fischer supports the CHIP editorial team in the area of ​​test and purchase advice. In the smartphone segment in particular, he likes to stay up to date and test new releases on the mobile phone market. If someone is looking for him: Just after the bleached hair.