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Test: Motorola Moto G8 Plus in the test

Motorola Moto G8 Plus in the test

Conclusion from 16. 01. 2020

The Motorola Moto G8 Plus left a mixed impression in our test. On the one hand, the smartphone scores with a great battery life, which should also bring demanding users over a day without any problems. The high-quality workmanship and the built-in jack for headphones are also very commendable. On the other hand, the camera only performs satisfactorily. Motorola completely dispenses with a telephoto lens, the wide angle can only be used for videos.

Benefits
Very long battery life
3.5mm headphone jack
Chic design and high quality workmanship
Disadvantage
No telephoto lens and wide angle only for video recordings
Only USB 2.0 and none NFC
Disappointing photo quality in dim light

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The values ​​in the article refer to the test time of the product ( 16. 01. 2020 ).

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Motorola Moto G8 Plus in the test: high-quality workmanship

The Motorola Moto G8 Plus surprises with a great workmanship: Even if it is the still quite attractive price ( round 270 Euro at the time of the test) does not suggest, so Motorola completely dispenses with plastic. Instead, glass is used on the front and back of the device, the frame is made of aluminum. The design is also impressive: Our test device comes with a purple color accent, which loses or gains in saturation depending on the light.

The front of the cell phone comes with narrow side display edges. However, the wide chin below the screen bothers us a little. At the upper edge, a waterdrop-shaped recess that contains the front camera protrudes into the 6.3-inch display.

This uses LC technology and has a 19: 9 format. With 2. 280 x 1. 080 The smartphone has a fully sufficient Full HD Plus resolution and thus reaches a pixel density of exactly 400 ppi. The maximum brightness of 417 cd / m² is average: This is sufficient for indoor use, but it makes it difficult to read under sunlight. However, the color representation could be even better, because the cell phone only covers around 83 percent of the large DCI-P3 color space from. Compared to OLED displays in particular, the screen does not appear quite as gaudy and saturated.

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Performance: Fast enough for everyday life

The middle class processor Snapdragon does the necessary computing power 665 inside the cell phone. It reaches a maximum of 1.8 gigahertz and works with eight cores. There is also a four gigabyte RAM. The latter is usually sufficiently sized due to the clean Android without many additional functions, but could also reach its limits with a large number of open apps. Real losses are not to be feared by this.

For everyday life the mid-range processor is sufficient because it offers the necessary computing power for social media, web surfing and other standard tasks. In our benchmarks, the Moto G8 Plus offers solid performance that is not noticeable in any direction.

Inside the smartphone, middle-class hardware provides the corresponding computing power Picture: CHIP

Moto G8 Plus with its brother's unique selling point

According to Motorola, the built-in action camera should also speak for the Moto G8 Plus. This is a wide-angle lens that Motorola installed before 90 degrees. The result: you can hold the cell phone in portrait format and still film a video in landscape format. Unfortunately, the lens can only be used for videos, in photo mode the user has to be satisfied with the remaining two camera lenses. Even 4K videos cannot be recorded with this lens: Full HD is the highest of feelings. The feature was previously the unique selling point of the Motorola One Action and is therefore not brand new.

In addition to the main camera, Motorola also installs a bokeh lens, which should ensure better results in portrait mode. However, the results do not convince us: edges are not recognized properly, hair is often artificially defocused as a supposed background. Motorola also dispenses with a telephoto lens, so that users in photo mode are limited to the main camera and can only zoom digitally.

We already know the action cam in the Moto G8 Plus from the Motorola One Action Picture: CHIP

Great picture results? Often not reported

The main camera triggers with 48 Megapixels, due to the now widespread pixel binning, the system makes twelve megapixels in the end result. The software combines four pixels into a large pixel, which should ensure better twilight results. The captured images are usable in daylight conditions, although not high-flyers. Sharpness, color and contrast are convincing. Unfortunately, our praise also ends here.

Because in dim light conditions, pictures quickly lose quality: color is missing, details are completely lost. The results can hardly be used from a free hand. The selfies don't really convince us either: the fixed focus makes it difficult to produce sharp self-portraits. And even if the user succeeds, some image noise will get lost in the recordings even in daylight.

And what about the video quality? With the help of the main camera, the Motorola Moto G8 Plus can have a resolution of up to 4K at 30 Rotate frames per second. The action cam is limited to FHD. However, action cams are also known to produce particularly stable image results. And it works, if not without restrictions. With the preset Full HD resolution at 30 fps generates the lens despite the lack of an optical image stabilizer, smooth and smooth video. Would you like to in FHD with 60 filming frames per second, then the Moto G8 Plus disappoints: The digital image stabilization no longer works in this mode. Even small movements make the picture shake ugly. It doesn't have much to do with an action cam. Too bad Motorola: It wasn't like that in Motorola One Action.

In Full HD with 30 fps stabilizes the action cam well, who With 60 frames per second, but loses the image stabilization. Picture: CHIP

The Moto G8 Plus stays online for a long time

Unlike the camera, the battery is fun without any restrictions. Because the 4th 000 mAh strong battery supplies the smartphone in our online runtime test almost 14 Hours without a stop at the socket with energy – a remarkable value that even long-term users should get through a long day without any problems.

When charging The Moto G8 Plus does not really stand out from the mass of smartphones: the included Fast Charging power supply unit has an output power of 18 Watts and pumps the battery into 141 minutes full again. If it should go quickly, then after half an hour 35 percent on board. However, users have to do without wireless charging, charging only works with a USB cable.

Despite the back of the glass, wireless charging is not possible with the Motorola Moto G8 Plus. Picture: CHIP

Motorola Moto G8 Plus: Features without special features

Android version 9 Pie is preinstalled on the smartphone. Motorola does not have its own user interface and only adds a few small additional settings. However, the device is not part of the Android One program, which is reserved for Motorola One devices. Users can still update to Android 10 Q calculate.

We noticed positively in the test the stereo speakers, which produce decent sound for a smartphone in the lower middle class. In addition, the jack connection, which Motorola did not do without in the Moto G8 Plus, is a pleasure. Motorola also uses the latest Bluetooth 5.0, but no NFC chip, which would be necessary for mobile payments.

To be able to unlock the phone quickly and reliably, there is a fingerprint sensor on the back side. However, only an outdated and slow USB 2.0 connection is used for data exchange with a PC – at least in Type C form. In terms of connectivity, the Moto G8 Plus supports all current WLAN and LTE standards apart from WLAN-ax, but can only dual SIM if you don't use a micro SD card to use the 64 to expand gigabytes of memory. Of these, users are scarce 50 GByte free. In addition, the IP – 52 – certification against splash water hardly any noteworthy advantages.

The Motorola Moto G8 Plus is at the time of the test at a Price of around 270 Euro , In addition to a USB-C cable and the power adapter, buyers will also find a transparent silicone protective cover in the scope of delivery.

The Moto G8 Plus has decent equipment for its price. Picture: CHIP

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Jamal Fischer

Jamal Fischer

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

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