Test: Motorola Moto G8 Power in the test

Motorola Moto G8 Power in the test

Conclusion from 07. 02. 2020

The Motorola Moto G8 Power convinced in our test above all with its excellent battery life: Fantastic 19 hours in our online runtime test. That being said, the Moto G8 Power offers solid mid-range quality in all of our categories, but without standing out. Compared to the predecessor, only the camera takes a small step forward – but still leaves something to be desired.

Extremely long battery life
Excellent dual speakers
jack connection available
Twilight pictures often get bad
WiFi without 5 GHz and ac standard

The values ​​in the article refer to the time of testing of the product ( 07. 02. 2020 ) .

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

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

  • Editor's Review Good (1.9)
  • Value assessment Cheap
  • Price approx. 230, 00 €

Motorola Moto G8 Power in the test: well-known design, average display

At first glance, the design of the Motorola Moto G8 Power is reminiscent of a combination of the back of the Motorola One Macro with the front of the one Vision. The frame is made of aluminum, the back of plastic. It is not necessarily noble, but the processing is right. We could not find any dirty edges or creases at the corners. Externally, there are no real innovations in the power variant of the G8, but still a solid design that fulfills its purpose.

The display also performs its functions in almost all situations Good: Motorola uses an LC display with a 6.4 inch screen diagonal for the Moto G8 Power. The long drawn 19: 9 format makes the device still handy enough for everyday use, even if both hands are common are necessary for operation. The resolution of the screen is Full HD at 2. 300 x 1. 080 pixels high enough for everyday use, also the maximum brightness of 451 cd / m² is fine. For use under sunlight, however, it should be a little more. Something to criticize is the covered color space of the screen: 97, 5 percent of the sRGB area and only 70, 5 percent of the DCI-P3 color spectrum do not necessarily cause color explosions.

The Moto G8 Power can no longer be operated well with one hand. Picture: CHIP / Marcus Kämpf
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When it comes to batteries, the Moto G8 Power lives up to its name

The Motorola Moto G8 Power shows its greatest strength in our battery life test: thanks to its huge 5. 000 – mAh batteries the smartphone achieved a phenomenal runtime of 18: 41 hours. It does not quite come to the 21: 24 hours of the predecessor Moto G7 Power , but the user still has to look around least worry about battery life. Depending on usage behavior, the G8 Power therefore offers two to four days of battery life in practice.

Nevertheless, the battery monster has to be plugged in here and there. For this, Motorola puts a charging cable and a fast charging power supply with a power of 18 Watt at. In the test it took 138 minutes until the battery was fully charged again. Given the battery size, that's a decent good value. If it is urgent, the G8 Power can do it again after half an hour 33 percent capacity to fill, which ensures a few hours of runtime. However, you cannot charge the cell phone wirelessly.

The Motorola Moto G8 Power shows its true strength in our battery life test. Picture: CHIP / Marcus Kämpf

Motorola Moto G8 Power: decent speed

For the introductory price of around 230 Euro should of course not be used as a user with high-end processors, a huge one Calculate memory or record-breaking speeds. It is all the more gratifying that Motorola is using the rather current mid-range chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 puts. With eight computing cores and a clock rate of up to 1.8 gigahertz, the Moto G8 Power definitely has enough power to do most everyday tasks: Apps open quickly, crashes or performance problems are not noticed in the practical test. The G8 Power only takes a few moments to commemorate itself here and there. The CPU is supported by four gigabytes of RAM, which is also sufficient for most users.

Mid-range CPU paired with four gigabytes of RAM: The hardware of the Moto G8 Power is easily enough for everyday use. Picture: CHIP / Marcus Kämpf

Photo quality: good during the day, bad in dim light

Motorola installs five cameras in the G8 Power: There are four lenses on the back and one camera serves as a selfie cam on the front side. In addition to the regular main camera with 16 Megapixel resolution, the smartphone also catches light optionally through a telephoto lens and a wide-angle Optics. In addition, a macro lens should provide strong detail shots.

The manufacturer does not use an optical image stabilizer. Accordingly, a steady hand is required, especially for video recordings. That turns the smartphone with a resolution of up to 4K at 30 frames per second. Slow-Motion supports the Motorola Moto G8 Power in Full HD with 120 fps or HD at 240 fps.

You can do something with the photo quality – at least in daylight. If the lighting conditions are right, the Moto G8 Power takes detailed and attractive photos. When the lighting conditions become more difficult, you need a tripod or a quiet surface to produce reasonably useful results. Shot out of your hand, a lot of noise creeps in, corners and edges blur and colors become pale. Also striking: The software of the Moto G8 Power sharpens quite a bit. This way, when you zoom in on pictures, you see an unsightly structure with a lot of pebbles.

Four camera lenses on the back ensure good image quality – at least during the day. Picture: CHIP / Marcus Kämpf

Motorola Moto G8 Power: The equipment lags behind in time

With the Motorola Moto G8 Power, users can enjoy the latest Android 10 Q. No wonder, because only recently Google announced that all new Android smartphones will now only be delivered with the latest version of the operating system allowed to. However, the manufacturer does not use Android One, so buyers do not receive an express update guarantee. Experience has shown that the G-Smartphones from Motorola receive at least one, if not several major software updates.

Apart from that, you might think that the Moto G8 Power is already a little bit in the years have come: The USB-C port is still based on the outdated 2.0 standard and there is also no NFC chip for mobile payments. Furthermore, the WLAN only transmits on the 2.4 GHz frequency. Users therefore have to do without 5 Ghz WiFi, WiFi ac or -ax. But in the past not everything was worse and so Motorola continues to install the 3.5mm headphone jack even in times of disappearing jack sockets. If the headphones are not at hand, the built-in stereo speakers also do a good job.

After all, the latest version of Bluetooth works in the device, and one There is also dual SIM support. Alternatively, you can use a micro SD card instead of a second SIM card if you 64 Gigabyte internal memory is not sufficient. The supplied silicone protective cover and the smart fingerprint sensor on the back of the device are also commendable. However, you should not take the Motorola Moto G8 Power in the swimming pool, because the IP 52 – Certification only protects against light splashing water.

(Editor: Jamal Fischer / Test carried out by: Christoph Giese)

The equipment is okay, but a few modern features are missing. Picture: CHIP / Marcus Kämpf
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Jamal Fischer

Jamal Fischer

Jamal Fischer supports the CHIP editorial team in the area of ​​test and purchase advice. Especially in the smartphone segment, 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.




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