Motorola has been into some serious gameplay. As they have launched a new phone on the first trimester of the year 2020. But during the COVID 19 Pandemic, the sales are a bit lost. But what to do when the whole world is suffering? Moto G8 Power Review.
Nonetheless, Motorola has been manufacturing G series phones as the mid-range smartphones. Mid Rangers are the intermediate phone in the market. AS they works like a bridge between the low and the high end phones, they sometimes shocks us with some awesome features. The Moto G series was indeed a mid-range smartphones to look out for. As they have been offering so0me exciting deals in a limited mid-range budget. The brand new addition to the family is the Moto G8 Power. The Moto G8 power is a great phone as per as the advertisements are concerned. Moto claims that this phone has a huge battery life and can endure up to 4 days despite moderate usage.
Does the company claims the exact stats? Or is it a hoax? We are here to find out for you. A big shout out to Motorola and their team to send us the review unit. Normally review unit does not tell the true potential capabilities of a phone. But they sure can provide a decent understanding.
So without wasting any time, let us move on to the review real quick.
Moto G8 Power Review: The Big Daddy Battery or The Infant Cameras?
Motorola has launched this little dude on the first week of February this year. Since then they have not been able to hit the market properly as the Corona Virus got huge. Let us pray for the departed souls and do wish to stay safe and healthy, always. Moving on to the phone, this phone is a bit dodgy over some features. But I will not give an impression just wait. I will discuss the phone’s capability in certain areas where the phones will be tested and pushed to the limit. The categories will give a proper justice to my judgment. The categories are:
- Sensors and Other features
- Water Resistance
These are the categories which successfully determine the capability of a certain phone. So, as we speak, let us move on to the first segment. Coming up first, the Design of Moto G8 Power.
Design if Moto G8 Power: The Fat Boy!
As we know, the mid rangers are always, I repeat, always made out of plastic! I urge the smartphone companies to take this as a desire of the commoner to have a glass and metal finish. But as for now, we will be settling in with yet another plastic body. This time Motorola has decided to play with the ambience a little bit. The have inherited stripe textures in the backside of the phone.
The phone comes in two colors. Moto G8 Power Review. The first one is Smoke Black and the latter is Capri Blue. As I have discussed earlier, the phone has a textured body and looks somewhat gorgeous. But one thing I do have to mention the phone is a bit fatty.
Motorola has been a bit shameless as per the design of the phones are concerned. So when the whole world is moving towards slimmer form factors, Moto series are still preferring the hearty bodies with some fat in it. But that does not mean the phones are not beautiful. Consider the plus size models who are featured in Vogue. You get my point right?
As we speak, the dimension of the phone is 6.14 inches in length, 2.98 inches in width and 0.38 inches in the breadth. The phone is weighted around 197 grams. The numbers do speak for itself as the phone is a bit fat. As far as the attributes are concerned, the quad camera module and the fingerprint scanner is on the back. On the right side, we have the power and the volume adjustment key. The left side we have the Hybrid Card Slot. On the bottom we have the loud speaker and the USB Type C connector. And finishing off, we have an all-important 3.5 mm headphone jack on the top of the phone. The front part is obviously the screen which has the trendy hole-punch selfie camera module.
Now let us move on to the next segment and that is the display of the Moto G8 Power.
Display of Moto G8 Power: The IPS Hole-Punch!
As we move on to the screen, the first attraction is the hole-punch display. It is indeed a trendy choice now a days. Moto has opted to go for the IPS LCD Screen instead of AMOLED. Some competitors are offering AMOLED screens at the identical price points. Nonetheless, the phone is pretty good as far as the display is concerned.
The 6.4 inches IPS LCD display is of full high definition. Moto G8 Power Review. That means the screen has a resolution of 1080 pixels into 2300 pixels. The viewing experience is pretty smooth and the color contrasts is kind of okay as well. But the area of the hole-punch has some blind spots where there are lack of emission.
The screen to body ratio is almost close to 85.1%. That is a huge screen as the bezels are pretty narrow. The viewing experience is superb and you will feel that you are seeing something in full screen. Even the punch hole is not that visible.
Overall despite being a downgraded screen compared to the market, the screen is pretty good and the experience is worth mentioning. Now let us move on to one of my favorite segment of a phone. I am talking about the performance of the Moto G8 Power.
Performance of the Moto G8 Power: Snapdragon 665 in 2020?
As we all know, the performance of a phone depends o0n how well the software utilizes the hardware components. You can make a great job with limited resources and also ruin the experience with high end components. Moto G8 Power Review. The main mantra is the collaboration between the two units. Let us see what is under the hood of the Moto G8 Power and what the software that runs it are.
This phone, like any other Moto Phones runs in Android. The latest version of Android which is Android Version 10 is installed in this device. The UI is pretty much stock Android which is heavily dependent on Google Apps. But some of the Moto Apps are included as well.
Dependence on the Google apps is in fact a good thing if someone asks me. Android platform is highly compatible with the Google supporting Apps and services.
The UI is pretty compact and some additional features and gestures does give a huge support and compliments the stock version of Android. Now let us see what the hardware unit has to offer.
When we talk about the hardware unit of a certain phone, the main concern of ours is the chipset. The chipset which is used in the all new Moto G8 Power is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665. This processor is ancient stuff if we compare this to the other chipsets in the year, 2020. Moto G8 Power Review. Many powerful stuffs like the Snapdragon 700 series are the common pick for the mid rangers now a days. This 11 nano meter Octa Core chipset is clocked at 2.0 GHz for the first Kryo 260 Gold cores and the remaining 4 kryo 260 Silver is clocked at 1.8 GHz. The Graphics processing Unit is Adreno 610.
The RAM is of 4 GB and the internal Storage is of 64 GB. This is a set back because the other forerunners are offering much more versatility in terms of the storage and the RAM. But there is a ray of hope as the phone has an external SD Card slot to hype up the storage.
Overall the phone is pretty decent in the performance sector. But there are some glitches and buffers which was experienced while using the phone at some points. Rather than that the user experience was decent.
Now let us turn the lights on the cameras of Moto G8 Power. Moto has been promising some potential and I am dying to try it out.
Cameras of Moto G8 Power: Quad Camera Wonder or Failure?
As far as the cameras are concerned, the rear camera is a quad camera setup. The main camera is of 16 Mega Pixels camera with an aperture of f/1.7. Moto G8 Power Review. The second camera is a telephoto lens. And it is of 8 Mega Pixels with an aperture count of f/2.2. The third camera is another 8 Mega Pixels and it is an ultra wide camera. The aperture count is of f/2.2. The last camera is a macro lens which can shot something in macro detailing up close. The macro camera is of 2 Mega Pixels and the aperture count is of f/2.2. The front camera is in the hole-punch cut out of the display and the camera is a 16 Mega Pixels wide angle camera with an aperture count of f/2.0.
Now I would like all off you to pay close attention to what I say. As we know, the rear camera is a quad camera. So the pictures should be brilliant right?
But in this case, NO. The cameras are not up to the mark as the details are distorted, color saturations are a bit dull and there is visible noise in the shots even in the bright light. But the Macro photos are decent. The video quality is not that smooth as it can record up to 4k in 30 frames per second. The front camera can record up to 1080p in 30 frames per second.
So, overall the camera experience is a total let down if I have to tell you. I am very disappointed. Now let us see the power management unit.
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Battery of the Moto G8 Power: The 5000 mAh Powerhouse!
Now comes the most awaited part which is the battery of the Moto G8 Power. Moto G8 Power Review. The name of the model speaks for itself, Power. This phone comes with a huge 5000 mAh battery which Moto claims that it will give you enough juice to endure almost 4 days!
Battery this big requires a hefty charging capability. But the 18 Watts fast charging power brick can charge this phone only up to 29 percent in 30 minutes. This phone is a good phone in terms of power management and the work is indeed noteworthy.
Sensors and Other Features
The finger print is rear mounted and the other sensors like the proximity, accelerometer, gyro and compass in included in the phone. Special gestures of Moto is the plus features of this phone as it is usual for the brand.
The phone has no IP certification. However Moto claims it to be splash proof. The phone is glued together with a nano component so water cannot pass through. Still I would recommend not to dump the phone in the pool.
Advantages and Disadvantages
The Advantages of the Moto G8 Power are:
- Good Screen
- Great Battery life
- Decent outlook
The Disadvantages of the Moto G8 Power are:
- Disappointing Camera
- Low grade body construction
- Backdated chipset
FAQs of the Moto G8 Power
- Is Moto G8 Power Water Resistance?
The Moto G8 Power is claimed to be splash proof but has no proper IP certification. So you can spill your coffee accidentally. But dump it inside the pool at your own risk.
- What is the price of the Moto G8 Power?
The price tag in the States is around 215 US Dollars. But it may differ due to various dealers and suppliers.
Wrapping Things Up!
Overall, other than the battery unit, I am disappointed with the phone. There are many better options in the market right now especially in this price point. Moto does need to gather their thoughts and come up with something new. That was all for today guys! Do stay safe and wash your hands quite often.