Motorola G8 Plus review mid-range performance with NFC
Motorola G8 Plus review mid-range performance with NFC Motorola G8 Plus smartphone. Not so long ago, I shared my impressions of Motorola One Macro – another budget smartphone from the “One” line. Despite the fact that the Motorola G8 Plus belongs to the G-series, both of these smartphones are very similar in design, starting from the location of the main elements and ending with the removal of one camera module. But there is still some difference – the G8 Plus has slightly smaller frames, and the camera panel rises a little more above the body (but not so much that it would prevent the device from confidently lying on a horizontal surface). So, the case of the Motorola G8 Plus review is also made of plastic. His color is gradient, which in 2019 is not at all surprising. But due to the fact that the surface is not so mirrored, and the color is deeper (here the combination of maroon, black and red), it looks somehow more solid. The same model is also presented in a blue-black gradient. The manufacturer says that the smartphone is protected from drops of water and splashes, but not a word about what standard. Although it is not designed for immersion in water, it is great that Motorola has taken care of at least the minimum security of its devices.
Motorola G8 Plus smartphone
The first thing that catches your eye when looking at the rear panel is the camera. There is also a triple module with one dedicated sensor, as well as a laser focus sensor and flash. To the right of the camera you can see a fingerprint scanner with a company logo. The front of the device, in turn, is occupied by a drop-shaped screen for a selfie camera and a speaker.The controls are also quite familiar. To the left of the screen you can find a slot for two SIM cards (or one SIM card and a memory card), and to the right – a volume rocker and a power button. At the top there is a 3.5 mm audio jack and a small speaker, and on the opposite side there is a Type-C charging connector, a conversational microphone and one more serious speaker. Together, a pair of speakers form a mobile stereo system that supports the Dolby Audio application, which results in pretty good sound. Especially it can be appreciated while watching videos or games, when the smartphone is in the hands.
It’s a little unusual that Motorola didn’t come up with any design chips in the G8 Plus, because design is its strong point.But even in this situation, the G8 Plus looks albeit not innovative, but modern and quite nice.The only “stone” that can be thrown into the garden of the G8 Plus is its super ability to collect traces of operation on the body.We’ll have to either put the smartphone in a case, or not part with a fiber napkin.
Motorola G8 Plus review Display
The G8 Plus has a 6.3-inch IPS-matrix, but, unlike One Macro, the resolution here is already 2280 × 1080, and the pixel density is higher – 409 ppi versus 270. And in comparison, this is noticeably reflected in the picture – text information it is perceived perfectly, and the granularity does not appear even when watching a video with frequent frame changes. It is hardly worth writing separately about viewing angles, contrast and color reproduction – even based on the characteristics of the matrix type, it becomes clear that there are no problems with this. The supply of brightness is also sufficient for the screen to be read on a sunny day. By tradition, in the settings you will find an item where you can choose the color rendition (natural, standard or saturated), and also enable adaptive brightness or night mode. There is even a dark theme, but here it is used only for the background of the main menu, and in settings and other applications the background color remains unchanged.
Motorola G8 Plus smartphone What’s inside?
The “engine” of the G8 Plus is the 8-core Snapdragon 665, in which one half of the cores operates at a maximum clock frequency of 2 GHz, and another half with a frequency of 1.8 GHz. Adreno 610 is responsible for the graphics. There is as much RAM in it as the majority of the average brand has 4 GB, and flash memory has 64 GB with the option of expanding the card to 512 GB. Since the slot here is hybrid, in order to increase the amount of memory, you will have to sacrifice one SIM. You will have to put up with this, since the smartphone is presented in a single modification. Although, if you do not store a huge amount of multimedia data on one device, then 64 GB is enough with your head. In AnTuTu, the G8 Plus scored 10,000 points more than the simpler One Macro – 173,000 versus 163,000. And with the performance in the Motorola G8 Plus review everything is in order – the device works smoothly and smoothly, no delays during testing, even under heavy loads , not detected. Although, holding both smartphones in my hands, I did not manage to notice any difference in the speed of work. Still, synthetics is one thing, and real performance is another. The power of the Motorola mobiles G8 Plus is enough for regular use (surfing, instant messengers, mail, calls, social networks, watching videos and others like them), and for mobile toys – from ordinary time-killers to quite demanding 3D games, albeit at medium graphics settings.
Software, security and wireless interfaces
Motorola-G8-Plus Software, security and wireless interfaces
Unlike many manufacturers, Motorola does not burden its devices with proprietary shells and releases gadgets with “clean” Android.Motorola G8 Plus smartphone, of course, runs on its 9th version.The only thing that can be found in Motorola smartphones from the “branded” software is the Moto application, in which you can configure gestures and a lock screen.There are neither manufacturer’s built-in default forums, nor branded services that often duplicate Google services, nor other useless software. On the security guard is a fingerprint sensor and a face scanner. What can be said about them? Since the fingerprint scanner here is not optical, but capacitive, its speed and accuracy are due to many years of experience using similar sensors – it works smartly and almost accurately. These on-screen scanners are still not quite ideal and can sometimes fail (and sometimes this is due to safety glasses), but with the good old and capacious ones everything is quite predictable. Unlocking the face also works fine, and even the lack of light does not hinder the scanner – the screen backlight is enough to make the smartphone “recognize” the owner.With wireless interfaces, here is also a complete order: in addition to the mandatory Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and support for working with GPS, GLONASS and Galileo navigation systems, the G8 Plus has expanded its capabilities with the help of the NFC module. Motorola G8 Plus smartphone has collected all the most popular wireless technologies, which definitely adds points to it in the eyes of potential users.
As practice shows, three sensors of the main camera is not a luxury. The set of sensors in the G8 Plus is as follows. The largest module, which is displayed separately above the camera panel, is a 16-megapixel wide angle with a viewing angle of 117 ° (f / 2.2), immediately below it is the main module at 48 megapixels (f / 1.7), but the Quad Pixel technology, combining 4 pixels in 1, reduces the real resolution to 12 megapixels, and even lower there is a depth sensor by 5 megapixels (f / 2.2). Laser “range finder” for focusing and flash close the camera panel. Briefly go over the shooting modes in the camera application. Photo modes are represented by Portrait, Night, Panorama, live filter mode, create animation (or “live photo”), focus mode on a given color and a mode for quickly changing the background when shooting people. By default, Google Lens is also wired. As for the video, in addition to the classic shooting mode, there is Slow Motion (FHD 120 fps and HD 240 fps) and Timelapse with acceleration up to 32 times. By the way, videos can be shot in 4K resolution.
How does the Motorola G8 Plus smartphone shoot? Everyone knows that good light is the key to quality photography. In suitable lighting, using Motorola G8 Plus review, you can take very good pictures, but with some nuances. For example, providing good contrast, the detail in the photo is lame. In the focusing area, the image looks pretty sharp, but the sharpness is blurred in the corners, which is especially noticeable on textures – they noticeably “merge”.As soon as the camera “cuts” that there is little light, it immediately suggests switching to night mode. On the one hand, it is convenient. But on the other hand, even automatic night mode cannot always save a darkened frame. During shooting in this mode, it is difficult not to notice how the improvement is provided by software pulling, rather than hardware capabilities. The picture noticeably brightens, but you can’t get rid of obvious noise. In this case, it is better to use manual settings to achieve the best results. Examples of photos can be found below. The main module was used and only predefined modes – normal Photo and Night.
The front camera, in turn, was awarded a 25 megapixel sensor. The module also has a Quad Pixel chip, which, due to the combination of pixels, will “stretch” the photo in low light. It takes off quite well with sufficient lighting, however, with its lack, the same incidents arise as with the main module. And just like in all Motorola smartphones, beautification and augmented reality mode are not provided for any of the cameras.Of course, in the G8 Plus, cameras are far from ideal. But they are quite consistent with their price segment and with their help you can achieve good shots. But for a good night shooting you will have to sweat pretty much and still master the jungle of manual settings.
The G8 Plus battery has 4000 mAh, which, in principle, is the optimal capacity in modern smartphones. Fast charging Turbo Power Charge 15 V – this is not so much a chip, but a real need. The manufacturer promises that with its help in 15 minutes you can extend the smartphone up to 8 hours. In the field it is not easy to verify this, so we will take a word. From myself, I note that it charges quickly enough (it took less than an hour to charge from 30% to 100%), and the charge is consumed quite reasonably – with moderate use, 2 days is not a problem for a smartphone. But if you add to this the frequent “freeze” in social networks and mobile games, then by the evening you can’t get far from the outlet.
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