|Released 2020, April 16||197g, 9.6mm thickness|
|Android 10||64GB storage, microSDXC|
|6.4″ 1080×2300 pixels||16MP 2160p|
|4GB RAM Snapdragon 665||5000mAh Li-Po|
Motorola Moto G8 Power Specifications
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|2G bands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|3G bands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100|
|4G bands||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 28, 66|
|1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41|
|Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat13 600/100 Mbps|
|LAUNCH||Announced||2020, February 07|
|Status||Available. Released 2020, April 16|
|BODY||Dimensions||156 x 75.8 x 9.6 mm (6.14 x 2.98 x 0.38 in)|
|Weight||197 g (6.95 oz)|
|Build||Glass front, plastic back, aluminum frame (6000 series)|
|SIM||Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.4 inches, 100.7 cm2 (~85.1% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2300 pixels (~399 ppi density)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)|
|Internal||64GB 4GB RAM|
|MAIN CAMERA||Quad||16 MP, f/1.7, (wide), 1/2.8″, 1.12µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, (telephoto), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom
8 MP, f/2.2, 118° (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.2, (macro), 1/5.0″, 1.75µm
|Features||LED flash, HDR, panorama|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected] (gyro-EIS)|
|SELFIE CAMERA||Single||16 MP, f/2.0, (wide), 1/3.0″, 1.0µm|
|SOUND||Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity|
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery|
|Charging||Fast charging 18W|
|MISC||Colors||Smoke Black, Capri Blue|
|Price||$ 199.99 / £ 172.65 / € 229.99|
|TESTS||Performance||AnTuTu: 173607 (v8)
GeekBench: 1394 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 6.6fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
|Display||Contrast ratio: 1466:1 (nominal)|
|Camera||Photo / Video|
|Loudspeaker||-24.6 LUFS (Very good)|
Endurance rating 136h
Motorola Moto G8 Brief Description
Motorola has been famous for its mid-range Moto G series and the eight (G)eneration has spawned five phones already. The Moto G8 Power is shaping to be the most interesting among those with a premium large screen, plenty of cameras, stereo speakers, and sheer battery capacity to last you for days.
The Moto Power phones have been focused on battery endurance and this G8 Power delivers – the phone has a massive 5,000 mAh battery, fast charging enabled at that, and with the efficient hardware and software tweaks, it should be capable of matching the promised 3-day battery life.
The 6.3″ LCD screen is as 2020 as possible with that punch-hole cut out – the smallest of them notches. The extended 1080p resolution is plenty for a mid-ranger, while the maker also promises a vivid and bright picture. We will see about that in a bit.
The Moto G8 Power also impresses with Dolby-tuned stereo speakers, some four cameras on its back, and capable Snapdragon 665 chip. The power boots the latest and rather stock-ish Android 10, enhanced with some of the most popular Moto tricks.
Moto G8 Power specs
- Body: Plastic frame, plastic back; Splash resistance; 156×75.8×9.6mm, 197g.
- Display: 6.3″ OPS LCD, 1080x2300px (399ppi), 19:9 aspect ratio.
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (11nm), octa-core CPU (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver); Adreno 610 GPU.
- Memory: 4GB RAM; 64GB storage, shared microSD slot.
- OS: Android 10.
- Rear camera (quad): Main: 16MP, 1/2.8″ sensor size, 1.12µm pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, PDAF; [email protected] video recording. Ultrawide: 8MP, 13mm, f/2.2, [email protected] video recording; Telephoto: 8MP, 52mm, f/2.2, AF; Macro: 2MP, f/2.2, AF. LED flash.
- Front camera: 16MP Quad-Bayer, 1.0µm, f/2.0.
- Battery: 5,000mAh Li-Po; 18W TurboPower charging.
- Connectivity: Single/dual nano SIM ; Wi-Fi b/g/n; Bluetooth 5.0 + LE; GPS, BDS, Galilleo, GLONASS; USB-C (USB 2.0); FM radio; 3.5mm headphone jack.
- Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor; stereo speakers.
Motorola advertises the Moto G8 Power as splash resistant. The phone features what many other entry-level and mid-range phones offer – a P2i nano-coating that prevents light splashes from damaging the internals. It is not made for underwater selfies, obviously.
And now it’s time get this new Moto G8 Power out of its cool black box.
Unboxing the Moto G8 Power
The Moto G8 Power comes packed within a compact paper box and it contains everything to get you started. Inside you will find an 18W charger and a USB-C cable.
The phone ships already wearing a transparent silicone case, so you get protection right out of the box. There is no screen protector applied in the factory, though it is easy to buy one these days.
The Moto G8 Power is not your typical thin and lightweight smartphone as it packs one beefy battery inside. The phone does feel solid in hand, but it is not bulky thanks to its curved sides and thoughtful design.
The build is nothing out of the ordinary – most of the G8 Power is made of plastic, while its screen has a protective glass of an unknown maker. The whole phone is water-repellent, meaning it has some protection against light rain and splashes, but water-resistant it is not. Most makers use this P2i nano-coating these days and rely on a gap-free build, and that’s probably the case with the Moto G8 Power as well.
The entire front of the Moto G8 Power is flat, well, if we don’t count the usual 2.5D finish on the edge that is. The screen bezels are quite small, especially for an LCD, and the punch hole isn’t that large either. There is some dimming around the notch, but that’s unavoidable with LCD panels.
The screen itself has 6.4″ diagonal and rounded corners. It comes with 1080p+ resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. The panel seems quite bright, and the colors punchy, but we will know a lot more when we put it through our lab tests.
The grille above the screen hides the earpiece, which also doubles as a speaker. And what a speaker it is! It is equal in loudness and output to the one at the bottom – a balance we rarely witness these days.
Moto G8 Power’s frame is made of thick plastic, is a bit curved, and has this glossy finish that adds to the overall slipperiness of the phone, and also is a home for a ton of smudges.
There is some good news here, of course. The Moto G8 Power has a lot going on around its frame – there is an audio jack on the top, a hybrid SIM slot on the left, the USB-C port and the other speaker are at the bottom, while the power and volume keys are on the right.
The back of the Moto G8 Power is quite beautiful – our Capri Blue version is, well, painted in Capri blue, but also comes with this underlying stripe pattern that makes for a nice effect. The extra layers of plastic do what they do best – some light bending for an even more eye-catchy look on the otherwise regular plastic back.
There are four cameras at the back – the 8MP ultrawide is first and separated from the others. Then, on a common deck, you are seeing the primary 16MP shooter, the 2MP macro, and the 8MP tele snappers. Their glasses are protruding less than a millimeter.
Another feature of interest on the back is the fingerprint scanner – it is in the dimple with the Moto logo. It is always-on, fast, and reliable.
Thanks to the solid build and heavier-than-usual body, the Moto G8 Power feels safe in hand, even if it is an all-slippery phone. We have no beef with its design, no issues with the build, and we appreciate the larger battery and the extra weight that comes with it. But if you don’t need such a glossy and slippery phone, don’t worry, the provided case does an excellent job in improving the grip, plus it keeps the dazzling back safe.
Overall, we are happy with the Moto G8 Power design – it’s in line with most of the recent trends and has a water-repellent coating for some extra peace of mind. By our books, that is more than enough.
The Moto G8 Power packs a 6.4-inch IPS LCD screen with 1080p+ resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. It has a punch-hole cutout around the top left corner to make way for the selfie camera and its corners are trendily rounded.
The exact screen resolution is 2,300 x 1,080 pixels or about 399ppi. The make of the protective glass was not specified by Motorola.
One of the first things you will notice is the uneven backlight around the punch hole. It is annoying only on bright backgrounds, but it was to be expected as the LCD LED backlighting is not perfect (and it can’t be). Such dimming can also be observed around the edges of the screen, though not as strong as near the notch.
Other than that, the Moto G8 Power screen looks bright and punchy. We measured a maximum brightness if 500 nits in manual mode, and 741 nits in auto mode. That’s more than enough for an LCD screen and you will have no issues even in the brightest of days.
The black levels of the Moto G8 Power screen turned out quite good, too, and overall, the panel offers an excellent contrast ratio of about 1500:1.
The minimum brightness at the far left of the scrubber is just 3.2 nits, which is a great one.
|Display test||100% brightness|
|Motorola Moto G8 Power||0.341||500||1466:1|
|Motorola Moto G8 Power (Max Auto)||0.53||741||1398:1|
|Motorola Moto G7 Power||0.298||499||1674:1|
|Motorola Moto G7 Power (Max Auto)||0.459||636||1386:1|
|Motorola Moto G8 Plus||0.317||477||1505:1|
|Motorola Moto G8 Plus (Max Auto)||0.395||581||1471:1|
|Realme 6 Pro||0.318||421||1324:1|
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S||0.303||421||1389:1|
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S (Max Auto)||0.42||575||1369:1|
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro||0.347||460||1326:1|
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro (Max Auto)||0.486||640||1317:1|
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T||0.331||450||1360:1|
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T (Max Auto)||0.453||600||1325:1|
|Samsung Galaxy A51||0||413||∞|
|Samsung Galaxy A51 (Max Auto)||0||636||∞|
Color reproduction is consistently off on the Moto G8 Power, regardless of which of the three color modes you choose. Be it Natural, Boosted, or Saturated, you can expect a strong blue shift of the white and grays, to the tune of a DeltaE of 8-9. That is not so bad – it’s not a color-accurate screen but it’s not a deal-breaker either.
The default Saturated mode got us an average DeltaE of 5.8 against sRGB targets, whereas in Natural we measured an average DeltaE of 4.7 – the best result in this testing.
Battery life and charging
The Moto G8 Power packs a massive 5,000 mAh battery, which should last you for up to three days of normal usage according to Motorola’s claims. The phone supports Moto’s 18W TurboPower fast charging and it fills 29% of the depleted 5,000mAh battery in 30mins.
Quite expectedly, the Moto G8 Power turned out to be a remarkable performer in our battery test with a 136-hour Endurance rating. It did a great job in all tested scenarios – video, calls, web browsing, and even stand-by performance.
The endurance rating above denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Motorola Moto G8 Power for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We’ve established this usage pattern so that our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks.
The Motorola Moto G8 Power has a stereo speaker configuration, just like the G8 Plus. It is quite common – the earpiece doubles as a second speaker. The G8 Power earpiece is equally powerful as the bottom one though – both in loudness and output, so it is not just a gimmick.
In our new speaker-test, the Moto G8 Powers scored a Very Good mark for loudness. As for the quality – it’s good. The vocals are great, there is a good presentation of high notes although not as rich as we hoped it to be and the bass is completely absent.
We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal “0db” flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test.
Audio output quality
We’ve recently discontinued our audio output quality test.
The reason for that is that most phones that arrived for testing were already excellent in this regard and whatever difference there was, it was marginal and probably indistinguishable to anything but our lab equipment.
Near vanilla Android 10
The Moto G8 Power is not part of the Android One program – that’s an exclusive treat for the Moto One series. Still, the phone boots a near-stock version of Android 10, spiced up with a bunch of Moto software tricks.
The G8 Power relies on gesture navigation via a single elongated button in the center. Swiping upwards takes you to the home screen, a swipe up with a pause brings out the recent apps menu, swiping on the pill (left or right) switches between the last used apps. If you want Back, then just swipe anywhere from the edge of the screen. If, on the other hand, you want to have the classic three-button navigation, you switch to it from Settings.
The Moto app offers a variety of clever Moto actions for interacting with the phone – including a karate chop for toggling the flashlight on or off, twist motion to launch the camera app, three-finger screenshot gesture, accelerometer-based ringtone silencing.
Moto Display consists of just two options and the more important one is Peek Display – the not-always-on display. It will display notifications and let you interact with them right there on the lock screen plus it will wake up when you pick up your phone. Another feature, Attentive display, will keep the screen on as long as you are looking at it.
All of these aside, the rest is pretty much Android 10 as Google intended it to be – well, there’s also the greenish hue of the quick toggles.
Lockscreen • Homescreen • Folder view • App drawer • Task switcher • Quick toggles
Everything else that comes pre-installed on the Moto G8 Power are all Google apps.
Performance and benchmarks
The Moto G8 Power is powered by the Snapdragon 665 – a midrange Qualcomm chip, made on an 11nm manufacturing process. It packs an octa-core CPU in a 4×2.0GHz Kryo 260 Gold (A73 derivative) & 4×1.8GHz Kryo 260 Silver (A53 derivative) arrangement and an Adreno 610 GPU. A single RAM and storage configuration is offered – 4GB and 64GB.
We ran some benchmarks and the scores are about average. The CPU performance isn’t bad, but the competition offers better performance in the same price segment.
GeekBench 5.1 (multi-core)
Higher is better
GeekBench 5.1 (single-core)
Higher is better
Same goes for the gaming performance – it’s behind the curve – many of the competitors have already switched to the upper-tier Snapdragon 700 or Helio G series and the tests show their GPUs are much better.
GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)
Higher is better
GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)
Higher is better
The AnTuTu score also shows the Moto G8 Power isn’t as powerful as the current crop of similarly priced mid-rangers.
Higher is better
The Moto G8 Power has a capable chip, but it’s not as fast as the gear available to some of its competitors. What’s even worse is that it’s not only the dry benchmark scores that suffer, Android OS does not feel that fast either. We had system hiccups here and there when interacting with our review unit – which doesn’t even have that much app content on it. Surely, these are no deal-breakers, but knowing what a Realme can do, they are a bit disappointing.
Four cameras at the back
The Moto G8 Power has a quad-camera on its back and all four snappers are usable. There is a 16MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultrawide snapper, an 8MP tele cam for 2x zoom and portraits, and a 2MP macro imager. A single LED flash is around if you ever need it.
The primary camera uses a 16MP 1/2.8″ sensor with 1.12µm pixels and f/1.7 26mm lens. Phase-detect autofocus is available.
The ultrawide camera uses an 8MP 1/4.0″ sensor with 1.12µm pixels behind f/2.2 13mm lens. The focus is fixed.
The Moto G8 Power also offers a camera for portraits or 2x optical magnification. It uses an 8MP 1/4.0″ sensor with 1.12µm pixels and comes with f/2.4 52mm lens. Phase-detection AF is available here. Oddly, by default, this camera saves 16MP images, meaning some sort of upscaling is at play.
The fourth and final snapper is the 2MP 1/5.0″ macro camera with f/2.2 lens. Autofocus is available here and it works between 2cm and 8cm.
For selfies, you get a 16MP Quad Pixel camera. The sensor is behind an f/2.0 aperture lens that has a fixed focus. Being a Quad Bayer type of module, the selfie cam takes 4MP images by default, but this one can be set to output 16MP shots if that’s necessary.
Motorola has been installing its own custom Camera app on the otherwise mostly stock Android software, and that’s the case on the Moto G8 Power, too. It is straightforward and functional with a swipe action for switching between stills, video, and assorted modes (tapping on the icons works too).
A set of quick settings is available in the viewfinder for the HDR modes (Auto/On/Off), flash modes (Auto/On/Off), self-timer (Off/3s/10s), and Active Photos (Auto/On/Off). There’s also a shortcut to the settings menu right in the viewfinder.
The Manual mode is accessed from another toggle in the viewfinder – not the extra modes. It lets you dial in your own ISO (100-3200), shutter speed (1/6000s-1/3s), or exposure compensation (-2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV and 0.5EV increments), as well as pick a white balance by light temperature (with markings for common light types), and you can manually adjust focus – all pretty standard. There’s also a tiny live histogram.
The 16MP daylight photos from the main camera are okay but not up to par. The resolved detail is mediocre at best and you can notice noisy areas. The images show great contrast and high dynamic range, though, so chances are you will enjoy them on the phone’s screen.
We shot the photos below with Auto HDR as intended by Motorola. We noticed that when it triggers, however, the colors come out unnaturally saturated, but we do get the promised boost in dynamic range and also – less noise. When there is no need for HDR, the noise is more, but the colors are natural and true to life.
Those are definitely not the best photos – even for a budget device – but they will do for most occasions.
Moto G8 Power 16MP photos
The 8MP ultrawide photos are poor in detail, though the distortion correction works very well, and the photos fit a lot inside thanks to the 13mm lens. The contrast is good but not a match for the primary camera and the colors are a bit warmer than they should have been, especially where the Auto HDR did fire.
Moto G8 Power 8MP ultrawide photos
The 8MP telephoto camera shoots 16MP images by default, which is weird. We suspect this is either down to a software issue or by poor design choice.
Anyway, the 16MP zoom photos are not good, even if they present good contrast and dynamic range. The detail is poor, and the images are over-sharpened to mask the upscaling.
You would be better to manually switch to 8MP from Settings, but it will also lower the main camera resolution. Then again, given that the primary is also of poor per-pixel quality, we guess you won’t be losing that much, will you?
Moto G8 Power 16MP tele photos
The tele camera is also the one taking portraits and they are saved in the proper 8MP resolution. Other than that – the photos have good detail and the blur looks convincing, but the separation is not – the subjects experience blurred parts quite often.
The 2MP macro cam has a dedicated shooting mode, and it focuses pretty well on the subjects. The images aren’t that contrasty but present good enough detail and they are macro alright.
Moto G8 Power 2MP macro photos
The Moto G8 Plus had a dedicated Night Mode, but we didn’t find one on the G8 Power – which is another oddity, especially given the similarities in hardware.
The tele camera doesn’t even bother taking pictures when the light is low – you’d be getting digital zoom from the main camera instead.
Unfortunately, the output by the main camera in low-light is not so hot either. They are poor in detail and noisy, with limited dynamic range and often – washed-out colors.
Moto G8 Power 16MP night photos
You bet it is not getting any better with the ultrawide camera but on the contrary – much worse.
Moto G8 Power 8MP ultrawide night photos
And here are some digitally zoomed 2x photos, if you need to really see them for yourself.
Moto G8 Power 16MP 2x zoomed night photos
Once you’re done with the real world samples, head over to our Photo compare tool to see how the Motorola Moto G8 Power stacks up against the competition.
Motorola Moto G8 Power against the Realme 6 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro in our Photo compare tool
The selfie camera on Moto G8 Power has a 16MP Quad-Bayer shooter behind the f/2.0 fixed-focus lens. It saves 4MP images by default, as it should, but if you want – you can set it up to save upscaled 16MP photos instead.
The 4MP images present mediocre detail, but good colors and contrast. The dynamic range is limited, but the Auto HDR helps to expand that a lot.
Portraits are possible with the selfie camera and they aren’t bad – the subject separation isn’t perfect but the algorithm masks this with blur and the results are good. We’ve seen much better, but we’ve also seen much worse.
The Moto G8 Power records 4K videos with its main camera, 1080p clips with its ultrawide snapper, and 720p with the macro shooter. You can’t capture videos with the telephoto camera, though.
The 4K footage from the main camera is poor in detail even if it is captured with 50Mbps video bitrate. Colors are pleasingly saturated and the contrast is nice. The dynamic range could have been higher, but it’s not bad either.
The 1080p clips at 30fps aren’t showing a great deal of detail either and the dynamic range is limited. The sharpening is unpleasantly excessive though, borderline ruining the whole thing.
Finally, the 1080p at 60fps videos turned out better simply because they show more natural colors and are not over sharpened. If we are to suggest a shooting mode for best quality – that will be the Full HD at 60fps.
By the way, all videos feature stereo audio with a 320Kbps bit rate.
The 1080p ultrawide videos are bad – the detail is nowhere to be seen, the colors are off, the one thing that’s alright with the clips is probably the dynamic range. Which still cannot redeem these videos.
Electronic stabilization is available on all [email protected] options, no matter the type of camera.
And here, you will be able to compare the Moto G8 Power to the competition in our Video Compare Tool.
The Moto G8 Power is a good phone, at least on paper, but the execution is far from flawless. It has an okay display and good camera kit on paper, but the performance and image and video quality are rather mediocre. Finally, the Android OS is clean, but not without some stutters.
One thing is for sure, though, the battery life is impressive, as promised, and this Moto G8 truly deserves its ‘Power’ moniker. Even if it does takes forever to charge that large battery with the provided 18W charger.
So as you usee, the Moto G8 Power is not without its faults and it will be a tough sell in light of what the competition has to offer. Let’s take a look at a few of those other phones you could get for the same amount of money.
Realme 6 is probably the Moto G8 Power biggest threat and it’s because it’s superior in almost every aspect. Realme 6 has a 90Hz display, faster performance, and Android, better camera quality even if it doesn’t pack a zoom camera, and the battery life is pretty impressive, plus it recharges much faster.
The Redmi Note 9 and Note 9 Pro also promise better performance and still image quality from the main and ultrawide snappers. Both Notes have 5,000mAh batteries and run on MIUI based on Android 10. The Pro model also recharges faster via its 30W adapter.
And back to Realme, the upcoming 6 Pro may cost you about €50 or €100 over the Moto G8 Power, depending on the storage option, but it will be worth it because of the flagship-like upgrades. The phone offers a 90Hz screen, Snapdragon 720G chipset, similar camera kit of far superior quality, and excellent battery life as well.
Realme 6 • Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 • Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro • Realme 6 Pro
The Moto G8 Power is a great phone, but only when viewed in isolation. In this over-saturated market, it stands no chance unless it gets a proper price cut or at least a notable carrier subsidy.
The G8 Power has a large battery and a nice screen but these are no longer enough to make for a truly compelling smartphone offer. What we miss here are more fluid performance and better camera image quality. In their current implementation, they are not up to the level of the competition in this price range.
- Sturdy, water-repellant design
- Large and bright screen with great contrast, small cutout
- Excellent battery life
- Loud and balanced stereo speakers
- Versatile camera setup
- Clean Android 10
- The performance is behind the curve
- Android isn’t that fast either
- The camera quality is lacking, both in photo and video
- The battery takes a while to recharge
- No NFC
|64GB 4GB RAM||$ 199.99||€ 219.95|
Motorola Moto G8 Power official images