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The popular Motorola g8-series gets two new models – the g8 and g8 power lite joining its G8 PLUS that GadgetGuy gave 5/5 in a recent review. And its e-series gets a new value model , the e6s.

We said at that time that Motorola is changing under Lenovo’s stewardship. The Motorola g8-series are a definite attempt to polish and build on its reliable, staid reputation as a phone sold at Officeworks and as an excellent fleet phone.

That is not a backhanded compliment. It is testament to the fact that people want a good, honest, reliable mid-range phone – the daily drive and the g8-series fits that definition exceptionally well.

We have the g8 for review – expect it soon.

  • g8: $329, available from 28 May at JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, The Good Guys
  • g8 power lite: $279, available in June at Officeworks, The Good Guys
  • e6s: $199, available in June at Officeworks, The Good Guys, Big W

Let’s compare the Motorola g8-series specs

What you will see is the good, better best syndrome with specs commensurate with the price. The g8 looks like the sweet spot with a Qualcomm SD665 and a respectable camera, but we repeat that the g8 PLUS is the class leader and even more so at $449 (down from $499).

Motorola g8-series
g8
Specs8 PLUS
$449
g8
$329
g8 power lite
$279
OS9109
SoCQualcomm SD665SameMediaTek Helio P35
RAM4G DDR4Same4GB
Storage (ROM)64GB eMMC
512 GB microSD
Same
Same
Same
256GB microSD
Dimensions158.4×75.8×9.1
188g
161.27×75.8×8.95
188.3g
164.94×75.76×9.2
200g
Display6.3” 19:9
2280×1080
LTPS IPS 400ppi
6.4” 20:9 1560×720
IPS 268 ppi
6.5” 20:9
1600×720
IPS 269ppi
Battery4000mAh4000mAh5000mAh
Charging18W5V/2A 10W10W
capable
IPWater repellentSameSame
Network Bands (by mode)4G LTE
1/2/3/5/7/8/19/20/26/28/38/40/41
SameSame
Motorola g8-series
g8 power lite

Motorola g-specs continued

Rear Camera
Main
48 MP (binned 12MP) f/1.7, 0.8µm
PDAF, Laser AF
[email protected]
16 MP
f1.7, 1.12um
Laser Autofocus
Same
16 MP
f/2.0, 1.0um
PDAF
[email protected]
Rear Camera
2
16 MP, f/2.2, 14mm (ultrawide), dedicated video camera (1080p)8 MP
f/2.2, 1.12 um
118º wide-angle sensor
2MP depth
f/2.4, 1.75um  
Rear Camera 3

5 MP depth
 f/2.2
2 MP macro
f/2.2, 1.75um
2MP
f/2.4, 1.75um
Front Camera25MP (binned)
f/2.0, .9um
8 MP
f/2.0, 1.12um
Screen flash
[email protected]
8MP
f/2.0, 1.12um

[email protected]
SIM CardShared dual nano-SIM/microSD cardSame
Vodafone – Single nano-SIM + Micro SD
Same
Same
ConnectivityUSB-C 2.0
3.5mm combo audio
FM radio
SameMicro-USB
same
FM radio
Wi-Fi
BT
GPS
NFC
5 AC
5.0
Single-band
Yes
4 N 2.4 GHz
5.0
Same
NO
Same
4.2
Same
NO
Speakers
Microphone
Stereo (Dolby tuned)
Two mics
Rear-ported
1
Same
1
SecurityRear FingerprintSameSame
Colours
Build
Cosmic Blue
Glass front, plastic back and frame
Neon Blue
Pearl White
Same
Royal Blue
Same
Accessories18W charger10W charger
USB-C cable
Earphones
Protective cover
Charger (unspecified)
Micro USB cable
Earphones
Protective cover

Motorola e6s

At $199 it is about as low as you can go without too many compromises.

Motorola g8-series
e6s
Specse6s
OSAndroid 9 Pie
SoCMediaTek Helio P22
RAM2GB
Storage32GB built-in
256GB MicroSD card
Dimensions155.6×73.0x8.5mm x 160g
Display6.1” 1560×720
282ppi, 19.5:9, IPS TFT LCD
Battery3000mAh
Charging5W
Water ProtectionWater repellent design
Bands4G: LTE band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/18/19/26/28/40
Rear Camera13MP (f/2.2, 1.12um)
PDAF | [email protected]
2MP (f/2.4, 1.75um) | depth
Bokeh, Photo, Video, Panorama, Face beauty, HDR
Front Camera5MP (f/2.2, 1.12um) | [email protected]
Bokeh, Photo, Video, Panorama, Face beauty, HDR
SIM CardShared Dual SIM (2 Nano SIMs + 1 microSD)
Connectivitymicro-USB port (USB 2.0), 3.5mm headset jack
Wi-Fi
BT
GPS
NFC
4 N 2.4GHz
4.2
Single-band
NO
Speaker
Mic
Radio
Single Speaker
1
FM
NFCNo
SensorsFingerprint reader, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light sensor
In-box AccessoriesHeadset, charger, USB cable, guides, SIM tool
ColoursPeacock Blue, Sunrise Red