Motorola g8 PLUS – outstanding class-leader
5.0Overall Score
Name: Motorola g8 PLUS
Price (RRP): $499
Manufacturer: Motorola

The Motorola g8 PLUS is here – you will probably see two or three other g8 variations – STANDARD, PLAY and POWER soon.

What do you get in a Motorola g8 PLUS? A big 6.3-inch screen, 48MP tri-camera, 4000mAh battery with fast charge and more of the features you expect from a more expensive phone like stereo speakers, Dolby sound and a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC.

Motorola is changing under Lenovo’s stewardship. The Motorola g8 PLUS (and the whole g8-series) is a definite attempt to polish and build on its reliable, staid reputation as a phone sold at Officeworks and as an excellent fleet phone.

Then you have the new and edgier Motorola One series (that sits below the g8-series) and the e-series below that. Lots of choice from $199 and backed by Motorola’s excellent service and reputation.

GadgetGuy is partial to the Motorola Brand, and we enjoy our annual chats with local boss Danny Adamopoulos – although a lot of the juicy stuff like parallel/grey market imports and real sales figures are off-the-record!

Motorola g8 PLUS Model XT-20019-1 Dual Sim (Hybrid)

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Price: $499

Who buys a Motorola g8 PLUS?

The g-series is the mid-range smartphone of choice in the US – let’s call it the daily drive. It appeals to Joe and Jane Average that want a good, serviceable smartphone. It is the Toyota Camry of the smartphone world, not the base model but the one with the value pack accessories!

Key Features

  • 6.3-inch FHD+ IPS, 19:9, screen
  • Qualcomm SD 655, 4/64/microSD to 512GB
  • 48 + 16 + 5MP + Laser autofocus rear camera and 25MP selfie
  • 3.5mm jack, Stereo speakers, Dolby Audio
  • Wi-Fi AC, BT 5.0 aptX, GPS/e-Compass and NFC
  • 4000mAh battery and 18W Turbo fast charge

Note: we are trying to reduce the length review to help our 50% plus readers that access the site via mobile. We still do the extensive tests but cut verbiage by using FAIL, PASS or EXCEED against our major paradigms.

First impressions – EXCEED

Is this a Motorola? It is not boring black, but Cosmic Blue. A 48MP camera in a g-series? OK, we have made the point that this builds on the g-series reputation for solid performance and reliability, but this is a big jump over the g7-series and makes a nice statement.

Screen: EXCEED

6.3”, 2280×1080, 400ppi, 19:9, LTPS IPS, teardrop notch, 82.5% STBR, Panda Glass

Out of the box, it is a tad too cool at over 7000K, but you can adjust that to about 6500K and its almost spot on.

Panda glass protection is alkali-aluminosilicate toughened/tempered sheet glass – an alternative to Corning Gorilla Glass – and joins other new brands like Dinorex, Concore (more like a glass overlay), Dragontrail (Asahi Japan), Xensation (used by Huawei) and more that are emerging under the Made In China 2025 mandate to reduce China’s reliance on western technology.

Unlike Gorilla Glass that has different harnesses and scratch resistance levels from 3, 3+, 5, and 6 – we don’t have any comparisons.

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