Moto G8 Power review: extraordinary autonomy, but the competition is great

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Judit Llordés
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Moto G8 Power is an autonomy champion. The 5.000 mAh battery and the clean software very close to the stock experience are the real strengths of the new smartphone from the winged house. With a list price of 249,99 euros, it fits into that extremely crowded market segment dominated by Chinese brands that make the quality / price ratio their strong point.

It is a valid smartphone that ensures good performance. However, there are some smudges (the usual ones) which mainly concern the unconvincing display and a camera that suffers at night. In short, it will not be easy to make your way between the various Xiaomi, Redmi, Samsung and Realme.

Design and display

The design follows the trends of the moment and loses that touch of diversity that I appreciated on the previous generation. The shell is made of polycarbonate. The color in our possession is the black one (unattractive) but it is also available in the Capri Blue color variant. The rear panel houses the four rear cameras with the Flash LED (whose protrusion is reduced to a minimum) and the biometric sensor for fingerprint recognition inside which the logo of the winged house is engraved - as per tradition.

The dimensions of 156 x 75.8 x 9.6 mm and the weight of 197 grams compromise ergonomics. Moto G8 Power is heavy and unwieldy, especially for those with small hands like mine. In my opinion, the volume rocker and the power key should have been positioned lower than their current position. The frames are still present even if the lower one has been reduced by eliminating the word “Motorola”. The audio jack from 3,5 mm it is positioned on the upper edge, while on the lower one we find the Type-C charging port next to the speaker.

On the front stands a 6,4-inch IPS LCD display with Full-HD + resolution (1.080 x 2.300 pixels) which houses the front camera inside a side hole. Let's talk about a fairly good quality panel: the colors are always a little dull and the blacks show evident tendencies to gray. Even the maximum brightness is not very high and I noticed some inaccuracies in the automatic management (I happened to adjust it manually). This impairs visibility outdoors in direct sunlight.

Performance and autonomy

Moto G8 Power is equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 665 combined with 4 Gigabytes of RAM and 64 Gigabytes of expandable internal memory. A well proven hardware platform that can ensure fluidity and stability. The smartphone did not show any critical issues during our test. The merit is also of the excellent software optimization developed by Motorola which keeps the stock experience of Android almost unchanged. Impeccable heat dissipation.

The software platform is entrusted to Android 10 with a very slight customization. In this case, customization is limited to adding a few more features, such as Moto Actions, Moto Gametime to improve any gaming experiences and Moto Display to activate or deactivate Always-On-Display mode. Few goodies but useful.

Most notable is the audio quality. Moto G8 Power is equipped with two stereo speakers: one positioned on the lower edge and the second built into the ear capsule. The audio volume is really loud - above average - and the two speakers return a clear and undistorted sound.

Low energy processor and software optimization help achieve excellent results in terms of autonomy. We said it at the beginning: he is a champion. The 5.000 mAh battery allows you to cover two working days without any problem. After more than 37 hours from the last recharge and with active display times that exceeded 7 and a half hours, the percentage of the battery was still 37%. In short, exceptional numbers.

Complete connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, FM radio, Dual-SIM support, memory expansion. Unfortunately, the NFC is missing, so no mobile payments.

Photo gallery

Moto G8 Power integrates a 16 Megapixel (f / 1.7) main sensor paired with an 8 Megapixel (f / 2.2) wide angle lens, an 8 Megapixel (f / 2.2) telephoto lens that enables a 2x optical zoom and one for 2 Megapixel macros (f / 2.2). As always, I didn't find the macro sensor particularly useful.

In daytime, the yield is in line with the price range of belonging with shots that capture a good dose of detail with natural colors. The performance of the telephoto lens is discreet, a presence however appreciated considering the segment in which we find ourselves. The result though drops drastically at night where there is a lot of digital noise and the colors are mixed. There is no night mode that you can use to improve the situation.

The same goes for the 16 Megapixel front camera (f / 2.0). THE Selfies taken during the day are pleasant with a very convincing bokeh effect. The outlines are well defined and the subject is not excessively overexposed. On the other hand, the shots at night are scarce. In short, we are talking about a photographic sector with lights and shadows.

I think this is the main aspect that Motorola will have to work on in the future. The photographic part is an element that users take into consideration when purchasing. More cameras doesn't always mean higher photo quality. I hope that the winged house will be able to make some progress in this direction.

Conclusions: who should buy it?

Moto G8 Power is the smartphone ideal for those who want a reliable device without great pretensions from a photographic point of view. The new proposal of the winged house offers extraordinary autonomy thanks to the 5.000 mAh battery and a low energy processor. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 665 also ensures satisfactory performance.

Of course, compromises must be made regarding photographic rendering, especially at night. Everything then depends on the needs. After all, almost all smartphones that belong to this price range require some compromise to accept. The big obstacle that Moto G8 Power will have to face is the fierce competition. It comes in at 249,99 euros, a figure that leads it to clash with a large list of rivals: Redmi Note 8T, Realme X2, Mi 9 Lite, just to name a few. In short, it will not have an easy life.

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