Motorola prepares to launch the Moto G8 and Moto G8 Power with the Snapdragon 665 and Android 10
The Motorola brand we all know and love has faced a tough time in the market in recent years thanks to the rapid rise of Chinese value brands. However, the Lenovo-owned company has managed to revitalize its mobile business thanks in large part to strong offerings in the G and E lines. Moto’s G line is highly successful in the budget-to-mid-range segment with the regular and Play models catering to the budget segment and the Plus and Power models catering to the mid-range segment. Last October, Motorola announced the Moto G8 Plus and the Moto G8 Play—yet 3 months later, we’re still missing the regular Moto G8 and its big battery sibling, the Moto G8 Power. That could change soon, however, as we have gathered a lot of information on these two devices, including their full specifications. Here’s everything we know so far.
A trusted source, from which we have obtained accurate information on several Motorola devices in the past, shared the specifications and other details with us. Before we dive into each device individually, we wanted to talk about what’s similar between both devices. First of all, the design of both devices is nearly identical: both the Moto G8 and the Moto G8 Power have single hole-punch displays with rounded corners, identical button placement, physical fingerprint scanners (believed to be embedded in the Motorola logo on the rear), and vertically aligned camera arrays on the top left of the rear. Both devices are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 mobile platform, run Android 10 out of the box, have the same primary rear camera, have macro cameras, and have wide-angle cameras. I don’t know if the wide-angle cameras on both devices are “Action Cams” like on the Motorola One Action or Moto G8 Plus, but it’s likely that Motorola is using the same macro lens from the Motorola One Macro.
Moto G8 Specifications
The Moto G8 will be the lower-end model of the two devices. It will have a 6.39-inch HD+ resolution (1560×720) screen, likely with a single hole-punch. The display technology is expected to be LCD, and indeed, there won’t be an optical under-display fingerprint scanner. However, there is a fingerprint scanner, and as we mentioned before, it’s likely embedded in the emblazoned Motorola logo on the rear of the phone. Since the device will be sold in multiple markets (North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa), there will be multiple SKUs. We expect the device to be sold with either 2/3/4GB of RAM and/or 32/64GB of internal storage, though we don’t know if the storage is expandable via a micro SD card slot. None of the SKUs are expected to support NFC, though some models will support dual nano-SIM cards. The device will be powered by a 4000mAh battery and support 10W charging.
The standard Moto G8 will have a triple rear camera array consisting of a primary 16MP f/1.7 sensor, a secondary 2MP f/2.2 sensor for macro shots, and a tertiary 8MP f/2.2 118° wide-angle sensor. On the front, we expect there to be an 8MP f/2.0 sensor. The Snapdragon 665’s Spectra 165 ISP will handle image processing. I don’t know if Motorola is working on any new camera modes for these two devices.
While I don’t know the price of the Moto G8, I suspect it’ll be cheaper than the G8 Power, though I also don’t know the price of that model.
Moto G8 Power Specifications
Every smartphone under the “Power” line has had a large battery, and the Moto G8 Power is no different in that regard. It’ll have a 5000mAh battery and support for 18W wired charging. Compared to the standard Moto G8, the G8 Power has a higher-resolution display at 2300×1080, though the display dimension is slightly smaller at 6.36-inches. The G8 Power should have a slightly thinner bottom bezel, though. The G8 Power also comes standard with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, though there could also be other SKUs I’m not aware of. Like the standard G8, the G8 Power should have a physical fingerprint scanner embedded on the rear where the Motorola logo is. Similarly, it should have an LCD and not an OLED panel. I don’t know if the G8 Power will support NFC in any market, though I do know some markets will have a dual SIM card tray.
The camera setup on the Moto G8 Power is nearly the same as on the standard G8, though there’s an extra 8MP f/2.4 sensor on the rear, meaning the Power has a quad rear camera array. On the front, however, the G8 Power seems to have a better 25MP f/2.0 sensor.
|Specification||Motorola Moto G8||Motorola Moto G8 Power|
|Display||6.39″ 1560×720, single hole-punch||6.36″ 2300×1080, single hole-punch|
|Dimensions*||160 x 74mm (diagonal: 170mm)||167.99 x 75.8mm (diagonal: 165mm)|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665|
|Rear Camera(s)||16MP f/1.7 + 2MP f/2.2 Macro lens + 8MP f/2.2 118° wide-angle||16MP f/1.7 + 2MP f/2.2 Macro lens + 8MP f/2.2 118° wide-angle + 8MP f/2.4|
|Front Camera||8MP f/2.0||25MP f/2.0|
|Battery||4000mAh, 10W charging||5000mAh, 18W charging|
Dual SIM (some regions)
XT2045-1: GSM850/1900, WCDMA Band II/IV/V, LTE Band 2/4/5/7/66, WLAN 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth BR/EDR/LE
|Dual SIM (some regions)|
XT2041-1: GSM850/1900, WCDMA Band II/IV/V, LTE Band 2/4/5/7/12/17/66, WLAN 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth BR/EDR/LE
XT2041-3: GSM850/1900, WCDMA Band II/IV/V, LTE Band 2/4/5/7/26/38/41, WLAN 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth BR/EDR/LE
|Software||Android 10||Android 10|
|Security||Fingerprint scanner (physical)||Fingerprint scanner (physical)|
|Regions||North America, Latin America (Mexico), Europe, the Middle East, Africa||North America, Latin America (Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico), International|
Motorola has confirmed that they’re working on one smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 and another smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. We don’t have any confirmed details on those two devices, though it’s possible that the recently leaked stylus-bearing device could be one of them. Speaking of that unknown device with a stylus—we’re fairly confident that it isn’t either the Moto G8 or the Moto G8 Power. Motorola will have a press event at MWC 2020, and I expect the company to announce these two G8 smartphones at the event. It’s also possible the company will schedule a separate event in Brazil as they’re wont to do. We’ll keep you updated when we learn more information about these two devices.
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