Motorola introduced the new Moto G8 Plus in October 2019, breaking the tradition of announcing only one Moto G line per year. This means that the G8 Plus came to the consumer to replace the February model G7 Plus. The G8 Plus has a browner processor and three rear cameras, plus the action cam in GoPro style and more battery. The price is around $205, against about $193 from the predecessor – considering the official store. Below, we’ve detailed the technical specifications of the two phones so you know what the G8 Plus is best at (or not).
Motorola Moto G8 Plus vs. Moto G7 Plus Features
|Specifications||Moto G8 Plus||Moto G7 Plus|
|Launch||October 2019||February 2019|
|Current price||about $205||from $193|
|Screen||6.3 inches||6.2 inches|
|Screen resolution||2280 x 1080 pixels (Full HD +)||2270 x 1080 pixels (Full HD +)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 665 (octa-core up to 2 GHz)||Snapdragon 636 (octa-core up to 1.8 GHz)|
|RAM||4 GB||4 GB|
|Storage||64 GB||64 GB|
|Memory card||microSD up to 512 GB||microSD up to 512 GB|
|Main camera||triple, 48, 16 and 5 megapixels||dual, 16 and 5 megapixel|
|Front camera||25 megapixels||12 megapixels|
|Operating system||Android 9||Android 9|
|Battery||4,000 mAh||3000 mAh|
|Dimensions and weight||158.4 x 75.8 x 9.1mm; 188 grams||157 x 75.3 x 8.3 mm; 176 grams|
|Colors||blue or red||blue or red|
Design and Screen
There is little difference between the two generations when it comes to screen. The G8 Plus has a slightly larger display, 6.3 inches, compared to the G7 Plus’ 6.2. However, there are similarities, such as the IPS LCD panel.
In terms of resolution, the G7 Plus and G8 Plus screens are very similar: the new phone has 2280 x 1080 pixels compared to the 2270 x 1080 pixels of the previous model. The difference of just 10 pixels in screen height is quite small and explains the near-unit-density tie in pixels per inch: it’s 405 PPI on the G7 Plus and 400 PPI on the newcomer, too small a difference to notice.
As for the finish and construction, both phones offer a metal structure with glass protected by Gorilla Glass. According to Motorola, both are splash resistant, but cannot get in the water.
The Moto G8 Plus is sold in two color options: sapphire blue, which is a dark blue, and cherry, which resembles a darker red. The G7 Plus is found in similar variations: indigo (also blue, but darker) and ruby, equivalent to the cherry of the new model.
The Moto G8 Plus represents a significant boost in terms of photography. Equipped with 48, 16, and 5-megapixel sensors, it is a more complete and technically superior combo to the G7 Plus dual camera, with 16 and 5 megapixels.
In addition to the extra camera, the G8 Plus offers more advanced photo features, with enhanced night mode and the functionality that turns the 16-megapixel sensor into an action camera.
Both smartphones support portrait mode through the 5-megapixel depth sensor.
In the selfies, there are also differences. The Moto G7 Plus uses a simpler 12-megapixel sensor, while the G8 Plus offers a higher-resolution 25-megapixel camera.
Both Motorola models offer Qualcomm’s intermediate processors, although the G8 Plus reap the benefit of being newer and therefore offering a better specification CPU.
The Moto G8 Plus processor is a Snapdragon 665. It’s an octa-core SoC of up to 2.0 GHz speed in the four main cores and 1.8 GHz in the remaining four cores are used to save power. In the G7 Plus, the Snapdragon in question is the 636, a 1.8 GHz octa-core.
There is no difference in RAM, as the two phones offer 4 GB. The tie also persists in the comparison of data space, which is 64 GB in both, expandable via microSD memory cards of up to 512 GB.
Android system and features
Both devices leave the factory with Android 9 (Pie) and should be upgraded to the next edition of Google’s system. In terms of features, both use fifth-generation Bluetooth and offer rear-mounted fingerprint reader.
They feature the traditional headset output (P2) and allow the use of two phone chips simultaneously. One differential that puts the G8 Plus at an edge over the G7 Plus is the Dolby subscription stereo speaker range.
The G8 Plus has a 4,000 mAh battery, much higher than the 3,000 mAh component of the G7 Plus. The difference is substantial and gives a large advantage to the latest model. Both feature fast recharging technology.
Motorola’s G8 Plus sells in retail for values starting at $205.
G7 Plus is older in the market and has a much more affordable price. The mobile phone can be found at an online store for $193.