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Motorola Moto G8 Plus smartphone review – Mobile phone with action cam

Florian Schmitt, 👁 Florian Schmitt (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 11/19/2019

Even more camera. The Motorola Moto G8 Plus is a midrange smartphone that wants to impress with its cameras in particular. Long battery life and a bright screen are other aspects that speak for the device, but there are also weak points. You can find out in this review whether it's good enough for a purchase recommendation.

Motorola Moto G8 Plus

Motorola's Moto G series has been a stable force in the midrange for years: Solid, stable devices that usually offer a lot for the money. With the Moto G8 Plus, Motorola wants to continue this tradition, even if only the Plus model is available in Central Europe for the first time; with the last generation, on the other hand, there were four different models: The G7, the G7 Plus, the G7 Power, and the G7 Play.

The design is still quite modern, the battery has gotten much bigger, and the price has even dropped by 30 Euros (~$33). That sounds like a good premise. In our review, we want to identify where further differences lie with the predecessor so that we can reveal if you can expect a great price-performance ratio of Motorola's midrange segment this time again.

Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.3 inch 19:9, 2280 x 1080 pixel 400 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, , 52 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 512 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, proximity sensor, compass, USB-C
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8/​B19), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.1 x 158.4 x 75.8 ( = 0.36 x 6.24 x 2.98 in)
Battery
4000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 9.0 Pie
Camera
Primary Camera: 48 MPix f/​1.7, phase detection AF, laser AF, LED flash, videos @2160p/​30fps (camera 1); 16.0MP, f/​2.2, wide-angle lens (camera 2); 5.0MP, f/​2.2, depth sensor (camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 25 MPix f/​2.0, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, Silicon case, fast-charging device, USB cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, LTE Cat 13/​5 (400Mbps/​75Mbps); SAR value: 0.589 W/​kg (head), 0.882 W/​kg (body);, fanless
Weight
188 g ( = 6.63 oz / 0.41 pounds), Power Supply: 88 g ( = 3.1 oz / 0.19 pounds)
Price
269 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Comparison devices

ScoreRating VersionDateModelWeightDriveSizeResolutionPrice from
78%711/2019Motorola Moto G8 Plus
665, Adreno 610
188 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.3"2280x1080
85%602/2019Motorola Moto G7 Plus
636, Adreno 509
176 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.2"2270x1080
76%711/2019Honor 9X
Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4
197 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.59"2340x1080
77%710/2019HTC Desire 19+
Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320
170 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.2"1520x720
79%705/2019Samsung Galaxy A40
7904, Mali-G71 MP2
140 g64 GB eMMC Flash5.9"2340x1080

Case – Plastic with color gradient

The predecessor offered users a choice of unusual colors; a strong red is also available this time, or alternatively a slightly more subtle color gradient from black to dark blue. The plastic back is no longer as high-quality as with the G7 Plus, but the device is still very stable. At the front, the camera notch has become a little smaller; at 86%, the screen-to-body ratio is good but not exceptional.

What's noticeable on the back: The distinctive round camera module in the middle of the device has disappeared. Instead, the cameras are now located at the edge of the case in a row, one below the other. Visually, this doesn't add much, but Motorola is probably making room for a larger battery in this way.

The Moto G8 Plus is a medium-sized smartphone, and at 188 grams, it's not too heavy either.

Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Motorola Moto G8 Plus

Size comparison

163.5 mm / 6.44 inch 77.3 mm / 3.04 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 197 g0.4343 lbs158.4 mm / 6.24 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 9.1 mm / 0.3583 inch 188 g0.4145 lbs157 mm / 6.18 inch 75.3 mm / 2.96 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 176 g0.388 lbs156.2 mm / 6.15 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 170 g0.3748 lbs144.4 mm / 5.69 inch 69.2 mm / 2.72 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 140 g0.3086 lbs

Connectivity – No longer has a dedicated microSD slot

64 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM is the usual configuration at this price level. Nothing has changed here since the last generation; the Honor 9X can score points with storage that's both faster and larger. NFC is on board as well as modern Bluetooth 5.0. As with the G7 Plus, there's a USB-C port, which internally only supports USB 2.0 speeds though. It's somewhat annoying that Motorola has taken a step backwards with the SIM slots: Although there are still two, if you insert a microSD card, you have to do without one of the SIM slots.

Positive, on the other hand: Motorola continues to hold on to the 3.5 mm port, enabling the use of headphones with an analog connection without an adapter.

Bottom: speakers, USB port, microphone
Bottom: speakers, USB port, microphone
Top: microphone, 3.5 mm port
Top: microphone, 3.5 mm port
Left: SIM tray
Left: SIM tray
Right: volume rocker, power button
Right: volume rocker, power button

Software - Will Android 10 come?

The quite pure Android hasn't been patched to version 10 yet; the security patches are from October 1, 2019 and therefore, at the time of writing this review, still somewhat up-to-date. An update to Android 10 is likely but hasn't been officially announced yet.

As is tradition, there's hardly any additional software or bloatware on Motorola's smartphones. On the other hand, the aim is to allow the Android experience to be as pure as possible.

Motorola Moto G8 Plus Software
Motorola Moto G8 Plus Software
Motorola Moto G8 Plus Software
Motorola Moto G8 Plus Software

Communication and GPS – Decent location

In terms of LTE speed and the variety of available frequencies, little has changed with the Moto G8 Plus compared to its predecessor: If you don't travel to overly exotic countries, you should get by well with the provided LTE frequencies; the maximum download speed is sufficient for this class at 400 Mb/s. In our short reception test, we measure decent values in the urban environment. Even in buildings, we usually had at least half of the signal strength.

The Wi-Fi speeds would actually be fine too, but the Wi-Fi module causes strong drops at every second measurement so that only moderately fast transfer speeds result on average; the G7 Plus was significantly faster. The full signal strength is present when standing close to the router. At a distance of 10 meters and through three walls, we still get half of the signal strength and slightly slower website loading times.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
332 (min: 314, max: 341) MBit/s ∼100% +82%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=456)
230 MBit/s ∼69% +26%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Mali-G71 MP2, 7904, 64 GB eMMC Flash
222 (min: 203, max: 243) MBit/s ∼67% +22%
HTC Desire 19+
PowerVR GE8320, Helio P35 MT6765, 64 GB eMMC Flash
186 (min: 115, max: 228) MBit/s ∼56% +2%
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Adreno 610, 665, 64 GB eMMC Flash
182 (min: 11, max: 259) MBit/s ∼55%
Honor 9X
Mali-G51 MP4, Kirin 710, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
170 (min: 156, max: 179) MBit/s ∼51% -7%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Adreno 509, 636, 64 GB eMMC Flash
288 (min: 138, max: 294) MBit/s ∼100% +89%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Mali-G71 MP2, 7904, 64 GB eMMC Flash
268 (min: 244, max: 288) MBit/s ∼93% +76%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=456)
218 MBit/s ∼76% +43%
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Adreno 610, 665, 64 GB eMMC Flash
152 (min: 1, max: 254) MBit/s ∼53%
Honor 9X
Mali-G51 MP4, Kirin 710, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
142 (min: 118, max: 160) MBit/s ∼49% -7%
HTC Desire 19+
PowerVR GE8320, Helio P35 MT6765, 64 GB eMMC Flash
84 (min: 22, max: 191) MBit/s ∼29% -45%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø182 (11-259)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø152 (1-254)
GPS indoors
GPS indoors
GPS near window
GPS near window
GPS outdoors
GPS outdoors

In our practical test with a bike we observe good location values for the Motorola Moto G8 Plus. In narrow old town streets, the location becomes less accurate than in the open field, but given the purchase price, these limitations are okay. If you don't need absolute precision, you can easily use your smartphone for navigation.

GPS Garmin Edge 520 – Overview
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – Overview
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – Turning points
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – Turning points
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – Bridge
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – Bridge
GPS Motorola Moto G8 Plus – Overview
GPS Motorola Moto G8 Plus – Overview
GPS Motorola Moto G8 Plus – Turning points
GPS Motorola Moto G8 Plus – Turning points
GPS Motorola Moto G8 Plus – Bridge
GPS Motorola Moto G8 Plus – Bridge

Telephone and call quality – Light buzzing noise

Google's standard app is used for telephony. Moreover, Wi-Fi calling and VoLTE can be used easily if the network provider allows it.

When making a phone call, the other person sounds very loud, which means that the environment can also listen to the conversation at high volumes. Our voice is transmitted properly as long as we speak loudly enough, but it isn't completely free of interference. The other person also sounds quite loud when using the speaker and this is accompanied by a slight buzzing noise from time to time. Users of the Moto G8 Plus should speak a little louder here too so that the voice can safely reach the person on the other end.

Cameras – The rotated action cam

Front-facing camera sample
Front-facing camera sample

Motorola has carried out its most considerable upgrade with the cameras, even though we already liked the pictures from the Motorola Moto G7 Plus very much. The additional wide-angle lens is only suitable for filming and is installed with a rotation of 90° so that you can film in portrait mode but then watch the videos in landscape mode. However, you can't take photos with it, so there's no greater flexibility or optical zoom when taking photos. The main camera has a resolution of 48 megapixels, but with the standard software, it takes photos with a maximum of 12 megapixels since four pixels are always combined. In this way, the light output per pixel is increased.

The pictures are once again pleasing due to their good detail reproduction and nice depth of field, for which there's a separate sensor again. Landscape shots also look good and with quite decent sharpness; even in low light, the sensor still manages to get some sharpness and details out, whereby we would still like to see a little more brightening.

Videos can be recorded at 4K resolution but only at a maximum of 30 fps. What's missing: The optical image stabilizer, which was available with the Moto G7 Plus. A software solution will have to hold out now.

At least on paper, the front-facing camera is also able to impress: It's now able to map up to 25 megapixels. The image sharpness could be a bit higher in practice.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3

We can control the lighting conditions better in the laboratory, and we take a look at the imaging performance of the main camera in the Motorola Moto G8 Plus once under perfect lighting and once at 1 lux brightness. With perfect lighting, the image sharpness is okay but not at the highest level; color areas and transitions are slightly pixelated, but overall, the image reproduction of the camera is pleasing.

Under very weak light, only bright spots on the image are clearly visible. The representation is at the level for this class here.

ColorChecker Photo
28.9 ∆E
51.2 ∆E
37.2 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
42.5 ∆E
60.8 ∆E
51 ∆E
31.4 ∆E
36.5 ∆E
26.4 ∆E
59.9 ∆E
61.9 ∆E
27.7 ∆E
45 ∆E
32.2 ∆E
66.4 ∆E
38.1 ∆E
41.9 ∆E
63.4 ∆E
62 ∆E
46.9 ∆E
35.1 ∆E
23.6 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Moto G8 Plus: 42.46 ∆E min: 13.2 - max: 66.38 ∆E
ColorChecker Photo
10.4 ∆E
12 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
10 ∆E
14.5 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
8 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
2.1 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Motorola Moto G8 Plus: 8.89 ∆E min: 2.05 - max: 14.47 ∆E
Test chart – perfect lighting
Test chart – perfect lighting
Test chart – 1 lux

Accessories and warranty – Silicon case included

Motorola also supplies a silicon case for the smartphone along with the quick charger, a USB cable, and a SIM tool. Motorola offers a lot of smart home accessories and wireless or wired headphones on its website, but there aren't any special accessories for the Moto G8 Plus smartphone that we are reviewing here.

The manufacturer honors a 24-month warranty on its smartphone.

Input devices and handling – Fast fingerprint scanner in the Moto G8 Plus

Using the touchscreen, the smartphone can be operated in an easy, reliable and fast way, no matter where you touch the screen. Various operating gestures can be set as shortcuts via the Moto app. In this way, for example, you can have the smartphone in your hand and turn your wrist to launch the camera or tap the screen with three fingers to take a screenshot. This actually works, but it often unintentionally triggers other functions as well.

There is no notification LED, but in return, when the display is turned off, messages and a watch are displayed as soon as you lift the smartphone.

There's a fingerprint sensor at the back that unlocks the screen reliably and only with a small delay. The smartphone can also be unlocked using facial recognition.

Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in landscape mode
Keyboard in landscape mode

Display – IPS display with a blue tint

Subpixel photo
Subpixel photo

The screen of the Motorola Moto G8 Plus offers 10 pixels more in length than the Moto G7 Plus, probably due to the smaller notch. The brightness has increased again; it was already at a very high level for the class with the predecessor. The brightness distribution is also more uniform so that no differences in brightness are visible to the naked eye. However, you still don't get an AMOLED screen like with the Galaxy A40. Furthermore, the black value is average at 0.52 cd/m²; black areas look rather grayish at high brightness.

616
cd/m²
602
cd/m²
600
cd/m²
593
cd/m²
597
cd/m²
600
cd/m²
572
cd/m²
595
cd/m²
592
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 616 cd/m² Average: 596.3 cd/m² Minimum: 4.46 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 597 cd/m²
Contrast: 1148:1 (Black: 0.52 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.93 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 5.3 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.232
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
IPS, 2280x1080, 6.3
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
IPS, 2270x1080, 6.2
Honor 9X
LCD IPS, 2340x1080, 6.59
HTC Desire 19+
IPS, 1520x720, 6.2
Samsung Galaxy A40
Super AMOLED, 2340x1080, 5.9
Screen
-14%
-12%
10%
-18%
Brightness middle
597
537
-10%
494
-17%
491
-18%
358
-40%
Brightness
596
525
-12%
483
-19%
470
-21%
370
-38%
Brightness Distribution
93
85
-9%
94
1%
84
-10%
94
1%
Black Level *
0.52
0.58
-12%
0.51
2%
0.33
37%
Contrast
1148
926
-19%
969
-16%
1488
30%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.93
6.41
-8%
5.74
3%
4.34
27%
7.4
-25%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.42
10.86
-15%
10.26
-9%
8.17
13%
12.5
-33%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.3
6.7
-26%
7.3
-38%
4.3
19%
4
25%
Gamma
2.232 99%
2.099 105%
2.086 105%
2.302 96%
2.084 106%
CCT
7632 85%
8310 78%
8572 76%
7214 90%
7078 92%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 463 Hz ≤ 20 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 463 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 20 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 463 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9364 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The contrast ratio also sits in the midfield at 1,148:1; the colors on the screen don't look either too vivid or dull. The color accuracy is passable: It's sufficient for everyday use, but users wanting to accurately assess colors will find that orange, yellow, and red shades in particular deviate too much from the reference color space. There's also a visible blue tint.

CalMAN grayscales
CalMAN grayscales
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space
CalMAN color space
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 34 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 19 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 30 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.4 ms).

The slightly higher brightness has a positive effect on outdoor use, but due to the strong reflections on the display, you still shouldn't use the smartphone for too long in direct sunlight since it will be exhausting for the eyes otherwise.

The viewing angles are very good thanks to IPS technology. At most, slight color shifts are visible from very flat angles. 

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

Performance – Fast processor in the Moto smartphone

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 is a mid-range SoC that was first unveiled in 2019, making it a good fit for the Motorola Moto G8 Plus. In terms of performance, the smartphone is therefore at the level of its competitors. The Honor 9X offers the highest processor performance among all the smartphones in this price range.

When it comes to graphics performance, our Motorola smartphone is once again ahead of the curve. The differences are quite large compared to the Samsung Galaxy A40, for example, so that the Moto G8 Plus is the clear better recommendation for graphics-intensive apps.

Geekbench 5
OpenCL Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
370 Points ∼18%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
984 Points ∼48% +166%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (363 - 370, n=2)
367 Points ∼18% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (183 - 4593, n=34)
2039 Points ∼100% +451%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1379 Points ∼69%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1412 Points ∼71% +2%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1031 Points ∼52% -25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (1327 - 1379, n=2)
1353 Points ∼68% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (807 - 3575, n=45)
1989 Points ∼100% +44%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
315 Points ∼55%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
335 Points ∼58% +6%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
165 Points ∼29% -48%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (314 - 315, n=2)
315 Points ∼55% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (155 - 1344, n=45)
576 Points ∼100% +83%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
6534 Points ∼93%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
6277 Points ∼89% -4%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
7018 Points ∼100% +7%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
5703 Points ∼81% -13%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
5293 Points ∼75% -19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (6396 - 6534, n=3)
6476 Points ∼92% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 11690, n=396)
5356 Points ∼76% -18%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
8186 Points ∼86%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
7618 Points ∼80% -7%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
9509 Points ∼100% +16%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
7753 Points ∼82% -5%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
6923 Points ∼73% -15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (7446 - 8186, n=3)
7872 Points ∼83% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 15193, n=563)
5817 Points ∼61% -29%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2268 Points ∼85%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2345 Points ∼88% +3%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
2061 Points ∼77% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (2250 - 2300, n=3)
2273 Points ∼85% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1740 - 15735, n=73)
2674 Points ∼100% +18%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
901 Points ∼33%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
801 Points ∼29% -11%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
604 Points ∼22% -33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (898 - 908, n=3)
902 Points ∼33% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (203 - 14536, n=73)
2752 Points ∼100% +205%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1040 Points ∼42%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
938 Points ∼37% -10%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
717 Points ∼29% -31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (1036 - 1049, n=3)
1042 Points ∼42% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (253 - 14786, n=73)
2504 Points ∼100% +141%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2341 Points ∼91%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2579 Points ∼100% +10%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1221 Points ∼47% -48%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1691 Points ∼66% -28%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (2298 - 2387, n=3)
2342 Points ∼91% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 4737, n=403)
1988 Points ∼77% -15%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
981 Points ∼54%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
844 Points ∼47% -14%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
489 Points ∼27% -50%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
549 Points ∼30% -44%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (980 - 987, n=3)
983 Points ∼55% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 8374, n=403)
1803 Points ∼100% +84%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1126 Points ∼67%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
992 Points ∼59% -12%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
564 Points ∼34% -50%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
646 Points ∼39% -43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (1126 - 1135, n=3)
1132 Points ∼68% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 6916, n=404)
1673 Points ∼100% +49%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2393 Points ∼92%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2598 Points ∼100% +9%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1213 Points ∼47% -49%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1710 Points ∼66% -29%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (2343 - 2393, n=3)
2361 Points ∼91% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 4725, n=432)
1898 Points ∼73% -21%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1670 Points ∼69%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1350 Points ∼56% -19%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
817 Points ∼34% -51%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
823 Points ∼34% -51%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (1668 - 1674, n=3)
1671 Points ∼69% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 20154, n=432)
2406 Points ∼100% +44%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1790 Points ∼89%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1525 Points ∼76% -15%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
881 Points ∼44% -51%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
930 Points ∼46% -48%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (1778 - 1790, n=3)
1785 Points ∼88% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 10427, n=432)
2018 Points ∼100% +13%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2424 Points ∼95%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2549 Points ∼100% +5%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1183 Points ∼46% -51%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1675 Points ∼66% -31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (2408 - 2477, n=3)
2436 Points ∼96% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (486 - 4519, n=483)
1896 Points ∼74% -22%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
979 Points ∼66%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
848 Points ∼57% -13%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
441 Points ∼30% -55%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
539 Points ∼36% -45%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (931 - 979, n=3)
959 Points ∼64% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 7150, n=483)
1493 Points ∼100% +53%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1128 Points ∼79%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
Points ∼0% -100%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
995 Points ∼69% -12%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
512 Points ∼36% -55%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
635 Points ∼44% -44%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (1081 - 1128, n=3)
1108 Points ∼77% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 6319, n=484)
1436 Points ∼100% +27%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2452 Points ∼97%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2536 Points ∼100% +3%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1177 Points ∼46% -52%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1687 Points ∼67% -31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (2378 - 2471, n=3)
2434 Points ∼96% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 4540, n=524)
1759 Points ∼69% -28%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1634 Points ∼83%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1333 Points ∼68% -18%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
733 Points ∼37% -55%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
702 Points ∼36% -57%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (1607 - 1651, n=3)
1631 Points ∼83% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 11302, n=523)
1959 Points ∼100% +20%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1765 Points ∼100%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1490 Points ∼84% -16%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
800 Points ∼45% -55%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
807 Points ∼46% -54%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (1728 - 1782, n=3)
1758 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 8338, n=526)
1689 Points ∼96% -4%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
18698 Points ∼83%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
15766 Points ∼70% -16%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
22492 Points ∼100% +20%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
17468 Points ∼78% -7%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
12321 Points ∼55% -34%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (18698 - 20354, n=3)
19535 Points ∼87% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 45072, n=684)
14281 Points ∼63% -24%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
24992 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
20953 Points ∼84% -16%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
21792 Points ∼87% -13%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
12205 Points ∼49% -51%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
13821 Points ∼55% -45%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (24654 - 25219, n=3)
24955 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 209204, n=682)
22374 Points ∼90% -10%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
23253 Points ∼99%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
19525 Points ∼83% -16%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
21943 Points ∼93% -6%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
13081 Points ∼56% -44%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
13457 Points ∼57% -42%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (23253 - 23693, n=3)
23493 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 97276, n=682)
18053 Points ∼77% -22%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
36 fps ∼92%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
36 fps ∼92% 0%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
39 fps ∼100% +8%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
25 fps ∼64% -31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (36 - 36, n=3)
36 fps ∼92% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.5 - 322, n=700)
38.3 fps ∼98% +6%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
34 fps ∼86%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
35 fps ∼88% +3%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
35 fps ∼88% +3%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
23 fps ∼58% -32%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (33 - 52, n=3)
39.7 fps ∼100% +17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 120, n=709)
28.2 fps ∼71% -17%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
20 fps ∼91%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
16 fps ∼73% -20%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
21 fps ∼95% +5%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
13 fps ∼59% -35%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (19 - 20, n=3)
19.7 fps ∼90% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.8 - 175, n=606)
22 fps ∼100% +10%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
18 fps ∼78%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
15 fps ∼65% -17%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
19 fps ∼83% +6%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
12 fps ∼52% -33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (17 - 34, n=3)
23 fps ∼100% +28%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 115, n=615)
19.5 fps ∼85% +8%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
13 fps ∼72%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
10 fps ∼56% -23%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
14 fps ∼78% +8%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
8.1 fps ∼45% -38%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (13 - 13, n=3)
13 fps ∼72% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.87 - 117, n=471)
18 fps ∼100% +38%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
12 fps ∼71%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
9.8 fps ∼58% -18%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
12 fps ∼71% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
7.4 fps ∼44% -38%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (12 - 26, n=3)
16.7 fps ∼99% +39%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 110, n=473)
16.8 fps ∼100% +40%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
4.5 fps ∼45%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
2 fps ∼20% -56%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2.3 fps ∼23% -49%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
4.7 fps ∼47% +4%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
2.9 fps ∼29% -36%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (2.8 - 9.1, n=3)
5.47 fps ∼54% +22%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=194)
10.1 fps ∼100% +124%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2.8 fps ∼40%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
2.3 fps ∼33% -18%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
4 fps ∼57% +43%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1.5 fps ∼21% -46%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1.8 fps ∼26% -36%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (2.8 - 4.4, n=3)
3.33 fps ∼48% +19%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 33, n=193)
7.01 fps ∼100% +150%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
7.6 fps ∼51%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
5.6 fps ∼38% -26%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
6.1 fps ∼41% -20%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
7.3 fps ∼49% -4%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
4.2 fps ∼28% -45%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (7.2 - 15, n=3)
9.93 fps ∼67% +31%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=198)
14.8 fps ∼100% +95%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
8.2 fps ∼49%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
5.4 fps ∼33% -34%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
7 fps ∼42% -15%
HTC Desire 19+
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
3.9 fps ∼23% -52%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
4.7 fps ∼28% -43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (8.1 - 8.4, n=3)
8.23 fps ∼50% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 87, n=198)
16.6 fps ∼100% +102%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
7.2 fps ∼59%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
6.3 fps ∼51% -12%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
7.7 fps ∼63% +7%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
5.2 fps ∼42% -28%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (6.9 - 7.2, n=3)
7.07 fps ∼57% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 73, n=396)
12.3 fps ∼100% +71%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
6.6 fps ∼60%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509, 4096
6 fps ∼55% -9%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
6.5 fps ∼59% -2%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
4.6 fps ∼42% -30%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (6.1 - 13, n=3)
8.57 fps ∼78% +30%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=400)
11 fps ∼100% +67%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
926 Points ∼85%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1090 Points ∼100% +18%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
974 Points ∼89% +5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (926 - 1400, n=3)
1088 Points ∼100% +17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1745, n=640)
763 Points ∼70% -18%
Graphics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1916 Points ∼91%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
1478 Points ∼71% -23%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1114 Points ∼53% -42%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (1881 - 1916, n=3)
1894 Points ∼90% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 16996, n=640)
2094 Points ∼100% +9%
Memory (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2835 Points ∼96%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2948 Points ∼100% +4%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1935 Points ∼66% -32%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (2808 - 3174, n=3)
2939 Points ∼100% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 7500, n=640)
1546 Points ∼52% -45%
System (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
5000 Points ∼94%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
5297 Points ∼100% +6%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
3788 Points ∼72% -24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (5000 - 5089, n=3)
5032 Points ∼95% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 14189, n=640)
3022 Points ∼57% -40%
Overall (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2240 Points ∼95%
Honor 9X
HiSilicon Kirin 710, Mali-G51 MP4, 4096
2240 Points ∼95% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1679 Points ∼71% -25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (2240 - 2556, n=3)
2350 Points ∼100% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6097, n=640)
1515 Points ∼64% -32%
AnTuTu v8
UX (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
27705 Points ∼76%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (27535 - 27705, n=3)
27592 Points ∼76% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7553 - 78191, n=14)
36536 Points ∼100% +32%
MEM (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
37857 Points ∼83%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (37857 - 38271, n=3)
38133 Points ∼83% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (24176 - 92659, n=14)
45871 Points ∼100% +21%
GPU (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
33527 Points ∼45%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (33000 - 33527, n=3)
33176 Points ∼45% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5938 - 199051, n=14)
74515 Points ∼100% +122%
CPU (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
70133 Points ∼83%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (70133 - 70889, n=3)
70637 Points ∼83% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (40810 - 145684, n=14)
84660 Points ∼100% +21%
Total Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
169222 Points ∼70%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  (169222 - 169695, n=3)
169537 Points ∼70% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (95354 - 501784, n=14)
241583 Points ∼100% +43%

The Moto G8 Plus is also at a good level when surfing the Internet; it's faster than its predecessor but not the fastest device in the price range. Websites are generally loaded quickly, but you have to wait a moment for pictures.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (9.13 - 133, n=112)
36.1 Points ∼100% +18%
Honor 9X (Chrome 78)
32.916 Points ∼91% +8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (30.5 - 30.7, n=3)
30.6 Points ∼85% 0%
Motorola Moto G8 Plus (Chrome 78)
30.531 Points ∼85%
Samsung Galaxy A40 (Chrome 73)
22.65 Points ∼63% -26%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (49.8 - 51, n=3)
50.4 Points ∼100% +1%
Motorola Moto G8 Plus (Chrome 78)
49.754 Points ∼99%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
45.778 Points ∼91% -8%
Samsung Galaxy A40 (Chrome 73)
42.7 Points ∼85% -14%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 302, n=537)
42.2 Points ∼84% -15%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average of class Smartphone (6.42 - 157, n=100)
39.8 runs/min ∼100% +30%
Honor 9X (Chrome 78)
33.9 runs/min ∼85% +11%
Motorola Moto G8 Plus (Chrome 78)
30.5 runs/min ∼77%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (29.5 - 30.8, n=3)
30.3 runs/min ∼76% -1%
Samsung Galaxy A40 (Chrome 73)
24.1 runs/min ∼61% -21%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 184, n=170)
67.1 Points ∼100% +32%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
54 Points ∼80% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (51 - 58, n=3)
53.7 Points ∼80% +5%
Samsung Galaxy A40 (Chrome 73)
52 Points ∼77% +2%
Motorola Moto G8 Plus (Chrome 78)
51 Points ∼76%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Honor 9X (Chrome 78)
9851 Points ∼100% +8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (9107 - 9405, n=3)
9257 Points ∼94% +2%
Motorola Moto G8 Plus (Chrome 78)
9107 Points ∼92%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
8368 Points ∼85% -8%
Samsung Galaxy A40 (Chrome 73)
7798 Points ∼79% -14%
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 49388, n=698)
6865 Points ∼70% -25%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (571 - 59466, n=723)
10475 ms * ∼100% -133%
Samsung Galaxy A40 (Chrome 73)
4975.8 ms * ∼48% -10%
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
4776 ms * ∼46% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (4504 - 4584, n=3)
4550 ms * ∼43% -1%
Motorola Moto G8 Plus (Chrome 78)
4504 ms * ∼43%
Honor 9X (Chrome 78)
4123.4 ms * ∼39% +8%

* ... smaller is better

Storage responds quickly for the class. The Honor 9X, on the other hand, accesses internally stored data significantly faster due to its more modern UFS 2.1 memory.

Access to our reference microSD from Toshiba, an Exceria Pro M501, isn't quite as fast as with other smartphones in the same price range.

Motorola Moto G8 PlusMotorola Moto G7 PlusHonor 9XHTC Desire 19+Samsung Galaxy A40Average 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
2%
62%
-6%
-14%
-17%
-30%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
52.2 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
62.1 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
19%
67.1 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
29%
61.75 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
18%
65.2 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
25%
57.4 (11.2 - 74.7, n=104)
10%
49.4 (1.7 - 87.1, n=434)
-5%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
72.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
82.8 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
14%
76.2 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
5%
81.85 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
13%
81.2 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
12%
76.5 (21.1 - 87.2, n=104)
5%
67.7 (8.1 - 96.5, n=434)
-7%
Random Write 4KB
124.9
73.1
-41%
159.3
28%
20.4
-84%
13.2
-89%
24.8 (3.4 - 125, n=118)
-80%
22.7 (0.14 - 250, n=758)
-82%
Random Read 4KB
59.9
76.6
28%
142.32
138%
76.5
28%
75.7
26%
55 (11.4 - 149, n=118)
-8%
48.1 (1.59 - 196, n=758)
-20%
Sequential Write 256KB
217.4
208.7
-4%
196.1
-10%
210.8
-3%
99.6
-54%
171 (40 - 246, n=118)
-21%
98.6 (2.99 - 590, n=758)
-55%
Sequential Read 256KB
302.5
283.6
-6%
860.34
184%
288
-5%
295
-2%
273 (95.6 - 704, n=118)
-10%
277 (12.1 - 1504, n=758)
-8%

Games – Gaming with limitations

Gaming is fundamentally possible on the Moto G8 Plus, but you have to lower your demands quite a bit: In most games you'll probably only reach 30 fps and you can't play all games at the highest details smoothly either. While the less demanding Arena of Valor still runs well, you have to adjust the settings to "Performance" on Asphalt 9 in order to really make the game enjoyable. Even then, some light stuttering is still noticeable.

Input via the positioning sensor and touchscreen works without any issues.

Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
Asphalt 9
Asphalt 9
010203040Tooltip
; Asphalt 9: Legends; High Quality; 1.8.1a: Ø12.4 (5-32)
; Asphalt 9: Legends; Standard / low; 1.8.1a: Ø19.7 (11-30)
; Arena of Valor; min; 1.31.1.5: Ø30.1 (27-31)
; Arena of Valor; high HD; 1.31.1.5: Ø30 (1-31)

Emissions – Only light throttling

Temperature

GFXBench battery test
GFXBench battery test

With a maximum temperature of 41 °C (~106 °F), the Moto smartphone gets warm under load, but you can still hold it comfortably in your hand. In idle operation, heat development is considerably lower.

With the GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 battery test, we check whether the system can maintain its performance even under prolonged load. In fact, performance drops quite quickly and is about 5% lower than at the beginning after running the benchmark for about 10 times, which should barely be noticeable in practice.

Max. Load
 41 °C
106 F
39.3 °C
103 F
37.7 °C
100 F
 
 40.8 °C
105 F
38.7 °C
102 F
38.4 °C
101 F
 
 39.3 °C
103 F
38.3 °C
101 F
38.4 °C
101 F
 
Maximum: 41 °C = 106 F
Average: 39.1 °C = 102 F
36.6 °C
98 F
38.1 °C
101 F
39.7 °C
103 F
35.6 °C
96 F
38.1 °C
101 F
38.8 °C
102 F
35.5 °C
96 F
37.9 °C
100 F
38 °C
100 F
Maximum: 39.7 °C = 103 F
Average: 37.6 °C = 100 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.2 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 21.7 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.1 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 41 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 39.7 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 33.3 °C / 92 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.
Heat map of the front
Heat map of the front
Heat map of the back
Heat map of the back

Speakers

Pink Noise speaker test
Pink Noise speaker test

The Motorola G8 Plus in review comes with stereo speakers featuring Dolby technology. The speakers are minimally louder than with the predecessor, but they're largely on par with each other in terms of their sound characteristics. For a midrange smartphone, the sound is still very good, but it becomes slightly treble-prone at maximum volume.

A 3.5 mm connection is available on the Moto G8 Plus; external audio devices can be connected via Bluetooth 5.0 too. aptX HD is also available for sound enhancement. The sound output is clean and lacks interference both through Bluetooth and the audio jack.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2041.239.22537.5363130.528.4403329.25037.635.96328.624.58023.923.210022.823.412521.925.816020.336.6200204525019.152.73151754.340016.555.950016.863.363016.270.380015.571.1100014.870125014.171.7160015.572.7200015.574.1250014.572.9315013.871.8400013.771.2500013.871.663001468.380001464.81000014.163.51250014.257.71600014.351.8SPL62.127.183N14.70.954.1median 15.5median 64.8Delta1.911.134.434.730.432.32732.333.12934.631.529.126.92423.923.621.721.231.421.140.618.841.118.747.217.650.116.657.115.861.715.864.515.369.616.370.814.771.31668.61570.714.768.714.769.414.372.914.868.915.16215.257.914.456.814.462.714.462.86063.75527.580.912.915.59.30.947median 15.3median 62.71.39.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMotorola Moto G8 PlusMotorola Moto G7 Plus
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Motorola Moto G8 Plus audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.4% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 33% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 55% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 58% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Motorola Moto G7 Plus audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.7% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 22% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 67% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 50% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery life – The large battery does it

Energy consumption

In idle usage, the Moto G8 Plus is not as energy-efficient as its predecessor. Under load, in contrast, a few tenths of a watt can be saved. The picture is quite similar compared to other smartphones in this price range.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 1.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.7 / 2.3 / 3.5 Watt
Load midlight 4.7 / 7.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
4000 mAh
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
3000 mAh
Honor 9X
4000 mAh
HTC Desire 19+
3850 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A40
3100 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
17%
-25%
22%
11%
17%
30%
Idle Minimum *
1.7
1.1
35%
2.3
-35%
1.3
24%
0.8
53%
1.04 (0.62 - 1.7, n=3)
39%
0.883 (0.2 - 3.4, n=787)
48%
Idle Average *
2.3
1.7
26%
3
-30%
2
13%
1.4
39%
2.02 (1.77 - 2.3, n=3)
12%
1.74 (0.6 - 6.2, n=786)
24%
Idle Maximum *
3.5
2.1
40%
4.2
-20%
2.9
17%
2.3
34%
2.87 (1.8 - 3.5, n=3)
18%
2.03 (0.74 - 6.6, n=787)
42%
Load Average *
4.7
5.1
-9%
5.3
-13%
3.6
23%
7.4
-57%
4.07 (3.42 - 4.7, n=3)
13%
4.07 (0.8 - 10.8, n=781)
13%
Load Maximum *
7.5
7.9
-5%
9.4
-25%
5
33%
8.6
-15%
7.11 (6.14 - 7.7, n=3)
5%
5.93 (1.2 - 14.2, n=781)
21%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

The Moto G8 Plus lasts 16:20 hours in our Wi-Fi test. This suggests that you can use your smartphone for two workdays, even in continuous operation, without the need for charging. The 4,000-mAh battery is significantly larger than that of the predecessor; the increase in runtime also roughly correlates to the increase in capacity, and the energy efficiency has only been improved under full load.

The 15-watt charger takes 2 hours to completely charge the smartphone.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
33h 22min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
16h 20min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
16h 36min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 02min
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
4000 mAh
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
3000 mAh
Honor 9X
4000 mAh
HTC Desire 19+
3850 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A40
3100 mAh
Battery Runtime
-27%
-15%
-19%
-19%
Reader / Idle
2002
1689
-16%
H.264
996
809
-19%
825
-17%
WiFi v1.3
980
715
-27%
832
-15%
795
-19%
643
-34%
Load
302
196
-35%
277
-8%

Pros

+ very long battery life
+ good performance
+ decent stereo speakers
+ fast fingerprint scanner
+ good cameras
+ decent location accuracy

Cons

- wide-angle lens only as action cam
- no longer has optical image stabilization
- no longer has its own microSD slot
- Wi-Fi performance fluctuates strongly
- case is susceptible to fingerprints

Verdict – Unusual but good cameras

In review: Motorola Moto G8 Plus. Test device provided by Motorola Germany.
In review: Motorola Moto G8 Plus. Test device provided by Motorola Germany.

Is the Moto G8 Plus better than the Moto G7 Plus? That is a difficult question to answer: First of all, there are many aspects that speak for the newer model, such as the longer battery life, the additional wide-angle camera or the higher performance. The lower entry price is also something to be happy about for the first time.

On closer inspection, however, you can see that some of the advantages are less meaningful in practice than in the advertising brochure: You can only use the wide-angle camera for videos. It's a great thing here that you can hold the smartphone upright but still get videos in landscape format; that makes filming with one hand easier. In return, you have to do without optical image stabilization with the Moto G8 Plus. The difference in performance isn't really decisive, and it's hardly noticeable in practice.

The fluctuating Wi-Fi speeds pose another limitation, as well as the case, which we simply liked better with the predecessor, and it looked slightly more high-quality there as well.

The Moto G8 Plus is recommendable, especially due to the high-quality camera and the long battery life.

Ultimately, which Moto G generation you find better probably comes down to the price and your own needs. The Moto G8 Plus is in any case a recommendable midrange smartphone that offers a lot of performance and equipment for its purchase price.

Motorola Moto G8 Plus - 11/16/2019 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
76%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
95%
Connectivity
43 / 70 → 61%
Weight
89%
Battery
91%
Display
84%
Games Performance
13 / 64 → 20%
Application Performance
58 / 86 → 67%
Temperature
87%
Noise
100%
Audio
76 / 90 → 84%
Camera
63%
Average
72%
78%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2019-11-19 (Update: 2019-11-19)