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Motorola Moto G8 Power: A decent midrange smartphone that skimps on Wi-Fi connectivity

The Motorola Moto G8 Power: An enduring smartphone with a large battery. (Image source: Motorola)
The Motorola Moto G8 Power: An enduring smartphone with a large battery. (Image source: Motorola)
When looking for a cheap smartphone with a large battery, the Motorola Moto G8 Power should come to mind. Motorola has got plenty right with the device, including equipping the device with surprisingly good cameras. Why did it feel the need to include such weak Wi-Fi connectivity, though?
Alex Alderson,

With the Moto G8 Power, Motorola continues to pursue the concept of a cheap and durable smartphone. The device offers performance that is comparable to that of other mid-range smartphones, meaning that it should be good enough for all daily apps and tasks. Even some light gaming is not of the question with the Moto G8 Power.

Additionally, Motorola has included a surprisingly good set of cameras. The main rear-facing sensor, for example, delivers good panoramic shots and detailed close-ups. The inclusion of dedicated macro and telephoto sensors are welcome, too. 

However, the screen, while bright and large, is not especially colour accurate. The Moto G8 Power uses pulse-width modulation (PWM) at below 15% brightness too, which is not ideal.

A bigger problem in our opinion is Wi-Fi connectivity. The Moto G8 Power only supports up to Wi-Fi 4, which is hopelessly outdated. While this should not prove a problem for most home Wi-Fi networks, it puts the Moto G8 Power well behind its peers in this regard.

On the plus side, Motorola pre-installs Android 10, which is not always a given for a smartphone released in 2020. The OS offers an almost stock Android experience too, with Motorola only adding its Moto app that includes things like Moto Gestures.

Furthermore, the Moto G8 Power has exceptional battery life. The inclusion of a 5,000 mAh cell does makes the device a little thick and heavy, though.

All in all, the lack of NFC and slow Wi-Fi may put some people off from considering the Moto G8 Power. Rightly so, in our opinion, but the device does excel in other areas. Please see our Motorola Moto G8 Power review for our full thoughts and coverage of the device.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-03-26 (Update: 2020-03-24)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.