Motorola has been a roll when it comes to launching new devices one after another. In the last couple of months, the company has launched the Motorola One Action, Motorola One Zoom, Moto E6 series, and very recently the Motorola One Macro. The company appears to be focussing on aspects of the entertainment as well as photography and has now formally announced the all-new Moto G8 series. It has unveiled the Motorola G8 Plus along with the recently leaked Moto G8 Play internationally and the devices will be available in markets including the UK, LATAM, and India, initially. Along with these, the company also launched the rumored Moto E6 Play as well as announced Motorola One Macro for markets outside of India.
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Motorola is billing the Moto G8 Plus is an all-rounder since it packs the 48MP camera from the Motorola One Vision and the GoPro-esque camera from the One Action. This bumps the number of rear cameras from two on the Moto G7 Plus to three on the Moto G8 Plus. The third sensor is a 5MP depth sensor. On the front, the Moto G8 Plus gets a 25MP camera that supports 4-in-1 pixel binning for crisp and bright selfies, even in low light.
In terms of the design, Motorola is choosing safety over style and is now moving back to polycarbonate-coated back panels with a satiny finish. It comes in two colors – Cosmic Blue and Crystal Pink – and there’s a gradient from almost black to the respective hues and the back shimmers under strong light. Additionally, the phone is rated for IP52 protection and comes with gaskets around moving and ejectable parts including the hybrid SIM tray.
On the front of the Moto G8 Plus, there’s a 6.3-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with a U-shaped notch and a 19:9 aspect ratio. The earpiece above the display also houses a secondary speaker for stereo sound effects in unison with the bottom-firing primary speaker. Additionally, there’s Dolby Audio support on the smartphone.
Internally, the Moto G8 Plus is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 mobile platform along with 4GB of RAM. The 64GB of storage is standard and the hybrid SIM slot supports microSD cards for up to 512GB. It uses a 4,000mAh battery and supports fast charging at 15W with the bundled USB-C Turbo charger.
Moto G8 Play
The Motorola Moto G8 Play is the budget device in the series and comes pretty much the same design as the Moto G8 Plus but specifications in line with the One Macro. The Moto G8 Play gets a 13MP primary camera on the back instead of the 48MP sensor, a wide-angle camera for 117º wide field of view, and a 2MP depth sensor. The wide-angle sensor is also rotated by 90º and unlike the Action Cam on the G8 Plus, it can capture both images and videos.
Internally, it is powered by a MediaTek Helio P70 chipset, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. The Moto G8 Play has a 6.2-inch HD+ display, 4,000mAh battery, but charging support limited to 10W.
Moto E6 Play
The Moto E6 Play comes after the Moto E6 and the Moto E6 Plus unveiled last month at IFA 2019 trade show. It comes with a smaller 5.5-inch HD+ rectangular display with no notch and large forehead and chin. It features a 13MP camera on the back and a 5MP camera for selfies. It features a 3,000mAh battery.
The Moto E6 Play is powered by MediaTek MT6739 chipset and has 2GB of RAM. It gets 32GB of inbuilt storage which can be expanded up to 256GB using the dedicated memory card slot.
Motorola Moto G8 Plus, Moto G8 Play, Moto E6 Play: Pricing & Availability
The Motorola Moto G8 Plus will be arriving first in India starting the end of October at a price of ₹13,999 (~$200). Meanwhile, Motorola has also announced the prices in the UK where Moto G8 Plus will cost you £179 (~$230). The phone will also be available in Brazil and Mexico by the end of October.
The Moto G8 Play will be priced at €269 ($300) in Europe, Brazil, and Mexico but there is no information about availability in India yet.
The Moto E6 Play will also be available in Brazil, Mexico, the UK, and Europe. It will be priced at €109 in Europe and £99 in the UK and is expected to arrive in mid-November.
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