Motorola’s been focusing on value for several years, and its G8 series of smartphones is no exception. The G8+, already on sale in many markets, is getting an even cheaper stablemate in the Moto G8 (sans plus). Despite being beneath the older phone in Moto’s stable, it has a slightly larger 6.4-inch screen.
The G8 is continuing Motorola’s dependable if somewhat button-down aesthetic approach, with thin bezels and a nicely textured blue rear with vertical lines. The screen is only 720p resolution, but the left-side, hole punch camera on the front is a little different than the central “teardrop” cam we’ve seen on other Motorola designs. It’s 8 megapixels, if you’re wondering.
Around back are three, count ’em, three rear cameras: an “ultrawide” 8MP cam, a 16MP primary shooter, and a 2MP lens specifically for macro shots. The module also includes a laser sensor (it looks like a fourth optical lens, but isn’t one) for faster auto-focus.
Under the hood are decidedly mid-range specs, including the same Snapdragon 665 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 4000mAh battery as the G8+, but sadly the phone lacks rapid charging. The G8 comes with 64GB of storage, plus whatever you can fit in the MicroSD card slot. Note the headphone jack, which is no longer a given.
Motorola is targeting broad markets with lots of budget-focused buyers for the standard G8, with a launch in Brazil for 1300 Real (about 280 US dollars), with an early bird discount of 1143 Real. A rollout in the rest of Latin America, then Asia, Australia, and Europe should follow, but based on Motorola’s release history, a North American retail launch is less likely.