Ever since the original launched in 2013, Motorola's G line has produced some of the best budget phones on the market.
The Lenovo-owned company usually sticks with an annual release cycle for its affordable handsets, but the G8 Plus arrived barely eight months after its predecessor in October 2019. And the Moto G8 Power and Moto G Stylus were announced in February 2020.
However, we're still expecting the regular version to drop in early 2020, despite Motorola putting a lot of resources into its RAZR remake, and new renders of the upcoming device have recently leaked via Slashleaks and 91Mobiles (see above).
Here's everything you need to know about the Moto G8.
When is the Moto G8 coming out?
The G7 series launched in the run-up to MWC 2019, so we'd expect a similar time frame for 2020. Of course, MWC has now been cancelled for the first time since 2006, due to growing concerns over the spread of coronavirus. Its line-up included the cheaper G7 Play and battery-heavy G7 Power, as well as the aforementioned G8 Plus.
While we'd expect all the remaining devices to be launched at the same time, the release dates for the different models could now be staggered throughout the year.
How much will the Moto G8 cost?
The five-star G7 cost £239 at launch, and we'd expect a similar pricing strategy for its successor.
That makes it just too expensive for our best budget phone chart, but should still ensure it offers excellent value for money.
However, it's likely to be an Amazon exclusive in the UK once again, meaning you'll have to buy the phone outright and stick with a SIM-only plan.
What are we expecting from the Moto G8?
The early release of the G8 Plus can give us some pointers on what to expect with the regular model.
We'd expect the triple camera setup to make its way to the G8, adding an ultrawide lens for increased flexibility. Motorola has always used the secondary lens for depth sensing, but the third lens offers a lot more functionality for mobile photographers.
The highly impressive use of the Moto logo as a fingerprint sensor looks set to return, particularly as we don't expect in-display technology to reach this price point for a number of years.
It will probably be an iterative upgrade in terms of design, too, with the teardrop notch likely to return. However, we're not quite sure if the 8Mp front-facing camera it houses will see any upgrades.
There have been suggestions in the past of Motorola launching a phone with a pop-up camera, but we're not sure if this was in reference to the G line. A new Motorola One handset might be more likely to have this feature.
The G8 will almost certainly see an upgrade from the Snapdragon 632 in the G7, while Motorola phones are renowned for being among the first adopters of the latest version of Android. Expect all the phones to ship with Android 10 as a result.
What we're hoping to see on the Moto G8
We're definitely being greedy here, but with the G7 getting a rare five-star review from us, we hope it implements some of these things to stay at the top of the game:
- Telephoto lens - We'd love the G8 to be the first in the series to include a telephoto lens. While you can get some nice portrait shots using software on the G7, it just doesn't compare to having a dedicated sensor on the back of the device.
- Bigger battery - It's great to see fast charging on such an affordable device, but you'll be using it fairly regularly with a 3000mAh battery. We'd love to see this get a nice boost, putting it closer to the Play version in terms of battery life.
- Keep the headphone jack - Devices with the 3.5mm port are becoming all too rare nowadays. Whether it sticks around for the G8 will probably determine whether a lot of people buy it or not.
- Stereo speakers - The stereo speakers were one of the highlights of the G8 Plus, so it would be great to see it make its way to the regular model. It's all too easy to cover a single mono grille, as was the case on the G7.
We'll update this article as soon as we know more about the Moto G8.
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