(Pocket-lint) - Motorola's Moto G8 Power succeeds the popular G7 Power that launched in 2019 alongside the G7, G7 Plus and G7 Play. The G7 Power is a great budget smartphone, offering a huge battery and a great software experience for a very reasonable price.
The Moto G8 Power has a lot to live up to therefore. We've compared the specifications against each other to help you work out which Moto Power device might be the one for you, or whether you should consider upgrading if you already have the G7 Power.
- Moto G8 Power: 155.95 x 75.84 x 9.63mm, 197g
- Moto G7 Power: 160.83 x 76 x 9.4mm, 198g
Motorola has upgraded the design for the Moto G8 Power compared to the G7 Power. The notch at the top of the display on the G7 Power has been replaced with a punch hole camera in the top left, offering a neater look, while the rear camera housing moves from a centralised circle array to a vertical housing in the top left.
Both devices feature a fingerprint sensor on the rear within the circular "M" and both devices offer a small bezel at the bottom of the display. The Moto G8 Power ditches the Motorola branding however, allowing for a slightly smaller bezel than the G7 Power.
In terms of dimensions, the Moto G8 Power shreds a few millimetres off its height compared to the G7 Power, but it is slightly thicker. Both are water repellant, but neither offer an official IP rating.
- Moto G8 Power: 6.4-inch, Full HD+, 19:9
- Moto G7 Power: 6.2-inch, HD+, 19:9
The Motorola Moto G8 Power and Moto G7 Power both feature LCD displays but they differ in terms of size and resolution. The G8 Power increases the display size to 6.4-inches, which is 0.2-inches larger than the Moto G7 Power.
The Moto G8 Power also ups the display resolution to Full HD+, offering 2300 × 1080 pixels across the display for a pixel density of 399ppi. The Moto G7 Power meanwhile, has a HD+ resolution, offering 1570 x 720 pixels across the 6.2-inch screen. This results in a pixel density of 279ppi, making the G8 Power the sharper of the two.
Both the Moto G8 Power and the Moto G7 Power have 19:9 aspect ratio displays.
Hardware and specs
- Moto G8 Power: Qualcomm SD665, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, 5000mAh
- Moto G7 Power: Qualcomm SD632, 3GB RAM, 32/64GB storage, 5000mAh
The Motorola Moto G8 Power runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, supported by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Moto G7 Power meanwhile, runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB (depending on your region) of storage so the new model offers some good upgrades here.
Both the Moto G7 Power and the G8 Power have microSD expansion and they both support microSD cards up to 512GB. The two devices also both offer a 5000mAh battery, which should see you through a couple of days, depending on your usage.
In terms of charging, the Moto G7 Power and Moto G8 Power both support 15W TurboPower charging for 9 hours of use in just 15 minutes charging. The Moto G7 Power comes with a 15W charger in the box, while the Moto G8 Power comes with an 18W charger in the box.
- Moto G8 Power: Quad rear camera, 16MP front
- Moto G7 Power: Single rear camera, 8MP front
The Motorola Moto G8 Power has a quad camera on the rear, while the G7 Power has a single 12-megapixel camera so there have been quite a few upgrades in the camera department for 2020.
The G8 Power's rear camera is made up of a 16-megapixel main sensor, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, 8-megapixel ultra wide sensor and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom.
Both the G8 Power and the G7 Power have features like portrait mode, manual mode and RAW photo output, but the G8 Power offers a number of extras, including shot optimisation, auto smile capture, gesture selfie and smart composition.
In terms of the front camera, the G8 Power has a 16-megapixel sensor, while the G7 Power has an 8-megapixel sensor.
The Motorola Moto G8 Power is priced at £219.99, which is a little more expensive than the G7 Power started at - £179. You can now get the G7 Power for around the £130 mark however, making it a very tempting device despite its successor.
The Motorola Moto G8 Power makes numerous improvements over its predecessor including a better processor, more RAM, double the storage, a bigger and sharper display, a lot more camera capabilities and a more refined design.
It pretty much improves in every area except the already excellent battery life of the G7 Power, and the software experience will be pretty much identical too.
Should you upgrade from the G7 Power? There are definitely enough improvements to warrant the upgrade on paper. If you're choosing between the G7 Power and the G8 Power then the G8 Power is certainly the winner in terms of specs, but the G7 Power can be found for nearly £100 cheaper now so that decision really comes down to what features are important to you and what budget you have. If it's battery life and battery life only, the G7 Power should still be considered.