Motorola has had a shock launch of its Moto G8 Energy Lite handset that packs a 5,000mAh battery at a cut price value of £149.99 (round $184 / AU$305).
Meaning the Moto G8 Energy Lite is poised to be an much more reasonably priced model of the Moto G8 Energy (often known as the Moto G Energy within the US) that was revealed earlier this yr, preserving its 5,000mAh battery however leaving off a few of the extra refined options and specs to come back in at almost half the worth.
What does that imply? The G8 Energy Lite has a MediaTek Helio P35 Quad-Core chipset, a lower-resolution 6.5-inch HD+ (1600 x 720) show, and crucially, packs Android 9 out of the field. It’s unclear if or when it’ll improve to the present commonplace Android 10 (and what comes with the G8 Energy).
As for cameras, the G8 Energy Lite retains its sibling’s 16MP f/2.zero foremost and 2MP macro lenses, however loses the ultra-wide lens in favor of a 2MP depth sensor. It’s unlucky, and we’re curious to see how helpful of us discover the remaining macro lens for up-close images.
The Covid-19 announcement chill
Cellphone bulletins have been delayed in 2020 as a result of unfold of coronavirus: many have been set to be unveiled at MWC 2020, but when that was canceled out of concern for the outbreak, plenty of phonemakers have slowly begun to launch their handsets anyway – even if revealing them online has been far less flashy than the physical events that companies typically hold.
The G8 Power was one of the first to be shown off this way, so it’s only fitting that its more limited sibling also gets revealed online with little fanfare. Regardless, it’s a symbol that phones in 2020 will continue to come out on an atypical schedule as companies adjust to the new normal.