Our Opinion

The Motorola Moto G6 Play is a slightly better phone, but the Lenovo K8 Plus (3GB RAM) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Motorola Moto G6 Play might be a slightly better choice.

Lenovo K8 Plus (3GB RAM)  Motorola Moto G6 Play 
Lenovo K8 Plus Motorola Moto G6 Play
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Excellence Score
24.7
29.2
Value for Money Score
78.7
76.9
Price ₹ 7,148 onwards ₹ 9,808 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2017 Jun, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.2 inches 5.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass IPS LCD, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.5 GHz 1.4 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P25Ranked #25 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #70 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T880 Adreno 505
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13MP + 5MP 13.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 5P Lens, F/2.0 Aperture, Dual-tone LED Flash F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), EIS, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 84-degree Wide-angle Lens, LED Flash LED flash, Full HD Video Rec
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.99 mm 9 mm
Weight 165 gm 175 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes, TurboCharge
Other Battery Parameters Battery Standby Time (4G): upto 401 hrs, Battery Talktime (4G): upto 26 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; TheatreMax Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Well built
  • Ergonomically sized, comfortable for one-handed use
  • Fingerprint scanner at the back is easy to reach, and quite responsive
  • Useful physical button that can be setup to to play/ pause music, switch tracks, or launch a custom app
  • Decent Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection - viewing angles are good and colour reproduction is decent
  • Stock Android UI keeps thing nice and simple, and will be much appreciated by Android enthusiasts
  • Good all-round performance backed by solid hardware - multitasking is easy with several apps running in the background, and games run well too
  • Decent dual-camera setup on the rear - decent bokeh shots (as long as you set it up right), good macros, and indoor shots are also pretty good
  • Decent front camera too - photos taken with the the front camera are good and can be used on messengers and social networking apps - also, the front flash is handy in dark areas
  • Very good battery life - the phone can run for a day and a half with regular use
  • Pretty decent charging speed - takes about 2 hours to charge fully
  • Dedicated slots for dual SIM cards and memory card (which is a always a good thing when many other phones are choosing to come out with a hybrid SIM/memory slot)
  • On the whole, if stock Android and good battery life appeal to you, then the Lenovo K8 Plus is a good choice
  • One of the best-looking phones in this class - even though the back is plastic it looks classy with reflective elements under the top layer responding well to light
  • Easy to use with one hand
  • The trendy new 18:9 extra-tall display adds to the looks too
  • The display is pretty good otherwise too - it has decent brightness, contrast and sunlight legibility - the only thing you are really loosing compared to the regular G6 is resolution
  • Software continues to be Motorola's strong suit with a a fine blend of vanilla Android and just the right amount of useful proprietary customizations (like Moto Actions)
  • Decent day-to-day performance backed by a Snapdragon 430 - it’s not a super-powerful chipset but does get you more-than-acceptable performance in most areas, including simple gaming
  • Good rear camera, especially in daylight - the default Auto HDR mode works well, and colors are well-saturated and natural (the only place really where the Moto G6 Play camera loses out to its senior cousins is the absence of a secondary camera for bokeh effects, and somewhat worse low light performance)
  • Decent front camera too, with a relatively subtle Beauty mode to zap your eye bags
  • Decent, clean audio quality through the 3.5mm jack
  • Great battery life - the 4000mAh unit lets the Motorola Moto G6 Play plough on through a full day of intensive use - with lighter use you should find you have 40-50% left by bed time
  • Supports fast charging (which is uncommon at this price point) - gets you from flat to 100% charge in under two hours
  • It's also likely to be more durable in the long run, compared to it's senior G6 series cousins with all-glass bodies
  • EIS for video is a great little bonus and it works surprisingly well
  • There's a dedicated MicroSD cars slot on the SIM tray, so you can have to SIM cards and and SD at the same time
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • A bit on the thick and bulky side, measuring 8.99mm and weighing 165g
  • Sunlight legibility of the display could have been better
  • Rear camera is pretty good but could have been a bit better in landscape mode, and with HDR
  • Also the camera tends to sometimes lag a bit in depth (bokeh) mode
  • The performance is decent in day-to-day use, but there are some phones with better CPUs now in this price bracket (though that is likely to matter only if you are into gaming)
  • Camera, though decent, is a bit on the slow side too - you can only take roughly one shot a second
  • The speaker is not the most loud or clear
  • Has a micro USB charge socket rather than the newer USB-C on the senior Moto G6 phones
  • Lacks the water repellent nano-coating of the senior Moto G6 phones
  • On the whole, the Moto G6 Play is a pretty decent phone on its own, especially because of it's fuss-free software, but it will face some stiff competition from Xiaomi, Asus and Realme phones, which offer significantly more powerful devices in this price bracket
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  1. A dependable phone with a nice feature set
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Great value...Has plenty going for it, including a long-lasting battery and a decent screen. If you're on a tight budget it's easy to recommend.
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Moto G6 Play packs great looks and nearly two-day battery life
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  4. If your budget is tight, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better deal
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