Our Opinion

The Motorola Moto G8 Plus is a slightly better phone, but the Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Motorola Moto G8 Plus  Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite 
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Excellence Score
31.3
30.7
Value for Money Score
69.2
84.0
Price ₹ 13,699 onwards ₹ 8,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2019 May, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Panda glass Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features N/A N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #40 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P35Ranked #59 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 PowerVR GE8320
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C microUSB
Primary Camera 48MP + 16MP + 5MP 16MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 48MP: F/1.7 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 1.6um Pixel Size; PDAF & Laser AF, 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 14mm Focal Length; 117-degree Ultrawide; Dedicated Video Camera, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: 1080p@30/60/120fps; 720p@30/240fps, Digital zoom (up to 8x), Burst shot, Auto HDR, Timer, High res zoom, Live filter, Shot optimization, Smart composition, Auto smile capture, Cinemagraph, Portrait mode, Cutout, Manual mode, RAW photo output, Active photos, Spot colour, Best shot, Slow motion video, Timelapse video, Hyperlapse video, Electronic Video Stabilization 16MP: f/2.0 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; 1.75um Pixel Size; Depth Sensor, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; 1.75um Pixel Size; Macro Camera, HDR, Face Beauty, Dual camera bokeh, Timer, Panorama, Google Lens integration
Secondary Camera 25MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.8um Pixel Size, Auto HDR, Timer, Face beauty, Auto smile capture, Cinema graph, Portrait mode, Portrait lighting, Group selfie, Spot colour, Live filter, Active photos, Gesture selfie f/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, HDR, Face beauty, Timer, Bokeh
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.1 mmThick 9.2 mmThick
Weight 188 gmMedium 200 gmHeavy
Width 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby 328 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 34.40 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 15W TurboPower
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Web browsing: 14.0 hrs, Music streaming: 59.4 hrs, Video streaming: 15.9 hrs, GPS navigation: 14.6 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Nice looking (plastic) build with a gradient-like glossy back finish
  • Ergonomic
  • The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is snappy (the face unlocking isn't very quick though, so we'd recommend sticking to the fingerprint unlock for most users)
  • Good, crisp, vivid 6.3-inch FHD+ IPS display with good color reproduction
  • Motorola continues to pack simple stock Android in it's G-series, along with a bunch of useful Moto add-ons like Peek Display (always-on display), and Attentive Display (keeps the screen on while you’re looking at it), and Moto Actions (gestures like twist to open the camera, chop-chop for flashlight, lift to unlock, to name a few) - the overall software package is one of the best in the Android domain, especially if you like the simplicity of clean UIs
  • Good mid-range performance backed by the Snapdragon 665 - daily use and casual games are smooth
  • Nice, versatile triple camera system - Primary 48MP sensor + 16MP ultra-wide angle lens (only for videos, it's an 'action-cam' as seen on the Motorola One Action, which lets you record horizontal videos while holding the phone vertically) + 5MP depth sensor
  • The primary 48MP camera captures sharp and colourful images in the daytime
  • Snappy and is quick to autofocus on objects, thanks to the laser autofocus system, which is great for a phone’s camera in this price range
  • If you love creating videos, the action camera on the G8 Plus will open up a different perspective that’s not usually found in this budget segment - you can record videos holding the phone in a vertical position which improves stability - what you get is GoPro-like features, without splashing out on a new camera
  • Videos also have electronic stabilization in place, which is pretty good at its job of keeping footage stabilized while shooting
  • The 25MP selfie camera on the front is decent and so are the portrait pictures
  • Overall, the cameras on the Moto G8 Plus are fairly good for the price bracket (though not the best - that status is taken by the Xiaomi and Realme phones in this bracket)
  • Excellent stereo speakers setup, for this price range - the Dolby Audio speakers make watching videos on the phone truly delightful - if you’re coming from any other phone with a single loudspeaker, you will be pleasantly surprised
  • Good battery life with a large 4000mAh battery - you should get 1.5 days of use with moderate usage
  • 15W fast charging support with the TurboPower adapter provided in-the-box (it's not the fastest fast charging though - the phone takes close to 150 minutes to fully charge from 0-100%)
  • The Moto G8 Plus is another good all-round phone from a re-energized Motorola this year - with the versatile camera system array, stereo speakers, modern design, and a good battery life, it's an excellent option to consider if you specifically want a stock-Android-like phone - if stock Android is not a priority however, you can get a little better value for money with Xiaomi and Realme phones in this price bracket
  • Looks snazzy - the plastic chassis is finished in 2 colour gradient, which fades from a darker to a lighter shade as you cast your eyes downward
  • The front has pleasingly rounded edges and slimline bezels with a tear-drop notch that look striking, for a phone at this price
  • Decent fingerprint sensor at the back
  • Vibrant, large 6.5-inches IPS display - the images on the screen have a good amount of pop thanks to the display’s reasonably high contrast
  • Motorola continues to keep the software on it's phones clean, and simple - it's basically stock Android with a few useful Moto add-ons
  • Decent performance from the dated MediaTek Helio P35 - the phone feels fast when jumping from app to app and there's no issue in regular use, thanks to the clean and light software Motorola uses
  • Good triple rear camera setup - a 16MP primary module, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The primary camera takes decent photos in daylight conditions and the HDR image processing also does a good job at boosting the saturation of the scene and images have a pop in them
  • Low-light shooting is surprisingly good for the price - images appear bright, and the camera does an excellent job of teasing textures out from the shadows without adding too much visual noise
  • The macro camera is a lot of fun to play around with - it’s capable of capturing intricate details on the smallest objects, from a macro distance of 2 cm
  • The 8MP selfie camera does a good job at taking clear sharp photos and it also offers a selfie portrait mode, which works well
  • Excellent battery life from the 5000 mAh battery - a full charge will easily last you for 2 days of regular use
  • The Motorola Power Lite offers clear software, excellent battery and a good set of cameras for the price, if that's all you're looking for, it does the job well
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • It's not the best performer in this price bracket though, and you will see the difference in high-end games like PUBG which will run in low graphics settings - if you are into gaming, you will be better off looking at Xiaomi and Realme phones in this price bracket, which tend to provide better performance bang for the buck
  • Low light performance is average (though the night mode does help matters)
  • You can't get ultra-wide pictures from the ultra-wide lens - it's only for videos
  • At 200g, the phone is reasonably hefty
  • It also picks up greasy fingerprints a little too easily
  • Sunlight legibility isn't great
  • However, this is not the most powerful phone at this price and gaming on this phone is a no go - the Realme Narzo 10A and C3 both offer outstanding performance at this price
  • No fast charging
  • However, if you want a bit more power in your phone the Narzo 10A is an excellent phone at this price, though it's not for stock Android lovers
Expert Reviews
  1. The Moto G8 Plus brings several major improvements over its predecessor, chief among those is the battery life, Quad Bayer cams.. then there are the stereo speakers, and the flagship-grade audio quality
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Excellent device for who like vlogging and filming stuff with the Action cam
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A very usable device on a daily basis...another great budget option from the brand
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you're looking for a few novel features in your new smartphone, like the action-cam for video recording, and a fantastic audio experience (for this price tag), you can't go wrong with the Moto G8 Plus
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Moto G8 Plus isn't the best all-rounder, but if stock Android, a good display, and stereo speakers are high on your priority list, you might find it worth your while
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Remains a solid mid-range smartphone despite its caveats
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. There is a lot of competition in this price segment, but Moto G8 Plus holds its own
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Moto G series has been the gold standard of budget phones (and is still very good), but competition is now fiercer than ever
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  9. Mostly brilliant budget phone...but with a lot of competitive rivals around, it's not the clear-cut value champ that the Moto G series once was
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  10. Moto G8 Plus is recommendable phone, especially due to the high-quality camera and the long battery life
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  11. A tempting offering
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. The Moto G8 Plus is a dependable phone to live with on a daily basis but it lacks the zing and flair that its Chinese rivals offer at similar or lower prices
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. Gets the basics right..A competitive phone that can take on the competition
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Brings together the best of the Motorola One-series and Moto G-series smartphones....a unique product in the midrange segment
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Motorola gets a lot right with the Moto G8 Plus, an elegant design, stereo speakers, good battery life and the bloat-free software experience, but if you were to ask if this is the best phone right now for INR 14,000, then NO
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
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  17. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  18. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Big on battery, light on power
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
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