Our Opinion

The Motorola Moto G8 Plus is a slightly better phone than the Motorola One Action, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Motorola Moto G8 Plus!

Motorola Moto G8 Plus  Motorola One Action 
Motorola Moto G8 Plus Motorola One Action
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Excellence Score
29.8
29.6
Value for Money Score
66.9
66.7
Price ₹ 13,999 onwards ₹ 13,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2019 Aug, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch) 1080x2520 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Panda glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features N/A Punch Hole Camera
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #42 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9609Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 16MP + 5MP 16MP + 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
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 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length (Wide); 1.25um Pixel Size; PDAF, 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 14mm Focal Length (Ultrawide); Dedicated video camera, 5MP: Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, EIS, Portrait lighting, Shot Optimization, Auto smile capture, High-res zoom, Portrait mode, Cinemagraph, Cutout, Spot color, Active photos, Live filter, Slow-motion video, Google Lens integration, Landscape view recording, Slow-motion video (120fps), Timelapse video, Hyperlapse video
Secondary Camera 25MP 12MP
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, 1.25µm Pixel Size, HDR, Portrait lighting, Shot Optimization, Auto smile capture, Group selfie, Portrait mode, Cinemagraph, Live filter, Slow-motion video, Timelapse
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 512 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 (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 9.1 mmThick 9.2 mmThick
Weight 188 gmMedium 176 gmMedium
Width 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use 71.2 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (IPX2 Rated)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3500 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 Yes, 10W Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger Yes, 10.0W 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 NFC; Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio
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
  • Well put-together, handsome and premium looking (plastic) design
  • The narrow ergonomic profile helps as it fits snugly in the palm of one's hands - quite comfortable to use, even single-handed
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back works quickly and reliably
  • Responsive face unlock
  • Good overall display quality with good contrast, and outdoor visibility
  • The 6.3-inch, 21:9 IPS cinematic screen is also pretty good for enjoying 21:9 movie content available on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime
  • Being part of the Android One series you get clean, simple stock Android + platform updates for 2 years
  • Of course there are a few useful Moto customizations like a gesture navigation system, Moto Actions (a karate chop action turns on and off the flashlight while the twist motion launches the camera app and both work even when the screen is off), Peek Display (It'll display notifications and let you interact with them right there on the lockscreen plus it'll wake up when you pick up your phone), and Attentive Display (will keep the screen on as long as you are looking at it)
  • The Exynos 9609 inside (similar to Snapdragon 710) delivers dependable performance across the board (day-to-day apps and games), on par with key rivals
  • Good triple camera setup at the rear - 12MP primary + 5MP depth sensor + 16MP ultra-wide, that's rotated 90 degrees, and can be used to capture ultra-wide landscape videos
  • Daylight photos come out pretty good - detail is good and noise is well controlled - dynamic range is good too
  • Portrait shots come out nice too
  • The front camera takes nice selfies with good detail and spot on skin tones - it features a decent, software based portrait mode too
  • Video recording is of course where the One Action gets its name - it's meant to replace your action cam - the phone's ultra wide angle shooter is mounted at a 90-degree angle so that it captures videos in landscape orientation (which is how video is meant to be recorded) when you're holding the phone in portrait (which is how phones are meant to be held)
  • EIS is available on both cams in 1080p resolution at both 30fps and 60fps (though the 4K footage of the main cam can't be stabilized) - and it works well
  • Overall video quality is good (though not exceptional) from both the main and the ultra-wide camera
  • The front camera does 4K video too, which is pretty neat to find on a phone in the One Action's market segment
  • Overall camera performance is good for the price bracket
  • Decent battery life with a 3500mAh battery - you will get the full day with moderate use - there are competitors who are ahead in this area though
  • The One Action is a pretty well priced phone from the Motorola camp, and will get you some good value for money - it's a reasonable alternative to the likes of the Redmi Note 7 Pro (better performance, better camera, better battery, but no Android One advantage), Realme 3 Pro (again, better camera and battery, but no Android One advantage) - it's also especially worth considering, if you’re into producing video content or shooting a lot of action shots
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
  • The front has a pretty big punch-hole camera - it's hard to miss, and it's also not easy to ignore even after spending some time with the One Action - it's big and it's well inside the display which also forced the software engineers to stretch down the status bar to completely envelop the cutout, actually making it even more visible in a way - it also interferes with content in some apps
  • With the tall dimensions, pocket-ability is not that great, so the phone will tend to protrude out of shallow pockets
  • On the other hand, for videos shot in any other aspect ratio, you'll have to tolerate a huge black bar
  • The ultra-wide camera can unfortunately only be used for video recording, not for clicking pictures
  • Night photography is only ok, and there's no dedicated night mode
  • The included 10W 'fast' charger isn't the fastest - you will get about 30% charge in 30 min, and a full charge in 2 hours 30 minutes
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 »
  16. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  18. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Reasonably priced....Don't take this as a straight-up recommendation, but we won't judge you if you get one of these
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. For the price, it definitely brings a lot of bang for one’s buck
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A strong and stylish Android One phone with exemplary poise and performance.... anyone on a budget, and looking to shoot lots of fluid video should take particular note
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Stands out...an interesting and capable choice
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A compelling smartphone, worth considering for its dedicated Action camera
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Motorola's experimental budget phone doesn’t entirely stick the landing, but if you want a cheap handset with smooth performance, clean software, and a quirky, GoPro-like video camera, the Motorola One Action is well worth a look
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Gets a lot of things right....definitely worth at this price point
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A value-for-money smartphone under Rs 15,000...aimed at those looking for a budget phone that takes great videos
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Motorola’s most well-rounded phone yet, possessing all the credentials to go toe-to-toe with smartphones that cost much more
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  10. If you’re looking to buy a phone under the Rs 15,000 price bracket that offers a good camera and a clean Android experience then the ‘Action’ is right here
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A well-rounded phone for sensible money
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  12. You're definitely getting plenty of bang for your buck with the Motorola One Action – as well as a cool video filming trick as well
    newatlas.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The near-perfect stock Android phone under Rs 15,000...possibly the best phone Motorola has launched in a while
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. There's a lot to like about the One Action, with Motorola once again offering a lot of phone for not much money
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  15. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
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