Our Opinion

The Motorola Moto G8 Plus is a significantly better phone, but the Motorola One Macro is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint, we recommend the Motorola Moto G8 Plus.

Motorola Moto G8 Plus  Motorola One Macro 
Motorola Moto G8 Plus Motorola One Macro
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Excellence Score
34.7
29.2
Value for Money Score
72.4
76.1
Price ₹ 13,999 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2019 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 271 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Panda glass Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features N/A 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P70Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 16MP + 5MP 13MP + 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 13MP: F/2.0 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size; Laser AF; PDAF, 2MP: Macro Lens, 2MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.75um Pixel Size; Depth Sensor
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/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 GB 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 mm 8.99 mm
Weight 188 gm 186 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant Yes, Splash resistant (PX2 coating)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4000 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 Turbo Charging Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15W Turbo Charger Yes, 10W Rapid 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
  • Glossy gradient back - looks nice, though not quite as eye-popping as the colour options on Redmi smartphones
  • Decent build quality and tactile buttons
  • Good 6.1-inch HD+ display - produces bright and vivid colours, making it great for watching videos on YouTube - viewing angles are decent too - overall one of the better displays of this price segment
  • True to Motorola style, you get clean and simple stock Android (+ a guaranteed update to Android 10) - mind you it's not an Android One series phone though despite the 'One' moniker
  • The minor Motorola additions to stock Android are those that make the user experience even better - there are the Moto navigation gestures as well as the Moto Display, both of which make it easier to live with when compared to any other stock Android phone
  • Very good performance for the price bracket with a solid MediaTek Helio P70 chipset (similar to Snapdragon 660) - both day-to-day use, and gaming is smooth
  • Laser autofocus is super fast
  • One of the key highlights of the One Macro of course is it's unique (for the price range) 2MP macro camera that gives you some very interesting close-up photography options (the macro mode is available for both the still and video mode)
  • It's very impressive in actual performance too, in fact surprisingly so - whether its daylight or under artificial light, the macro camera on the One Macro takes quite detailed photos - the colours are vibrant with good contrast levels and high brightness, and there isn't a lot of post-processing with the colours which means you mostly get what you see - and the lower 2cm focal length means that you can go quite close to your subject to get the photo you wanted
  • The portrait mode uses the 2MP depth camera and it impresses too with good levels of edge detection
  • Decent 8MP front camera
  • While the One Macro only has to make do with a single loudspeaker but with the Dolby Atmos tuning, it is fairly good
  • Very good battery life with a combination of a 4000mAh cell, stock Android, and an HD+ display - you can comfortably stretch this up to 2 days on a single charge, with moderate use
  • Fast charging support (though the included 10W fast charger isn't the most powerful)
  • On the whole, the One Macro looks like an excellent stock Android option in the under 10k price bracket, that will please the Android purists - it's worth buying not just for its unique macro camera, but also as a great all-round budget phone
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
  • Like other glossy back phones, it will be a tough job to keep the phone clean and free of scratches - you will be better off using the bundled case
  • The main 13MP rear camera is more average though - in daylight, the photos wear a warmer tone and most of the details are softened - the dynamic range is also average - it's not quite a match to the other top camera phones in this price range
  • As light levels fall, the main camera starts struggling with exposures and sharpness (and there is no 'Night mode')
Expert Reviews
  1. A very usable device on a daily basis...another great budget option from the brand
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. 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 »
  3. 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 »
  4. There is a lot of competition in this price segment, but Moto G8 Plus holds its own
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. 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 »
  6. 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 »
  7. 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 »
  8. Gets the basics right..A competitive phone that can take on the competition
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. 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 »
  10. A tempting offering
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  11. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  13. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  14. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Did not give us much to complain about...But Realme 5, and Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S are very strong competitors
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Laser focused at giving the first time smartphone buyer everything in a relatively premium package...commendable
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Motorola Moto One Macro is a decent option for someone who wants a bloatware-free software experience....But there’s better hardware to be had in the competition
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. An affordable daily driver that gets most things right
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. An impressive phone ...should be in the top of your list while choosing a new phone for yourself under Rs 10,000
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. A sensible purchase but Motorola needs to step up its game a bit more to stay relevant
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  8. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
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