Our Opinion

The Nokia 7.2 (4GB RAM) is a slightly better phone, but the Motorola Moto G8 Plus is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Nokia 7.2 (4GB RAM) might be a slightly better choice.

Motorola Moto G8 Plus  Nokia 7.2 (4GB RAM) 
Motorola Moto G8 Plus Nokia 7.2
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Excellence Score
34.8
38.8
Value for Money Score
72.5
71.1
Price ₹ 13,999 onwards ₹ 16,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2019 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected 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) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Panda glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features N/A HDR10, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Adreno 512
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 48MP + 8MP + 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 48MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; Zeiss optics; EIS, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultrawide lens, 5MP: Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera 25MP 20MP
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, Zeiss optics, HDR
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 8.25 mm
Weight 188 gm 180 gm
Width 75.8 mm 75.2 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant
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 Turbo Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15W Turbo 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
  • Top notch build quality and premium, elegant glass-back design - the front and back are made out of glass, whereas the frame is a "high-tech polymer that's twice as strong as polycarbonate and half the weight of aluminum" - it's technically plastic, but it has a sturdy feel to it that does make it feel like aluminum in the hand
  • The back glass has a nice matte finish - it's soft to the touch and stands out a bit from traditional glass back designs
  • The green colorway variant is especially attractive and stylish (the black one is more sober)
  • The front is modern and sharp too - with a teardrop notch
  • The power button has a built-in LED light that pulses when you receive a notification, and it's equal parts subtle and cool
  • Dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Very good rear fingerprint sensor
  • Overall, the phone feels like it was built with love and care, with a sturdy frame, clicky buttons, and a nice bit of heft giving it the essence of a much more expensive phone
  • Very good, crisp, colorful, 6.3-inch IPS display
  • Nokia's HDR PureDisplay technology, in addition to supporting native HDR content, also allows the Nokia 7.2 to natively convert SDR videos into HDR ones — resulting in a picture that's brighter and more colorful - it gives everything you watch a noticeable pop, making movies, TV shows, and YouTube clips that much more enjoyable
  • You can also enable the Nokia 7.2's "Dynamic Mode" to have it automatically adjust your screen's color, contrast, brightness, and white balance based on what you're doing - for example, if you're reading a book in the Kindle app, your screen will become warmer as to be easier on your eyes
  • Being part of Android One series, you get clean, simple stock Android backed by guaranteed updates
  • Decent performance with a solid Snapdragon 660 powering the phone - day-to-day tasks, and games are usually smooth
  • Pretty decent triple camera setup for the price bracket - a 48MP primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 5MP depth sensor that's used for portrait shots
  • The 48MP camera captures a lot of detail and generally showcases vibrant colors
  • Portrait mode is pretty good too - the detail and color of the primary camera shine through, and Nokia allows you to change the effect and intensity after the fact
  • Overall, this is a pretty decent camera phone for this price category (though it's not up to the level of the category leaders from the likes of Xiaomi, Realme)
  • The single speaker gets loud enough and sounds fine
  • Good battery life with a 3500 mAh battery - you will comfortably get a day of use, even with heavy usage
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
  • It's significantly behind the best performers in this price bracket though, with its relatively old processor
  • Images from the 48MP camera can occasionally be overly sharpened
  • Low light photography is average
  • The 118-degree ultra-wide camera is a lot of fun to use and opens up new possibilities with the types of photos you can take, but similar to a lot of other phones with an ultra-wide lens, there's a noticeable decrease in image quality compared to the primary camera
  • No fast charging support
  • Overall, while the Nokia 7.2 is a pretty decent phone on its own, it faces some pretty tough competition in its price category at the moment from Xiaomi and Realme, which it will find tough to beat, primarily on account of its average performance and cameras - if, however it's the software experience that matters most to you, it's still worth looking at
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. 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 »
  8. Gets the basics right..A competitive phone that can take on the competition
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. 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 »
  10. A tempting offering
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  11. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  14. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  15. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Hard to recommend to anyone but the die-hard Nokia brand loyalist on a budget
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The whole package comes at a good price, it’s only when the phone tries to go above and beyond with features like a wide-angle camera that it stumbles.
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A decent proposition for its price, but the competition has more to offer in terms of power
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Good as a complete package
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Decent, but lacks the ‘wow’ factor
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Set to be overshadowed by Redmi Note 8 Pro
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A bit of a mixed bag
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  8. Nokia's latest mid-ranger is a good value, but the increased competition give it a run for its money
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A fairly competent device...but it is hard to see how Nokia can match up to the Xioamis and Realmes in the market
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Not quite the best cheap (mid-range) phone around, but comes close
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  11. One of HMD Global’s most comprehensive midrange smartphone in recent times
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Decent midranger
    androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The Nokia 7.2 is a solid and reliable handset in most respects, but the existence of so many high-quality competitors sadly makes the Nokia 7.2 less compelling.
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  14. A great software experience and an extremely flashy design aside, I believe that users will find no extra value for money in the Nokia 7.2...only for Nokia die-hard fans
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Good battery life, lightweight software, and a decent camera make this an interesting value-for-money proposition
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Unlike its mid-segmented predecessors that used to lag well behind offerings from the competition, the Nokia 7.2 actually manages to go toe to toe with them
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. A tough one to judge as in some areas it excels, but at the same time, other areas fall short of what’s on offer from the competition
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. Quite a good offering if you want an Android One device that promises a decent mix of good performance, optics, and design
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. The competition is pretty stiff in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment with phones like the Realme XT and Redmi K20...But the Nokia 7.2 is able to match up to them with its own strengths
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  20. pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  22. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  23. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  24. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  25. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
  26. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  27. gadgetsnow.com hands-on Read Review »
  28. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
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