Our Opinion

The Motorola Moto G9 is a slightly better phone, but the Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite 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 G9 might be a slightly better choice.

Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite  Motorola Moto G9 
Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite Motorola Moto G9
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Excellence Score
29.4
33.1
Value for Money Score
81.4
78.7
Price ₹ 8,999 onwards ₹ 11,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2020 Aug, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.5 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes 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 2.3 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P35Ranked #68 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 662Ranked #46 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 Adreno 610
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 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 48MP: f/1.7 Aperture; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um 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 8MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, HDR, Face beauty, Timer, Bokeh f/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, HDR, Face beauty, Timer, Bokeh
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 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 GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 9.2 mmThick 9.2 mmThick
Weight 200 gmHeavy 200 gmHeavy
Width 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use 75.7 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 5000 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 Support Yes, 20W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 20.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Looks pretty slick - the glossy back with rounded edges gives the Moto G9 a premium look - the design is very similar to other Motorola phones like the Moto E7 Plus
  • The front has pleasingly rounded edges and slimline bezels with a tear-drop notch that looks decent (though, phones have started to offer hole-punch displays 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
  • Sunlight legibility is good
  • 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 new Snapdragon 662 - 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 - you can also do some casual gaming
  • Decent triple rear camera setup - a 48MP primary module, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor
  • In daylight, photos carry a decent amount of details with bright colors and high contrasts - colours are boosted slightly to enhance appeal but the camera never overdoes it
  • Macro camera can take some fun photos for social media, if you can find the right focus
  • Portrait mode is good - the depth detection is nice and subject separation is on par with other Motorola phones
  • The 8MP selfie camera does a good job at taking clear sharp photos and it also offers a selfie portrait mode, which works well
  • Very good battery life from the 5000 mAh battery - a full charge will easily last you for 2 days of regular use
  • Decent fast charging from the 20W fast charger - takes about 2 hours to completely charge the phone
  • The Motorola Moto G9 is a decent phone for the price - the software is the key winner here, it offers clean Android with decent performance and nice cameras
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • At 200g, the phone is reasonably hefty
  • It also picks up greasy fingerprints a little too easily
  • The resolution is low for the price, every reasonable competitor offers a full HD display at this price
  • However, this is not the most powerful phone at this price and heavy 3D gaming takes a toll on the processor - the Redmi Note 9 offers a better performance at this price
  • Average low-light performance - the lack of detail and sharpness make the photos look foggy
  • However, if you want a bit more power in your phone and a higher resolution display the Redmi Note 9 and Realme 6i are good phones at a little more price, though it's not for stock Android lovers
Expert Reviews
  1. Big on battery, light on power
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Moto G8 Power Lite is certainly a device to consider for the price
    pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Moto G8 Power Lite's main USP is its clean, adware and bloatware free, near-stock Android experience
    financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  6. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. The Motorola G9 is equipped well enough to stand its ground against most of its competitors, though nothing game changing
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Competitive price for what it offers
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Easy to recommend
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
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