Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 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 Power Lite  Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
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Excellence Score
27.8
28.5
Value for Money Score
75.4
68.2
Price ₹ 9,391 onwards ₹ 12,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2020 Oct, 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 version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.5 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features N/A 2.5D Curved Glass, TÜV Rheinland Certified
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P35Ranked #69 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #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 + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
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/1.79 Aperture; Sony IMX 586 Sensor; 6P Lens; PDAF; EIS, 8MP: 120° Ultra-wide Angle lens; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: 2cm Macro; 1.75um Pixel Size; F/2.4 Aperture, Night Mode
Secondary Camera 8MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, HDR, Face beauty, Timer, Bokeh F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 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 GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.2 mmThick 8.35 mmMedium
Weight 200 gmHeavy 188 gmMedium
Width 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use 75.3 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 4000 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, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration 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
  • Attractive, well-built, modern looking design, similar to the Redmi 8/8A, especially from the front (thought it's not quite as slick as the Redmi Note 8 Pro)
  • Good looking mirrored gradient finish at the back
  • Decent ergonomics - reaching all corners with one thumb isn't too difficult
  • Fingerprint and face recognition are both quick
  • Good Full-HD+ 6.3 inches screen - it's crisp and bright
  • MIUI is one of the more refined, smooth, and feature-rich custom Android UIs around
  • Good, solid performance powered by the Snapdragon 665 - day-to-day use and gameplay are both smooth
  • Very good overall camera performance, for the price bracket (arguably the best at this price)
  • The rear setup includes a quad-camera setup (very similar to the Realme 5) - a 48-megapixel primary camera + 8-megapixel wide-angle camera + 2-megapixel macro camera + 2-megapixel depth sensor
  • The primary 48-megapixel camera on the Redmi Note 8 gives crisp, bright shots with very good detail - especially, close ups came out looking great
  • Portrait mode is very good, as well
  • Decent 13MP selfie camera, especially during daylight
  • Xiaomi has done a good job with the single speaker - voices in audio/music came out crisp and distinct
  • Good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • 18W fast charging support (and an 18W charger is included) - the phones goes from zero to 37 percent in half an hour, and 81 percent in one hour
  • The Redmi Note 8 is another good budget choice from Xiaomi - you get enough power for everyday tasks, a strong battery, and a crisp screen - the cameras are also good in favourable conditions - the overall package is excellent value
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
  • The chin is on the thick side, and includes the Redmi brand logo
  • Significant camera bump
  • Like all glossy backs, it would be a challenge to keep this finish free of smudges and fingerprints (thankfully there is a cover that's included in the box)
  • The volume buttons are a bit high, and not super easy to reach
  • It continues to pack a lot of preloaded bloatware though, and spammy notifications and ads (which can be disabled, but it's not the simplest process)
  • Gaming performance is not as good as 2 key competitors however - the Realme 5 and Vivo U10 (that pack the same processor), due to the higher resolution display, which puts more strain on the GPU
  • The wide-angle and macro cameras, while giving you some interesting framing options, are average in quality
  • Low light performance is average, as expected
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. A gorgeous-looking powerhouse with a few compromises
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. 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 »
  5. finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  6. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. Redmi Note 8 is an excellent choice as it is a worthy sequel and also a proper phone to own and carry around
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The overall package looks hard to beat in terms of value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you want a value for money device then Redmi Note 8 should be in your shopping cart
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Note 8 is still an easy phone to recommend, but it is no longer the only great option in the hot budget mid-range segment
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The budget king from Xiaomi...great value for money
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 is the phone to go for budget buyers as it comes with decent features and an excellent primary camera
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Great budget buy with excellent camera
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Redmi Note 8 offers impressive and unmatched value for money for a phone under 10k
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Excellent value for money...ticks all the right boxes
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Under Rs 10,000, this is the phone to buy
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. Best phone below Rs 10,000. Period.
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 is the phone to go for budget buyers as it comes with decent features and an excellent primary camera
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. Definitely the best phone you could get under INR 10,000
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 is a triumphant entry-level smartphone
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  15. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
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