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Motorola G8 Power Lite Review: best phone under ₹10,000?

Jun 07, 2020 23:10 IST

A triple camera setup. A 5,000 mAh battery. A beautiful 6.5-inch display. No, these specs aren’t from a flagship smartphone. In fact, they don’t even belong to a mid-range device. This, and more, is everything you get with the new Moto G8 Power Lite. Motorola’s G8 series is known for providing good value for money, and this new G8 Power Lite certainly abides by that philosophy. It gets a lot of things right, and beats out competition from the likes of the recently introduced Realme Narzo 10A. Right off the bat, compared to the Narzo, the G8 Power Lite has better cameras, more RAM and an OS experience that’s near stock-Android without a single ad. All that makes it a foolproof choice already, but let’s go through what the G8 Power Lite does offer, and how it performs. At first glance, the G8 Power Lite looks quite modern, with the way its triple cameras at the back are positioned, with the main sensor set apart. It’s a nice touch as compared to other phones in the market that have very similarly designed camera arrays. The phone is made of plastic, which isn’t surprising at this price point. However, Motorola’s done a good job with the gradient offered on this Royal Blue colour and how the phone feels in the hand—both of which give it the sense of being a more expensive device than it actually is. The phone also offers a water repellent design, which means it's protected against the odd splashes of rain and there’s also a fingerprint scanner on the back with the Motorola logo, so no need to fiddle with pattern locks. You’ll notice the speaker at the bottom of the back panel, slightly odd positioning. If you’re worried it’ll get blocked off when placed down, Motorola has thoughtfully included a small dimple in the middle that keeps it raised. Moreover, the company has of a w included a plastic case and a screen guard in the box itself! On the front, you’ll see the large 6.5-inch Max Vision HD+ 20:9 IPS LCD display that clocks in at 720 x 1600p resolution. There's also a U-shaped notch in the centre. For a phone that costs as little as this one does, the display is actually pretty great. Colours are vibrant enough, without being too punchy, and quite good for a non-OLED panel. You can’t even notice the pixel resolution until you really zoom in, so for normal content watching purposes, it’s absolutely fine. It gets fairly bright too, even when being viewed from the side, so that’s a major plus. The cameras on the back of the Moto G8 Power Lite are in a triple sensor array, with a 16MP primary sensor, 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro sensor. That’s better than most of its competition, and it’s a respectably strong performer. In good lighting conditions, it takes sharp pictures with good colours that belie its price point. In lower lighting conditions, there’s noticeable grain and a lack of sharpness. The macro sensor is alright too, and even though you can’t get super close to subjects, the results are decent. However, it’s evident that the main wide sensor is the star of the show. The selfie camera is an 8MP sensor, which takes clear selfies, but struggles with edge detection for portrait shots. It’s expected though, with this being a single sensor setup and AI doing most of the heavy lifting. On the plus side, Motorola has done well to include all these modes in their budget offering, and it makes the phone a more well-rounded product. Plus, the 64GB of onboard storage means you can take a whole lot of pictures without having to worry about running out of space. However, if you feel the need for extra space, then the storage is expandable up to 256GB through microSD card. Now that we’ve covered the outside, let’s get to the insides. The Moto G8 Power Lite runs on the MediaTek Helio P35 chipset, with 4GB of RAM. That may not sound like a total powerhouse, but it’s worth mentioning that this setup actually provided very playable results on graphic intensive games like Call of Duty: Mobile, without any major frame drops or lag. Is this an ideal setup for a budget gamer? No. But you can definitely get a more than usable gaming experience, at least good enough to blame your own skills at the game, if you do badly! There’s a large 5,000 mAh battery powering the Moto G8 Power Lite, which will easily get you through the day with very heavy usage, and even more, if you’re frugal. It takes a while to top up - zero to full is going to take over 2 hours on an average with 10W charging speeds, but the huge battery means you won't need to charge it too often. Also, the phone charges via micro-USB, and Type-C would have been a great addition at this budget price point. Still, there’s a headphone jack on the top, which is always welcome on smartphones in 2020. Motorola has bundled the G8 Power Lite with Android 9, which doesn’t sound great in 2020, but they have promised that the phone will receive the Android 10 update in the near future. The experience is near stock-Android, so that’s always a bonus, and the phone breezes through everyday tasks and multitasking. A slight disappointment is the lack of navigational gestures and a proper dark mode, but those will likely be coming with that Android 10 update. Still, you can enable this somewhat dark theme from the settings menu. Being a Motorola phone, there's plenty of Moto Actions Gestures to choose from as well. For example, shake the phone twice, and the flashlight turns on, a great little feature for when you’re stuck in the dark. But all this aside, the Moto G8 Power Lite really does give you a bang for your buck. Camera performance is strong, daily tasks are easily executed, and when needed, there’s enough grunt for a bit of gaming too. The display is very good for an LCD panel, and the design helps the whole package stand apart from the competition. So if you’re looking for a smartphone that checks all these boxes at Rs. 8,999, look no further—the Moto G8 Power Lite is the one to beat.

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