Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite Review
- Long-lasting battery
- Decent camera
- Included case
- Sluggish performance
- Only Android 9
|Launch price (RRP)||$0|
Motorola only uses the "Power" suffix when it's putting a high-capacity battery into its phones, and to date that's been the case for a number of highly affordable phones where the heavy-duty battery was the entire selling proposition for the phone.
Adding "Lite" behind "Power" feels oddly contradictory in those terms, but in the case of the Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite, it's an apt description. This is a phone that has plenty of power – in terms of numerical battery capacity – but it's distinctly light on power when it comes time to run applications. That's a compromise that was a little easier to live with back when budget phones really had little going for them, but in 2020, the Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite has lots of really good, low-cost competition.
- 6.5-inch 720p display
- Fast rear fingerprint sensor
- Easy-to-use photo app
- Average camera results
- Android 9 is disappointing
- MediaTek Helio P35 is slow
- 5,000mAh battery gives fair but not great performance
- micro-USB charging is disappointing
Should you buy the Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite?
The Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite is priced like a budget phone, and it feels like one.
The issue with that statement in 2020 is that we've seen a recent raft of phones in similar price brackets offer more than the Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite can manage, whether that's in camera features, processing performance or, surprisingly, even in overall battery endurance.
It's relatively inexpensive even for a 5,000mAh phone, and if you can score one at a discount price even better, but there's little here really worth getting all that excited about. Considering that the previous Motorola "Power" phone sat atop our best budget phones list for a good long time, that can't help but feel like a fall from grace.
Pricing and availability
Power, storage and battery
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