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Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite Review

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Quick verdict: The Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite promises a lot with its 5,000mAh battery, but it can't quite live up to those promises.

  • Long-lasting battery
  • Decent camera
  • Included case
  • Sluggish performance
  • Only Android 9

6.5 inches

Display size

720Γ—1600px

64GB

Internal storage

16MP + 2MP + 2MP

Rear camera

5,000 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Display Size
6.5 inches
Resolution
720Γ—1600px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
269 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
16MP + 2MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0 + f/2.4 + f/2.4
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
164.94mm x 75.76mm x mm
Weight
200g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
2.3 GHz MediaTek Helio P35
RAM
4GB
Operating system
iOS 9
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 256GB
Battery capacity
5,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Launch price (RRP)$0
Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite

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.


Design

Design

  • 6.5-inch 720p display
  • Fast rear fingerprint sensor
Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite

Camera

Camera

  • Easy-to-use photo app
  • Average camera results
Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite

Performance

Performance

  • Android 9 is disappointing
  • MediaTek Helio P35 is slow
Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite

Battery life

Battery life

  • 5,000mAh battery gives fair but not great performance
  • micro-USB charging is disappointing
Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite

Should you buy the Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite?

Finder score: 3.0

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

Price

RRP $249

Where to buy


Specifications

Display

Display Size
6.5 inches
Resolution
720Γ—1600px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
269 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
16MP + 2MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0 + f/2.4 + f/2.4
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
164.94mm x 75.76mm x mm
Weight
200g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
2.3 GHz MediaTek Helio P35
RAM
4GB
Operating system
iOS 9
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 256GB
Battery capacity
5,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A

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