Gadget Update – Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite
Motorola unveiled the Moto G8 Power Lite, its recent low-budget Android smartphone, in India a month ago. It competes directly with popular offerings such as the Narzo 10A from Realme (review) and the Redmi 8 (review). Highlights of the new G8 Power Lite include a large battery and display, as well as the clean Android experience we expect from Moto devices.
Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite design: Stay Simple
The large size of the Moto G8 Power Lite is immediately visible as soon as you take it out of the box. It is quite large, with a thickness of 9.2 mm, and also a little heavy at almost 200g.the whole body is built of plastic, but thanks to the matte surface it looks great and does not attract fingerprints too easily. In addition, the side frame and the back are all made of one piece, so there are no unsightly edges or bumps. The unit I use is the color royal blue, which seems pleasant to me, and there is also an artic blue hue with a similar gradient.
In a world of disappearing headphone jacks, it’s nice to see that the Moto G8 Power Lite always has one. There is a micro USB port at the bottom, and the power and volume buttons are on the right. The compartment on the left can carry two nano SIM cards and one microSD card. The speaker was moved to the back of the phone, with a cutout in the lower left corner. We also have three cameras and the fingerprint sensor integrated into the Motorola logo on the upper back. All in all, the Moto G8 Power Lite has a sleek and simple design that I like.
Motorola says that the Moto G8 Power Lite has a water-repellent coating that allows it to survive light splashes of water and even light rains. I put this to the test, and the phone looked good after a few tries, so it’s good to know.
The display is a large 6.5-inch TFT-IPS LCD display with an HD + resolution of 720×1600 pixels. The corners of the screen are clearly rounded, and the glasses are quite thick. In general, I would not be too happy with it, but given the price of the phone, I will let it slip. This low resolution is not ideal for such a large panel, due to which the text and icons do not look very sharp. I found that the brightness of the screen was also on the lower side, and I usually had to set it to 70-80%, even inside. The contents are visible in bright light, but reflective glass and stains can make it difficult to use this phone.
The fingerprint sensor works well and can quickly unlock the phone if necessary. However, there is no way to unlock it with your face.
Performance of the Motorola Moto G8 Power Lite: could be better
I’ve been using the Moto G8 Power Lite for a good part of the week, and the overall performance has been decent. The phone is still on Android 9 Pie, but Motorola says an Android 10 update will come in the near future. Stock Android’s clean layout is always refreshing to use, but sometimes it can seem a bit barebones if you’re used to Samsung’s One interface, OnePlus’s OxygenOS, or other custom skins. Only Google’s app suite is pre-installed, and there’s not much else. Motorola includes its brand gestures, which you can control from the Settings app. You can twist the phone to open the camera, the app,or shake it twice to turn on the flashlight.
The Moto G8 Power Lite uses the MediaTek Helio p35 SoC and is only available in a configuration with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of memory. It is not the most powerful processor, but at this price it will do. Looking at the benchmarks, the Helio P35 seems to work a little better than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439, as seen in the Redmi 8, but it is still weaker than the newer Helio G70 processor of the Realme C3 and Narzo 10A. however, I did not notice much negative impact on everyday use.
Most social applications and simple games work well. Titles like Sky Force Reloaded look good and work well, but if you play more taxable games like PUBG Mobile, it’s not the best experience. The individual speaker gets loud, and there is even a software improvement to increase the volume. However, the clarity is not great, and the distortion is audible at higher volumes, whether you are playing a game or listening to music.
I was surprised to see Google’s Widevine L1 certification on the Moto G8 Power Lite. This ensures that streaming apps can play videos with the native resolution of the phone.