Motorola, which is now part of the Lenovo family, launched the Moto G8 Power Lite a couple of months ago. Based on some of the specs at launch, it could be a worthy device of consideration with the inclusion of a huge battery, big display and triple rear camera. It also comes with an uncluttered Android experience, making for a budget wallet friendly device.
So when Motorola reached out to us here at Ausdroid with a review device, the Moto G8 Power Lite, we thought it would be something good to review and see how it can handle everything we can through at it.
So – let’s see how the Moto G8 Power Lite handled an Ausdroid review.
The Moto G8 Power Lite did interest me getting it out of the box, because I wasn’t quite expecting the size of the device to be bigger, given I had a few years ago reviewed the Moto G4 Power Lite.
The Moto G8 Power Lite comes with a MircoUSB 1 metre cord, charger, headphones, clear phone cover (which I think should always come standard with any device) and the usual paperwork.
The G8 Power Lite is made from a polycarbonate plastic which has a sort of metallic paint finish which looks quite stunning on the device.
Screen wise, the front of the G8 Power Lite comes with a 6.5-inch IPS TFT HD display, which is bright and clear.
The bottom of the device houses the MicroUSB along with the speaker on the right with a microphone on the left side of the charger.
For those who would like the inclusion of a 3.5mm Audio Jack, I can confirm the Moto G8 Power Lite does come with this built into the right hand side top of the device.
Regarding the rear cameras, which there are now 3 of them, there’s a 16MP main sensor camera, along with 2MP depth sensor and 2MP macro sensor located on the left side rear of the device.
There is also a fingerprint sensor which can be found in the middle rear of the device via the Moto logo.
The Moto G8 Power Lite is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 with 2.3 GHz Quad-Core and 1.8 GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and 680 MHz IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU. Having used the device during the day I did notice the G8 Power Lite did suffer and would become slow running between apps and trying to play some games. Even the benchmark scores show how low the processing power is for the Moto G8 Power Lite.
Of course there is a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device along with Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light sensor, Gyroscope, and SAR sensor.
There is also the inclusion of a 5000mAH battery is great and seems like it would last a full day’s charge but sadly the battery performance at full usage between trying to play games, social media, emails and usual internet browsing means it does require some sort of charge towards the end of the day, but with less usage you can get a full day charge (but not much more).
Lights, Camera, Action!
The Moto G8 Power Lite comes with a triple rear camera array made up of a 16MP main sensor camera, along with 2MP depth sensor and 2MP macro sensor.
Motorola G8 Power Lite runs Android 9 (Pie) with the manufacturer confirming the G8 Power lite will be updated to Android 10 though there was no time frame given. There’s no word on Android 11 either.
Would I buy one?
Honestly, despite some flaws with the device, I have to say there is a lot to like about the Moto G8 Power Lite, but also a lot to possibly dislike about the device too.
Would I consider buying one? Possibly but it is a little hard to say given there is a lot of competition out there for the same price point, such as Vivo, Xiaomi, Nokia and OPPO. Though it might be worth more paying an extra $70 to $150 for the Moto G8 or G8 Plus models.