Samsung Galaxy On8 vs Moto G4 Plus: the better buy?

“Pitting two of the most promising mid-rangers in the market against each other”


Deciding upon a daily driver has always been a tricky decision to make, and even more so now because of the plethora of options available. A couple of the latest contenders in the Rs 15,000 segment are the Moto G4 Plus (review)and the newly-launched Samsung Galaxy On8. The specifications place the two head to head against each other, so we took the hint and decided to compare them to see which makes for the better buy.

Design and Display


Both the Samsung Galaxy On8 and the Moto G4 Plus are 5.5-inch phones and sport full HD resolution on their displays. However, the On8 gets Samsung’s Super AMOLED tech which translates into beautiful and vivid colours. While we loved the display on the G4 Plus, a full HD sAMOLED display and our experience with Samsung smartphones tells us that the screen on the Galaxy On8 will be no less than a treat for the eyes.


Both the smartphones sport metal frames while settling for plastic backs. While the On8 gets a smooth back panel with brushed metal finished, the one on the Moto G4 Plus is textured with fine ridges. There are no prominent curves on backs of either of the devices and that is the only similarity you will find in terms of the design. Other than that, the G4 Plus and the On8 cater to two very different sets of users, and it’s a matter of personal choice whether you want to go for sturdy build and grip, or a fancy appearance.

Performance, Storage, and Software

The Moto G4 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy On8 utilise similar chipsets for processing. While the former is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chip clocked at 1.5GHz, the latter gets an Exynos 7870 processor which has eight cores ticking at 1.6GHz. Both the phone sport 3GB of RAM. The G4 Plus handles both everyday as well as heavy use delightfully well. We expect a similar processing experience from the Galaxy On8. 

The Moto G4 Plus ships with 32GB of built-in storage, while the Galaxy On8 offers only 16 gigs.

Software-wise, the Moto G4 Plus brings pure vanilla Android experience to the table, while you get the classic TouchWiz on the On8. It’s again the users’ call if they want a stock interface or added features and built-in customisation options. FYI, the Moto G4 Plus, being a Moto, will get the latest Android updates sooner than most devices.

Camera, Battery and Connectivity


The Moto G4 Plus has been critically acclaimed for its shooting capabilities. The smartphone boasts a 16MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and laser autofocus. To assist the shooter in dimly-lit conditions, the phone also gets a dual-tone LED flash. A 5MP front camera takes care of selfies. The Samsung Galaxy On8 on the other hand utilises a 13MP primary camera aided by a single-tone LED flash, and gets a 5MP snapper for self-portraits. Since the megapixel count on a camera does not correspond directly to the shooting prowess of a phone, we can’t say whether or not the can the On8 beat the Moto G4 Plus in the camera department, the latter being one of the best smartphone shooters we’ve come across lately.

The G4 Plus is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and delivers impressive screen on time. The Samsung Galaxy On8 is fuelled by a 3,300mAh battery and gets Samsung’s Ultra Power saving mode as well. Battery optimisation on all the budget Samsung phones we’ve reviewed lately has been so impressive that almost all smartphones deliver an average of 12 hours on our battery loop test, and we expect a similar performance from the On8.

Both the smartphones offer standard connectivity options along with dual-SIM slots with support for 4G VoLTE.

The Moto G4 Plus is an all rounder and a dependable daily driver. The On8, with its specs, seems like a similar offering. However, we expect the battery life to be significantly better on the On8. The two look entirely different, but the On8 being slightly more ornate might appeal to a majority of consumers. It all comes down to what you need from your next smartphone… practicality, vanilla OS and great cameras or stylish design, tweaked UI and long battery life.


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