A lot of excellent smartphones have emerged in the lower mid-range smartphone segment over the past two years. However, the case with mid-range smartphones is that you can’t get a phone that does well in every aspect, so one has to carefully choose a phone that performs well in an aspect they care about the most. Whether you prefer a bigger screen, a better camera, a longer battery life, or the kind of user interface that you like, there’s something for everyone.
The Moto G5 Plus is one of the best camera phones available under Rs. 15,000, but it has a smaller screen and a regular-sized battery. If you’re someone who prefers a larger screen but prefer stock Android UI, you can have a look at the Lenovo K8 Note. The K8 Note even has a dual-camera setup. If you’re into the trend of bezel-less screen and Face Unlock, you can consider either the Honor 7X or the OPPO A83. Today, we’re comparing the Moto G5 Plus, Lenovo K8 Note, and the OPPO A83 to see which one is the best of them all, all things considered.
Moto G5 Plus vs. Lenovo K8 Note vs. OPPO A83: Price in India
The Moto G5 Plus is available in two variants: 3GB RAM + 16GB storage (Rs. 14,999) and 4GB RAM + 32GB storage (Rs. 16,999). At the time of writing this article, the 32GB storage variant of the Moto G5 Plus was being sold for just Rs. 10,999, which is an excellent value. The Lenovo K8 Note is available in two variants, 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, and they’re priced at Rs. 11,999 and Rs. 12,999, respectively. The OPPO A83 was recently launched in India, and it is priced at Rs. 13,990. If you want the most storage for the price, the Lenovo K8 Note looks like the best choice among the three phones, but that’s not the only thing that decide our choice, is it?
Moto G5 Plus vs. Lenovo K8 Note vs. OPPO A83: Screen
The Moto G5 Plus features a 5.2-inch IPS LCD screen with 1080p screen and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The Lenovo K8 Note has a larger, 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen with 1080p screen and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The OPPO A83 comes with an even larger, 5.7-inch screen within minimal bezels and 18:9 screen ratio, but with a lower HD+ resolution (720×1440 pixels). Overall, the screen on the Lenovo K8 Note strikes a good balance between size, sharpness, brightness, viewing angles and contrast ratio. However, if you prefer a compact phone, the Moto G5’s screen is perfectly fine as well. The OPPO A83 has a larger, bezel-less screen with 18:9 aspect ratio, but it’s pixel density is way lower than the other two phones, which we don’t like because it can affect the sharpness of text and graphics.
Moto G5 Plus vs. Lenovo K8 Note vs. OPPO A83: Camera Quality
The Moto G5 Plus uses a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera compared to the Lenovo K8 Note’s 16MP camera and OPPO A83’s 13MP camera. However, it uses the largest sensor and even features dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus as well as ƒ/1.7 aperture, something that’s used only in high-end phones like the Galaxy S8 and the HTC U11. A larger sensor and faster focussing mechanism does improve the image quality by a great margin, provided that the software has been tuned, and we’re happy to say that the Moto G5 Plus does all those things.
The Moto G5 Plus’ rear-facing camera can also record 4K videos at 30 frames per second. While, not as good as high-end phones, the videos have more detail than 1080p videos from the Lenovo K8 Note and the OPPO A83. However, you can’t capture images with background blur, something you can do with the K8 Note. The 13MP front-facing camera on the K8 Note with ƒ/2.0 aperture and LED flash trumps the 5MP camera on the Moto G5 Plus, though. The OPPO A83’s 8MP front camera can click decent selfies and is also used for Face Unlock.
Moto G5 Plus vs. Lenovo K8 Note vs. OPPO A83: Performance & Software
While the Moto G5 Plus and OPPO A83 use octa-core processors, the Lenovo K8 Note uses a deca-core processor. The Moto G5 Plus features the popular, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 3GB/4GB RAM, and 16GB/32GB storage. The Lenovo K8 Note uses the MediaTek Helio X23 chipset that’s paired with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage, depending on the variant you choose. The OPPO A83 uses the MediaTek Helio P23 chipset with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. All three phones can use microSD cards for expanded storage space. Overall, the CPU and GPU performance of the Lenovo K8 Note is better than the chipsets used in the Moto G5 Plus and the OPPO A83, thanks to two high-performance Cortex-A72 CPU cores and the more powerful Mali-T880 MP4 GPU.
While the Moto G5 Plus and the Lenovo K8 Note were released with Android 7 Nougat pre-installed, they will receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update soon (as promised by the companies). However, we’re not too sure if the OPPO A83 (which runs Android 7.1-based ColorOS 3.2) will ever receive the Oreo update since the company is known for not updating its phones to the latest version of Android. If you’re a fan of stock Android, you’ll like both Moto G5 Plus and Lenovo K8 Note. Since both phones are made by the same parent brand, they even use the same screen. We’re glad that Lenovo finally ditched VibeUI in favour of stock Android UI. However, some added benefits like gestures and Moto Display on the Moto G5 Plus make us lean towards the Moto phone. The Moto G5 Plus and the K8 Note have equally fast fingerprint readers, but accessing the front-mounted fingerprint reader on the Moto G5 Plus is relatively easier.
Moto G5 Plus vs. Lenovo K8 Note vs. OPPO A83: Battery Life
The Moto G5 Plus features a 3000mAh battery, while the Lenovo K8 Note comes packed with a larger, 4000mAh battery. The OPPO A83 has a 3180mAh battery. Overall, the Moto G5 Plus and the Lenovo K8 Note have one-day battery life in spite of the differences in battery capacities. We expected the K8 Note to last more than a day, but we think that the MediaTek X23 processor inside the phone isn’t not as power efficient as the Snapdragon 625 processor inside the Moto G5. The OPPO A83 is neither as fast nor long lasting as the other two phones.
Moto G5 Plus vs. Lenovo K8 Note vs. OPPO A83: Verdict
The Moto G5 Plus has a better rear-facing camera, while the Lenovo K8 Note has a better selfie camera and it can click images with background blur (but the feature is not very accurate). The Moto G5 Plus has a smaller screen, while the K8 Note has a larger screen. Both phones have similar battery life and software experience. Apart from a more modern-looking screen with 18:9 aspect ratio, the OPPO A83 gets defeated in almost every aspect when compared to the Moto G5 Plus and the Lenovo K8 Note. Therefore, we suggest you to consider the Moto G5 Plus or the Lenovo K8 Note, depending on whether you want a better camera or a bigger screen. Personally, we would prefer the 32GB variant of the Moto G5 Plus due to its excellent pricing (at the time of writing the article).
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