The battle of smartphones in the mid-range segment is getting heated with the launch of new devices. Especially in the markets like India, the competition sores due to the higher demand in the mid-range and entry-level segment. Brands like Motorola, Xiaomi, and Nokia have been quite active in both of the segments with Motorola launching its Moto G6 lineup and HMD Global bringing out Nokia 7 series of smartphones. Xiaomi has already having a good run with its Redmi Note 5 lineup but is now rumoured to be working on the Mi 8 smartphone. Given the impact of these smartphone brands in India, we are comparing the Moto G6 Plus, Mi 8, and the Nokia 7 Plus in this article.
Nokia 7 Plus vs Mi 8 vs Moto G6 Plus: Price in India
The Nokia 7 Plus’s price in India is Rs. 25,999 while the Moto G6 Plus is yet to be released in India. The expected pricing for the Moto G6 Plus in India is Rs. 25,999. Xiaomi’s Mi 8 is still under works so we cannot write much about its pricing, but going by the reports, it could debut under the 30k segment.
Nokia 7 Plus vs Mi 8 vs Moto G6 Plus: Display
The Nokia 7 Plus packs a 6-inch full-HD+ IPS display with 1080×2160 pixels resolution, an 18:9 aspect ratio, and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Xiaomi’s rumoured Mi 8 smartphone is expected to come with a 5.65-inch bezel-less IPS LCD screen 3D facial recognition features. The Moto G6 Plus comes with a 5.9-inch IPS LCD screen bearing a resolution of 1080×2160 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
In this segment, both the Nokia 7 Plus and the Moto G6 Plus come close with the same specs. We cannot be sure about the Mi 8 though as the specifications are yet to be confirmed by the company. However, one can expect the Mi 8 to pack a superior display than the other two phones in the comparison.
Nokia 7 Plus vs Mi 8 vs Moto G6 Plus: Hardware, Software
Concerning performance, the Nokia 7 Plus is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (expandable up to 256GB via microSD card). The phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box, and is backed by a 3800mAh battery with support for fast charging.
The upcoming Xiaomi Mi 8 might come powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 8GB of RAM. The phone could feature Qi wireless fast charging as Xiaomi has already introduced it on its Mi Mix 2S smartphone. For software, the phone is expected to run MIUI based on Android P as Xiaomi has recently released Android P Developer Preview 2 for its Mi MIX 2s smartphone.
The Moto G6 Plus comes powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 630 SoC with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB storage. It runs Android 8.0 Oreo OS and is backed by a 3200mAh battery.
Given that the Mi 8 is still under the rumour cloud, the Nokia 7 Plus wins this segment with its powerful chipset and battery capacity.
Nokia 7 Plus vs Mi 8 vs Moto G6 Plus: Camera
The Nokia 7 Plus sports 12MP+13MP dual rear camera setup with 2x optical zoom and dual-tone LED flash. On the front, it packs a 16MP fixed focus selfie camera with Zeiss optics, and f/2.0 aperture. The Xiaomi Mi 8 is expected to come with a dual camera setup at the rear with 2x optical zoom lens and 4K video recording capability. There is no information regarding its front-facing camera. The Moto G6 Plus packs 12MP+5MP dual camera setup at the rear with support for PDAF and dual LED dual-tone flash. There is an 8MP selfie snapper on the front.
In this segment too the Nokia 7 Plus wins due to better camera specifications than the Moto G6 Plus. A lot of information about the Mi 8 is still under wraps including its camera specs.
Nokia 7 Plus vs Mi 8 vs Moto G6 Plus: Verdict
As one can judge from the above comparison, the Nokia 7 Plus takes lead over the Moto G6 Plus with its better processor, battery, and camera. If you have been planning to get a phone under 20k, then the Nokia 7 Plus makes for a great buy.