The Moto G sequence has been the spine of the Motorola lineup in India for some time now, and helped the model reestablish its place within the funds section. Currently although, this sequence was overshadowed with the One Collection from Motorola, and the previous few fashions haven’t made enormous marks. With the intention to convey the Moto G sequence again into the limelight, Motorola has introduced the Moto G9 to India, and we’re the primary market to get this new smartphone. So has Motorola designed this telephone properly sufficient to face its fierce competitors? I assessment the Moto G9 to search out out.


Moto G9 Design: Tall and glossy

I already spent a while with the Motorola Moto G9 on the time of its launch and you’ll learn my first impressions of the system. The Moto G9 has a giant 6.5-inch IPS LCD panel with an HD+ decision and tall 20:9 side ratio which is nice for watching content material on, in panorama mode. Nevertheless, reaching the highest of the show is not straightforward when utilizing this telephone single-handed, and requires a fast shuffle within the hand. Motorola has saved the bezels slim on the perimeters however the chin is thicker. We’re now seeing increasingly smartphones with hole-punch shows within the funds section, however Motorola has caught with a extra conventional dewdrop notch to accommodate the selfie digital camera.

Decide this telephone up and you’ll discover that it measures over 9mm in thickness. The edges are squared however they curve into the again providing you with a very good grip on the system. Motorola has packed in a 5,000mAh battery,and so the Moto G9 ideas the scales at 200g. You’ll discover the burden after utilizing this smartphone for some time.

The Moto G9 is obtainable in flashy color choices


Motorola has added a devoted Google Assistant button which is a neat contact, however the placement may have been higher. It’s on the higher proper aspect of the system and is not reachable very simply whereas holding it. The facility and quantity buttons on the Moto G9 are additionally on the appropriate, in order that’s 4 in whole. The left solely has a SIM tray. Motorola may have put the Google Assistant button on the left aspect, identical to it’s positioned on the Nokia 5.3 (Evaluate), which I examined lately.

With the Moto G9, the corporate has opted for flashy colors, and so that you get Sapphire Blue and Forest Inexperienced color choices. I had a Sapphire Blue unit for this assessment, and it grabs eyeballs very simply. It additionally has a gradient color end. The digital camera module is squarish and has three lenses plus the flash so you do not have a separate cutout for that. Proper beneath the digital camera module is the fingerprint scanner which has a matte end and contrasts properly with the shiny again. I discovered the fingerprint scanner to be properly positioned.

Moto G9 Specs and software program: New SoC and close to inventory Android

The Motorola Moto G9 is the primary smartphone in India to sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC. That is an octa-core processor constructed on an 11nm course of with 4 cores clocked at 2GHz and the opposite 4 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The efficiency cores run at a decrease clock velocity than these on the Snapdragon 665 SoC so it’s going to be fascinating to see the efficiency distinction if there’s any within the benchmarks.

The 6.5-inch show has an HD+ decision, which is not the highest at this value level, and rivals at across the identical value such because the Redmi Be aware 9 (Evaluate) do characteristic full-HD+ shows. There is a hybrid dual-SIM tray, so when you’ve got two SIMs within the system, you will not be capable to broaden storage, which could possibly be an issue for the reason that Moto G9 is just obtainable in a single configuration. You get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and it’s priced at Rs. 11,499.

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Motorola’s MyUX gives a near-stock Android expertise with some helpful options


Motorola gives MyUX on prime of Android 10, which has very minor customisations. It feels as if you’re utilizing inventory Android with a number of helpful options sprinkled on prime. Moto Actions allow you to execute sure shortcuts utilizing gestures. The Moto G9 makes use of swipe-based gesture navigation by default however you do get the choice to change to the standard three-button format should you aren’t comfy with that.

I had the July Android Safety patch on the assessment unit. Motorola has additionally included Moto Gametime which helps you to block calls, notifications, and sure Moto actions when you are gaming, to forestall distractions. I like that Motorola has saved preinstalled apps to a minimal, and also you solely get Fb preinstalled aside from some Google apps.

Moto G9 efficiency: Informal consumer’s delight

A brand new processor is all the time thrilling to check, so I used to be curious to see how the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC performs. I didn’t face any lag whereas going by the menus and loading inventory apps within the Android UI. I may additionally load a number of apps and multitask between them fairly simply. Nevertheless, loading heavier apps and video games took noticeably longer.

I ran a few benchmarks to see how the Motorola Moto G9 fares in comparison with a few of the different smartphones available in the market. In PCMark Work it scored 7,604 factors which is increased than the Nokia 5.Three with its Snapdragon 665 SoC. I couldn’t get AnTuTu to run on the Moto G9. By way of graphics, this telephone managed 49fps and 13fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex and Automotive Chase assessments respectively. One other competitor, the Redmi Be aware 9 managed higher CPU efficiency, however its graphics scores had been weaker in benchmarks in comparison with the Moto G9, however that could possibly be due to the distinction in show reolutions between these telephones.

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The Moto G9 is able to enjoying video games comparable to Asphalt 9: Legends and Name of Responsibility Cellular


Battery life with the Moto G9 was good, and the telephone lasted me a couple of day and a half with my utilization. The excessive capability battery does assist the Moto G9 get an edge over the Nokia 5.3. In our HD video loop check, the smartphone managed to go on for 14 hours and 40 minutes. Motorola ships a 20W quick charger within the field which helps cost the system comparatively shortly. The Moto G9 bought to 32 % in 30 minutes and 63 % in an hour. Charging it utterly took somewhat over two hours.

I performed Asphalt 9 on the Moto G9, and the sport took barely longer than ordinary to load. The graphics high quality was set to Default and I didn’t discover any lag within the races that I performed. Bumping the graphics as much as Excessive triggered a number of slowdowns. The telephone barely bought heat to the contact after enjoying for 20 minutes, and I noticed a four % drop within the battery stage.

Moto G9 cameras: First rate performer

I used to be somewhat stunned to see Motorola choosing a triple digital camera setup, contemplating that the majority smartphones at this value stage now sport 4 cameras, although their worth is debatable. The Moto G9 has a 48-megapixel main digital camera with an f/1.7 aperture, a 2-megapixel macro digital camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The 48-megapixel main digital camera makes use of pixel binning to ship 12-megapixel output by default. I might have most well-liked a wide-angle digital camera as an alternative of the macro digital camera, which might have been extra helpful.The digital camera app is properly laid out and I by no means needed to wrestle to search out the setting I used to be searching for. You get a number of taking pictures modes which can be neatly specified by a sub-menu.

I discovered the Moto G9 to be fast to recognise scenes and set the digital camera up, and it enabled HDR mechanically in vivid environments. It didn’t reproduce one of the best dynamic vary in photographs taken outdoor in daylight, however they got here out with good element. Textual content at a distance was recognisable.

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Moto G9 daylight digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


For close-ups, the Moto G9 was fast to focus and managed a shallow depth impact for the background. Edges had been properly outlined and the topic had good element.

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Moto G9 daylight close-up pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

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Moto G9 macro digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

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Moto G9 portrait pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


The macro digital camera has a 2-megapixel decision and allows you to get near the topic whereas taking pictures, for sharp ends in enough lighting situations. For portraits, the Moto G9 helps you to set the extent of blur earlier than taking a shot. Edge detection was superb, and images turned out crisp with sharp focus and good particulars.

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Moto G9 low-light pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

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Moto G9 Evening Mode pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


Low-light digital camera efficiency is beneath common although, and images seem darkish. Enabling Evening mode has a drastic affect on the digital camera efficiency, serving to the Moto G9 ship a lot brighter photographs with higher element. Having reviewed the Motorola One Fusion+ a number of months in the past, this was a sense of deja vu.

Selfies taken with the 8-megapixel entrance digital camera in daylight turned out properly. Low-light selfies shot beneath a road lamp appeared softened, with some grain seen on zooming in.

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Motorola Moto G9 daylight selfie pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

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Motorola Moto G9 low-light selfie pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


Video recording tops out at 1080p 60fps for the first digital camera and 1080p 30fps for the selfie shooter. Video stabilisation is obtainable, and the Moto G9 does a very good job in daylight. Stabilisation in low mild causes a noticeable shimmer impact within the output, which may have an effect on the usability of the footage.


The Moto G9 has been launched at Rs. 11,499 which is a aggressive value for what it gives. Motorola has bought the software program expertise proper with the Moto G9, and I wasn’t bothered by spammy notifications on this system. The brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC supplies first rate sufficient efficiency to maintain the typical consumer completely happy, but it surely may depart energy customers wanting for extra. I might have most well-liked a full-HD+ decision show, however only a few new smartphones now supply this at such a low value, with the Redmi Be aware 9 (Evaluate) being one such exception. If you’re searching for higher efficiency on a funds, you may take into account spending somewhat extra and going for the Realme 6i (Evaluate) as an alternative.


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