The affordable market segment is going through an upheaval post the recent GST Hike and pandemic-induced disruption. To adjust to these new circumstances, manufactures are quickly refreshing their portfolios. And while the dust settles down, it has become really confusing for consumers to narrow down on any particular option in the Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 segment.
Motorola recently stepped in and launched a surprisingly aggressive moto g9 – a phone designed for India and 100% made in India. Continuing the legacy of Moto g-series, this one aims to deliver a meaningful, quality experience that goes beyond the raw specs.
Before we stack the moto g9 against the existing competition, let’s talk about a few reasons why the moto g9 stands out.
Moto G9 Highlights
- Dependable performer:At a time where most OEMs are switching to lower-cost MediaTek chips, moto g9 becomes the first phone in India to bring in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 662 – and that too at a very competitive price. The Snapdragon 662 is a more optimized version of Snapdragon 665 with several optimizations and refinements and is aided by 4GB RAM and 64GB storage on the moto g9. The resultant performance is quite impressive for the price.
- Quality display:The moto g9 has a well-calibrated IPS LCD panel with narrow bezels on all sides. While HD+ resolution is the new standard for phones under 13k, Motorola optimizes the display for deeper blacks and sharper texts, and consequently, the immersive screen feels crispier than conventional HD plus alternatives.
- Clean software:It’s not easy to get the software right, particularly on the affordable phones where OEMs often resort to irksome ads and bloatware to make up for the razor-thin margins. Indeed, clean and tasteful software is a luxury as of today and that’s precisely what moto g9 brings to the table for a very aggressive price.
- Amazing camera: The 48MP primary camera on the moto g9 has quad-pixel technology and is aided by a class-leading F 1.7 aperture lens and an intelligent Night vision mode. The camera can gather an incredible amount of light and the sheer amount of details it reproduces even in low light and night time shots are impressive. The Macro Vision camera lets one get 4x closer to the subject to capture remarkable details. The camera can intelligently detect scenes and make appropriate recommendations. The excellent Portrait mode, fun Cinemagraph, and spot color mode are other features to look forward to.
- Battery convenience: The moto g9 has a very assuring 5000mAh battery and Motorola isn’t skimping on fast charging either. A 20W turbocharger is bundled within a box, and the combo is good enough to drive all sorts of battery anxiety out the window.
Now let’s discuss how the Moto G9 compares against other prominent phones out there:
moto g9 vs Realme Narzo 10
Priced at Rs 11, 999, the Realme Narzo 10 is slightly more expensive than the moto g9 (Rs 11,499). Both of these phones have HD+ resolution, but Motorola optimizes the display to appear a bit sharper.
Realme Narzo 10 is powered by MediaTek’s Helio G80(12nm) chipset while the moto g9 is the first phone in the world to employ Snapdragon 662 that’s also based on a more power-efficient 11nm process. Motorola further has the advantage of a cleaner, lighter stock Android software that’s free of ads and bloatware.
Both of these phones have 5000mAh battery, but the moto G9 benefits from faster 20W Turbocharging (as compared to 18W on Narzo 10).
Realme Narzo 10 and moto g9 have 48MP primary rear cameras, but the moto g9 benefits from a wider f/1.7 aperture lens and thus is able to capture more light and retain finer details.
The moto g9 additionally includes NFC and dual-band Wi-Fi which are essential advantages for people interested in connected IoT ecosystem products. It also comes with a dedicated Google Assistant button that comes in very handy for controlling smart home devices like Android TVs, smart bulbs, and such.
moto g9 vs Vivo Y20 and Y20i
Once again the moto g9 benefits from its better chipset. The Snapdragon 662 powering the phone is superior to the Snapdragon 460 used on the two Y20 series phones of which the Y20i comes only with 3GB RAM.
Also, the g9’s more competitive SoC has to drive relatively cleaner stock Android software that’s spiced up with moto actions and gestures.
Vivo Y20 and Y20i have the regular micro USB port and support only 18W fast charging. The moto g9 has a faster USB Type-C port and also offers faster (20W) charging speed using the box charging adaptor.
Moto g9 comes with a 48MP primary camera and a class-leading f/1.7 aperture vs 13MP, f/1.8 on Vivo Y20. The g9 also comes with Night Vision technology that delivers exceptional pictures in low light!
All of the three phones have 6.5-inch HD+ displays. The moto g9 additionally includes NFC and a dedicated Google Assistant button.
The Moto g9 is the clear winner here with multiple advantages even when it also costs significantly lesser than Vivo Y20 (Rs 12,999) and the same as Vivo Y20 (Rs 11,490).
moto g9 vs Oppo A53
Both the Oppo A53 and Moto G9 have 6.5-inch HD+ displays. The Oppo A53 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 460 which is a few rung below the Snapdragon 662 on the moto g9.
Both of these phones have 5000mAh batteries, but moto g9 benefits from faster 20W charging (vs 18W on Oppo A53). It also gets leaner stock Android 10 software, NFC support, and a dedicated Google Assistant button.
The moto g9 includes a 48MP primary camera with a wide F/1.7 aperture lens that can capture exceptional details even in tricky lighting. The camera is further backed by capable image processing software. The Oppo A53, on the other hand, falls short with its 13MP primary camera and f/2.2 aperture lens.
Interestingly, even with several advantages, the moto g9 costs a good Rs 1500 lesser than the Oppo A53 (Rs 12,999).
moto g9 vs Nokia 5.3
This one is between two stock Android phones. The Nokia 5.3 is powered by last years’ Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core chipset and the moto g9 is powered by the latest Snapdragon 662. Now, the CPU and GPU speeds are the same for both of these chipsets, but Snapdragon 662 comes with improvements on other fronts such as a better WiFi chip, Global positioning with L1+L5 support and improvements in the image processing unit.
Both of these phones have HD+ displays. The moto g9 gains significant lead when it comes to battery performance. Not only does the g9 have a significantly bigger battery (5000mAh vs 4000mAh) it offers 100 percent faster charging speeds (20W vs 10W).
And the moto g9 also has a camera advantage. It’s 48MP primary rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and Night vision technology topples the 13MP, f/1.8 shooter on the Nokia 5.3.
Priced at 13,999, the Nokia 5.2 is significantly expensive than the moto g9 that offers better features.
Moto g9: The best phone under Rs 13,000
Moto g9 offers better hardware, better software, and better experience than most other phones in its league and thus makes a great recommendation. It delivers best-in-class performance, camera, battery, and display with the signature Motorola stock Android experience!
You can buy moto g9 on Flipkart starting from Monday, August 31 onwards in Forest Green and Sapphire Blue colors for Rs 11,499.
Motorola is further offering an Instant Discount of Rs 500 as an introductory offer. This makes Moto g9 unbelievably attractive buy with an effective price of Rs.10,999. Grab it while stocks last!