Following tradition, Motorola launched a new mid-range phone for those who don’t want to worry about the battery. The Moto G9 Power has 6,000 mAh, a promise of 60 hours of autonomy and a 6.8-inch screen. It shares a lot of details with the Moto G9 Play, but it has twice as much storage and a higher resolution camera.
With a launch price of R $ 1,899, Motorola’s launch is equipped with Snapdragon 662, a 64 megapixel camera with night vision mode and, of course, a charger included in the box. But does the battery really last? And performance, how is it? I used the Moto G9 Power as my main smartphone in the last few weeks and I count my impressions in this review.
Video review of the Moto G9 Power
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Design and canvas
The Moto G9 Power is a giant phone, even for those who are used to big screens: before it, the last phone that had been analyzed was the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Motorola didn’t skimp on the size of the 6.8 inch LCD panel, nor in the thickness of almost 10 mm to house the huge 6,000 mAh battery. The weight of 221 grams is also felt in the pants pocket at all times.
Instead of bringing a transparent plastic that tries to imitate glass, as in the other models of the line, the Moto G9 Power has a textured plastic back with lines and curves that reflect the light in a peculiar way. The grip is not the best, but the cover that comes with the product keeps the smartphone safe in your hands. The fingerprint reader is also at the rear, fast and accurate, with no surprises.
The screen of the Moto G9 Power is quite high, with a 20.5: 9 aspect ratio and standard edges in the category, which are not very thin and have a chin to break the symmetry of the design. It is only interrupted by a small hole in the upper left corner for the 16 megapixel selfie camera.
The image quality is reasonable. The brightness is not the strongest, but it allows a satisfactory view even in the sunlight. The black level is in line with what is expected for an IPS panel, but it is a little disappointing when looking at the AMOLED screens that the competition has been adopting in intermediate devices.
In addition, the resolution of 1640 × 720 pixels (that is, HD +) can be annoying on such a large display, especially considering that it is not difficult to find phones with 1080p screens in the same price range, such as the Samsung Galaxy M31. I also remember that the Moto G8 Power, predecessor launched in Brazil in March 2020, had a Full HD + screen, so there was an important drop between generations.
From the factory, the Moto G9 Power runs Android 10 with the same interface as other devices of the brand, with the Google package and some Motorola tools pre-installed, such as the App Box showcase, the Hello You community and the traditional application Moto, which brings together functions such as gestures to turn on the camera, the screen capture editor and an option to change the system icons and fonts.
Although Motorola’s Android appeals to me, it’s a shame that the company has lost one of its former strengths, which were promises of quick updates even on the Moto G line. According to Motorola, the Moto G9 Power will receive Android 11 in the coming months , but some relatively recent smartphones will be left out of the party, like the Moto G8 Plus, launched a year ago in late 2019.
As a rule, Motorola is only releasing an Android version update for the Moto G. So it’s good to not even try to find out what’s new with Android 12, because you’ll probably have to buy another device to try them out. I hope this changes.
Continuing the trend of multiple lenses, the Moto G9 Power brings together three cameras at the rear. I mean, more or less: the main sensor has a resolution of 64 megapixels and comes with a lens with an aperture of f / 1.7 that creates good expectations, but the rest of the set consists of a depth sensor and a 2 macro camera megapixels that have already been criticized for their low quality. I comment more on this, but I add that there were not many changes in the scenario.
The main camera takes good pictures for an intermediate phone. When the lighting is favorable, the dynamic range is satisfactory, the noise is low and the level of detail pleases, without exaggerating the sharpness filter as some competitors do. The Quad Pixel sensor brings together four pixels in one, which means that you will have photos up to 16 megapixels in standard mode. It is possible to activate the Ultra-Res function, which saves 64 megapixel images, but processing takes a long time and the gains are not worth it.
Indoors, with artificial lighting, the definition drops a lot even with a large aperture lens: finer details are lost and noise in shaded areas begins to emerge. But the quality remains as expected for a new device in this category – it is only disappointing if you compare it with a top-of-the-line generation, which has already devalued a lot in retail.
Night Vision mode does the job of taking a night photo with controlled noise, but I maintain my criticism of Motorola’s post-processing, which over-saturates colors and exaggerates the exposure: sometimes a night feels like a late afternoon , from so much gain in shadows and contrast. Anyway, the result should please most people, especially those who will only view the photos in small size on their Instagram.
And the macro camera? Well, it’s still pretty bad. Motorola insists on this 2 megapixel sensor so much that it makes it look like it is only there to fulfill the table and increase the number of holes in the back of the most affordable cell phones. Despite having the advantage of focusing at a shorter distance, the f / 2.4 aperture lens does not help much in the definition and dynamic range of the image, capturing images with bursting and noisy points of light. Users would probably be happier with an ultrawide lens.
The 16-megapixel front camera does not disappoint. The selfies are detailed and the colors are pleasing for the balance in the tones. Even in indoor environments, the results are still good, without such a huge increase in noise and with a portrait mode doing a good job in cutting out the subject to blur the background.
Hardware and battery
The hardware of the Moto G9 Power tends to offer results similar to those of the Moto G9 Play, which is equipped with the same Snapdragon 662 processor and 4 GB of RAM. It’s weird to say that about a Qualcomm 600 series chip, which until recently would be inside a premium intermediary, but the Moto G9 Power’s engine delivers basic performance, with some choking here and there when many apps are open, though nothing too serious.
Everyday applications, like Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, run without complaint, as it should be on any cell phone. Games with heavier graphics, such as Asphalt 9, they even run at maximum on the Adreno 610 GPU, but the result is worse than Cyberpunk 2077 on the PlayStation 4 Slim. It is better to set expectations and reduce settings to obtain more fluidity throughout the game.
Looking at the half-full glass, Motorola included an NFC chip to make payments by approximation through Google Pay, a feature that was absent in the Moto G9 Play and even in some more expensive products in the One line, such as the Motorola One Fusion +. In times of a pandemic, this is the type of resource that should be reinforced in all price ranges, and it is good to see that it is here. I also like the 128 GB of storage, which is becoming standard on phones in this category.
The battery, which is the main attraction of the Moto G9 Power and was reinforced in the name of the product, surprised me (and look, I had high expectations). As I spend more time at home and using my cell phone less, I have spent three days without charging the 6,000 mAh component, with just over 12 hours of screen usage. The battery percentage takes so long to drop that I even thought the charge indicator was buggy.
In the quarantine pattern, with three hours of Netflix, one hour of web browsing and half an hour of Asphalt 9, with Wi-Fi and maximum brightness, the Moto G9 Power’s battery went from 100% to 56%, an excellent result. In practice, most people should only charge the device every other day. The 20-watt TurboPower plug adapter, included in the box, fueled the smartphone from 3% to 100% in exactly 2h31min.
The Moto G9 Power is a smartphone clearly focused on those who do not want to worry about battery and fulfills this role well. In practice, for most users, the autonomy can be even greater than the 60 hours promised by Motorola and, if you are not the type of user that usually plays on your cell phone, you will almost certainly only have to look for the charger once. every two or three days.
But it is clear that Motorola could have done a better job on several points. The main rival in the price range is the Galaxy M31, which has similar performance and the same battery capacity, but brings a Full HD + AMOLED panel and a more useful optical set: there is a 5 megapixel macro camera at Samsung, but also a lens ultrawide for shooting landscapes.
The Motorola option makes sense for those who put the screen size first, as it is difficult to compete with the 6.8-inch battery-powered Moto G. If I liked the Moto G9 Power? I loved it: cell phones with a lot of autonomy always give me that freedom to walk around without even thinking about cable, charger or power bank. But you can’t go without looking at the competition.
Moto G9 Power
- Battery for more than one day
- Main camera takes good photos within the category
- Performance does not disappoint in everyday life
- Plenty of storage capacity
- NFC was not left out
- Motorola, give up the 2 megapixel macro camera, please
- Updates policy has worsened over time
- Screen could have higher resolution
- Screen: 6.8-inch IPS LCD with HD + resolution (1640 × 720 pixels);
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 octa-core up to 2.0 GHz with Adreno 610 graphics chip;
- RAM: 4 GB;
- Internal storage: 128 GB (with microSD input up to 512 GB);
- Frontal camera: 16 megapixels (f / 2.2);
- Triple rear camera:
- Main: 64 megapixels (f / 1.7);
- Macro: 2 megapixels (f / 2.4);
- Depth sensor: 2 megapixels (f / 2.4);
- LED flash, Full HD video recording at 60 fps;
- Drums: 6,000 mAh with 20 watt TurboPower charging;
- Connections: 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 / a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, FM radio, 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB-C;
- Sensors: accelerometer, proximity, gyroscope, ambient light, fingerprint reader (rear)
- Operational system: Android 10 with promise to upgrade to Android 11
- Dimensions and weight: 174.2 × 76.8 × 9.7 mm, 221 grams.