Review Motorola Moto G9 Plus: big screen and premium experience [análise/vídeo]

The Moto G family has changed a lot in recent years. If the first model in the line had the appeal of an affordable price, today the focus is on the premium experience – or something close to that. At least this is the initial impression that the Motorola Moto G9 Plus transmits.

Launched in September 2020 in Brazil, the model features a 6.8-inch big screen, Snapdragon 730G chip, 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and 5,000 mAh battery, as well as four cameras at the rear, the main one with 64 megapixels.

Is it worth paying the suggested price of R $ 2,499 for this set? And the screen, is that all? Does the battery last long? Does the Snapdragon 730G offer good performance? This is what you will discover from now on.

Video review of Motorola Moto G9 Plus

Ethics notice

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No company, manufacturer or store has paid the Tecnoblog to produce this content. Our reviews are not reviewed or approved by external agents. The Moto G9 Plus was provided by Motorola on loan. The product will be returned to the company after testing.

Design, finish and audio

Isn’t it that Motorola learned to make beautiful phones? The Moto G9 Plus is a good example, although the design itself does not bring anything new: the model has a clean look and follows the trend of the rear cameras positioned inside a block aligned to the left.

What attracts the eye is the blue metallic finish (there is also a “rose gold” version). Seriously, live, this color is beautiful! But it should be clear that the back cover is plastic and can be easily scratched, so the use of a cape is mandatory – the device comes with a silicone in the packaging.

On the right side, we find the volume controls and, further down, the on / off button integrated with the fingerprint reader which, by the way, is quite fast. And because the Moto G9 Plus is large, it is easier to reach the sensor in the position it is in. This button also has a function that I will cover in the software topic.

Motorola Moto G9 Plus - fingerprint reader

On the other side is the hybrid chip drawer (for two SIM cards or a SIM card plus a microSD) and, as a free gift, the physical button that activates the Google Assistant. Unfortunately, it is not possible to configure this button for other functions.

Motorola Moto G9 Plus - drawer

On the other hand, Motorola has not repeated the mistake made with the One Fusion, which has the audio output at the rear. On the Moto G9 Plus, the speaker is downstairs, as tradition dictates, next to the USB-C port.

Motorola Moto G9 Plus - bottom

Just don’t expect a great sound experience. The volume is good, but the sound distorts at most. Headphones will be your friends here. The smartphone has a type connection at the top and is accompanied by in-ear headphones that guarantee fun.

Motorola Moto G9 Plus

Screen

At 6.8 inches in size, the screen fulfills the role of the most striking item on the Moto G9 Plus. It is an LTPS panel with full HD + resolution, 20: 9 format and HDR10 that displays strong colors and has high maximum brightness.

Consequently, watching videos or playing games are very enjoyable activities here. You can notice some loss of tone when viewing from different angles, but very discreet compared to simpler LCD panels.

Motorola Moto G9 Plus - notch

The use of space is also good. Merit, in part, of the circular notch positioned on the left. Okay, the edges around the screen are a little generous, but as the device is huge, it turns out to be no big problem.

Software

Of the brands active in Brazil, the one that offers the best software currently on Android phones is Samsung, in my opinion. But Motorola’s software is not to be thrown away, no. The Moto G9 Plus comes with Android 10 and a well-organized interface with little perfumery.

It is nothing that we do not already know, but that does not take away points. The good old Moto Actions, for example, is here. This attribute allows you to trigger certain functions with gestures. My favorite is the one that activates the flashlight when the cell phone is shaken twice in a row.

Another classic but welcome feature is the mode that replaces Android’s navigation buttons with a gesture-driven bar. At first, you get a little lost with it, but soon you get the hang of it and realize that this feature is quite practical.

Motorola Moto G9 Plus - software

There is also an extra function called Interactive Screen that can be very useful: it displays a bar with six apps (chosen by you) on the right side when you double tap the power button (you have to tap, not press).

I said earlier that this device has little perfumery. But what little you have is a little bit bothering. I’m talking about Hello You, an application that recommends news, videos, games and podcasts. It’s really cool. The problem is that the app displays too many notifications and cannot be removed, only disabled.

Cameras

The Moto G9 Plus comes with four cameras at the rear. From top to bottom, the first is an 8 megapixel and 118 degree wide angle, the second is the 64 megapixel main and the third has a 2 megapixel depth sensor. Finally, the isolated camera on the side has a macro function and, again, a 2 megapixel sensor.

Motorola Moto G9 Plus - cameras

Definitely, the number of cameras – and megapixels – is not synonymous with quality. The Moto G9 Plus cameras are not bad, but they do not impress at all.

The principal fulfills its role well. The colors are realistic, the level of detail is high, the shadow areas are not too dark and the noise is well controlled. This is probably the effect of the quad pixel, which combines four pixels into one. I liked the results.

The wide angle, I liked it a little less. It does a decent job and generates slightly warmer images compared to the main camera, but the definition drops noticeably, especially in dark spots.

Photo made with Moto G9 Plus

Main

Photo made with Moto G9 Plus

Wide angle

Photo made with Moto G9 Plus

Main

Photo made with Moto G9 Plus

Wide angle

Photo made with Moto G9 Plus

Main

Photo made with Moto G9 Plus

Wide angle

Photo made with Moto G9 Plus

Main

Photo made with Moto G9 Plus

Wide angle

In turn, the depth camera works with the main camera in portrait mode. It also does its job well and is able to blur the background relatively quickly, although the blur may have some flaws at the edges if you bring the phone closer to the object in the foreground, even if just a little.

Photo made with Moto G9 Plus

Now, I must warn you that the macro camera is dull. Focusing with it requires patience and the results are not exciting – photos often lack definition, even in good lighting conditions.

Photo taken with Moto G9 Plus - macro

Photo taken with Moto G9 Plus - macro

Still in terms of the camera, Motorola highlights Night Vision, a way that improves night shots emphasizing colors and details – this functionality has appeared in several current devices of the brand. It works, but don’t expect incredible results. Even with this feature, images recorded at night can have definition problems.

Photo made with Moto G9 Plus

With Night Vision

Photo made with Moto G9 Plus

Without Night Vision

Finally, we have the front camera. It has a 16 megapixel sensor that does not disappoint. Here, the selfies are very detailed and the coloring is decent. Indoors, these parameters are somewhat impaired, yet the camera is able to deliver satisfactory results.

Selfie made with Moto G9 Plus

Selfie made with Moto G9 Plus

Performance and battery

It wouldn’t be (too) weird if Motorola promoted the Moto G9 Plus as an “intermediary gamer smartphone”. The device comes with the Snapdragon 730G, an octa-core chip that brings a slightly “turbocharged” Adreno 618 GPU to deliver up to 15% more performance compared to the Snadragon 730.

But the company did not resort to the “gamer intermediary” argument, perhaps because the device comes with 4 GB of RAM instead of 6 GB. In any case, the Moto G9 Plus is consistent in performance.

All tested applications (Chrome, social networks, Google Earth, Netflix, Spotify, among others) ran without crashes, delayed opening or slow switching between them.

Moto G9 Plus - screen

In games, can you notice any difference? Look, the Snapdragon 730G showed signs that it can face almost any game, but with intermediate or automatic graphics settings. Games like Breakneck run well with maximum graphics, but others, like Real Racing 3, have a reduction in the frame rate in the busiest scenes.

The Moto G9 Plus is not a thin device, no. it is 9.7 mm thick. This is a consequence of the 5,000 mAh battery, probably. Thanks to this capability, the model can easily and easily stay a day and a half or two out of the socket.

For the tests, I played a 2h30min video of Prime Video in full screen and maximum brightness, half an hour of Breakneck and Real Racing 3 (added), 1h30min of social networks and Chrome (added), one hour of Spotify via speaker and a 10 minute call.

I performed the tests in the course of a day. At around 22:00, the battery still had 54% charge (I started at 100%). It is a very interesting result for a phone with a large screen and full HD + resolution.

There’s more: thanks to the 30 W charger that comes with the Moto G9 Plus, the recharge time from 9% to 100% was just 1h10min. For a 5,000 mAh battery, it’s a great average.

Is the Moto G9 Plus worth it?

Testing the Moto G9 Plus was a truly peaceful experience. The device has a wide screen, the performance is consistent, the finish is presentable, the battery is beautiful in autonomy and the software is interesting, despite bringing little news.

Could the model deliver more? It did. It would be great to find an OLED panel here, for example, but I have to admit that the Moto G9 Plus has a very good LCD. 6 GB of RAM would make the model follow the current trend of premium categories, however, the 4 GB available will do the job.

Motorola Moto G9 Plus - cover art

In the summary of the opera, what compromises the Moto G9 Plus is not a technical factor, but the suggested price of R $ 2,499. This is a very high value, even with the current dollar scenario at the height. For that price, it’s much more business to take the Galaxy S10 Lite, for example. Samsung’s model wins in cameras, screen and processing.

The old rule of waiting for “less worse” prices then applies. In the current circumstances, I would not pay more than $ 2,000 through this Motorola intermediary. And look there.

Motorola Moto G9 Plus

Pros

  • Big screen
  • Consistent performance
  • Beautiful finish
  • Battery with great autonomy
  • Comes with fast charger (30 W)

Cons

  • Weak macro camera
  • Speaker just ok

Technical specifications

  • Screen: 6.8-inch LTPS LCD with Full HD + resolution (2400 × 1080 pixels), HDR10 and 20: 9 format
  • Processor: octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G up to 2.2 GHz with Adreno 618 GPU
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB expandable with microSD up to 512 GB
  • Frontal camera: 16 megapixels (f / 2.0)
  • Rear camera:
    • Main: 64 megapixel, f / 1.8
    • Wide angle: 8 megapixels, f / 2.2 and 118 degrees
    • Macro: 2 megapixels (f / 2.2
    • Depth: 2 megapixels, f / 2.2
    • Macro: 2 megapixels, f / 2.2
  • Drums: 5,000 mAh with 30 W TurboPower charging
  • Connectivity: 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS, Glonass, Galileo, connection for headphones, FM radio and NFC
  • Sensors: fingerprint on the side, proximity, gyroscope, accelerometer, brightness
  • Others: physical button for Google Assistant, indigo blue and rose gold
  • Operational system: Android 10
  • Dimensions: 170 × 78.1 × 9.7 mm
  • Weight: 223 grams

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