What is the difference between Moto G8 and Moto G9? | Cell phone

The Moto G9 is a mid-range Motorola phone announced in India in August 2020 to replace the Moto G8. Among the improvements in the technical file, is the greater battery capacity and the addition of a main sensor of 48 MP in the rear camera. But there are a few points … Disappointing. No wonder, the model with the same specifications as the Moto G9 (India) arrived in Brazil as Moto G9 Play (the most basic of the family) – yes, it is the same product, only with the absence in the NFC in the Brazilian version.

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To find out, in detail, what changes from Moto G8 to Moto G9, see the comparison that we set up below.

What changes from Moto G8 to Moto G9?

The return of the screen with drop-shaped notch

The Moto G8 differed from its predecessor, the Moto G7, due to the screen with a hole to house the front camera. But in the ninth generation, drop-shaped notch is back.

In both cases, Motorola is betting on solutions to make the edges of cell phones thinner and provide greater immersion when watching movies and series, or playing games. It should be noted that not all applications adapt well to this format.

Motorola Moto G8

Moto G8 has hole in the screen for front camera

The size is very similar – 6.4 ”on the Moto G8 and 6.5” on the Moto G9, and they also have the same HD + resolution, which is below what is recommended for mobile phone standards in 2020, even more with screens above 6 inches.


Motorola has changed the way the rear cameras in the Moto G family have changed again. While the Moto G8 brought the lenses vertically, the ninth generation has a square frame, more in line than we saw with the Motorola One Zoom – but now the then it is outside that area, below the lens

Motorola launches Moto G9 in India (Photo: Disclosure / Motorola)

Moto G9 has square frame to group rear lenses

The color options also change: blue and green for the Moto G9, and blue and white for the Moto G8. In Brazil, there is also a pink version for the Moto G9 (Play).


Both smartphones have a triple rear camera. However, the Moto G9 has a main sensor of 48 megapixels, against the 16 MP of the previous generation. Anyone who likes to take pictures of landscapes may be disappointed with the Moto G9, as it loses the ultra-wide lens (we only have a macro lens and a depth sensor, for portrait mode, with 2 MP).

On the Moto G8, the macro camera was already present, but the model also had the lens with a 118º angle to fit more scenery or people in the photo.

Photo registered with Motorola Moto G8

Moto G8 wide angle

Oh, and the Moto G9 also loses the ability to shoot in 4K – the maximum is 1080p @ 60 fps.

Increased battery capacity

The Moto G8 had a battery of 4,000 mAh, which is already considered a good capacity for ordinary users to spend the whole day away from the outlets. On the Moto G9, things tend to get even better, since the battery has 5,000 mAh. The promise is energy for up to two days without recharging.

In addition, Moto G9 supports chargers up to 20 watts, while Moto G8 is at 10 watts.

Processor and NFC

The Moto G9 has the Snapdragon 662 processor, which has the same GPU as the Snapdragon 665 present in the Moto G8 (the Adreno 610), but brings some extras for photography, allowing, for example, a smooth transition between the lenses of the triple camera. The CPU has eight cores running at up to 2 GHz.

Motorola Moto G9 (Photo: Disclosure / Motorola)

Moto G9 in blue and green variants

Another increase is the NFC, present only in the Moto G9 in India. The feature makes it possible to make payments by approximation, but it did not reach the Brazilian version (the Moto G9 Play).

What remains the same among the models of the Moto G family?

Selfie Camera

Starting with the similarities between the models, we have in both generations the selfies camera with 8 MP and f / 2.2 lens aperture. Tecnoblog’s tests with the Moto G8 revealed satisfactory results for the segment, as you can see below.

Selfie registered with Motorola Moto G8

Selfie registered with Moto G8

RAM and storage

Both phones also have the same amount of RAM and should have similar fluidity when executing files. With 4 GB, you shouldn’t experience crashes or choking easily on everyday tasks.

It is clear that the optimization of the Moto G9 system can bring some differences – for better or worse -, but the set is likely to be very similar to that of the Moto G8.

In addition, storage remains: 64 GB internal to store photos, videos, apps and other files. You can also expand the memory via microSD in both cases.

Operational system

Finally, launched in the same year, both phones have Android 10 – a version that is no longer the latest in Google’s system (Android 11 was announced a few days ago and both phones are expected to receive updates soon).

It is worth remembering that the conventional Moto G9 has no forecast for launch in Brazil – here, Motorola announced two models of the ninth generation of the Moto G family: the Moto G9 Play (which has the same specifications as the Moto G9 in India) and the Moto G9 Plus, which arrive with prices of up to R $ 2,499.

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