What is the difference between Moto G9, G9 Play and G9 Plus? | Cell phone

The Moto G9 line arrived in Brazil in September 2020 with two models: the Moto G9 Play and the Moto G9 Plus. With a price of R $ 1,599, the most basic (Play) has practically the same specifications as the Moto G9 (conventional) launched in India in late August. The Moto G9 Plus is the most advanced model – with the largest screen ever seen on the line.

To know everything that changes (and what is the same) between Moto G9, Moto G9 Play and Moto G9 Plus, follow the comparison below.

Moto G9 line price

The first difference between the models is, of course, the launch price. In Brazil, we are as follows:

  • Moto G9 Play: R $ 1,599
  • Moto G9 Plus: R $ 2,499

So far, no sign of a “Power” model or a surname here.

Different fabric and design

Resolution and notch

Motorola Moto G9 Play

Moto G9 Play

The Moto G9 (India) and Moto G9 Play have the same 6.5-inch screen with HD + resolution. This is a configuration below expectations for a smartphone above R $ 1,000 in 2020.

In turn, the Moto G9 Plus has a 6.8-inch Full HD + panel, which in addition to higher resolution has HDR10 support for more faithful colors and better contrasts.

Motorola Moto G9 Plus

Moto G9 Plus

The displays differ in design: while the Moto G9 (India) and the Moto G9 Play have drop-shaped notch, reminiscent of the Moto G7 line, the Moto G9 Plus brings the hole in the screen to house the front camera, a standard that has become popular in the smartphone industry.

Fingerprint and color reader position

The differences also appear on the back of smartphones. While the Moto G9 (and the “Play”) have a square module centered on the top, the Moto G9 Plus features the left-aligned quad camera.

Both have the Motorola logo on the back, but in the “Plus” version it does not hide the digital reader – the sensor is now on the side. In the conventional and Play models, the component is under the brand “M”.

Motorola Moto G9 Play

Moto G9 Play in pink

As for the colors, we have green and blue for the Moto G9 and Moto G9 Play – the latter is still found in a pink version in Brazil. The Moto G9 Plus has models in rose gold and blue.

Triple or quadruple camera

Whoever chooses the Moto G9 Plus will have greater versatility for shooting, since the smartphone has four cameras at the rear: in addition to the main sensor of 64 MP, there is an ultra-wide lens (8 MP), a macro lens (2 MP) and a depth sensor (2 MP).

In Moto G9 (India) and Moto G9 Play, the camera is triple. In addition to losing the ultra-wide-angle lens, smartphones also suffer a reduction in the number of megapixels of the main sensor, which changes to 48 MP.

Selfies and video recording

In selfies, the “Plus” comes out ahead again with a 16 MP sensor (f / 2.0), while the conventional model and the “Play” have the same 8 MP (f / 2.2).

Video recording also changes, reaching 4K @ 30 fps (rear) on the Moto G9 Plus – on the other two smartphones, the maximum is 1080p @ 60 fps.

Processor and storage

The change in storage and processor may be largely responsible for the Moto G9 Plus price increase: the smartphone comes with a Snapdragon 700 series chip (the SD 730G), up to 2.2 GHz octa-core, manufactured in process 8 nm.

It is a processor that offers 57% more performance and 20% more energy efficiency compared to the Moto G8 Plus (Snapdragon 665).

Motorola Moto G9 (Photo: Disclosure / Motorola)

Conventional Moto G9 (India)

As in the Moto G9 and Moto G9 Play the processor is the same Snapdragon 662 that has reuslted very similar to the SD 665, the superiority of the Moto G9 Plus also applies to these models.

The internal memory of the Moto G9 Plus is 128 GB – against 64 GB in the other two models. There is the possibility of expansion via microSD in all of them.

Fast charging and NFC

Although the three cell phones have a 5,000 mAh battery, they differ in fast charging. While the less robust versions are powered by 20 W TurboPower, the “Plus” reaches 30 W.

The NFC feature, which allows payment by approximation, is present in the Moto G9 Plus and Moto G9 (India), but Motorola removed this function from the Moto G9 Play – it is basically the only difference between this model and the conventional one.

What remains the same for the three models of the Moto G9 line?

In common, Moto G9, Moto G9 Play and Moto G9 Plus have the factory operating system (Android 10), with a guaranteed version update – that is, until the recently launched Android 11 -, and quarterly security fixes for two years.

Smartphones also share the same amount of RAM (4 GB), which is enough to prevent choking on everyday tasks. For those who don’t give up wired headsets, Motorola maintains the P2 (3.5 mm) jack on the Moto G9 family models.

Moto G9 line technical sheet

Moto G9 Play Moto G9 Moto G9 Plus
Price in Brazil R $ 1,599 R $ 2,499
Screen 6.5 ”HD IPS LCD (1600 x 720 pixels) 6.5 ”HD IPS LCD (1600 x 720 pixels) LTPS IPS LCD 6.8 ”Full HD + (2400 x 1080 pixels) HDR10
Processor Snapdragon 662 (octa-core up to 2 GHz) with Adreno 610 GPU Snapdragon 662 (octa-core up to 2 GHz) with Adreno 610 GPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G (2.2 GHz octa-core) with Adreno 618 GPU
RAM memory 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB
Storage 64 GB (expandable via microSD) 64 GB (expandable via microSD) 128 GB (expandable via microSD)
Frontal camera 8 MP (f / 2.2) 8 MP (f / 2.2) 16 MP (f / 2.0)
Back camera 48 MP + 2 MP (macro) + 2 MP (depth) 48 MP + 2 MP (macro) + 2 MP (depth) 64 MP + 8 MP (ultra-wide) + 2 MP (macro) + 2 MP (depth)
Drums 5,000 mAh, 20 W fast charging 5,000 mAh, 20 W fast charging 5,000 mAh, 30 W fast charge
Weight 200 g 200 g 223 grams
Dimensions 165.2 x 75.7 x 9.2 mm 165.2 x 75.7 x 9.2 mm 170 x 78.1 x 9.7 mm
Connections USB-C, headphone jack (3.5mm) USB-C, headphone jack (3.5mm) USB-C, headphone jack (3.5mm)
Operational system Android 10 Android 10 Android 10
Extras Fingerprint reader at the rear NFC and fingerprint reader at the rear NFC and fingerprint reader on the side
Colors Green, blue and pink Green and blue Rose gold and blue

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