Moto G9 Plus: Review, Price in India, Specifications - Everything You Need

Karamchand Rameshwar - Mar 06, 2021

Moto G9 Plus: Review, Price in India, Specifications - Everything You Need

Motorola Moto G9 Plus is a mid-range smartphone that shines with a large display, 64MP quad rear cameras, and a very beefy battery.

Earlier this year, Motorola released several mid-range smartphones like the Moto G9 Play, Moto G9, Moto One Fusion+, and more. But the most notable model should be the Moto G9 Plus. The device is an affordable smartphone that offers everything a regular user needs: a large screen, a beefy battery, a decent chipset, and a 64MP quad-rear camera setup. The handset is yet to reach India, but its expected Moto G9 Plus price in India is around Rs. 20,000.

Motorola G9 Plus Review
Sadly, the Moto G9 Plus is yet to come to India.

Overall, the Moto G9 Plus is a good option. It has a decent performance, a bright and accurate display, and an excellent battery life. The cameras do have some issues that need some works, but still acceptable. The major issue of this mid-range smartphone is its massive size, which might be an issue for users with small hands. If you are interested in this phone, check out our Moto G9 Plus review for further details.

Moto G9 Plus Review: Display

On the front, the handset rocks a massive 6.8-inch display. I would say it is not really different from other LCD panels that the brand puts on other affordable and mid-range phones. With a Full-HD+ resolution, it is just okay in terms of overall color reproduction and sharpness.

Motorola Moto G9 Plus Review
The Moto G9 Plus display is very large.

The color reproduction of the display is quite accurate. You can use the phone under direct sunlight thanks to the nearly 600 nits maximum brightness. Its viewing angles are also pretty okay and we didn’t see the motion blur that is often seen on LCD panels. We would suggest you pick the “Natural” screen color mode as it helps display accurate and warm colors. 

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Moto G9 Plus Review: Performance

Thanks to the mid-range Snapdragon 730G, the Moto G9 Plus’ performance is comparable with other smartphones in the segment. It is certainly not as snappy as flagship smartphones with flagship chipsets like the Snapdragon 855 or 865, but aside from a bit longer loading time or the lack of 5G support, I’m quite satisfied with the performance of the Snapdragon 730G on the G9 Plus. 

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The Moto G9 Plus' performance is on par with other phones in the segment.

As for gaming, the device does a good job with 3D gaming, but you should not expect to get high fps. The phone remained cool during my gaming session, but it could get warm if you spend too much time on gaming.

There is only 4GB RAM available on the phone, I feel like that is not enough anymore, especially if you switch between apps regularly. You will have 128GB storage, which is already plenty, but there is a microSD card slot for you to expand it even more.

Moto G9 Plus Review: Battery

This is where the phone shines. Its beefy 5,000 mAh battery, paired with the efficient Snapdragon 730G, delivers an amazing battery life you could get at the price point. During the time with the phone, I could use it for easily two days without having to charge it. Our battery test is also in line with my personal experience: the handset lasted 12 hours and 40 minutes of web browsing, 11 hours of watching YouTube videos, and 6 hours and 20 minutes of gaming. 

Not only having a long battery life, but the G9 Plus also charges very fast too. Its 30W Turbo Power charging technology charges the 5,000 mAh battery from 0 to 100 percent in around 81 minutes. Overall, you won’t be disappointed with this smartphone when it comes to battery life or fast charging.

Moto G9 Plus Review: Camera

On the rear, the device is equipped with a quad-camera lens cluster, including a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle shooter, and two 2MP units for macro and portrait shots. They support usual camera features from Motorola like Spot Color, Cinemagraph, Cutout, and more.

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64MP quad rear cameras.

The primary camera isn’t great, but acceptable if you take the price of this phone into consideration. It delivers decent dynamic range and detail, but colour of the photos tends to be pale and not punchy, making them seem lifeless. 

As for the 8MP ultra-wide snapper, we don’t have lots of expectations for it, except for decent performance in day-light conditions. However, the photos taken from the ultra-wide camera are muddy, soft, and lack details. One good thing is that the HDR seems to be doing a good job of balancing out the shadows and highlights. 

As for low-light photography, the handset comes with a dedicated Night Vision mode, and we advise you to use it and in return, you will get decent photos.

The 16MP selfie camera is pretty decent in comparison to other phones in its price point. Selfies are generally detailed and sharp. 

Moto G9 Plus Review: Verdict

The Moto G9 Plus hasn’t made its way to India, but its price is expected to be around Rs. 20,000. Even though the handset is a decent pick for the price, it seems like it won’t be easy if the phone hits India. Meanwhile, its sibling Moto G9 has already been available for sales in India for a while. We will compare the Moto G9 vs Moto G9 Plus in another article.

The POCO X3, priced at Rs. 16,999 for the 6GB + 64GB model, is also a notable competitor. It is not only cheaper but also has a much better set of specs. For starts, its 6.67-inch IPS LCD panel supports a 120Hz refresh rate, which is twice as high as the Moto G9 Plus. Not only that, it also comes with a slightly more powerful chipset, the Snapdragon 732G. The 6,000mAh battery (Indian version) or 5,160 mAh battery (international version) on the X3 would also give the one on the G9 Plus a run for its money. As for photography, we can’t really tell which phone is better though.


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