Moto G9 with Snapdragon 662, 5000mAh battery launched in India for ₹11,499
Motorola launched the Moto G8 back in March 2020 in Brazil, and then went on to rebrand it as the Moto G Fast for the US market in May 2020. While the phone did not reach the Indian markets, Moto is now launching the Moto G9 in India, bringing along a sidegrade in SoC and other changes.
Motorola Moto G9: Specifications
|Specification||Motorola Moto G9|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC|
|RAM & Storage|
|Battery & Charging|
|Fingerprint sensor||Rear fingerprint sensor|
|Front Camera||8MP, f/2.2|
|Android Version||Android 10|
The Moto G9 cannot be called a real upgrade over the Moto G8, and is more of a sidegrade. The Moto G8 features the Snapdragon 665 SoC, while the Moto G9 features the Snapdragon 662 SoC — while the model numbering on the SoC might indicate a direct downgrade, the SoCs actually share the same CPU and GPU specs. The ISP on the 662 is newer than on the 665, but the modem has been downgraded. The Snapdragon 662 also supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, but the phone actually does not incorporate the same. The implementation on the Moto G9 is just so slightly inferior to that on the Moto G8, which is disappointing.
The camera setup is another area of sidegrade. While the primary camera gets a bump up to 48MP, megapixel counts are poor indicators of the full experience. What we do lose out is the 8MP wide-angle camera from the Moto G8, as the Moto G9 replaces it with a 2MP depth sensor. The third shooter remains a 2MP macro camera, while the front camera also remains an 8MP shooter.
The real improvements come in battery and charging, as you now get a bigger 5000 mAh battery and 20W fast charging support. There is no information on whether a fast charger is bundled in the box.
Pricing and Availability
The Moto G9 will be available in India for ₹11,499 for the single 4GB + 64 GB variant. The phone will go on sale from August 31 on Flipkart in Forest Green and Sapphire Blue colors.