Motorola unveiled its Moto G9 phone. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor, 48MP triple rear cameras, an 8MP front camera, a 5000mAh battery with 20W fast charging, and a 6.5-inch HD + LCD display. Will the just launched Moto G9 capitalize on its affordable price tag?

Moto G9 camera

The Moto G9 has a triple camera setup in a square module at the back. It consists of a 48MP main camera, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. The Moto G9 has an 8MP selfie snapper. The main rear camera uses pixel binning to capture 12MP images. However, there is no ultra-wide camera.

Photos are taken with natural colors. But they don’t always measure exposure fairly and retain detail. Also, after pressing the shutter button, the application takes a moment to save the processed result. The portrait mode, for the most part, works very well.

The camera interface is pretty straightforward and you will find different settings here, such as crop mode, cinematic, live filter, panorama, and amazingly powerful night vision.

In terms of video, the camera has the ability to record 1080p at 30fps from both the front and rear.

The Moto G9 Plus (Image credit: Motorola)

Moto G9 design and display

The Moto G9 features a 6.5-inch HD + LCD display with IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. The viewing angles and colors seem very well. But the screen fades in brightness, especially outdoors. The 3.5mm headphone jack is also available at the top and a USB-C port at the bottom.

The device is available in two colors: Forest Green and Sapphire Blue.  On the back, there is a square camera module and a round fingerprint reader (with Moto logo). The fingerprint scanner works very well.

Moto G9 software and performance

The Moto G9 offers an Android 10 operating system. You will receive Android security updates for 2 years and Android 11. Some Moto actions work, such as turning to turn on the camera, shaking to turn on the flashlight, a helpful overview display, and more. Every minimalist will appreciate such meaningful additions.

In terms of hardware, the Moto G9 is powered by the 11nm Snapdragon 662 chipset. Qualcomm announced the chip in early 2020, targeting emerging markets. Otherwise, it is much similar to the Snapdragon 665 on the G8. And it also comes with the same 4GB + 64GB storage. If the internal storage isn’t enough, you can expand it up to 512GB using the hybrid card slot.

In terms of use, the phone does a great job with most tasks, but with minor glitches. When you switch between apps in the recent apps menu you will obvious some painful lags. In terms of games, you can play most of them.

Conclusion

With the Moto G9, you get stock Android software, minimalist design, familiar hardware, 48MP main and 8MP selfie camera, decent memory configuration, and wonderful battery life.  You can play some regular games. So, if you want to get the best budget smartphone, you will be satisfied with what Moto G9 has to offer.

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