Our Opinion

The Motorola Moto G9 is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A21s (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Motorola Moto G9!

Motorola Moto G9  Samsung Galaxy A21s (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
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Excellence Score
33.1
29.8
Value for Money Score
78.7
65.2
Price ₹ 11,499 onwards ₹ 14,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2020 Jun, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.5 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type IPS LCD TFT LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features N/A N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 662Ranked #46 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 850Ranked #64 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Mali-G52
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 48MP: f/1.7 Aperture; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; 1.75um Pixel Size; Depth Sensor, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; 1.75um Pixel Size; Macro Camera, HDR, Face Beauty, Dual camera bokeh, Timer, Panorama, Google Lens integration 48MP: f/2.0 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 123-degree Field-of-view; Ultra-wide Lens; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro Camera, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor
Secondary Camera 8MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, HDR, Face beauty, Timer, Bokeh f/2.2 Aperture; 1/3.1" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.2 mmThick 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 200 gmHeavy 192 gmHeavy
Width 75.7 mmOk for one-handed use 75.3 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 20W Fast Charging Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 20.0W Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks pretty slick - the glossy back with rounded edges gives the Moto G9 a premium look - the design is very similar to other Motorola phones like the Moto E7 Plus
  • The front has pleasingly rounded edges and slimline bezels with a tear-drop notch that looks decent (though, phones have started to offer hole-punch displays at this price)
  • Decent fingerprint sensor at the back
  • Vibrant, large 6.5-inches IPS display - the images on the screen have a good amount of pop thanks to the display’s reasonably high contrast
  • Sunlight legibility is good
  • Motorola continues to keep the software on it's phones clean, and simple - it's basically stock Android with a few useful Moto add-ons
  • Decent performance from the new Snapdragon 662 - the phone feels fast when jumping from app to app and there's no issue in regular use, thanks to the clean and light software Motorola uses - you can also do some casual gaming
  • Decent triple rear camera setup - a 48MP primary module, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor
  • In daylight, photos carry a decent amount of details with bright colors and high contrasts - colours are boosted slightly to enhance appeal but the camera never overdoes it
  • Macro camera can take some fun photos for social media, if you can find the right focus
  • Portrait mode is good - the depth detection is nice and subject separation is on par with other Motorola phones
  • The 8MP selfie camera does a good job at taking clear sharp photos and it also offers a selfie portrait mode, which works well
  • Very good battery life from the 5000 mAh battery - a full charge will easily last you for 2 days of regular use
  • Decent fast charging from the 20W fast charger - takes about 2 hours to completely charge the phone
  • The Motorola Moto G9 is a decent phone for the price - the software is the key winner here, it offers clean Android with decent performance and nice cameras
  • Looks sleek and eye-catching with its iridescent finish - the plastic back has this rainbow-like effect
  • The front looks trendy with minimal screen bezels and an unobtrusive hole-punch in the top-left corner
  • Samsung has gotten the software part on point with its recent launches, with it's new One UI, that's now one of the better, more streamlined Android skins around - it's especially well suited for big displays like this, packs an intuitive gesture navigation system, and other useful things like a convenient 'dark mode'
  • Good quadruple-camera array - a primary 48MP lens, supported by an 8MP ultra-wide angle unit, 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The Galaxy A21s manages to take a pretty good picture from the primary camera - it produces wonderfully detail-rich images with plenty of vibrancy
  • Live Focus mode (portrait mode) allows adjusting the level of blur either before, or after, you press the shutter button, and the results are good
  • Macro mode is also a lot of fun - it captures some crisp closeups
  • Excellent battery life with the 5000 mAh cell - combined with a low-res screen and a power-efficient CPU, it would easily last you for 2 days of moderate use
  • Supports 15W fast charging
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • At 200g, the phone is reasonably hefty
  • It also picks up greasy fingerprints a little too easily
  • The resolution is low for the price, every reasonable competitor offers a full HD display at this price
  • However, this is not the most powerful phone at this price and heavy 3D gaming takes a toll on the processor - the Redmi Note 9 offers a better performance at this price
  • Average low-light performance - the lack of detail and sharpness make the photos look foggy
  • However, if you want a bit more power in your phone and a higher resolution display the Redmi Note 9 and Realme 6i are good phones at a little more price, though it's not for stock Android lovers
  • Average 6.5-inch TFT LCD - the HD resolution is rather low for a phone at this price, and the colour reproduction isn't great
  • The Galaxy A21s is powered by Samsung's new Exynos 850 chipset, which gets things done and that's about it - it doesn't compete with the powerful processor other phones offer and heavy games are a no go
  • Overall, the Galaxy A21s has quite capable cameras, though they aren't the class-leading
  • On the whole, while the Galaxy A21s is a fashionable choice for the price bracket, and does exceptionally well with battery life and a decent set of cameras - however, it falls a bit behind in terms of performance and display - you will find better all-round options from the likes of Xiaomi, Realme and Motorola
Expert Reviews
  1. The Motorola G9 is equipped well enough to stand its ground against most of its competitors, though nothing game changing
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Competitive price for what it offers
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Easy to recommend
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  1. The Galaxy A21s seems like a reasonable offer
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you’re looking for a good budget-friendly smartphone with solid battery life and a big display, the Galaxy A21s might be a good candidate for you
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Galaxy A21s manages to exceed expectations, but the competition is tough
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  4. Stellar battery life and a nice enough design are pitched into a package that lacks power and doesn't have a great display
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
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