Our Opinion

The Motorola Moto G9 is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 9 64GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Motorola Moto G9!

Motorola Moto G9  Xiaomi Redmi 9 64GB 
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Excellence Score
32.9
24.5
Value for Money Score
84.1
70.3
Price ₹ 9,999 onwards ₹ 8,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2020 Aug, 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 6.53 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features N/A 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 662Ranked #46 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Mediatek Helio G35Ranked #67 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 PowerVR GE8320
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 microUSB
Primary Camera 48MP + 2MP + 2MP 13MP + 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 13MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 28mm Focal Length; PDAF, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor
Secondary Camera 8MP 5MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, HDR, Face beauty, Timer, Bokeh f/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautify 5.0, HDR, Screen flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Portrait selfies, Palm shutter
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 9 mmThick
Weight 200 gmHeavy 196 gmHeavy
Width 75.7 mmOk for one-handed use 77.0 mmInconvenient 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
Included Fast Charger Yes, 20.0W 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
  • Well-built, sturdy design - the unique matte-finish ridged pattern at the back looks really nice
  • The front carries a dew-drop notch with decent bezels, which works for the price
  • The textured back surface feels grippy and doesn't attract fingerprints
  • The back has a fingerprint reader that works accurately and fast (though, the face recognition isn't very quick)
  • It doesn't feel too thick or heavy even though it measures around 9mm and weighs 194g
  • Good 6.53-inch IPS HD+ display - the viewing angles and colours are pretty good, better than those of the Realme C12 and C15
  • The brightness is also adequate (though, it could have been better)
  • MIUI 11 is as feature rich as ever, the overall interface on the phone is user friendly - Android 10 is running beneath all the jazz
  • Decent entry-level performance from the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC - good for day-to-day tasks and can handle a bunch of light to medium apps at once (though, there's some noticeable stutter in the animations and opening apps at times)
  • Decent dual cameras for the price - a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The quality of photos from the main camera is decent, given enough light - shots came out looking crisp and vivid
  • Portrait mode works fairly well, even for objects
  • The 5MP selfie camera can produce decent selfies during the day - photos maintain good color, and exposure levels
  • Very good battery life - easily able to go about a day and half or even longer, on a single charge
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
  • It packs in plenty pre-installed bloatware, the ads are still here, it isn't the perfect user experience
  • The Redmi 9 really struggles in low light - details are generally weak when shooting at night
  • Video quality is strictly average
  • The phone doesn't support fast charging and an hour of charge could only fill the battery to 40-percent charge
  • The Redmi 9 doesn't have any singular standout feature which it can lean on to differentiate itself and command a premium - it is easily outperformed by competition, including Xiaomi’s own Redmi 9 Prime, for just money, you end up getting a much better overall device in the 9 Prime
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. Better off with other alternatives
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Redmi 9 is easily outperformed by the competition
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
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