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The realme 7i 128GB is a slightly better phone than the Motorola Moto G9, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 7i 128GB!

Motorola Moto G9  realme 7i 128GB 
Motorola Moto G9 realme 7i
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Excellence Score
32.5
37.2
Value for Money Score
79.5
82.0
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 12,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2020 Oct, 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, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 90 HzHigh
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 Qualcomm Snapdragon 662Ranked #46 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Adreno 610
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 64MP + 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 64MP: f/1.8 aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.3 aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; 22mm Focal Length; Macro Lens; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size, 2MP: B/W Sensor; f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, EIS, Super NightScape, Panoramic view, Expert mode, Time-lapse, Portrait mode, HDR, Ultra wide mode, Ultra macro mode, AI scene recognition, AI Beauty, Filter, Chroma Boost, Slow Motion, Bokeh Effect Control
Secondary Camera 8MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, HDR, Face beauty, Timer, Bokeh f/2.1 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3.1" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 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 188 gmMedium
Width 75.7 mmOk for one-handed use 75.5 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, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 20.0W Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W 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
  • Trendy rear design - the Realme 7i features a similar design as other Realme 7 series phones, the glossy back creates some interesting patterns when light hits it
  • The front too looks similar with a hole-punch and thin bezels all around
  • Face unlock and the side-mounted fingerprint sensor are quick
  • The Realme 7i gets a vibrant 6.5 inches IPS LCD - the 90 Hz refresh rate is a class leading feature
  • The 90Hz refresh rate makes for smoother scrolling and animations
  • Software on the Realme phones is much improved since the company switched to Realme UI, it is easy to use - it is also packed with features such as Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode, Dark Mode, and Riding Mode among others - there are some exciting and useful features like Realme Dual-Mode Audio, which allows you to connect a Bluetooth and a wired headset at the same time to listen to music on the smartphone
  • Average, inconsistent performance from the Snapdragon 662 - regular tasks such as scrolling, opening apps, texting is fine for a phone, but it is inconsistent, stuttering animations and delayed app load times bugs the overall performance
  • Good quad cameras at the back - the main unit boasts a 64MP sensor, with an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP micro and a 2MP depth sensor - this setup is similar to the one on the Realme 7 and in real-world scenarios, it performs similarly
  • The daylight photos from the main sensor preserve the natural colour and have good exposure - it exhibits improved dynamic range, with better details compared to the Realme 6 - the new sensor is slightly better than the old one in the Realme 6
  • The ultra-wide camera captures a wider perspective but details and colours are weaker compared to the main sensor as expected
  • Portrait shots generally look good, and you get the option to adjust the background blur before shooting
  • Low light photos look cleaner too, with less grain - shots captured using Night mode look more pleasing, compared to what the Realme 6 can produce
  • The 16MP camera can take decent selfies - the selfie portrait mode is useful as it manages to correctly crop out the background, and there's also Night mode for bright selfies even in the dark
  • Overall, the cameras on the Realme 7i are a bit improved than the previous gen, which always a good thing
  • Very good battery life from the 5000 mAh battery - even with medium to heavy usage, it will get you a day and half of runtime on one charge
  • Decent fast charging - the 18W fast charger fills up the big battery in just over 2 hours
  • The Realme 7i is a good smartphone, considering all the features and specifications it offers at its price - the 90Hz display is appealing, on top of that, Realme has thrown in a 64-megapixel camera, which none of its rivals feature
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
  • The plastic material doesn’t feel solid, it catch scratches easily - additionally, it loves dust and fingerprint smudges
  • The Realme 7i is on the heavier side weighing at 188 gms
  • Sunlight legibility is poor
  • Resolutions on the lower side at HD+, phones like Redmi Note 9 offer Full HD+ display at similar price
  • There are still several pre-loaded apps however (though most of these can thankfully be uninstalled)
  • The 2MP macro camera is not great, and even photos taken in broad daylight look quite poor
  • However, the Redmi Note 9 is a more well-rounded package at the same price, there's also the Motorola Moto G9 which offers better overall experience (stock Android), superior battery life and decent cameras
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. It is a decent phone but the Realme 6i is a much better deal
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  2. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
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