Motorola Moto G9 Power Review with Pros and Cons

Phone for those who want a bigger battery life and Clean Stock UI.

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Motorola launched another budget smartphone in India but this time, it’s a bit overpriced. The Motorola G9 power is powered by Snapdragon 662 SoC which is decent SoC and Camera are also not that great but the phone has huge 6,000 mAh battery and massive 6.78 inches display. So let’s review the Moto G9 Power and find out whether it’s worth 12k price tag or not?

Moto G9 Power Price in India

Motorola Moto G9 Power is priced at Rs 11,999 for 4GB of Ram and 64GB Storage. The phone is available in Electric Violet and Metallic Sage colour options. The first sale starts from 15th December 2020 via Flipkart.

Display Quality

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Display Size6.78 inches HD+ LCD Display
Resolutions1600 x 720 Pixels resolution
Screen Refresh Rate60Hz refresh rate

Motorola G9 Power comes with 6.78-inches HD+ display with 1600 x 720 Pixels resolution. The phone has a massive display which could be plus point for some users but not for everyone. Also, it has an HD+ display which isn’t a great thing as the phone is priced at 12k.

The display quality is good, there is nothing to worry about but it’s an HD+ display. There are tons of smartphone available at 12k in India and those phones has FHD+ display and Motorola has provided HD+ screen which doesn’t make any sense.

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Also, the Moto G9 Power has 1600 x 720 Pixels resolution that means the phone will consume less power and because of that, battery will last for more then day.

Overall, Motorola G9 Power doesn’t have the best screen because the phone priced at 12k and at this price tag, HD+ display is not acceptable but if you want bigger screen then this is only option available at this movement.

Design and Build Quality

BuildGlass front, Plastic back, Plastic frame

The Moto G9 Power is made out of plastic and Motorola didn’t say which glass they have used to protect the front side. In short, build quality is not that great as the phone has unknown front glass and the body is made out of plastic, so make sure to use case.

The phone does look great from long distance because once you hold it on your hand, everything changes. It does feels cheap plastic but hey, this is 12k smartphone, so here can’t complain much about build quality.

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Talking about the design, the phone looks the same as Motorola G 5G and this phone too has the plastic build and by the look, it feels like, Motorola has used the same body. Motorola G 5G has display punch hole in the middle of the screen while Moto G9 Power has in the top-left side but apart from that, build and design is the same.

I don’t comment on design as this is personal preference, so if you like what Motorola has launched then what can I say.

Cameras

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Camera (Rear)48 MP Primary Sensor
2 MP Macro
2 MP Depth
Video Recording (Rear)1080p@30/60fps
Camera (Front)16MP Selfie Shooter
Video Recording (Front)1080p@30fps

Motorola G9 Power comes with triple rear camera setup featuring 64 MP Primary Sensor + 2 MP Macro + 2 MP Depth while there is 16MP selfie shooter which is placed in the top-left punch. The front cameras can record videos in 1080p@30fps while rear cameras can record up to 1080p@30/60fps.

Now, let’s just forget that this phone has 2MP+2MP depth-macro sensor because it’s just here to say, Moto G9 Power has triple rear camera setup but in real life, only primary 64MP sensor will do all the work.

The phone has a 64MP primary sensor which is a great sensor but that doesn’t mean, it will give the best images. I have added some of the images down below, so let me know what you think about camera quality.

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Talking about myself, I feel, images don’t justify the 64MP sensor. Motorola needs to optimize the rear cameras otherwise, this is what you will get at 12k. Images will turn out to be good when there is good lighting condition but if there are no lights then the camera will suffer a lot to take good quality images.

Motorola has added dedicated nigh mode but it’s not the best because it’s not.

Coming to front cameras, this is where I feel, Motorola has done a good job. The 16MP selfie shooter does take some good quality images and also, it has dedicated night mode which will come in handy when you want to take a selfie at night. In short, there is nothing to worry about front cameras but you need to worry about rear cameras.

Overall, Motorola needs to optimize the rear cameras.

Performance and Software

ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 662 Processor (11 nm)
GPUAdreno 610
CPUKryo 260
OSStock Android 10
5GNO

The Moto G9 Power is powered by good-old 12nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC and the phone is running on Stock Android 10 with some Motorola add-on features. Motorola also said, the phone will get Android 11 update but when this is still a mystery.

Snapdragon 662 is a good processor but it’s very good SoC to have in Rs 11,999 smartphone. You will able to play almost all the games at medium graphic but for short time and if you play games for a long time, let say, two or three hours then the phone will show it’s true colours as Snapdragon is not built for gaming.

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The phone is running on MOTO’s Stock UI that means there is no ads in the UI and users will get good UI experience.

Overall, if you play lots of games then it’s better to look at POCO M2 which is priced at Rs 10,999 but this phone has MIUI 12 which is not good as Stock UI. So it’s like, to get something, you have to lose something.

In short, Moto G9 Power is a good smartphone for those who don’t many games on smartphone and just want a new phone for media consumption or for social media

Audio and Call Quality

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The Motorola G9 Power has two noise-cancelling microphones which are good because there are some phones that don’t have two mics for calling, for example, Realme 7, RealMe Narzo 20 Pro and Infinix Zero 8i. So there won’t be any problem while talking to someone on calls.

The phone has one bottom firing sparker which is not that good but hey, this is Rs 11,999 phone, so here can’t complain much. Overall, there won’t be any kind of problem in calls and even while watching movies but keep in mind, this budget smartphone, so don’t expect too much from sparker.

Battery Life

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Battery Size6,000mAh battery (non-removable)
Charging PortType-C Port
Charging Speed20W fast charging support (20W charger will be included in the box)

This is where Motorola G9 Power sines, the phone has massive 6,000 mAh battery with 20W fast charging support and yes, 20W charger is included in the box. The battery will last for two says as the phone has HD+ display, the phone will consume less power as compared to any other smartphones with FHD+ display.

Also, if you plays lots of games or you use phone more then normal users then battery could be dead in day.

“the battery life depends on your phone use if you every day play games for 6 hours then you need to charge a phone in every 6 hours but if you’re like me and don’t use the phone very often then it will last for a day or so”

Motorola G9 Power Competition

Micromax IN Note 1 is priced at Rs 10,999 for 4GB of Ram and 64GB storage while POCO M2 is priced at Rs 10,999 for 6GB of Ram and 6GB storage. Both the phones are exclusive on Flipkart.

SpecificationsPOCO M2 Micromax IN Note 1

Display6.53 inches IPS LCD Display6.67 inches FHD+ LCD display
Refresh Rate60Hz60Hz
Resolutions1080 x 2400 pixels resolutions1080 x 2400 pixels resolutions
Ram6GB Ram4GB Ram
Storage64GB | 128GB Storage64GB | 128GB Storage
Camera (Rear)13MP Primary
8 MP Ultra-Wide
5 MP Macro
2 MP Depth
48 MP Primary
5 MP Ultra-Wide
2 MP Macro
2 MP Depth
Camera (Front)8MP front camera16MP Front Camera
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G80 ProcessorMediaTek Helio G85 Processor
Battery5,000 mAh 5,000 mAh
Price6GB Ram + 64 storage: Rs 10,999
6GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 12,499
4GB Ram + 64GB storage: Rs 10,999
8GB Ram + 128GB storage: Rs 12,499
Available AtFlipkartFlipkart

Motorola G9 Power: Conclusion

If you’re looking for battery house then Moto G9 Power is the best option as the phone has huge 6,000 mAh battery with 20W fast charging support. It’s powered by Snapdragon 662 which is decent SoC at 12k and the phone has clean stock Android UI which is also plus point. Overall Moto G9 Power is worth looking at.

Do I Recommend Moto G9 Power

I don’t recommend Moto G9 Power because the phone is a bit overpriced. The phone has a single-camera setup, no ultra-wide lens. Snapdragon 662 is not that great processor at 12k and display is HD+. The only things you may like is, bigger battery and bigger display and of course Stock UI.

The phone has decent camera and decent performance, so if you can live with that then you can go with Moto G9 Power.

Motorola Moto G9 Power Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Massive Display SizeDecent Performance
Huge 6,000 mAh batteryAverage Cameras
Clean Stock UIBit Overpriced
20W fast charging

Motorola Moto G9 Power Full Specifications

SpecificationMotorola Moto G9 Power
Launch Date December 8, 2020
Available From December 15 , 2020 via Flipkart
Display6.78 inches HD+ LCD TFT Display
Dimensions75.73x165.21x9.18 mm
Screen Refresh Rate60Hz
Resolutions1600 x 720 Pixels resolution
Build Quality Glass front, plastic Back, plastic frame
Ram4GB
Storage64GB
Camera (Rear)64 MP Primary Sensor
2 MP Macro
2 MP Depth
Video Recording (Rear)1080p@30/60fps
Camera (Front)16MP Selfie Shooter
Video Recording (Front)1080p@30fps
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 662 Processor (11 nm)
OSStock Android 10
GPUAdreno 610
CPUKryo 260 CPU
5GNo
Battery6,000 mAh (non-removable)
Charging Speed20W fast charging support (20WCharger Included in the box)
Charging PortType-C 2.0
3.5mm JackYes
NFCNo
SIM sloteHybrid Slot
Fingerprint Rear-mounted Fingerprint
Sensors Fingerprint Reader, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope
Weight 221 grams
Colors Electric Violet and Metallic Sage
Modal Number PALR0016IN
SAR Value Head: 0.98 W/kg
Body: 1.33 W/kg
In the BoxHandset, Charger, USB Cable, SIM Tool, Protective Cover, Guides
Price4GB Ram + 64GB storage: Rs 11,999
Launch Offer Flat INR 1750 Instant Discount on HDFC Bank Credit Cards and Credit/Debit EMI Transactions
Available AtBuy@Flipkart

*featured images and camera samples are used from C4eTech YT Channel

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