Motorola launched its G-series smartphone called the Moto G9 in India earlier this year in August. Now, the brand has followed up on the G9 with a new variant called the Moto G9 Power. As the name suggests, the Moto G9 Power is an upgraded variant of the standard Moto G9. The new launch comes with specifications such as 6,000mAh battery, 64MP triple cameras, and Snapdragon 662 SoC.
The Lenovo-owned brand has launched the new smartphone in a single variant with price set under Rs 12,000. At this price point, the new launch competes with Redmi Note 9 (review) and Micromax’s comeback launch, In Note 1. Let’s find out how the Moto G9 Power fares against the two contenders.
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Moto G9 Power vs Redmi Note 9 vs Micromax In Note 1: price in India
The Moto G9 Power comes in a single variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage onboard. The smartphone has been priced at Rs 11,999. Motorola is offering the handset in only a Sophisticated Metallic Sage colour. The device will go on sale on Flipkart from December 15th at 12pm.
The Micromax In Note 1 comes in 4GB + 64GB and 4GB + 128GB variants, which are priced at Rs 10,999 and Rs 12,499, respectively. The smartphone comes in green and white colour options. It’s up for purchase on the official Micromax website and Flipkart.
Lastly, the Redmi Note 9 comes in three configurations – 4GB + 64GB, 4GB + 128GB and 6GB + 128GB. The base variant is priced at Rs 11,999 and the 4GB + 128GB model retails at Rs 13,499. The top end model with 6GB RAM will set you back by Rs 14,999.
While Redmi Note 9 offers more configurations to choose from, the base variant starts at the same price as Moto G9 Power. The Micromax In Note 1, on the other hand, offers the same base configuration for Rs 1,000 cheaper.
Winner: Micromax In Note 1
Moto G9 Power vs Redmi Note 9 vs Micromax In Note 1: display
The Moto G9 Power comes with an IPS LCD panel measuring 6.8 inches. The 20.5:9 display features a punch-hole design and offers a screen-to-body ratio of 87.2 percent. The screen offers a resolution of 1,640 x 720 pixels. The Redmi Note 9 and Micromax In Note 1 are also punch-hole display-toting smartphones.
The Micromax In Note 1 features a large 6.67-inch IPS LCD display with FHD+ resolution and a 21:9 aspect ratio. Lastly, the Redmi Note 9 has a smaller 6.5-inch punch-hole display with FHD+ resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 layer for protection.
The Redmi Note 9 might have a smaller display but it offers a FHD+ screen and Gorilla Glass 5 protection against scratches, so this round goes to the Redmi offering.
Winner: Redmi Note 9
Moto G9 Power vs Redmi Note 9 vs Micromax In Note 1: performance and software
The Moto G9 Power has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC ticking at its core. The 11nm chipset comes backed by 4GB RAM and 128GB storage, which is expandable up to 512GB via microSD card. As for the software, the Moto G9 Power runs a stock version of Android 10 out of the box.
Coming to the Redmi Note 9 and Micromax In Note 1, both smartphones feature a 12nm octa-core MediaTek Helio G85 processor with 12nm fabrication. The former comes with up to 6GB RAM and the latter offers 4GB RAM. Both handsets offer up to 128GB storage. In the software department, In Note 1 boots stock Android 10 but the Redmi Note 9 features MIUI 11 with Android 10.
While the Snapdragon 662 is more battery-efficient, the Helio G85 is performance-oriented with and offers MediaTek’s HyperEngine Game Technology. This round goes to Micromax In Note 1 for the more powerful processor and stock Android OS.
Winner: Micromax In Note 1
Moto G9 Power vs Redmi Note 9 vs Micromax In Note 1: cameras
Coming to cameras, The Moto G9 Power features triple rear cameras, while the other two have quad cameras on the back. The Moto G9 Power features 64MP primary sensor, a 2MP macro shooter and 2MP depth unit on the back. For selfies and video calling, there’s a 16MP camera in the front.
Both Micromax In Note 1 and Redmi Note 9 feature a lower resolution 48MP primary camera on the back. The primary shooter on the In Note 1 is accompanied by a 5-megapixel ultra-wide lens, 2-megapixel depth sensor and 2-megapixel macro camera. The Redmi Note 9 has a higher-resolution 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens with a 2-megapixel depth sensor and 2-megapixel macro camera.
The Micromax In Note 1 shares the same 16MP selfie shooter in the front but Redmi Note 9 features a lower resolution 8MP selfie camera. This round goes to Moto G9 Power for higher resolution primary camera on the back and selfie camera.
Winner: Moto G9 Power
Moto G9 Power vs Redmi Note 9 vs Micromax In Note 1: battery
The Micromax In Note 1 ships with a 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging as well as reverse charging. The Redmi Note 9 has a slightly larger 5,020mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging and 9W reverse charging. But the Moto G9 Power wins this round with its 6,000mAh battery unit with support for 20W fast charging.
Winner: Moto G9 Power
Moto G9 Power vs Redmi Note 9 vs Micromax In Note 1: verdict
The Micromax In Note 1 and Moto G9 Power are neck and neck with two wins each. The Micromax In Note 1 is the cheapest of the lot and should offer better performance thanks to the combination of stock Android and Helio G85 SoC. The Moto G9 Power shines when it comes to cameras and battery. Lastly, the Redmi Note 9 is for those who want a sharper display with decent specs in the budget.
|Moto G9 Power
|6.8-inch IPS LCD display, Snapdragon 662 chipset, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, Stock Android 10, 64MP triple rear cameras, 16MP punch-hole selfie camera, 6,000mAh battery, 20W fast charging
|Redmi Note 9
|6.53-inch IPS LCD display, MediaTek Helio G85 chipset, up to 6GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, Android 10 based MIUI 11, 48MP quad rear cameras, 13MP punch-hole selfie camera, 5,020mAh battery, 22.5W fast charging
|Micromax In Note 1
|6.67-inch IPS LCD display, MediaTek Helio G85 chipset, 4GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, Stock Android 10, 48MP quad rear cameras, 16MP punch-hole selfie camera, 5,000mAh battery, 18W fast charging