Friday, March 31, 2023

Moto G9 Play vs. Moto G9 Plus – What’s Different

The Moto G series offers some of the most affordable phones in the market. The series usually has the Play variant as the cheapest of the lineup but the price difference isn’t that high between all of them. The most recent lineup, the Moto G9, has several variants, including the two mentioned above. Here are the differences between the cheapest Moto G9 and the priciest (specs from GSMArena):

Moto G9 Play

Size6.5 inches, 102.8 cm2 (~82.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~269 ppi density)
ChipsetQualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)
CPUOcta-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
GPUAdreno 610
MEMORYCard slotmicroSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal64GB 4GB RAM
MAIN CAMERATriple48 MP, f/1.7, (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
FeaturesLED flash, HDR, panorama
Video[email protected]/60fps
SELFIE CAMERASingle8 MP, f/2.2, 1.12µm
Video[email protected]

Moto G9 Plus

Size6.81 inches, 112.0 cm2 (~84.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~386 ppi density)
ChipsetQualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730G (8 nm)
CPUOcta-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
GPUAdreno 618
MEMORYCard slotmicroSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM
MAIN CAMERAQuad64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.2, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.2, (depth)
FeaturesLED flash, HDR, panorama
Video[email protected], [email protected]/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
SELFIE CAMERASingle16 MP, f/2.0, 29mm (standard)
Video[email protected]


What’s Different: Price, Specs, and More

On retailers such as Amazon we can find both phones for a low price. The Moto G9 Play has a price of $169.99 at the moment. The most expensive of the Moto G9 phones, the Moto G9 Plus, has a starting price of $249.99.

What do you get with the Plus variant for that difference? Well, the specs show that the phone is better on the camera department. The Plus version has four cameras on the back, 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF, 8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm, 2 MP, f/2.2, (macro), 2 MP, f/2.2, (depth). The Plus variant also features a bigger display and a different processor.

People looking to buy a Moto G9 phone also have more options when looking at the G9 Plus. The Moto G9 Play has 64GB, 4GB RAM while the Moto G9 Plus offers two options, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM.

If you want a phone with a big battery, Motorola also offers the Moto G9 Power. This variant was also available with the Moto G8, which actually got a Moto G Power and Moto G Power Lite. The Moto G9 Power, released last year, comes with the low-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor. The highlight of the phone is that it packs a 6,000 mAh battery. Motorola says it lasts up to 60 hours on a single charge.

What do you think about the Moto G9 smartphones? Are you currently using one? Let us know in the comments.

Sean Farlow
University graduate with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Big fan of sports teams from South FL.


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