Motorola Announces First G9-Series Phone

Motorola has announced the G9 Play, costing just $200 it looks to be another impressive cheap phone in the Moto range.

Motorola has announced the G9 Play, the first phone from its popular G-Series of low-to-mid-range phones.

The G9 Play has immediately been released in Europe and India. While other regions are expected to receive the phone, Motorola hasn’t told us whether it’ll come to the US or not. In Europe, the G9 Play costs €169, or about $200, making it more expensive than the impressive Motorola G8 from earlier this year.

Is Motorola releasing too many phones too quickly? Is it worth upgrading from a G8-series phone? We take a deeper dive into the specs of the G9 play to find out.

Motorola G9 Play: Everything You Need to Know

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The G9 Play is available in the UK and across Europe right now, but it’s unclear whether it’ll come to the US. Here’s a quick rundown of its key specs:

  • 6.5-inch LCD display with 720×1600 resolution
  • Snapdragon 662 processor with 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage with microSD card support
  • Three rear cameras: 48Mp, 2Mp macro, 2Mp depth sensor
  • Single 8Mp selfie camera
  • Runs Android 10
  • 5,000 mAh battery, 20W fast charging

Those specs sound pretty strong for the price. To date, we’ve found that cheap Motorola phones remain impressive despite their low-powered processors.

It has a pretty large lower bezel, which might give the game away that you only spent $200

There are some important things to note, however.  That LCD display is not a Full-HD screen. This means that any YouTube or Netflix content, for example, won’t look as good as it can on the display.

The G9 Play also has a plastic back and a plastic frame, making it lighter and cheaper, but also making it feel cheaper. It also has a pretty large lower bezel, which might give the game away that you only spent $200 on a phone.

Motorola G9 Play vs Motorola G8

motorola moto g9 playWhen we tried the Motorola G8 earlier this year, we liked it a lot. It cost around $200, and came with a range of decent features and did everything pretty well.

Our main gripes were the slightly sluggish performance and the low-res screen. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like Motorola has fixed these problems with the G8. The screen is still low-res and the Snapdragon 662 processor is still a bit slow.

However, the G8 was only released in March — that’s just five months ago and, frankly, tech hasn’t moved forward that much in that space of time.

If you own a G8 and are thinking about upgrading — don’t.

If you own a G8 and are thinking about upgrading — don’t. There simply isn’t enough of a specs difference to justify it.

Which Cheap Phone Should You Buy?

The cheap end of the phone market is really heating up. For less than $400, you can buy new phones from Google, OnePlus, and Apple.

For less than $300, there are a host of impressive options from Motorola and Nokia.

At $200, the Motorola G9 Play won’t be competing with the likes of the Pixel 4a and iPhone SE.

However, if you can, you should really try and stretch to the Pixel 4a — it’s an incredible piece of kit.

If you can’t, we’d suggest going with the Motorola G8 Plus at the moment. Sure, it’s not the latest Motorola phone but it has a Full HD screen and improved performance compared to the G9 Play. Alternatively, you could wait for the inevitable G9 Plus and buy that.

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Tom Fogden is a writer for with a range of experience in the world of tech publishing. Tom covers everything from cybersecurity, to social media, website builders, and point of sale software when he's not reviewing the latest phones.
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