Moto G9 vs Moto G8: What’s New and Different

Moto G9 will go on sale in India starting August 31, while Moto G8 didn’t launch in the country.

Moto G9 vs Moto G8: What’s New and Different

Moto G9 comes with a waterdrop-style display notch, whereas Moto G8 offers a hole-punch design

  • Moto G9 will be available in India with a price tag of Rs. 11,499
  • Moto G8 comes with a laser autofocus module
  • Moto G9 offers a larger, 5,000mAh battery with 20W charging support

Moto G9 debuted in India on Monday as the latest smartphone by Motorola. The new smartphone is the successor to the Moto G8 that was launched in Brazil in March. Similar to the Moto G8, the Moto G9 comes with a triple rear camera setup. The new phone, however, has a list of differences over its predecessor. The Moto G9 has some design-level changes including a waterdrop-style display notch that makes it look different from the Moto G8 that had a hole-punch design.

Here, we are comparing the Moto G9 price and specifications with those of the Moto G8 to detail all the key differences.

Moto G9 vs Moto G8: Price in India

Moto G9 price in India is set at Rs. 11,499 for the lone, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. The phone comes in Forest Green and Sapphire Blue colour options and will be available for purchase in the country starting August 31. In contrast, the Moto G8 was introduced in Brazil with a price tag of BRL 1,299 (roughly Rs. 17,100). That model also had 4GB RAM + 64GB storage configuration and was launched in Pearl White and Neon Blue colours. Moreover, it is important to note that the Moto G8 didn't launch in India.

Moto G9 vs Moto G8: Specifications

Both Moto G9 and Moto G8 come with dual-SIM (Nano) support and run on Android 10. However, the Moto G9 features a 6.5-inch Max Vision HD+ (720x1,600 pixels) TFT display with 20:9 aspect ratio, while the Moto G8 has a 6.4-inch Max Vision HD+ (720x1,560 pixels) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The Moto G9 is also powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC. The Moto G8, on the other hand, has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC. Both phones also include 4GB RAM and have 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB).

For photos and videos, the Moto G9 offers the triple rear camera setup that has a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.7 lens, along with a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 lens and a 2-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 macro lens. This is unlike the Moto G8 that does have a triple rear camera setup but with a 16-megapixel primary sensor that has an f/1.7 lens, 8-megapixel secondary sensor with a wide-angle f/2.2 lens, and a 2-megapixel tertiary sensor with an f/2.2 macro lens. There is also a laser autofocus module alongside the rear camera setup. However, the Moto G9 and Moto G8 both come with an 8-megapixel selfie camera.

The Moto G9 has all the modern connectivity options that include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, USB-Type C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Moto G8 also has most of these options, though it lacks NFC and has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. Both phones also come with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Motorola has provided a 5,000mAh battery on the Moto G9 that is touted to deliver up to two days of power on a single charge and supports 20W fast charging. The Moto G8, on the other hand, packs a 4,000mAh battery with 10W charging support.

The Moto G9 measures 165.21x75.73x9.18mm and weighs 200 grams. However, the Moto G8 measures 161.27x75.8x8.95mm and weighs 188.3 grams.

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Motorola Moto G9 vs Motorola Moto G8 comparison
  Motorola Moto G9 Motorola Moto G8
Overall NDTV Rating-
Design Rating-
Display Rating-
Software Rating-
Performance Rating-
Battery Life Rating-
Camera Rating-
Value for Money Rating-
ModelMoto G9Moto G8
Release dateAugust 24, 2020March 5, 2020
Launched in IndiaYes-
Dimensions (mm)165.21 x 75.73 x 9.18161.27 x 75.80 x 8.95
Weight (g)200.00188.30
Battery capacity (mAh)50004000
Removable batteryNoNo
Fast chargingProprietary-
ColoursForest Green, Sapphire BluePearl White, Neon Blue
Wireless charging-No
Screen size (inches)6.506.40
Resolution720x1600 pixels720x1560 pixels
Aspect ratio20:919:9
Pixels per inch (PPI)269269
Processor2GHz octa-core2GHz octa-core
Processor makeQualcomm Snapdragon 662Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
Internal storage64GB64GB
Expandable storageYesYes
Expandable storage typemicroSDmicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)512512
Dedicated microSD slotNoNo
Rear camera48-megapixel (f/1.7, 1.6-micron) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4, 1.75-micron) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4, 1.75-micron)16-megapixel (f/1.7) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel (f/2.2)
Rear autofocusYesYes
Rear flashYesYes
Front camera8-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.12-micron)8-megapixel (f/2.0)
Front flash-No
Operating systemAndroid 10Android 10
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 b/g/n
BluetoothYes, v 5.00Yes, v 5.00
USB Type-CYesYes
Number of SIMs22
Active 4G on both SIM cards-Yes
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYes
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYes
Face unlockYesYes
Fingerprint sensorYesYes
Proximity sensorYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes
Compass/ Magnetometer-Yes
Screen size (inches)-6.40
Resolution-720x1560 pixels
Aspect ratio-19:9
Pixels per inch (PPI)-269
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Decent performance
  • Near-stock Android
  • Good battery life
  • Bad
  • Big and bulky
  • Average low-light camera performance
Display 6.50-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 48-megapixel + 2-megapixel + 2-megapixel
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
OS Android 10
Resolution 720x1600 pixels

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Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at Please send in your leads and tips. More
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