Motorola announces budget Moto G9 Play with a 5000mAh battery


The dust has barely settled on the Moto G8 line but Motorola has already announced the first member of the G9 series in the Moto G9 Play.

Those familiar with the most recent Moto G device will know that the ‘Play’ suffix places this handset at the lower end of the anticipated Moto G9 product family (although it just goes by the ‘Moto G9’ in India); despite this though, it still brings some promising hardware to the table.

The phone hopes to impress with standout inclusions like a large 5000mAh battery and a triple camera arrangement fronted by a 48Mp sensor, alongside a sizeable 6.5in 20:9 ‘Max Vision’ display.

Here’s the full spec rundown for the Moto G9 Play(/Moto G9):

6.5in 20:9 HD+ (1600×720) Max Vision IPS LCD
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor
4GB RAM
64GB/128GB storage
microSD expandable up to 512GB
Main camera:
48Mp main
2Mp macro
2Mp depth
LED flash

Front dewdrop 8Mp camera
15W fast charging
5000mAh battery
Rear-mounted fingerprint reader
3.5mm headphone jack
Dedicated Google Assistant key
Water-repellant design
Bluetooth 5.0
4G (i.e. no 5G)
USB-C
165.21×75.73×9.18mm
200 grams
Colours: Sapphire Blue, Forest Green

Its strengths lie in that large screen, high-resolution primary camera (with pixel-binning) and huge battery – which Motorola says should last most users up to two days at a time. It’s also one of the first phones to tote Qualcomm’s lower-mid-range Snapdragon 662 chipset.

The other main talking point is the price, with the phone costing just £159 in the UK; available in the next 24 hours from Motorola directly, as well as Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse, John Lewis, Argos and Amazon.

It looks to be a promising budget offering that we’ll have to pass judgement on once the phone has run our review gauntlet. Until then, take a look at our Best Budget Phones roundup for some suitable alternatives.


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