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Moto G9 Play vs Xiaomi Redmi 9, which is better? Properties and opinion

Which one should you choose? Know its features, price and main differences.

Last updated on December 11th, 2020 at 11:01 pm

He Play Moto G9 and the Xiaomi Redmi 9 are two of the best cheap phones you can buy right now. Both devices included Properties more than solvents in a very competitive price range.

We’re comparing the Moto G9 Play with the Redmi 9, which is better?

And that’s because of that about 150 euros You can have access to a top notch cell phone to throw away in your day. As both cell phones were started practically at eye level (End of August and beginning of September 2020) and both share being the entry-level model of a reference brandIt is normal to doubt: Which of the two should choose? How do you know which one is better?

When in doubt which model to choose or which one best suits your needsRead on, because you will find out in a very simple way where the weaknesses and strengths of each device lie.

A practically cloned design and screen

Regarding her DimensionsYou will hardly notice a difference. The two cell phones weigh 200 grams and their size differs by less than two millimeters. Their screens are also very similar both 6.5 inches, IPS and HD + resolution.

The front and the placement of the buttons and fingerprint reader are also very similar (not to say they have an identical design). So, if you choose either of these two phones with your eyes, then just let them guide you the back of these and the colour.

In these last aspects is the Placement of the main cameras: On the Xiaomi Redmi 9 they form a vertical line on top of each other and on the Moto G9 Play they form a square. With regard to the colourThe Xiaomi Redmi 9 is available in black, purple and turquoise green, while the Moto G9 Play is available in electric blue or in turquoise green.

Redmi 9, COlores

The Redmi 9 is available in 3 colors in Spain.

All the differences in their cameras

He Play Moto G9 includes a system of 48 megapixel triple camera On this, the brand emphasizes its ability to take good portraits and photos at night or in low light. For his part, Xiaomi Redmi 9 contains a 13 megapixel quad camera, a photographic system that is more versatile than the Motorola cell phone.

It should of course be mentioned that the Moto G9 Play’s 48 megapixel camera is achieved by combining 4 pixels in 1, which is actually 12 megapixels with quad pixels. Incidentally, the Moto G9 Play camera adds two more sensors, one macro and one for taking portraits with a bokeh effect, both with 2 megapixels.

Dig a little deeper the cameras of the Xiaomi Redmi 9, contains a fourth additional 8-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide angle.

Regarding front cameras, they are identical: Both ports are equipped with a single 8 megapixel and 1: 2.2 lens.

Battery and power: autonomy for 2 days?

It is perhaps this section that shows the biggest differences between one device and another, even though they are nothing of the other world (we repeat: these phones are very similar).

The Xiaomi Redmi 9 comes with one Battery with a capacity of 5020 mAh With 18 W fast charge, the Moto G9 Play contains a battery of 5000mAh However, slightly increases the fast charge capacity up to 20W and charges it fully less than 3 hours.

Moto G9 play cameras

The Moto G9 Play promises a battery for 2 full days.

If we pay attention to the manufacturers, the Moto G9 Play seems like the best candidate to achieve that for two days, although the Redmi 9 may not be left behind (especially if we stick to its equally immense capacity). The main difference would of course be this The Xiaomi Redmi 9 enables reverse charging, in order to can be used as by a Power bank it will be.

Here’s how they are inside: processor, memory, Android version and customization level

We come to a section where we can spot some differences, especially if we are one of those people who looks at the budget with a magnifying glass. For one, the Moto G9 Play is sold in one Single version of 4 GB RAM and 64 GB Storage can be expanded up to 512 GB via microSD cards. On the other hand, we have the Redmi 9, which is sold in two versions with different storage capacities.

So you can purchase the Xiaomi phone in a mode from 3 GB RAM and 32 GB Memory (cheaper of course) and in a different version of 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage (this last one identical to the Moto G9 Play). Of course, as with the Motorola device, you can expand the storage capacity with a microSD card.

These cell phones are on the processors day and night. As usual with cheap Xiaomi phones, the Redmi 9 comes with a processor from MediaTek, specifically the Helio P80, a chipset announced in early 2020 that will also mount the Realme 6i.

Instead, the Moto G9 Play leaves the factory with one Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, a processor that was also launched earlier this year, but it’s true that it’s usually found in slightly taller models like the entire Moto G9 family or the Realme 7i.

If there are still doubts about the interior, both will go on the market Android 10However, it should be noted that the Xiaomi mobile phone is included MIUI 11, the Chinese brand’s customization layer that includes certain pre-installed software, although it must be said in their favor that it is very convenient to use and that its possibilities multiply when we are aware of the Xiaomi ecosystem (for example, when we have a Mi band or a Xiaomi scale).

As for the Moto G9 Play, it comes with one pure Android version While it doesn’t offer as many customization options as MIUI, it frees us from preinstalled apps by taking on a “more Google” appearance.


Again we come to a section that shows few differences. We are before two very similar cell phonesBoth are equipped with USB-C, headphone jack, fingerprint reader on the back (in the same place on both phones), dual SIM and Bluetooth 5.0.

As we said earlier, the main difference is that you can connect the Xiaomi Redmi 9 to other devices like this one to charge them with the Reverse mobile charging.

Moto G9 Play or Xiaomi Redmi 9, which one should I buy?

Surely you thought about it during the comparison: “But if these two phones are the same”. We know it is not an easy task to choose between the two, but when we pay attention to the price and weigh all of its features, The cards always tilt towards the Redmi 9especially if you are one of those looking for one at any cost cheap cell phone.

Basically The Xiaomi Redmi 9 can be yours for a little over 150 euros, less even if you go to stores like Aliexpress. On the other hand, the Moto G9 Play usually always costs 200 euros, a price that may not be worth it, especially if we take into account that its characteristics are also (sometimes improved) in the Xiaomi device.

You should only choose the Motorola if you are a seasoned Android user who has already tried it MIUI experience and it’s not ready to convince you. When you choose the Motorola, you can be sure that you will get one Handy optimized for Google’s operating system and that possibly update a little more than the Redmi 9, although Xiaomi puts the batteries in this aspect.

It’s also nice to know that the Moto G9 Play is everything a machine for the batteryIn addition, no third-party applications are installed. Without a doubt, of course, in terms of the photographic field and the quality-price ratio in general The Redmi 9 is one step further and it is what you should choose.