After announcing the new generation of the Razr foldable, Motorola came up with a new mid-ranger: the Moto G9 Plus. It packs great specifications offered at a modest price, but it has a lot of concurrences. In order to understand whether or not the new Motorola mid-ranger deserves a chance, we decided to compare it with the latest affordable beasts launched by Xiaomi and Realme: the POCO X3 NFC and the Realme 7 Pro. These devices have a huge value for money, that is why we chose them for this battle. Let’s discover all the differences between the three handsets through an in-depth specs comparison.
Motorola Moto G9 Plus vs Xiaomi POCO X3 NFC vs Realme 7 Pro
|Motorola Moto G9 Plus||Xiaomi POCO X3 NFC||Oppo Realme 7 Pro|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||170 x 78.1 x 9.7 mm, 223 grams||165.3 x 76.8 x 9.4 mm, 215 grams||160.9 x 74.3 x 8.7 mm, 182 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.81 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), 386 ppi, LTPS IPS LCD||6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), IPS LCD||6.4 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), 411 ppi, Super AMOLED|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, octa-core 2.2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, octa-core 2.3 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, octa-core 2.3 GHz|
|MEMORY||4 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD slot||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD slot||6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD dedicated slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 10||Android 10, MIUI||Android 10, Realme UI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS|
|CAMERA||Quad 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.2, f/2.2 and f/2.2
16 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Quad 64 + 13 + 2 + 2 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/2.4 + f/2.4
20 MP f/2.2 front camera
|Quad 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.3, f/2.4 and f/2.4
32 MP f/2.5 front camera
|BATTERY||5000 mAh, fast charging 30W||5160 mAh, fast charging 33W||4500 mAh, fast charging 65W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot||Dual SIM slot, splash proof||Dual SIM slot, splash resistant|
Not everyone may like the POCO X3 NFC due to the big POCO branding on the rear side and its weird camera module, but it has a very nice build quality including an aluminum frame. Motorola Moto G9 Plus looks pretty nice with its compact camera module and it reminds me of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 lineup. Even Realme 7 Pro has an original and good-looking design, and it is even water-repellent. It is very hard to pick a winner of the design comparison because it mostly depends on the tastes of the users: do you prefer a better build quality or a more beautiful look?
The Realme 7 Pro is the only handset of this trio to feature an AMOLED panel, and that is the reason why it wins the comparison. It shows more brilliant colors and it sports an under-display fingerprint reader. Realme decided to equip this device with an AMOLED display after listening to the users’ feedbacks: it seems like users prefer AMOLED display with a standard refresh rate instead of IPS panels with high refresh rates. But the POCO X3 NFC remains very interesting because it has a very high 120 Hz refresh rate and the HDR10 certification. It even comes with stereo speakers for a better multimedia experience.
Specs & Software
The most powerful device of this comparison is the POCO X3 NFC because it packs a stronger chipset: the new Snapdragon 732G which is actually an upgrade of the Snapdragon 730G found on the Motorola Moto G9 Plus. The chipset is paired with 6 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage which you can furtherly expand with a micro SD. The Motorola Moto G9 Plus packs a better chipset than Realme 7 Pro (Snapdragon 730G vs Snapdragon 720G), but Realme 7 Pro is still superior because it doubles the RAM (8 GB vs 4 GB) and the Snapdragon 720G is more or less at the same level as the 730G. With these three devices, you naturally get Android 10 out of the box.
On the paper, the most advanced camera department is on board of the POCO X3 NFC, at least when it comes to the rear cameras. Indeed, it features a better ultrawide sensor with a 13 MP resolution instead of the 8 MP ultrawide lens found on the Moto G9 Plus and the Realme 7 Pro. On the other hand, Realme 7 Pro wins the selfie camera comparison with its 32 MP front camera. Motorola Moto G9 Plus and Realme 7 Pro come with the same rear camera department which should not be so different from the Xiaomi POCO X3 NFC.
POCO X3 NFC packs a bigger 5160 mAh battery and, despite its higher refresh rate, it should last more than Realme 7 Pro on a single charge. Motorola Moto G9 Plus should have a similar battery life with a 5000 mAh battery. But the Realme 7 Pro charges a lot faster with its 65W fast charging tech.
POCO X3 NFC is priced €229/$273 globally, Motorola Moto G9 Plus starts from €250/$296, and Realme 7 Pro starts from €230/$273 in India. The most complete device of this comparison is the POCO X3 NFC, but some may prefer the Realme 7 Pro for its AMOLED display and its 65W fast charging. Which one would you pick?
Motorola Moto G9 Plus vs Xiaomi POCO X3 NFC vs Realme 7 Pro: PROs and CONS
Motorola Moto G9 Plus
- Wider display
- Big battery
- Stock Android
- Nothing particular
POCO X3 NFC
- Great price
- Best hardware
- Good cameras
- Stereo speakers
- 120 Hz HDR10 display
- Huge battery
- Nothing particular
Oppo Realme 7 Pro
- Faster charging
- Great price
- AMOLED display
- Stereo speakers
- Inferior hardware
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