Published on September 30th, 2020 | by Alex Novus

Motorola launches the moto g9 play in Australia

Motorola has today announced the release of the moto g9 play in Australia, the latest addition to the moto g family which has sold in excess of 100 million units worldwide, since launching in 2013.

The moto g9 play in Sapphire Blue will retail from $299 and available from Wednesday, 7 October 2020 at JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Officeworks, Big W, Mobileciti and the Motorola online store. The Spring Pink variant will be available from JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys and the Motorola online store.

The moto g9 play is the next big leap in Motorola’s mid-tier segment, created for value-conscious consumers looking for the best overall experience at an amazing price point. The moto g9 play offers reliability, long battery life, a great camera when you need it and NFC technology for contactless mobile payments.

“What’s most important for Australians is to have a phone that can fulfil their day-to-day needs and performs well across the board, with excellent specs and features, without paying too much. This is what Motorola’s moto g family is all about: To deliver what matters most to consumers,” said Danny Adamopoulos, General Manager of Sales, APAC for Mature Markets, Motorola.

“Motorola understands the mid-tier segment like nobody else. Each year, we continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible in this price range. With the moto g9 play, we have taken the mobile experience to the next level by combining everything consumers want in one product.

The moto g9 play comes with Motorola true wireless Bluetooth earbuds in the box so consumers can enjoy their favourite music and rich quality sound while on the move. The stylish earbuds include a USB charging cable on the case that allows the buds to be charged directly from the phone.  

More than expected

The new moto g9 play has everything you want, from an outstanding 48 MP[1] triple camera system and 5000mAh battery to super-responsive performance that won’t slow you down.

Whether you use your phone for entertainment, work or play, there’s no need to worry about battery life with the moto g9 play. The 5000mAh battery gives you two days of power on a single charge, making it possible to stream music for 83 hours, stream videos for 16 hours, or browse your favourite websites for 13 hours.2

The moto g9 play has a triple camera system that includes a 48 MP main camera sensor with Quad Pixel technology, night vision mode and a large f/1.7 aperture. A depth sensor gives you beautifully blurred portraits with accurate edges and the Macro Vision camera gets you 4x closer to your subject than a standard lens. With astonishing AI capabilities that power the camera, you can capture great photos without having to fumble.

The moto g9 play is one of the first smartphones in the world to have the super responsive Snapdragon™ 662 Mobile Platform. With astonishing AI performance and dynamic camera capabilities, consumers will capture and connect in brand new ways and enjoy games and videos with smooth and vivid graphics. The Snapdragon 662 is also built with increased speeds and robust on-device performance, so you can multitask seamlessly with less lag. Plus, feel your phone respond instantly to every touch, tap, and swipe, and switch between multiple open apps without missing a beat thanks to 4GB of memory.

The 6.5“ Max Vision (20:9) HD+ screen gives you an immersive experience designed to maximise your viewing area. The moto g9 play has 64 GB of built-in storage, so you have plenty of room to download more photos, songs, movies, and games.3

your personal helper, right at your fingertips

Motorola has simplified the experience on the moto g9 play with a dedicated Google Assistant Button located on the side of your phone. Now, your personal helper is always within reach – just press the button to enable voice control and get all the answers or help you need.

My UX and software

Motorola is continuing its ongoing commitment to providing consumers with the purest version of Android OS. There are no clunky software skins, no duplicate apps – just near-stock Android™.

The moto g9 play also comes with My UX, which includes all the great Moto Experiences customers have come to know and love as well as a variety of new customisable features. With My UX users can create their own device themes by choosing from unique fonts, colors, icon shapes, and fingerprint sensor animations.

moto g8 power lite available now with Optus

Motorola has also announced its moto g8 power lite is now available to purchase through Optus. The moto g8 power lite offers impressive battery performance, with up to 48 hours on a single charge. Take the perfect shots with its versatile AI camera system while also having 64GB of memory space for everything you need.

Motorola is now available across Australia’s three major mobile network operators:

For further information and specifications, visit www.motorola.com.au


Product specifications

Operating System Android™ 10
System Architecture / Processor  Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 662 with 2.0GHz octa-core Kryo™ 260 CPU, 950MHz Adreno™ 610 GPU
Memory 4GB
Storage  64GB built-in* | Up to 512GB microSD card* expandable
Body  Plastic
Dimensions  165.21 x 75.73 x 9.18mm
Weight 200g
Water protection Water repellent design*
Display  6.5” Max Vision
Display Technology  IPS TFT LCD
Display Resolution  HD+ (1600×720) | 269ppi
Display Aspect Ratio  20:9
Screen-to-body ratio  Active Area-Touch Panel (AA-TP): 87%
Battery  5000mAh
Battery Life  2 days*
Charging  15W charging capable
Charger type 20W charger
Networks 4G: LTE (Cat4) | 3G: UMTS / HSPA+ | 2G: GSM / EDGE
Bands (by model) 4G: LTE band 1/2/3/5/7/8/18/19/20/26/28/38/40/41
3G: WCDMA band 1/2/5/8/19
2G: GSM band 2/3/5/8
Main Rear Camera 48MP sensor | 12MP output (f/1.7, 1.6um) Quad Pixel technology
Camera 2  2MP (f/2.4, 1.75um) | depth
Sensor 3  2MP (f/2.4, 1.75um) | macro
Flash  Single LED flash
Rear camera software  Auto smile capture, Smart composition, Shot optimization, Night Vision, High-res zoom, HDR, Timer, AR stickers, Active photos, Cinemagraph, Manual mode, Portrait mode, Cutout, Spot color, Panorama, Live filter, RAW photo output, Watermark, Burst shot, Best shot, Google Lens™ integration
Rear camera video capture  Rear main camera: FHD (60/30fps)
Rear macro camera: HD (30fps)
Rear camera video software Slow motion video, Timelapse video, Hyperlapse video
Front camera 8MP (f/2.2, 1.12um)
Front camera software  Auto smile capture, Portrait mode, Face beauty, HDR, Manual mode, Watermark, Burst shot, Best shot, Photo Mirror, Timer, Active Photo, Cinemagraph, Live filter, RAW photo output, Spot color, Group selfie, Gesture Selfie
Front camera video capture FHD (30fps)
Front camera video


Timelapse video, Hyperlapse video
SIM slot Hybrid Dual SIM (2 Nano SIMs / 1 Nano SIM + 1 microSD)
FM Radio Yes
Speakers Bottom-ported loudspeaker
Microphones  2 Microphones
Headset jack  3.5mm headset jack
Bluetooth® Technology  Bluetooth® 5.0
Wi-Fi  Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac | 2.4GHz & 5GHz | Wi-Fi hotspot
USB  Type-C port (USB 2.0)
Location Services  GPS, A-GPS, LTEPP, SUPL, GLONASS, Galileo
Sensors  Fingerprint reader, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light sensor, Sar sensor, Gyroscope
Security  Fingerprint reader, Face unlock
Inbox Accessories* Headset (for selected countries), protective cover, charger, USB cable, guides, SIM tool
Experiences  Display, Gestures, Play
Quick Gestures  Gestures: Quick capture, Fast flashlight, Three finger screenshot, Screenshot editor, Flip for DND, Pick up to silence, Media controls, Lift to unlock
Smarter Screen 


Voice Control Google Assistant
Colours  Sapphire Blue, Spring Pink


[1]The 48MP sensor combines 4 pixels into 1, for an effective photo resolution of 12MP.

2Battery must be substantially depleted; charging rate slows as charging progresses. All battery life claims are approximate and based on the median user tested across a mixed-use profile (which includes both usage and standby time) under optimal network conditions. Actual battery performance will vary and depends on many factors including signal strength, network and device settings, temperature, battery condition, and usage patterns.

3Supports up to 512GB microSD card, microSD cards sold separately. Content with DRM restrictions may not be able to be moved to the card.


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