Thursday, February 7, 2019

Motorola Unveils the Moto G7, G7 Power, and G7 Play

The Moto G-series, a mid-range fan-favorite for years now, is entering its seventh generation. It delivers better and faster chipsets, cameras and charging. They are available in Brazil and Mexico today and will spread to Europe and other parts of the world from the mid-February.

With this new arrival, the Motorola G7 series has shown that less than $300 smartphones no longer sucks. These G series are among those rare smartphones that can be had for under $300 with interesting features. We were able to spend some hands-on time with all of them, but before we get into the details, here is a big spec sheet about them.


From the spec shit, we've got easy $50 increments between the devices, and while the SoC always stays the same, more expensive devices get better screens, more RAM, more storage, and better cameras. Then we get to the battery section and things get crazy. The more expensive device has a smaller battery!

Moto G7 Plus: The Photographer Device

Among the G-Series, the Moto G7 Plus is the most powerful, but the main feature is the photography. The device features a 16MP and 5MP dual camera at the back optimized for low-light shooting.

The 16MP sensor has large 1.22µm pixels, bright f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization for photos, plus electronic stabilization and hyperlapse mode for video. At the front is a 12MP selfie camera with portrait and group selfie modes with AI-powered features like Smart Composition and Auto-Smile capture will help you get the best shot. 

The G7 Plus is powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset, which features four Cortex-A73-derived Kryo 260 Gold cores plus four A53-based cores. It’s paired with 3GB of RAM and 64GB storage (expandable with microSD cards up to 512GB). It goes without saying that it runs stock Android 9 Pie.

This G7 Plus has a 3000mAh battery with fast charge support. This is the first Moto phone to feature the new 27W TurboPower charging mode. It promises 12 hours of usage in just 15 minutes of charging. On the plus side, the phone is compatible with any QC4.0 or USB PD3.0 charger.

It sports a 6.2” LCD on the front with a teardrop notch. It has 1,080 x 2,270px resolution and Gorilla Glass. Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio plus a 3.5mm jack promise an eventful multimedia experience. If you want to go wireless, there’s Bluetooth 5.0 LE with aptX.

Moto G7 Play: The Photographer Device

This variant does not have much difference with the previous version. but looking at it, there is some difference, including the price tag. It has the same 6.2” 1080p+ display and 3,000mAh battery.

The dual camera on the rear goes for a 12MP main module (f/1.8, 1.25µm) and keeps the 5MP depth sensor. It can record 4K video at 30fps as well as 1080p at 30/60fps, EIS and hyperlapse for videos too. The selfie camera has an 8MP (1.12µm) sensor.

The chipset is a Snapdragon 632, which is similar to the 636, though the CPU and GPU are dialed down. You do get the same 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage memory configuration, though. 

The phone relies on the old 15W TurboPower charging and gets 9 hours of usage in 15 minutes, instead of 12 hours. Like the Plus, the vanilla G7 P2i water-repellent nanocoating.

Moto G7 Play: The Photographer Device

If you are more bordered about power and don't feel okay with the battery capacity of the first two, these Moto G7 Power has 5,000mAh in its tank, which promises 60 hours (2.5 days) of usage on a single charge. It comes with the 15W TurboPower charger (remember that you can also use any QC4.0 or USB PD3.0 charger). We would have loved to see the 27W charger, though.

Anyway, the Power splits the difference between the G7 Plus and the G7 Play. It has a 6.2” screen with 720 x 1,520px resolution. It’s powered by the same Snapdragon 632 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. 

There’s a single 12MP camera on the rear (f/2.0, 1.25µm) and an 8MP selfie camera on the wider notch on the front. The main camera can record 4K video at 30 fps.

The there phones all have displays with notches for the front camera and earpiece. Amusingly, the notch size scales inversely with the price. The $199 Moto G7 Play has a very wide notch, the $249 Moto G7 Power has a medium-size notch, and the $299 Moto G7 has a small, teardrop-style notch. 


All three have a bottom bezel with a shouty "Motorola" logo emblazoned on the front, which seems ugly and dated.

Also, they have an aluminum internal frames, but you won't see any of this metal exposed on the outside of the phone. All the G7s have plastic sides that get various treatments, working up to a faux-metal paint on the Moto G7. The backs are all different, too. 

The top-end Moto G7 gets a Gorilla Glass back, the Power gets a clear plastic back with an undercoat of colour sort of like a faux-glass back and the Moto G7 Play gets regular old opaque plastic.

Currently, all the three phones are available today in Brazil and Mexico and according to a post on Motorola's blog, it promises that the phones will go to Europe in "mid-February" and the US and Canada in "spring." They will also eventually make it to Asia and Latin America. Also, they will be sold "universally unlocked" at Best Buy, B&H Photo, Walmart, and on Amazon.com. 

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