At a time when $1,000 phones roam the Earth, Motorola's four tell a different story: One where budget phones aim to be satisfying, on-trend devices that cost roughly a third of the price of the iPhone XS. The Moto G7, Moto G7 Plus, Moto G7 Power and Moto G7 Play are all variations on a theme.
They share backbone specs like full-screen faces with slim bezels, Android Pie, a headphone jack and external storage up to 256GB. From there, the phones take on subtle differences. For example, the Moto G7 Plus -- which won't sell in the US -- has a more powerful processor and a big camera upgrade, while the Moto G7 Power gets its character from its extra-large battery.
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Here's how the four new Moto G7 phones break down. Check out our specs chart for a quick breakdown, as well as our in-depth comparison story ---- for more details.
Moto G7: The standard bearer ($299)
This is the step up we expected in 2019's G7 phone. The most well rounded of Moto's new G7s for the US, this looks and feels more luxe than you'd expect for a $300 (£239) device. There's glass on the front and back, a small teardrop-shaped notch and ultrathin bezels all around.
Those slimmer margins mean the 6.2-inch display feels expansive without the phone being a behemoth. The dual 12-megapixel/5-megapixel camera setup makes depth-sensing portrait photos possible using that second lens (the G7 Power and play have that too, using software only). You also get the same "auto smile capture" mode as the G7 Plus, for both sets of lenses.
An 1.8GHz octacore Snapdragon 632 chipset helps keep tasks moving along, so everything felt zippy in the brief time I had with the phone. As a bonus, there's water resistance up to IP154 and 64GB of onboard storage to fill up with your photos, videos and apps.
Moto G7 Power: The battery beast ($249)
The name says it all. The Moto G7 Power's 5,000-mAh battery takes center stage on this device, promising 2.5 days of battery life on a single charge. TurboPower charging means you can effectively top up the battery to give you 9 additional hours of use in just 15 minutes of charge. It'll cost £179 in the UK.
The splashproof G7 Power has a wide eyebrow-style notch on its 6.2-inch screen, but you can tell by holding it that the body is more rudimentary than the Moto G7. A finish that Motorola calls "glass polymer" looks like glass, but is really made out of plastic. Hey, on the plus side, it'll be harder to break.
From a camera perspective, the Moto G7 Power has a single 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter. Portrait-style photos that blur the background are a go, but the phone uses software, rather than two lenses, to achieve the effect.
Moto G7 Play: The biggest cost saver ($199)
The smallest and most compact Moto G7, the G7 Play was designed to bring you the essentials at a reasonable rate. There's nothing fancy or noteworthy here, but Motorola still manages to slot in specs that suggest decent performance for the value buy, on paper at least. We won't know for sure until we get a chance to review the phones.
This G7 Play has a 5.7-inch screen (with a wide notch), a splashproof, plastic body with a soft-touch grip, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a decent 3,000-mAh battery. Like the G7 and G7 Power, the modest G7 Play still comes with Android 9 Pie, a headset jack and rear fingerprint reader, and a Snapdragon 632 chipset. That processor alone makes the G7 Play 110 percent faster than the G6 Play, according to Motorola's claims. It'll be £149 in the UK.
It comes with a more humble 32GB of baked-in storage and just 2GB of RAM. This isn't a phone meant for intensive gaming or lightning-quick photo processing. But rest assured that you'll be able to store up to 256GB more files than the phone comes with, thanks to the expandable storage slot on every Moto G7 phone.
Moto G7 Plus: The budget 'splurge' (£269)
The £269 G7 Plus won't make it to the US, but the most advanced of Motorola's G7 crop holds the most on-paper appeal. It shares many of the Moto G7's core specs, like a 6.2-inch FHD+ screen, teardrop notch and Gorilla Glass backing. But it also adds a huge camera upgrade --- a 16-megapixel/5-megapixel dual camera setup with optical image stabilization (OIS) -- and a 12-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies.
It also has a more powerful processor -- Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 instead of Snapdragon 632 -- and is water resistant at a rating of IP54 (protected from limited dust and spraying water from any direction). Extras include red and indigo colors, stereo speakers tuned by Dolby and the fastest Turbo Power charging, which gets you 12 hours of juice in 15 minutes.
The G7 Plus includes high-resolution zoom (all the G7s do), and an "auto smile capture" mode for the rear and selfie cameras, which will automatically take a photo with up to five people in the frame, once everyone smiles and stops moving around.
Moto G7 phone specs
||Motorola Moto G7 Play||Motorola Moto G7 Power||Motorola Moto G7||Motorola Moto G7 Plus|
|Display size, resolution||5.7-inch LCD; 1,512x720 pixels||6.2-inch LCD; 1,520x720 pixels||6.2-inch LCD; 2,270x1,080 pixels||6.2-inch LCD; 2,270x1,080 pixels|
|Pixel density||294 ppi||271 ppi||403 ppi||403 ppi|
|Dimensions (inches)||5.85 x 2.81 x 0.32 in.||6.28 x 2.99 x 0.37 in.||6.18 x 2.96 x 0.31 in.||6.18 x 2.96 x 0.33 in.|
|Dimensions (millimeters)||148.71 x 71.5 x 8.19 mm||159.43 x 76 x 9.3 mm||157 x 75.3 x 8 mm||157 x 75.3 x 8.3 mm|
|Weight (ounces, grams)||5.33 oz.; 151g||6.98 oz.; 198g||6.07 oz.; 172g||6.2 oz.; 176g|
|Mobile software||Android 9.0||Android 9.0||Android 9.0||Android 9.0|
|Camera||13-megapixel||12-megapixel||12-megapixel, 5-megapixel||16-megapixel, 5-megapixel|
|Processor||1.8GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 632||1.8GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 632||1.8GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 632||1.8GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 636|
|Expandable storage||Up to 512GB||Up to 512GB||Up to 512GB||Up to 512GB|
|Special features||Water repellent with P2i nanocoating; front-facing flash||Water repellent with P2i nanocoating; TurboPower charging||Water repellent with P2i nanocoating; TurboPower charging||Water repellent with P2i nanocoating; TurboPower charging|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$199||$249||$299||300 euros, converts to about $340|
|Price (AUD)||Converts to about AU$280||Converts to about AU$350||Converts to about AU$420||Converts to about AU$480|
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