Motorola Unveils Four (4) Moto G7 phones: Vanilla, Plus, Power and Play
Motorola has launched its seventh generation of Moto G-series, a fan-favorite mid-ranger for years. It delivers better and faster chipsets, cameras and charging and will be available in Europe from the mid-February.
Moto G7 Plus: All About Photography
The Moto G7 Plus is the most powerful G-phone yet, but its calling in life is photography. It features a 16+5MP dual camera on 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. There’s a 12MP selfie camera with portrait and group selfie modes.
AI-powered features like Smart Composition and Auto-Smile capture will help you get the best shot. The rear camera can record 4K video at 30fps and 1080p at 30/60/120fps. The 5MP module is a depth sensor for that creamy bokkeh in your portrait shots.
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 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. The not-so-good news is that the battery has only 3,000mAh capacity. On the plus side, the phone is compatible with any QC4.0 or USB PD3.0 charger.
The Moto G7 Plus sports a 6.2-inch 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.
All Moto G7 models will be available in Europe starting mid-February. The Plus will cost €300.
Moto G7: The Vanilla
The Moto G7 is largely based on the same hardware as the Plus, but scales back on a few things, including the price tag. It has the same 6.2-inch 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 get get 9 hours of usage in 15 minutes, instead of 12 hours. Like the Plus, the vanilla G7 P2i water-repellent nano coating.
The Moto G7 will cost €250.
Moto G7 Power: Big Battery Power For You
Not happy with the battery capacity of the first two? The 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 vanilla G7 and the 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 1080p video at 30 fps.
The Moto G7 power will cost €210. There’s no water-repellent coating or stereo speakers on this one.
Moto G7 Play: E-series Plus
The Moto G7 Play is the most affordable of the four at just €150 and the most compact too, with a 5.7” 720p+ display.
It’s powered by the same Snapdragon 632 chipset, though with only 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage (the microSD slot is still on board for up to 512GB more). The 3,000mAh battery matches the more upscale models, but charges at only 5W.
The Play features a single 13MP camera on the back (f/2.0, 1.12µm) that records 1080p/30 video and an 8MP selfie camera with dedicated LED flash.