One of the most anticipated smartphone lineup, the mid-budget smartphones of Moto G7 series was launched yesterday in an event held in Brazil. Bringing the best value in design, battery life, and display, these smartphones will compete against devices of double their prices. Motorola has finally minimized the bezels and enhanced the battery performance by a good margin. The Moto G7 lineup was leaked thoroughly before the launch and the new lineup will not disappoint you since it offers bigger displays and better batteries at quite low prices.
The launch on Thursday witnessed four smartphones launched including Moto G7 Power, Moto G7, Moto G7 Play, and Moto G7 Plus. The smartphones carry varying features such as all-day battery life and high-quality camera performance with strong software backing the shooting lenses. The launch came at an interesting time as the Lenovo-owned company was literally struggling to get anywhere close near rapidly dominating Huawei, the smartphone giant Samsung, the premium phone king Apple, and the low-budget segment ruler Xiaomi. The new smartphones went on sale in Brazil and Mexico yesterday whereas, Motorola confirmed that phones will soon appear in other smartphone markets including India, Latin America, North America, and Europe.
The Moto G7 series is also one of the first major smartphone announcements of 2019 before the much-awaited MWC 2019. While smartphone giants are ready to show off their wares, Motorola is making an early attempt to jump into the market. Other than that, Samsung has been making desperate attempts of getting back in the affordable smartphone segments courtesy the newly launched Galaxy M-series. Note that Samsung is not done with the M-series and company will soon launch members other than Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M10 that will go head-to-head with Moto G7 smartphones. South Korean tech giant is marketing the new M-series devices as India-first smartphones.
Moto G7-series prices, availability
According to the Lenovo-owned company, the Moto G7 base model will cost around $299 (approx. Rs 21,300), whereas the pricier one will be the Moto G7 Plus with a price tag of €299 (around Rs 21,300). The other two devices Moto G7 Power and Moto G7 Play will cost around $249 (roughly Rs. 17,800) and $199 (roughly Rs. 14,200) respectively. The smartphones are already on sale in Mexico and Brazil whereas the global roll-out will begin a week later in mid-February. There are no official India-specific release announcements out yet but we can assume a week or two for the launch here.
Common Specifications of Moto G7 Series
Talking about the common specifications of the devices, all the four smartphones including the new Moto G7, Moto G7 Plus, Moto G7 Play, and Moto G7 Power will have Android 9 Pie running out-of-the-box which will be a huge win over its competitors that are mostly running on Android 8 or 8.1 Oreo. All the smartphones of the series feature different sizes of notches alongside tiny bezels, however, they still don’t stand a chance against the current trend of full or almost fullscreen bezel-less, notch-less displays. The smartphones will feature all the basic connectivity options along with 4G LTE support. They all have rear-mounted fingerprint sensors. One of the major highlights in all the devices is camera-specific software with a number of features such as Super Slow Motion capture (250fps), Smart Composition, and Auto Smile Capture.
Moto G7 specifications
The first basic and leading model of the series Moto G7 features a 6.24-inch full-HD+ Max Vision display with 1080×2270 pixels of resolution. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor clocking at 1.8GHz alongside a 4GB RAM. It holds inbuilt storage of 64GB and comes with expandability of up to 128GB through a microSD card. The device gets juice from a 3,000mAh battery and supports a dual Nano SIM.
The imaging department of Moto G7 features a dual-camera setup at the rear end including a 12MP primary lens with f/1.8 aperture and a 5MP secondary lens with f/2.2 aperture. For selfies, the device sports an 8-megapixel shooter at the front with f/2.2 aperture. The Moto G7 also features an upgraded and modeled Gorilla Glass design.
Moto G7 Plus specifications
Featuring only 3,000mAh battery as a common feature, the Moto G7 Plus is just a maxed out version of Moto G7. The device sports a 6.24-inch full-HD+ Max Vision display with 1080×2270 pixels of resolution. The device is power-driven by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 SoC clocked at 1.8GHz. Packing up a 4GB RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage, the Motorola smartphone can be extended up to 512GB with the help of a microSD card.
The photo enthusiasts will love the device for its powerful camera software alongside a dual-camera setup at the back of the device. The two lenses at the back include a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The smartphone software powers the lenses to provide optical image stabilization. You also have a 12-megapixel front camera for selfies with f/2.0 aperture. Another extra feature in Moto G7 Plus is the Dolby Audio support that helps in producing a crystal clear stereo sound from phone speakers.
Moto G7 Power specifications
Here comes a slightly smaller smartphone than Moto G7 and G7 Plus. Packing a 6.2-inch HD+ screen with 720×1520 pixels resolution, it will save some power with the display for you. But the main highlight of the smartphone is a 5,000mAh battery that the company claims, can give 55 hours of usage time. Moreover, the device is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC clocked at 1.8GHz with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage having expandability through microSD card support.
The imaging department is not so big in Moto G7 Power packing only one 12-megapixel snapper at the rear end with f/2.0 aperture. The front of the device also holds a single 8MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture. It also supports fast charging feature, getting 8 hours of juice with just 15 minutes of charging.
Moto G7 Play specifications
This is the cheapest smartphone among the four models with an entry-level spec sheet. Featuring a 5.7-inch Max Vision screen with HD+ resolution of 720×1512 pixels, the smartphone relies on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 632 SoC with 1.8GHz clock speed for all the tasks. It sports 2GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage with an option to expand it up to 128GB through microSD card. The smartphone handles imaging needs with a single rear shooter of 13-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture. The selfies are handled by an 8-megapixel front snapper with f/2.2 aperture. It gets power from a 3,000mAh battery.
We cannot say that any of the devices will give hard competition to any of the currently dominating devices of the said price segments. Even though the smartphone lineup has decent specifications, each smartphone lacks at one point or another. However, we still have to wait and see how Motorola tags the prices to these devices in India.