It’s been a less than a year since Motorola released its g6 line-up late last April, but today we see the company announcing new refreshes and a brand new generation of phones, introducing the new Moto g7s. The new line-up continues what seems to have become a quite established formula for Motorola, with the new phones each respectively having updated hardware and features to keep pace with the ever evolving mid-range smartphone segment.

A big change over last year’s setup is that the new Moto g7 plus and the regular Moto g7 now both come in the same form-factor, a marked difference to last year’s models where the g6 plus was a notably larger phone. The new Moto g7 power adds a new variant alongside the g7 play in terms of lower priced positioning – offering a similarly lower specced model, but which focuses on battery longevity.

Going over the specification of the new phones:

Motorola Moto g7 variants
  Moto g7 Moto g7 plus Moto g7 power Moto g7 play
SoC Snapdragon 632

  4x Kryo 250 (CA73)
@ 1.8GHz  

4x Kryo 250 (CA53) @ 1.8GHz
Snapdragon 636

  4x Kryo 250 (CA73)
@ 1.8GHz

4x Kryo 250 (CA53)
@ 1.8GHz
Snapdragon 632

4x Kryo 250 (CA73)
@ 1.8GHz  

4x Kryo 250 (CA53)
@ 1.8GHz
Display 6.2" 2270x1080 (19:9)
LTPS LCD
6.2" 1570x720 (19:9)
LTPS LCD
5.7" 1512x720 (19:9)
LTPS LCD
Dimensions 157.0 x 75.3 x 8.0 mm
172 grams
157 x 75.3 x 8.3 mm
176 grams
160.8 x 76 x 9.4 mm
198 grams
148.7 x 71.5 x 8.1 mm
168 grams
RAM 4GB 3GB 2GB
NAND 64GB 
+ microSD
32GB 
+ microSD
32GB 
+ microSD
Battery 3000 mAh (11.55Wh) 5000 mAh (19Wh) 3000 mAh (11.55Wh)
Front
Camera
8MP 1.12µm 12MP 1.25µm 8MP 1.12µm
F/2.2
8MP 1.12µm
F/2.2
LED selfie flash
Primary
Rear Camera
12MP, 1.25µm
DP-PDAF

F/1.8 lens
16MP, 1.22µm

F/1.7 lens
OIS
12MP, 1.25µm PDAF

F/2.0
13MP, 1.12µm PDAF

F/2.0
Secondary
Rear Camera
5MP Depth sensor

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SIM Size

NanoSIM
(Dual-SIM in some markets)

NanoSIM

Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n,
BT 5.0 LE, NFC, GPS/GLSS/Galileo/
BDS
802.11a/b/g/n/ac,
BT 5.0 LE, NFC, GPS/GLSS/Galileo
802.11a/b/g/n,
BT 4.2, GPS/GLSS
Connectivity USB Type-C
3.5mm headset
Features Fingerprint reader,
face unlock
Fingerprint reader,
face unlock,
stereo speakers
Fingerprint reader,
face unlock
Fingerprint reader,
face unlock
Launch OS Android 9.0
Launch Price USD $299 EUR 299€ USD $249 USD $199

All four phone models come with major upgrades in the SoC: The new g7 and g7 power come with a Snapdragon 632, while the g7 plus comes with a Snapdragon 636. The SoCs share the same high-level CPU configuration: four Cortex A73 derived cored running at 1.8GHz, along with four Cortex A53 derived cores at also 1.8GHz. What is important to note here, is that compared to last year’s g6 offerings, all the g7 models now offer big CPU cores. In practical terms, this means that we should expect 2-2.5x performance increases in many workloads, a one-time generational jump we won’t see any time soon again in this price category.
 

g7 play

Motorola has streamlined the offerings in terms of DRAM and storage capacities, and as such we see both the g7 and g7 plus offered with 4GB and 64GB base options. The g7 power comes at a lower specced 3GB/32GB option, while the g7 play only offers 2GB.

As previously mentioned, a big change in the new line-up is the fact that the new g7 and g7 plus are now actually identical form-factor devices, both coming with 6.2” 2270x1080 LCD screens. It’s to be noted that the screen is of an 19:9 aspect ratio, so don’t let the wide diameter scare you as the phone’s body still is at a reasonable 75.3mm wide. Both these variants come with a 3000mAh battery.

The g7 power also comes in a similar form-factor, but it is quite bulkier in all metrics, especially in terms of thickness as the phone figures in at 9.4mm. The bigger thickness serves to house the new 5000mAh battery of the phone, undoubtedly the feature that made Motorola market the phone as the “power” variant of the new g7 series. This variant also comes with a 6.2” 19:9 screen, however it features a lower resolution coming in at 1570x720.

The g7 play has the same low-resolution screen, but in a 5.7” diameter which makes this the smallest of the series with a lesser width of 71.5mm. The play’s smaller size also applies to its thickness which is of a more normal 8.1mm and housing a 3000mAh battery.

g7 plus

Camera wise, it looks like both the g7 and g7 power feature 12MP sensors with 1.25µm pixels – on the former we find a dual-pixel PDAF sensor while the latter only has a more traditional PDAF sensor. Other differences are an f/1.8 aperture lens on the g7 while the g7 power’s lens comes in at f/2.0.

The g7 plus is actually the model with the highest grade camera system: a 16MP sensor with 1.22µm pixels and an f/1.7 aperture lens. This is also the only model whose camera module offers OIS. Like on the g7, we find a 5MP depth sensor alongside the main unit.


g7 play

The g7, g7 power and g7 play come with an 8MP front camera – while the g7 plus upgrades this to a 12MP unit with bigger pixels. The g7 play offers a front-facing LED flash for selfies. This latter feature is house in a display notch – the g7 plus and g7 play come with a notch design more similar to that of an iPhone X, while the g7 power has one more reminiscent of an OnePlus 6. The regular g7 comes with a teardrop notch, actually offering the highest screen-to-body ratio of the series.


g7 power

The g7 becomes available today in Brazil and Mexico, and will follow up in a few day in Europe. It will also be rolled out in other global markets including North America over the coming months at a price of $299 USD. The g7 plus comes at 299€ EUR and won’t be available in NA, the g7 power and g7 play come at respectively $249 USD and $199 USD with the same global roll-out as the g7.

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  • rscsr90 - Thursday, February 07, 2019 - link

    the G7 plus with the battery of the G7 power would be the ideal combination imho. Reply
  • webdoctors - Thursday, February 07, 2019 - link

    Yes!

    I would've preferred the same screen size as the G5+, but with the new battery/CPU. The G7plus is nice because of the OIS camera. Shame. If they just had a G7power with the OIS camera it would be great. Higher resolution would've been nice, maybe tradeoff with a smaller screen.

    How is 6 inch getting mainstream? This used to be a joke 5 yrs ago.
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  • nwrigley - Thursday, February 07, 2019 - link

    I'm also not a fan of the big screens. I much prefer something that fits in my pocket better, but I guess that's not the direction of the market. Reply
  • 1_rick - Friday, February 08, 2019 - link

    I hear people say this a lot, and I keep wondering what kind of pockets you and they have? I've got a mi mix 2s (5.99" screen, tiny bezels) and I've never had a problem fitting it in my pants pockets, whether jeans or dockers.. Reply
  • milkywayer - Friday, February 08, 2019 - link

    Yet another G series with insufficient water proofing. My last one had a muffled speaker and I hated Moto for not charging me $5 more for a water proofing that s***.

    They're half-assing these phones now.
    Reply
  • Opencg - Saturday, February 09, 2019 - link

    i would greatly prefer if this was a microwave. i already have a phone. Reply
  • haukionkannel - Friday, February 08, 2019 - link

    Have you been jogging with that phone in your pocket? For sport and one hand usage smaller 4.5" phone is superior. If i wear my normal clothes bigger phone is ok, but not when I am doing something activity! Reply
  • Tams80 - Friday, February 08, 2019 - link

    For some people, these larger phones do not fit easily into their pockets *cough* skinny jeans *cough*. I jest, but it's a genuine issue for them.

    For those of us with larger pockets, these larger phones can still be cumbersome. I use a Note as I love the stylus, but it's still a big surface area. Compared to my iPhone 5S and Sony XZ1 Compact, I can really notice the difference, as can other people.
    Reply
  • nekoken - Friday, February 08, 2019 - link

    Levis 501s Reply
  • piroroadkill - Friday, February 08, 2019 - link

    I fully agree. These are just too large. Reply

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