Motorola might not make the most popular flagship phones out there, but for years, it has been making some of the most successful and loved affordable phones out there: the Moto G series.
Today, the Moto G series return with the brand new Moto G7
family of four phones: the entry-level Moto G7 Play
, the battery-centric G7 Power, the main star of the show, the G7, and the G7 Plus, a phone that goes a step further and the only one that will unfortunately not be sold in the United States.
Here is a short summary of the new devices:
- Moto G7 Play: entry-level G7 with basic specs
- Moto G7 Power: affordable price and a massive, 5,000mAh battery
- Moto G7: best price to performance ratio, 4K video, fast charging, $300 price
- Moto G7 Plus: fastest and best cameras at a higher price, not sold in the US
What is special about each one of them and how do they differ?
First of all, here is what's common: all G7 series will come equipped with the latest Android 9 Pie on board, all of them will support microSD cards for expandable storage, they will have a USB-C port and all of them will have the good old headphone jack on board.
Curious about the details? Let's start with the specs...
Moto G7 Series Specs Comparison
|Moto G7 Play||Moto G7 Power||Moto G7||Moto G7 Plus|
|Size & Weight||148.7 x 71.5 x 8.19m|
|159.4 x 76 x 9.3mm|
|157 x 75.3 x 8 mm|
|157 x 75.3 x 8.27 mm|
720 x 1512 pixels
720 x 1520 px
1080 x 2270 px
1080 x 2270 px
|Processor||Snapdragon 632||Snapdragon 632||Snapdragon 632||Snapdragon 636|
|Storage||32GB + microSD||32GB + microSD||64GB + microSD||64GB + microSD|
|Cameras||13MP rear cam|
8MP front cam
|12MP rear cam|
8MP front cam
|12MP + 5MP dual cams|
8MP front cam
|16MP + 5MP dual cams|
12MP front cam
|Battery||3,000 mAh||5,000 mAh||3,000 mAh||3,000 mAh|
|Price||from $200||from $250||from $300||300 euro, not sold in US |
Moto G7 Play
The most affordable in the G7 series
The Moto G6 Play
was one of the phones with the longest-lasting battery in 2018 in our testing, scoring nearly 12 hours on our screen test
, while most flagships average around 9 hours, and it was a two-day experience for most people. This year, however, Moto stirs things up as it has a different model, the G7 Power, that will focus on battery longevity, while the Moto G7 Play is expected to be all about that affordable price.
What this means is that unlike last year's G6
Play, the G7 Play will actually have a smaller battery: the size will go down from 4,000mAh on the last year's model to a 3,000mAh battery in the G7 Play.
The Play model will also have a big notch styled like the one on iPhones and a 5.7-inch HD screen, plus it will be powered by the Snapdragon 632 chip paired with only 2GB of RAM on board. The low amount of RAM might be the biggest concern here, but it's all about achieving a very low price tag, so for some users this might be a worthy trade-off.
The price of the Play version is set at just $200 and it will launch unlocked in the US this spring. Shortly after the initial launch, the phone will arrive on Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Republic Wireless and Ting.
Moto G7 Power
All about affordable price and a huge battery
Part of the reason why the Moto G7 Play is expected to have a rather small battery might be in this phone: the Moto G7 Power
, where the "power" part refers to a gigantic, 5,000mAh battery cell, but not so much to the actual performance.
This phone is just a bit more capable than the G7 Play: the list of specs still includes the Snapdragon 632 chip, but here it's coupled with a more reasonable 3GB of RAM.
Again, you have a big notch here and an HD resolution screen, but a slightly bigger one at 6.2
inches, while under the hood, you the storage is the same 32GB with support for microSD cards.
The G7 Power price is set at $250 and the phone will be available unlocked in the United States starting this spring. Shortly after initial availability, it will also arrive on carriers, including T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Cricket Wireless (as the moto g7supra), Consumer Cellular, Republic Wireless, Ting and Xfinity Mobile.
The flagship in the budget series
The Moto G7 is the true star of this lineup and the phone that will be available in most countries. It is also the model that most users will likely be drawn to because it offers the best balance of price to performance in the series.
First of all, it does not have a big notch like the two cheaper models and instead features a more elegant, teardrop-shaped notch, it has a Full HD resolution screen that will be sharper than the former two models, and it comes with a very reasonable 4 gigs of RAM on board. The G7 will also have double the on-board storage compare to the previous two models, starting with 64GB of preloaded storage. It will also sport a microSD card slot for memory expansion.
The G7 in its two colors, ceramic black and clear white
This phone will also feature a dual rear camera setup with a main 12-megapixel shooter and an additional 5-megapixel depth camera that will allow for better portrait mode shots and improved overall image quality.
And what about the price? The G7 starting price will be $300 in the United States and the phone will arrive this spring unlocked first at Best Buy, B&H Photo, Walmart and Amazon. Later on, the G7 will also be launched on Google Fi, Republic Wireless and Ting. International customers will be able to buy the G7 even earlier as the phone is launching in Brazil and Mexico today, coming to Europe in mid-February and to the rest of the world in March.
Moto G7 Plus
No-compromise budget phone with the highest price of all
The Moto G7 Plus
is expected to be the most powerful of the new G7 series, but strangely, it will not be sold in the United States, at least initially.
Design-wise, it looks nearly identical to the regular Moto G7, mostly except for the different color choices as you have a very lush "viva red" model and quite the mesmerizing "deep indigo" color.
The G7 Plus in its two colors, viva red and deep indigo
The big difference under the hood will be the Snapdragon 636 processor, as the G7 Plus will be the only one in the series to feature this faster processor. Similarly to the G7, the Plus version will also have a dual rear camera setup with a secondary depth camera for portraits, but a slightly higher resolution for the main camera.
The other extra feature that the Plus model will have is 27-watt fast charging that will give you 12 hours of power with just 15 minutes of charge.
This will also be the most expensive phone in the series with a price of 300 euro in Europe and across the globe.
Price and Release Date
Different shades of affordable
There are so many new Moto G7 phones because Motorola really wants to hit different prices so that even those who can only afford to spend $200 can still get a phone from the G7 series.
The surprising thing is that the most powerful of the family, the Moto G7 Plus
, will actually not be sold in the United States, at least initially. This makes the Moto G7 the best choice for those looking to upgrade to a new affordable phone with a great price to performance ratio. The Moto G7 has 4K video, a Full HD screen, a dual camera capable of taking portraits and fast charging on board.
The Moto G7 Power makes a few compromises with the storage, camera and display specs, but provides very long battery life, while the base Moto G7 Play model is the cheapest one and has only 2GB of RAM that could slow it down in multitasking.
Here is how the prices of all four new models break down: