Moto G7 family hands-on review

GSMArena team, 07 February 2019.


Moto G7 all the things. Motorola just announced the Moto G7 lineup in Brazil and it consists of no less than four smartphones. We were there to spend some time with them and we'll be sharing some initial impressions on the following pages.

Motorola Moto G7 hands-on review

But first, let's try and make some sense out of those model names. Instead of the vanilla Moto G7, we'll start unconventionally with the Moto G7 Plus. It's the best-specced of the bunch, rocking the Snapdragon 636 chipset and a 16MP f/1.7 camera. It shares a 6.2-inch FullHD+ display with the Moto G7 proper, complete with a waterdrop notch. The Plus does have a 12MP selfie snapper in there, while the regular G7 shares an 8MP module with the lesser models.

Other downgrades that come with the regular Moto G7, compared to the Plus, are the chipset and primary camera. The vanilla G7 (as well as all the G7s that aren't Plus, for that matter) has the less powerful Snapdragon 632 SoC under the hood. On top of that, it swaps out the 16MP camera for a 12MP f/1.8 unit. Both the G7 and the G7 Plus have an extra 5MP module on the back for depth detection unlike the other two phones - the segmentation is pretty clear.

On to the Moto G7 Power and Moto G7 Play. The two have lower-res displays - 720p+, and the Power's diagonal matches the one on the big boys at 6.2 inches, while the Play makes do with 5.7 inches. The Power bit in the Moto G7 Power's name indicates a massive battery - 5,000mAh, while all the other phones rely on 3,000mAh cells. The Moto G7 Play doesn't really have a standout feature - it's the most basic of the bunch, with Motorola even opting for just 2GB of RAM.

Motorola Moto G7 hands-on review

We can see how all that could be confusing, so here's a handy table with the key specs.

Phone Moto G7 Plus Moto G7 Moto G7 Power Moto G7 Play
Display 6.2" (1080 x 2270px) 6.2" (1080 x 2270px) 6.2"(720 x 1512px) 5.7" (720 x 1512px)
Chipset Snapdragon 636 Snapdragon 632 Snapdragon 632 Snapdragon 632
Storage 64GB, microSD 64GB, microSD 32GB, microSD 32GB, microSD
Rear cameras 16MP, 1.22µm, f/1.7 + 5MP 12MP, 1.25µm, f/1.8 + 5MP 12MP, 1.25µm, f/2.0 13MP, 1.12µm, f/2.0
Front cameras 12MP, 1.25µm 8MP, 1.12µm 8MP, 1.12µm, f/2.2 8MP, 1.12µm, f/2.2
Battery 3,000 mAh,
27W charging
3,000 mAh,
15W charging
5,000 mAh,
15W charging
3,000 mAh,
5W charging
OS Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie
Dimensions 157.0x75.3x8.3mm 157.0x75.3x8.0mm 159.4x76.0x9.3mm 147.3x71.5x8.0mm
Weight 176g 172g 193g 149g
Price €300 €250 €210 €150

Oh, yes, all four phones run Android 9.0 Pie (which we still don't take for granted) and there are the usual minimal Moto enhancements too. The entire lineup has USB-C ports too, so no cheaping out on the basics.

With the main specs more or less sorted out, let's proceed to the experience zone.

Motorola Moto G7 hands-on review

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  • softwaretester
  • 18 Feb 2019
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