Motorola Moto G7 Power review

GSMArena team, 17 February 2019.

Introduction

Motorola's launch event in Brazil was quite the Carnival. We got not one, not two, but four different Moto G7 devices. We haven't been always keen on this kind of fragmentation, but when done right, the consumers are more than happy to have more choices. So, please buckle up, as today we will take the Moto G7 Power for a ride.

The Power phones aren't new to Motorola, we've seen a couple of those in 2016, though the Android One-enrolled Moto One Power from last Fall is what comes to mind first. The G7 Power is more affordable though, as is the entire G7 lineup.

Motorola Moto G7 Power review

So, the Moto G7 Power has a large 6.2" 720p display with a notch for the selfie camera. It's not bezel-less, but it's rounded around the corners to match the G7's curves which is a nice touch.

Then we have the Snapdragon 632 chip working beneath that screen for a smooth experience. And looking at the specs of its processor and graphics, we are hopeful for its performance. There is also either 3 or 4 gigs of RAM depending on the storage option you opt for. Oh, and there is a dedicated microSD slot in case you make the wrong choice or just need to store a couple of seasons of your favorite TV show on your phone.

Motorola Moto G7 Power review

The Moto G7 Power has the same 12MP main camera as the vanilla G7, but behind a darker f/2.0 lens. And there is no secondary sensor for depth info, though the camera app can still shoot those fancy Portraits.

Finally, the Power stands for the beefy 5,000 mAh battery that should keep the lights on for quite some time. The G7 Power also supports 18W TurboPower charging, so it shouldn't take forever to recharge the thing.

Motorola Moto G7 Power specs

  • Body: Plastic back and frame; Splash resistant; Corning Gorilla Glass 3 front
  • Display: 6.2" LTPS IPS LCD, HD+ 720x1570px resolution display (19.5:9 aspect ratio), 279 ppi.
  • Rear camera: 12MP, f/2.0 aperture, 1.25Ám; phase detection autofocus, LED flash, Auto HDR. 4K/30fps video recording.
  • Front camera: 8MP, f/2.2 aperture, 1.12Ám, fixed focus, 1080p/30fps video recording.
  • OS/Software: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 (14 nm): octa-core CPU (4x1.8 GHz Kryo 250 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 250 Silver), Adreno 506 GPU.
  • Memory: 3/4GB of RAM, 32/64 GB storage; dedicated microSD slot for expansion.
  • Battery: 5,000 mAh Li-Po (sealed); 15W or 18W charging.
  • Connectivity: Single/dual SIM; LTE Cat. 7 (300Mbps download/50Mbps upload); Type-C USB2.0 port; Wi-Fi b/g/n; GPS, GLONASS; Bluetooth 4.2; FM radio.
  • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader; single speaker - the earpiece; 3.5mm jack.

The Moto G7 Power is shaping as quite an interesting smartphone and should be a must-check for anyone who is after long battery autonomy. We are not that keen on the choice of chipset, but we guess it should perform admirably given the low 720p screen resolution.

Anyway, let's unbox the Moto G7 Power and get this review going.

Moto G7 Power unboxing

The Moto G7 Power is packed within one very nice looking green box. While it's not unique to this Moto, the maker definitely knows how to spice up its retail boxes and we give Motorola credit for that.

Motorola Moto G7 Power review

Inside the fancy box you'll find the G7 Power itself, a transparent rubber case, a USB-C cable, and a TurboPower charger rated at either 15W or 18W depending on your market.

Reader comments

  • HateMoto

I previously had the Moto E5 and was a good phone. Upgraded to the G7 power and hate it. Will not hold a signal!!! Drops from 4 bars to no service constantly. Screen locks up and have to reboot at least twice a day. When I try to clear the cache ...

  • Darren

I bought Moto g7 power.worked fine for couple of days,then refused to charge when I plugged it in.luckily I got it at Argos,so no probs exchanging,got honor 10 lite instead.the honor is a wwwaaaayyyyy better fone for the money.

  • Anonymous

You must have received a lemon! Both my wife and I bought two back in October 2019 and they work perfectly. Fabulous battery life. Great apps. Absolutely nothing to complain about. You should return tours if you're having problems. As I said, it's ...