After leaks upon leaks surfaced in regards to the device series, Motorola has finally taken the wraps off its Moto G7 lineup of smartphones. The devices succeed last year’s G6 series with better designs, better specs, and more flexibility when it comes to options.
For 2019, Moto is including four phones in the new G series. There’s the flagship G7, a higher-end G7 Plus, the G7 Power, and the G7 Play. These are all names we’ve seen attached to previous devices so it makes sense to see them implemented here as well.
Starting with the G7, Motorola includes a glass design that, admittedly, looks really nice in the press renders. There’s a 6.2-inch display up front complete with a teardrop notch and a resolution of 2270×1080. It’s covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 6, and it uses an LCD panel.
Under the hood, Motorola includes a Snapdragon 632 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (expandable via microSD card), and Android 9 Pie with the company’s lightweight customizations on top. On the back, there’s a main 12MP camera along with a secondary 5MP sensor. That latter lens will collect depth information for portrait mode shots. Meanwhile, an 8MP sensor sits up front.
There’s also a 3,000mAh battery, a headphone jack, a USB-C port, Bluetooth 4.2, and the company’s TurboPower 15W fast charging standard.
Next up, the G7 Plus. This device is a bit more high-end than the regular G7, but it doesn’t stand as the true flagship of the line since it’ll only be available in select markets. It shares essentially the same design as the regular G7 along with the same display, battery, and software. Notable spec differences include a Snapdragon 636 processor, a 16MP rear camera, a 12MP front camera, and 27W fast charging. Other than these differences, however, it’s basically the G7 under a different name.
Moving down the line, we have the G7 Power. This device is a lower-end model of the G7 complete with a similar design but with a 6.2-inch 1520×720 LCD display and much larger notch. It uses the same Snapdragon 632 processor but opts for 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It does, however, share an identical software setup with Android Pie powering the experience. There’s also a single 13MP camera on the back along with an 8MP sensor on the front.
What makes this device special is its battery size. Motorola tends to tack the “Power” brand name on devices that come with insane amounts of juice, and the G7 power is one of those devices. It uses a 5,000mAh battery which, when combined with all the other low-end specs, should result in at least two full days of usage. We’ll have to test this claim to see if it rules out to be true, however.
Finally, there’s the G7 Play which is the lowest-end device in this year’s lineup. The phone comes with a 5.7-inch 1512×720 LCD display, a pretty chunky notch, a Snapdragon 632, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a rear 13MP camera, an 8MP camera up front, a 3,000mAh battery, a headphone jack, a USB-C port, and Android 9 Pie. It uses a cheaper plastic build for its construction, but since it’s so glossy, you’ll probably still look flashy out in public.
The rollout of these phones will be a bit tricky. All four G7s are launching today in Brazil and Mexico, with the G7, G7 Power, and G7 Play reaching North American and other markets in the coming months. The G7 Plus won’t reach the North American market, but it will be available in Europe, Latin America, and Australia in the future.
Motorola says (via The Verge) the G7 will be sold through Best Buy, B&H Photo, Walmart, Amazon, Google Fi, Republic Wireless, and Ting. The G7 Power will be sold at Verizon, T-Mobile, Xfinity Mobile, and other small carriers. Finally, the G7 Play will launch at Ting, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, US Cellular, and Republic Wireless. We don’t have any word on where the G7 Plus will launch.
As far as pricing goes, here’s a breakdown.
- Moto G7: $299
- Moto G7 Plus: €299.99
- Moto G7 Power: $249
- Moto G7 Play: $199
As soon as we get to spend some time with the devices, we’ll let you know how good they actually are. On paper, they seem pretty decent, but it’s all about real-world usage to determine whether you should pick them up. Stay tuned.