Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Moto G7 Power hands on review

Moto G7 Power hands on review

This device is only slightly different from its closest brethren.

Here's all you need to know about the latest Moto G7 series. It is essentially a beefed-up version of the Moto G7, and dubbed as the Moto G7 Plus. The new models are the $300 G7, $250 G7 Power, and $200 G7 Play.

To solve any battery life qualms, Motorola has crammed a mammoth 5,000mAh battery cell inside the handset. Not overly powerful, but not bargain bin-quality either. The G7 packs a 6.2-inch display with Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2270 pixels that is definitely sharper than those of the former two.

Rounding off the lineup pint-sized Moto G7 Play, which offers a 5.7in HD+ screen, a 13MP rear-mounted camera with PDAF and "60 per cent more power" than its predecessor. You'll be able to buy the phones from that day. Again, the Geekbench listing tells us the G7 Plus will come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, and not the Snapdragon 632 as previously rumored.

Given sizeable batteries with efficient processors, the main question mark will probably be battery life, for which you'll have to stay tuned to our review. The Moto G7 starts at 1,599 Brazilian Real (R$) (about ₹30,000) while the Moto G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play start at R$1,899 (about ₹36,500), R$1,399 (about ₹27,000) and R$999 (about ₹20,000) respectively.

The display is crisp enough and large for such a low resolution, but be forewarned: the Moto G7 Power has a notch, and it's noticeable. There's also a second camera which is only 5 megapixel and is only used as a depth sensor for those chintzy background blur filters that try to simulate narrow depth-of-field but never really succeed in doing it right... at least that's what I have to say.

The Play is cheapest of the bunch with a price of just £149. Lastly, the 3.5mm headphone jack is still included on all three models. (In contrast, the regular G7 offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.) There's also a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 512GB.

AI-powered features like Smart Composition and Auto-Smile capture will help you get the best shot.

If you want a phone that's going to last a lot longer then the Moto G7 Power could be for you. The back of the smartphone has a 12MP sensor while the rectangular notch at the front accommodates an 8MP sensor.

While it took perfectly acceptable, but not especially outstanding photos, the G7 Power does get a few new modes, along with the rest of the G7 line.

The Moto G series has been successful in providing many features that are normally expected in more-expensive high-end phones while keeping the pricing reasonable and the seventh generation is no exception.

Getting all the bells and whistles of Android 9 Pie out of the box isn't just a nice feather in the G7 line's cap - it's essential, given their budget status.

With the launch of the Moto G7 Power, however, there's one target in Motorola's sights: battery life. While it also has a Snapdragon 632 chip, it only gets 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

United States The new moto g7 will be released in the US starting this spring and will be universally unlocked at Best Buy, B&H Photo, Walmart and on with subsequent availability at Google Fi, Republic Wireless and Ting.

The G7 Plus is powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset, which features four Cortex-A73-derived Kryo 260 Gold cores plus four A53-based cores.

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