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Motorola's new Moto G7 blurs the line between budget and flagship

Motorola's new Moto G7 blurs the line between budget and flagship

In addition to the Moto G7, Play, and Power, there's the Motorola Moto G7 Plus.

That suggests who Motorola's target audience is: budget-conscious consumers looking for a phone that will last longer between charging sessions -and that's not a bad pitch to customers at any price tier.

Its powered by the same Snapdragon 632 chipset, though with only 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage (the microSD slot is still on board for up to 512GB more).

In my experience testing older versions of Moto G phones, these mid-range devices are almost indistinguishable in looks and performance from the high-end tier of Android phones.

Most powerful is the Moto G7 Plus, which comes complete with an improved 16Mp camera.

That might all blend into the background once you cut through your first day on a single charge.

The Moto G7 power costs $249 and is available today (Feb. 7) in Brazil in Mexico. It weighs 198g, which makes it feel a little bulky compared to some other smart phones, although not almost as bulky as you'd expect given its powerful battery.

Moto G7 Plus also features a 6.2-inch Max Vision Full HD+ display. Samsung will roll out the Galaxy S10 family this month and with it will come prices that will be decidedly higher than what Motorola just outlined.

Motorola's Moto G series of phones are regularly praised for being solid, affordable Android devices, so it's good to see that one of the Moto G7 models will be making its way to T-Mobile and Metro. Compared to the G6 Play though, the new model is a big step up - Motorola says it's a whopping 110% faster than the G6 Play, and it should provide up to 40 hours of battery life. Don't get it wrong, the G7 is not a flagship model but its features and specs are way enhanced than the G7 Play and G7 Power.

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On the plus side, the Power's sloped back minimizes the signature Moto camera bump that juts out of the G7.

The fingerprint scanner sits on the back of the phone and there's a 3.5mm headphone socket on the top, so you're fully equipped to use your existing headphones.

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. It comes with the 15W TurboPower charger (remember that you can also use any QC4.0 or USB PD3.0 charger).

The Moto G-series, a fan-favorite mid-ranger for years, is entering its seventh generation.

All four handsets are running Android 9.0 Pie, as you'd expect from a flagship smartphone range launched in 2019.

Motorola launched four new Moto G7 handsets and pretty much crystallized the perils of the smartphone industry for premium brands like Samsung and perhaps even Apple. Weighing 172 grams, the G7 replaces the G6's Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chip for an octa-core Snapdragon 632. From left to right we have the G7 Play, the G7 Power, and the standard G7.

It does not have as much battery capacity as the G7 Power though - this one backs down to 3,000mAh, but it does include 15-watt TurboPower support like the G7 Power. According to the company, that should result in 60 hours of mixed-use battery life, or around two and a half days.

The Moto G7 Power seems like an effective compromise unit, even if it isn't a device that will turn heads - we'll know more after we've spent some quality time with the phone for our full review.

It will be available in the United Kingdom from March 1 at Carphone warehouse and EE with a starting RRP of £269.


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