(Pocket-lint) - Motorola has announced its Moto G7 series of smartphones. The company's G series has been around since 2013 and in its time, it has set a new standard for the budget smartphone market.
Four Moto G models have been revealed for 2019: The standard G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and the G7 Power. Here is how the Moto family compares. Which will be the right Moto G7 for you?
Moto G7 series design
- Moto G7 Plus: 157 x 75.3 x 8.3mm, 176g
- Moto G7: 157 x 75.3 x 8mm, 172g
- Moto G7 Power: 159.4 x 76 x 9.3mm, 193g
- Moto G7 Play: 147.3 x 71.5 x 7.99mm, 149g
All the Motorola Moto G7 models feature a similar design. The Moto G7 and G7 Plus have teardrop notches at the top of their displays, like the OnePlus 6T, while the G7 Power and G7 Play will have slightly wider notches. The G7 and G7 Plus also have Corning Gorilla 3D contoured glass on their rears.
All models have a small bottom bezel with the Motorola logo and they all have USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The four models all feature a circular fingerprint sensor on the rear with an "M" in the middle, along with a circular housing for the camera and flash system.
The G7 Power is the largest and heaviest model. The G7 Play is the smallest and lightest model. Only the G7 and G7 Plus have water repellant coatings.
Moto G7 series display
- Moto G7/G7 Plus: 6.24-inch, 2270 x 1080, 403ppi
- Moto G7 Power: 6.2-inch, 1520 x 720, 271ppi
- Moto G7 Play: 5.7-inch, 1512 x 720, 294ppi
The Moto G7 and Moto G7 Plus have the same display, in terms of both size and resolution. These two models have the sharpest screens of the G7 models.
The G7 Power has the same size display as the G7 and G7 Plus but it drops its resolution to HD+, as does the G7 Play but the Play also drops its display size to 5.7-inches, making it the smallest of the bunch.
All four models have a 19:9 aspect ratio, though as mentioned, the G7 Power and G7 Play have larger notches than the G7 Plus and G7.
Moto G7 series cameras
- Moto G7 Plus: 12MP front, 16MP+5MP rear, OIS, PDAF
- Moto G7: 8MP front, 12MP+5MP rear, PDAF
- Moto G7 Power: 8MP front, 12MP rear, PDAF
- Moto G7 Play: 8MP front, 13MP rear, PDAF
The Motorola Moto G7 and G7 Plus both have dual rear cameras, though the G7 Plus offers a higher resolution on its main rear sensor and it has optical image stabilisation. It also comes with an Auto Composition feature that automatically takes an additional photo using the rule of thirds to offer a secondary image with better composition.
Both the G7 and G7 Plus feature their cameras setup in a horizontal array and both come with an Auto Capture feature that takes a photo when up to five smiles are detected. This feature works on both the front and rear cameras.
The Moto G7 Power and G7 Play both have single rear cameras with a flash beneath. They are setup in a vertical arrangement on the rear. Despite featuring single cameras, the G7 Play and G7 Power will still offer bokeh images from both the front and rear cameras using software over hardware.
All models have an 8-megapixel front camera, except for the G7 Plus which comes with a 12-megapixel front camera. All four models have high res zoom, 4K recording, slow motion video and Portrait Mode.
Moto G7 hardware and software
- Moto G7 Plus: SD636, 4GB RAM, 64GB, 3000mAh
- Moto G7: SD632, 4GB RAM, 64GB, 3000mAh
- Moto G7 Power: SD632, 4GB RAM, 64GB, 5000mAh
- Moto G7 Play: SD632, 2GB RAM, 32GB, 3000mAh
The Motorola Moto G7, G7 Power and G7 Play all run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset, while the G7 Plus is more powerful, running on the Snapdragon 636 platform.
The G7 Plus, G7 and G7 Power all feature 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while the G7 Play has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. All have microSD for storage expansion though.
All models also have a 3000mAh battery, except the G7 Power, which has a huge 5000mAh battery said to offer up to 60 hours mixed use. The G7 and G7 Power come with a 15W charger in the box for 9 hours battery in 15 minutes. The Moto G7 Plus has a 27W charger in the box for 12 hours in 15 minutes. The G7 Play only has a standard 5W charger in the box.
The four Moto G7 models all run on Android Pie.
Moto G7 price and conclusions
- Moto G7 Plus: £269 on Motorola UK
- Moto G7: $299 on Motorola US | £239 on Motorola UK
- Moto G7 Power: $249 on Motorola US | £179 On Motorola UK
- Moto G7 Play: $199 on Motorola US | £149 on Motorola UK
The Moto G7 Plus has the most impressive specs of all the Moto G models, offering a couple of extras on top of the G7 including stereo speakers, more camera features and a faster charger in the box, as well as a more powerful processor. For the extra £30, the G7 Plus makes sense over the G7 on paper.
The Moto G7 Power meanwhile, appears to be a good middle device, making more sense than the G7 Play for the extra £30. You get double the RAM and storage compared to the Play, along with almost double the battery, a larger display and a fast charger and cover in the box.
The Power is £90 cheaper than the Moto G7 Plus and while you still gain in battery life, you lose out on screen resolution, speed, a water repellent coating and camera features and capabilities.
Based on the specs, it looks like the G7 Plus will be the model to choose for those with a £200+ budget and the G7 Power looks to be the one for those with a sub £200 budget but we will let you know for sure when we review all the Moto G7 models in full.