Feb 7th, 2019

We all know that flagship smartphones get most of the attention around here, but we’re always interested when companies go out of their way to deliver devices that offer incredible value. The new lineup of Moto G7 smartphones does just that.

As you’re well aware Motorola’s G family of smartphones have always been incredible for budget-conscious consumers. That’s certainly still the case with the four new Moto G7 smartphones. The price points on these phones are about $50 more than what Moto was asking for last year’s G6, but that’s because the specs have gotten a decent improvement this year.

The four different Moto G7 devices all offer something unique, but we feel like they could have compromised just a little to make this easier for consumers to understand the differences.

Motorola Moto G7 Plus

As the name implies, the Moto G7 Plus has the most impressive spec sheet of the four new devices. Its powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which can be expanded to 512GB with an external microSD card. On the front it has a 6.2-inch LCD display (2,270 x 1,080) with a small teardrop notch, 16MP + 5MP dual-camera on the back, 12MP selfie camera, USB-C, a 3.mm headphone jack and a 3,000 mAh battery. 

The body of the Moto G7 Plus features glass on the front and back with narrow bezels around the display. It looks and feels like a premium device which makes its 300 euros (roughly $340 USD) asking price quite reasonable. Unfortunately, Motorola isn’t planning on selling this variant of the G7 here in the US.

Motorola Moto G7

One step down in the standard Moto G7 which will make its retail debut at $300. For that price you get a phone with a Snapdragon 632, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 3,000 mAh battery, the same 6.2-inch display at the G7 Plus but with a larger notch which houses an 8MP front-facing camera and speaker. On the back, there’s a 12MP and MP dual-camera setup and the metal and glass body is given an IP154 dust and water resistance rating. 

Motorola Moto G7 Power

Moving further down the list is the Motorola Moto G7 Power. As you can guess, this phone’s main highlight is its large 5,000 mAh battery which is expected to deliver 2.5 days of use on a single charge. Unfortunately, most of the phone’s other features have been downgraded. It’s still running a Snapdragon 632 with 4GB of RAM, but there’s only 32GB of storage, the 6.2-inch display (1,520×720) has an even larger notch, the rear glass has been replaced with acrylic and it only has a single 12MP camera on the back. Fortunately, it still has an 8MP selfie camera up front, a 3.5mm headphone jack and its price point is set at $249. 

Motorola Moto G7 Play

Like it has in the past, the Play variant is the cheapest among the new Moto G lineup. The new Moto G7 Play will sell for a cool $199, but you do have to sacrifice quite a bit for those savings. the specs of the Moto G7 Play include a smaller 5.7-inch (1,512×720) display, a Snapdragon 632, only 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 3,000 mAh battery, 13MP camera on the back and 8MP front-facing camera.

There’s a lot to like about the new Moto G7 lineup this year. The design definitely looks much better than it has in the past and the premium materials lend themselves to a much better feel in the hand. Budget-conscious buyers might scoff at the price hike, but we don’t think it’ll have too much of an effect on sales. 

Do you think Motorola is moving in the right direction with its new Moto G7 lineup this year?