Motorola gives an annual treat to fans of the budget Moto G series and this year’s edition has four variants – Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power, and G7 Play. The quartet was unveiled at an event held in Brazil on February 7, but the availability of the phones varies in various markets.
So, let’s talk more about the standard Moto G7’s specs, features, pricing, and availability in your market. As for the rest, find their respective links at the end of this post.
Moto G7 specifications
- 6.2-inch 19:9 FHD+ (2,270 x 1,080) display with a water-drop notch
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core processor.
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB storage, expandable up to 128GB
- Dual 12MP + 5MP rear camera
- 8MP front-facing camera
- 3000mAh battery
- Android 9 Pie
- Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, 3.5mm audio jack, USB-C, Rear-mounted FPS, Face unlock, 15W TurboPower fast charging, etc.
Over the years, Motorola dresses the standard Moto G and Plus variants in the same body (design) and that’s true for the new kids on the block. The Moto G7 shares the same DNA with the Plus variant, featuring a huge 6.2-inch display screen with a 1080p resolution and a waterdrop-style notch that houses the front camera.
The glass-back phone keeps a slim profile that’s made even better with the thin bezels, something that should make the Gorilla Glass 3-protected 6.2-inch screen feel expansive even on quite a compact device. There is a new processor under the hood, a Snapdragon 632, allied to 4GB of RAM and a decent 64GB of expandable storage.
Unfortunately, the U.S. variant doesn’t get NFC support, but you still get 15W TurboPower fast charging to quick-charge the 3000mAh unit on board via a USB-C port. Motorola says 15 minutes of charging is enough to last 9 hours of use, but of course, this will depend on how you hog the battery. The G7 also keeps the 3.5mm audio jack, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and throws in support for software-based facial recognition that uses the front camera.
Although not fully water-resistant, the Moto G7 can withstand splashes with its water-repellant body that is IP54-rated but don’t go swimming with it.
Moto G7 software and camera
The Moto G7 has Android 9 Pie out of the box. As usual, Motorola does everything not to be too intrusive like some other custom skins from certain companies, but it still manages to sneak in some useful things like Moto Display and Moto Actions that make it a hair better than stock Android.
Like others before it, we don’t expect monthly software updates for the Moto G7, but they will come your way two or three times a year. Still, the Moto G7 should get an update to Android Q when the time comes, just like the G6 recently made the switch to Android Pie.
In terms of photography, the back of the Moto G7 has a dual-lens 12MP + 5MP setup, with the second lens meant for portrait shots. On the front, the notch houses an 8MP lens for selfies. The main camera has support for gyro-EIS and can record 4K videos of up to 30fps. The wide aperture of f/1.8 coupled with the LED flash should deliver great results even in the poorly lit conditions.
Moto G7 pricing and availability
Following its launch in Brazil on February 7, the Moto G7 went on sale in the country immediately, but as expected, it will take time before it flies all the way to Europe, North America, and Asia.
|Country/Region||Price||Release date||Where to buy|
|USA||$300||Spring 2019||Amazon, B&H Photo, Best Buy, Walmart, Republic Wireless, Google Fi, and Ting|
|UK||£239||March 1, 2019||Amazon UK|
|Canada||TBC||Spring 2019||Bell Mobility, Fido Mobile, Freedom Mobile, Rogers, Videotron, and Virgin Mobile|
|Europe||€250||February 2019||Amazon, Local Motorola partners|
Compared to the Moto G6, the small price hike perhaps speaks volumes about the rising prices of smartphone components not just affecting the high-end market, but the mobile phone market in general. If anything, it means owning a smartphone, no matter what end of the spectrum, is becoming expensive each passing day. But in the Moto G7 and Moto G series for that matter, Motorola has the definition of what it means to be consistent.
The Moto G7 is available in Ceramic Black and Clear White job paints, although we won’t be surprised if more color options pop up in the future.