Motorola unveils four Moto G7 phones: Plus, vanilla, Power and Play

Yolanda Curtis
February 8, 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. With its 5000mAh battery, the Moto G7 Power should be on your radar if battery life is a priority when you're shopping for a new smartphone.

But what else does this phone offer? The G7 Power will then roll out to India in the coming weeks and to North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific in the coming months after that.

I'm less compelled to recommend flagship phones every year. If you're all about going away on weekend adventures, this might be the phone for you. It is essentially a beefed-up version of the Moto G7, and dubbed as the Moto G7 Plus.

In addition, the Moto G7 Power sports a 6.2-inch display with HD resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. It comes with the 15W TurboPower charger (remember that you can also use any QC4.0 or USB PD3.0 charger). These phones also have a notch on the top. The G7 Power is designed with battery life in mind, allegedly able to last up to 60 hours on one charge, while the G7 Play is the cheapest of the lot but still offers improvements over the G6 Play of past year.

For your money, you get Snapdragon 632 processor, 5.7-inch Max Vision display and 13-megapixel rear camera. That's no surprise, given Motorola's minimal approach to altering Android (9.0, by the way); the Moto G family has always delivered smooth performance for the price point. First impressions of the display are that it's pretty bright and vibrant, but we can't really make any definitive judgements until we've spent more time with the phone. Verizon also published a picture of the Moto G7 in Ceramic Black, but there's likely to be more color options available for purchase at launch.

Of course the big story here is the battery - and as we mentioned its 5000mAh, compared to 3000mAh across the rest of the range. Both boast TurboPower fast-charging technology.

All of them have a fingerprint scanner integrated with the Motorola logo on the back which is a nice touch, and... nicely, all 3 have a P2i nano coating for water repellence. They've both got the same version of Android, which is Android 9 Pie. Many consumers are adapting by using Bluetooth headphones, but if you want to keep using wired headphones, the Moto G7 will be ready for you. You're blissfully spared preinstalled apps, which is a welcome relief, so there's nothing to uninstall or hide to get you started.

The latest Motorola phones come with upgraded specifications, dual rear camera and notch displays.

The launch begins at around 12.30pm GMT and will be bringing you all the news live as it happens but some leaks have already given us an idea of what's to come.

Google Lens is integrated, meaning you can point and identify objects or quickly extract information that the camera can see.

Video capture only runs up to Full HD, so there's no 4K at this level, but you do get HDR to help balance out highs and lows in the scenes as well a burst capture.

Up front, there's an 8-MP camera on the G7 Power for taking selfies.

That Motorola managed to squeeze such a big battery into a body that really doesn't feel that big is a feat worth admiring, even if it made me wish the company had done the same for the G7.

The Moto G7 play will be available in the United Kingdom from March 1 at Vodafone, Tesco, John Lewis and other participating resellers with a starting RRP of £149.

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