The Moto G line of smartphones have a reputation for offering decent specs at reasonably low prices… which isn’t really as much of a distinguishing characteristic in 2019 as it was when the first Moto G smartphone launched in 2013.
All of which is to say that, as expected, Motorola is launching four new Moto G series phones today. They may not stand out quite as much as the original Moto G, but they do show that budget and mid-range devices today have specs that would have been considered premium a few years ago such as wide aspect-ratio displays, a decent amount of RAM, and fast charging.
The 2019 Moto G lineup includes the Moto G7 Play, Moto G7, Moto G7 Power, and Moto G7 Plus. They’re all available starting today in Brazil and Mexico and will hit additional regions in the coming weeks and months — although only the first three will be coming to the United States.
Prices range from $199 for the Moto G7 Play to $299 for the Moto G7. The Moto G7 Plus won’t be sold in the US, but it’s expected to go for 300 Euros (about $340) in Europe.
All of the phones ship with Android 9 Pie and they all have microSD card readers, USB Type-C ports, fingerprint readers, FM radio support, and 3.5mm headphone jacks.
Moto G7 ($299)
This model sports a 6.2 inch, 2270 x 1080 pixel display with a waterdrop-style notch, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.
It also has a microSD card reader with support for up to 512GB of removable storage.
Other features include a 3,000 mAh battery, a 15 watt TurboPower charger, and a USB Type-C port.
The phone has a 12MP + 5MP dual rear camera system with support for 4K video recording, auto HDR, and other photographic features, plus an 8MP front-facing camera that also supports auto HDR.
The Moto G7 also has 3 microphones. Interestingly it supports dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2, but does not seem to support 802.11ac which seems odd for a $299 smartphone in 2019.
Moto G7 Power ($249)
This model has a lower-resolution screen, less memory and storage, but a much bigger battery, hence the “Power” moniker.
The Moto G7 Power has a 6.2 inch, 1520 x 720 pixel display with a larger camera cut-out, a Snapdragon 632 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD card reader, and a 5,000 mAh battery plus a TurboPower charger.
Motorola says you can get 9 hours of battery life from a 15 minute charge.
The phone has a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera, a USB Type-C port, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.2.
Moto G7 Play ($199)
The cheapest of the bunch has a 5.7 inch, 1512 x 720 pixel display, a Snapdragon 632 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD card reader, and a 3,000 mAh battery.
The Moto G7 Play supports 10 watt charging, features a 13MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing camera, and supports 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, and it has a USB Type-C port.
Moto G7 Plus (300€)
This is the most powerful of the bunch, in a few different ways. The Moto G7 Plus has the same 6.2 inch, 2270 x 1080 pixel display as the standard Moto G7, but under the hood it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor for better performance, and it’s the only model in the series to come with a 27 watt TurboPower charger.
It’s also the only Moto G7 series smartphone to support 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and stereo speakers (all the other models have mono speakers).
So it’s a bit disappointing that this is the only model that won’t be available in the United States.
Other features include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD card reader, a 16MP + 5MP rear camera system and 12MP front-facing camera.
Meh. Hanging on hoping they reinvigorate the Moto E line. Much cheaper, less of a push into steamboat sternwheel paddle form factors, probably still a real headphone jack. I have a PC when I want a PC, a tablet when I want a tablet.
I’m writing this from a Moto G5, and I’m sad to say there isn’t a single acceptable Model in the G7 Lineup.
Absolutely no Notch or Camera Hole in the Display and Inclusion of a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack are absolutely non negotiable for me, with a user replaceable Battery being something i’d rather not lose unless everything else just seemed too good to pass up.
Size is also a concern. I had an Asus PadPhone 2 before the G5, and found it’s 4.7″ 16:9 Display to be the perfect size for 1-handed operation. The G5’s 5.0″ requires some finger acrobatics already for my thumb to reach the top left corner, I am not gonna buy anything my thumb can’t reach the top left corner of one handed.
Looks like at least for now, early 2019 phone upgrade means buying a new battery for the G5.
Is the Motorola of 2019 in any way, shape, or form competitive against the Nokia of 2019? Hello Android One!
Motorola’s cameras are generally better than the camera in the equivalent Nokia phone — the Moto G6 camera is better than that in the Nokia 6.1, the one in the Moto X4 is better than the one in the Nokia 7.1. (This has always been surprising given the extremely high quality of some of the cameras in Nokia’s previous incarnation.)
Motorola is also pretty much the only one offering any water resistance in the budget/low-mid sector– another edge over Nokia.
I kind of think of them as pretty much direct competitors. My son was just trying to choose between the two in fact, and went with a Motorola.
Think the G7 line has lost some of its value over the years. It’ll probably still do well in the US market just because there aren’t a ton of great offerings in the low-mid range, but the G7 really just pales in comparison to import options. The only advantage it has is the fact that it’ll have full support for US networks.
They can often be picked up for less than $200 and work with all the major carriers. You can’t say that about most the import options. Hopefully I’ll never again buy a phone that locks me into certain carriers.
All but the cheapest seem like good hardware. Too bad Motorola has a [email protected]#$% reputation of providing updates. I would love to see them commit to Android One.
I don’t understand why they have that reputation. I get security updates roughly every 3 months, LG was every other month. Not a huge difference.
As to OS upgrades, highly overrated and more likely to add problems than help. But my wife’s X4 is already updated to 9. Not a big deal, and the upgrade makes it harder to get into settings.
Nice hardware, but the smallest model has a hefty 5.7 inch display – that’s already too big for my pockets, I won’t even look at the 6.2 inch models. What happened to the more reasonable 5-ish inch displays?
People aren’t buying enough of them, I guess.
The size didn’t change much since a few years back 5″ models, because of the longer aspect ratio, slim bezels and notches.
Moto G5 (5″) was 144.3 x 73. x 9.5 mm and Moto G7 play is 148.71 x 71.5 x 8.09 mm
So a bit longer, but smaller overall.
Though I’m an even smaller phone buyer (4″ old style or 4.5″ new style) with dual SIM. And it’s a tough spot, only a few very cheap devices meet those specs.
My current phone is 121.3 x 64.4 x 9.7 mm, and I cannot hope to find a new one along those lines if it breaks. I guess I would take a Nokia 1.
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