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

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

Motorola's 2019 Moto G series has officially been announced and competition in this mid-range market has only ramped up since the 2018 G line.

This Plus device has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, which is ever-so-slightly different from the Snapdragon 632 (with the same amount of RAM at 4GB). Theres a 12MP selfie camera with portrait and group selfie modes. Rounding things out are USB-C and 3.5mm headphone ports, FM radio support, and Android 9 Pie. None of these devices have wireless charging or NFC though, so that's a bummer.

The G7 Play is the most budget-friendly of the three new Motorola G7 smartphones. The G7 Power priced at $250 and will be available unlocked in the United States starting this spring. Motorola calls this a compact design, even though it has a 5.7-inch screen which was considered huge a decade ago. It was affordable, but had reasonably powerful specs, something few other budget phones could match. The 12-megapixel camera isn't half bad either, and while it technically shoots at a lower resolution than the cheaper Play, the Power's sensor has larger pixels for improved low-light performance.

To solve any battery life qualms, Motorola has crammed a mammoth 5,000mAh battery cell inside the handset.

The Moto G7 Plus arrives in two colours, has Dolby sound and is also covered in Gorilla Glass for extra protection.

The Moto G7 sports a 6.2-inch display with a teardrop notch along with a resolution of 2270x1080.

Based on our first impressions of all the four Moto G7 devices, the G7 Plus is the one we'd pick to buy. Perhaps it was back in 2013 when the made-to-order Moto X first debuted. Exact launch details and pricing for T-Mo and Metro aren't yet available, but Motorola said today that the Moto G7 Power will begin rolling out in the USA this spring with a starting MSRP of $249.

Anyway, the Power splits the difference between the vanilla G7 and the Play. That'll probably last you about 3 days.

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The "Marine Blue" color of the Motorola G7 Power looks great! This one ups the RAM from the 2GB on the G7 Play to 3GB and keeps the same 32GB of storage with expansion options via microSD cards. It's also a bit heavier at 198 grams. You've also got a 12-megapixel camera with 1.25μm pixels and an LED flash. It features a 6.2-inch HD display with Max Vision.

The move to a tear drop notch sees the Moto G7 Plus's aspect ratio switch up from the 18:9 we saw on the Moto G6 Plus to 19:9, making for a much nicer and sleeker design. The Moto G7 may turn out as the star of this series as it offers the best balance of price to performance in the series. There's 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage, which should be enough for the vast majority of people. It weighs in at 172 grams. You'll be able to buy the phones from that day. There's also a second camera which is only 5 megapixel and is only used as a depth sensor for those chintzy background blur filters that try to simulate narrow depth-of-field but never really succeed in doing it right... at least that's what I have to say.

Moto G7 comes with a 6.2-inch Max Vision Full HD+ display. The front camera on the Plus is a 12MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture.

The G7 is the thinnest of the three at 8mm and here's a good look at the cool chrome edges of the white version.

The Moto G7 Power will be sold by T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Cricket Wireless (as the Moto G7 Supra), Consumer Cellular, Republic Wireless, Ting, and Xfinity Mobile.

Stay tuned for our full review.