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Moto G7 vs Moto G7 Power vs Moto G7 Play: How they differ?

08 February 2019 5

Finally, after tons of leaks and rumors, the Lenovo owned Motorola wraps off the cover from their latest G7-series phones. The latest G-lineup phones are the 7th iteration of the best mid-range phones available in the market. Motorola's G-lineup is ruling the mid-range segment for years and with each year the company brought few more goodies and solid hardware to attract buyers.

The first gen of Moto phones was featuring the plastic body, later on, the company adopted a metal body when Chinese OEMs were releasing phones with unibody metal design at an affordable price tag. Last year Motorola opted glass rear to make the G6 more attractive and premium looking phone. Despite the fact, the Moto G-series is mid-range king but from the last couple of years, HMD global is producing solid mid-range phones under Nokia branding with great build quality at affordable pricing.

To counter the Chinese OEMs and Nokia phones Motorola brought four variants of G7 series instead of three. All the variants are bringing different goodies to lure buyers. If you are amongst those who are looking to grab any one of the new G7-series phones, for sure it won't be an easy task to decide which smartphone is better in what aspects. All the phones fall in a different price category that's why all have different hardware and design.

We are hopeful our comparison will let you know the differences and similarities between the latest G7 series phones. Without any further delay, let's kick off with the design.

75.3 x 157 x 7.92 mm
6.24 inches - 2270x1080 px
76 x 159.4 x 9.3 mm
6.2 inches - 1520x720 px
71.5 x 147.3 x 7.99 mm
5.7 inches - 1512x720 px
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Design

A couple of years ago the new design trends were exclusive for the flagships only but thanks to Chinese OEMs now we have new design trend on mid-range and even entry-level phones as well. That's why with each passing year Motorola have to introduce new designs to remain in business. Last year glass rear was the major jump, this year Moto is bringing significant changes on the front-facing design.

The Moto G7 is the series first phone to have waterdrop notch design. Despite having thin bezels around the display it comes with a prominent bezel at the bottom. The bottom bezel has Motorola branding. The Moto G7 Power and Play come with the traditional notch. Both the phones also have significant bezels at the bottom, even slightly thicker than the G7. The G7 Power notch is smaller than the G7 Play.

On the rear side, the G7 comes with glass. The glass rear is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3. As far as looks are a concern the G7 Power looks quite similar but it comes with polymer glass rear which is kind of mixture of plastic and glass. Being the cheaper amongst all the G7 Power features textured plastic rear.

The fingerprint scanner on all the phones is on the rear side embedded in the Motorola M batwing logo. All the phones have Motorola's signature circular cameras setup. The G7 has dual rear cameras whereas the other two have a single snapper on the rear. All the devices lack IP-ratings instead all comes with a water-repellent coating to provide resistance against water up to some extent. The glass rear on the G7 will be more prone to damage in case of an accidental drop, the build quality of all phones is pretty good.

In terms of dimensions the G7 measures at 157 x 75.3 x 8 mm, G7 Power is slightly taller at 159.43 x 76 x 9.3 mm, the G7 Play is smallest amongst all at 148.71 x 71.5 x 8.19 mm. The devices weigh 172g, 198g, and 151g respectively. All the phones have the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C port for connectivity and charging.

Display

The Moto G7 and G7 have similar size displays whereas the G7 Power is smallest amongst all. The G7 and G7 Power feature a 6.2-inches display panel whereas the G7 Play is smallest amongst all at 5.7-inches. All the phones have an LCD display but the screen resolution is different.

As expected the G7 has the best display amongst all with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2270 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 and the pixels density is 403 pixels-per-inch. The Moto G7 Power comes with an HD+ screen resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19:9 and the pixels density is 271 pixels-per-inch. The G7 Play has an HD+ screen resolution of 720 x 1512 pixels. The display pixels density is 294 pixels-per-inch.

Hardware

This year Motorola didn't bring any variant with Snapdragon 400 series chipset instead the company opted Snapdragon 632 chipset for all the variants. However, RAM and storage options are different. The G7 comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB native storage. The G7 Power comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage whereas the G7 Play comes with only 2GB RAM with 32GB storage. All the phones support memory expansion via MicroSD.

The Snapdragon 632 SoC is a solid mid-range Octa-core chipset, so you don't have to worry about the performance. However, if you want a phone for multi-tasking the G7 is a better option due to more RAM and native storage on board.

Specs Moto G7 Moto G7 Power Moto G7 Play
Display 6.2-inches 6.2-inches 5.7-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2270 pixels 720 x 1520 pixels 720 x 1512 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 632 Snapdragon 632 Snapdragon 632
RAM 4GB 3GB 2GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD 32GB Expandable via MicroSD 32GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 12MP+5MP 12MP 13MP
Front camera 8MP 8MP 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes Yes
OS Android Pie Android Pie Android Pie
Battery 3,000mAh 5,000mAh 3,000mAh

Camera

As mentioned above the G7 comes with dual rear cameras whereas the other phones come with single rear snapper. The primary rear snapper is 12MP with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary depth-sensing sensor is 5MP. The dual sensors allow you to capture bokeh shots with a good level of depth of field. The G7 Power features single snapper of 12MP on the rear with f/2.0 aperture. The G7 Play has a 13MP snapper on the rear with f/2.0 aperture.

Due to the larger aperture, the G7 camera's setup will certainly perform better in low-light conditions. The G7 comes with a new Auto Smile Capture feature which captures shot automatically on detecting a smile. This feature is exclusively available on the G7. All the devices come with the digital High-Res zoom. The G7 can capture 4K videos and also it can record HD and Full HD videos at better frame rate than the other two phones. All the devices support hyper-lapse video capturing.

The G7 supports 4K recording at 30 frames per second, Full HD recording at 60 frames per second and HD videos at 720 frames per second. The G7 Power can only capture Full HD video at 30 frames per second. The G7 Play also supports Full HD video at 30fps. Up front the selfie snapper on all the phones is an 8MP module, So you will get the same level of selfie and video calling experience on all the devices.

Software

As OS all the phones are pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box. The company also confirmed all the phones will be receiving Android Q as well. Its good to see Motorola is committed to rolling out the next major update for their mid-range series. Like other Motorola phones, you will get a number of gestures shortcuts.

The Motorola's custom UI comes with a minimal level of bloatware, however, if you purchase carrier locked variant you may have to bear the bloatware. Overall the UI is quite clean with almost zero bloatware.

Battery

The Moto G7 and G7 Play is packed with a 3,000mAh battery, Considering the display resolution the G7 Play will certainly last longer the G7. However, if you are looking for a battery-centric option the G7 Power is the best amongst all with a gigantic battery cell of 5,000mAh. On single-charge, the G7 Power can easily last 2 days on moderate usage.

As far as the charging is a concern, the G7 comes with 15W TurboPower charging. According to the company, the 15 minutes charging will provide you 9 hours of battery life. The G7 Power also has a similar charging setup whereas the Play variant comes with 10W fast charger, So it won't charge as fast as the other two.

Unsurprisingly the Moto G7 is the most expensive amongst all at a price tag of $299. The G7 Power is slightly cheaper at a price tag of $249. The G7 Play is the cheapest amongst all at a price tag of $199. All the phones will support major carriers across the globe. Considering all the phones fall in the mid-range category it's feasible to purchase an unlocked model to avoid bloatware.

Conclusion:

Being the mid-range phone all the phones don't have lackluster features instead all the variants feature few special features to standout amongst the crowd. The Moto G7 comes with stylish dewdrop notch with glass rear, solid mid-range hardware, solid dual rear cameras, the latest version of Android OS and a fairly large battery which can last one day on normal usage.

The Moto G7 Power is featuring a traditional notch design, the display panel is the same as the G7 but you will have to compromise on the screen resolution. In the camera department, you will have single rear snapper instead of two. The best thing about the G7 Power is its gigantic battery cell which lasts two days on a single charge. In the end, the G7 Play is a good compact option for those who want a stock version of Android OS, good battery life and cameras. However, the G7 Play lags behind in the performance department.

The Moto G7 is certainly a better option from all aspects but it is slightly more expensive than the predecessor. If you don't have a budget problem the G7 is a pretty good option. Feel free to share your thoughts regarding Moto G7 vs G7 Power vs G7 Play in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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Moto G7 vs Moto G7 Power vs Moto G7 Play: How they differ?
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FafGabriel
FafGabriel

These four phones in itself are the variants of the G7. But will Motorola bring out variant of any particular of this variant, like the Moto G7 Play getting a different RAM-ROM combo?

JohnyD
JohnyD

I can't say how much this comparison helped me. I mean just talking loosely about the differences, the comparison table was handy. Good job!

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