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Motorola Moto G7 Plus vs Moto G6 Plus: An in-house competition

11 February 2019 5

Motorola finally wraps off the cover from the much-awaited G7-series in a dedicated event in Brazil. As expected this year Motorola unveiled four variants of G7 series including G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play. Every variant of G7 lineup comes with some dedicated feature to lure customers. The best amongst all is the latest G7 Plus with solid mid-range hardware, dual rear cameras, stylish design and the latest version of Android OS.

Despite the fact the G6 Plus is one year older, it is still one of the best mid-range phones in the market with great value for money, solid cameras and hardware, and a long lasting battery. The Motorola G-lineup is known for its great design and hardware, the same is the case with the latest G7 series. To remain the budget-king Motorola brought a number of new additions with the latest phones.

It will be interesting to see what kind of changes latest Moto G7 Plus is bringing over the predecessor. Are the changes enough to upgrade from G6 Plus or not? So if you are amongst those who are willing to purchase a new mid-range phone the G7 Plus is certainly a pretty good option. Today we will put the latest G7 Plus against the G6 Plus to know in detail the real differences and similarities between the two devices. Without any further delay, let's kick off with the design differences.

75.3 x 157 x 8.27 mm
6.24 inches - 2270x1080 px
75.5 x 159.9 x 7.99 mm
5.99 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Design

Both the Moto G7 Plus and G6 Plus features metal chassis with glass covering the rear side. However, there are a few aspects which differentiate the G7 Plus from the predecessors. The G7 Plus is packed with a waterdrop notch with thin bezels around the display. The only prominent bezel is at the bottom with Motorola branding. The glass rear is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The rear side has dual cameras with LED flashlight enclosed in a circle. The fingerprint scanner is embedded below the camera's setup in the Motorola's M batwing logo. The device comes with water repellant coating like its predecessor. For connectivity, the G7 Plus comes with USB-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack. The G7 Plus dimensions are 157 x 75.3 x 8.3mm and weigh 176g.

On the front-facing side, the first prominent change with the Moto G6 Plus design is thick bezels around the display. The top bezel features selfie snapper, earpiece and LED flashlight whereas the bottom bezel has Motorola branding and physical home button with a fingerprint scanner embedded under it.

The rear designing of Moto G6 Plus is the same as the G7 Plus, the only difference is lack of fingerprint scanner under the M batwing logo. The Moto G6 Plus dimensions are 160 x 75.5 x 8mm and weigh 167g. It comes with USB-C port for connectivity and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Display

The first prominent difference between the two phones is the front-facing display. The Moto G6 Plus comes with a 5.9-inches IPS LCD display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 and the pixels density is 409 pixels-per-inch.

This year Motorola further refined the display by increasing the aspect ratio to 19:9 by replacing the top notch with a waterdrop notch. The display is of 6.2-inches with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2270 pixels. The display pixels density is 403 pixels-per-inch. Thanks to thin bezels design the G7 Plus looks far cleaner and stylish than the predecessor.

The display panel on both the phones is IPS LCD, so the colors accuracy and saturation level is the same on both the phones. However, if you are looking for a new phone to watch movies and play games the G7 Plus is a better option as it features larger display in the same compact body like the predecessor.

Hardware

Both the phones fall in the mid-range category that's why both are running on the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600-series chipset. Like all other departments, Motorola brought improvement in the hardware section as well. The Moto G7 Plus is powered up by the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636 chipset with 4GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB storage. It supports memory expansion up to 512GB using MicroSD.

The Moto G6 Plus is running on the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 630 chipset. The storage and RAM options remain similar like the predecessor. Those who are unaware the Snapdragon 636 is the successor of Snapdragon 630, So its good to see Motorola opted the successor chipset for the successor model.

According to Qualcomm the latest Snapdragon 636 performs 40% better than the predecessor. The performance on the SD630 was already pretty good, So you can expect the SD636 will perform even better. As far as the audio performance is a concern the G6 Plus features only front earpiece speaker whereas the G7 Plus comes with stereo audio setup.

Specs Moto G7 Plus Moto G6 Plus
Display 6.2-inches 5.9-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2270 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 636 Snapdragon 630
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 16MP+5MP 12MP+5MP
Front camera 12MP 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
IP68 No No
Battery 3,000mAh 3,200mAh

Camera

Although on paper both the phones have dual rear snappers but the camera's setup on the G7 Power is significantly better than the predecessor. The primary rear snapper is a 16MP module with f/1.7 aperture. The secondary snapper on the rear is 5MP depth-sensing sensor.

On the other hand, the G6 Plus primary rear sensor is 12MP with f/1.7 aperture and the secondary depth-sensing module is 5MP. Thanks to the secondary depth-sensing sensor both the phones capture amazing portrait shots with pretty good bokeh effects.

As mentioned above the G7 Plus brings few more additions on board. The primary sensor on the G7 Plus comes with optical image stabilization whereas the G6 Plus cameras lack OIS. A new Auto smile capture feature is introduced in which the device automatically captures shot when the user is smiling. The Auto Composition is also a pretty good addition as it creates a new image separately with better composition than the original shot.

Up front, the G6 Plus comes with 8MP snapper with LED flashlight to ensure great lightning condition in low-light scenarios whereas the G7 Plus comes with 12MP selfie snapper.

Software

As OS the G7 Plus is pre-installed with the latest Android Pie straight out of the box. The G6 Plus was announced with Android Oreo 8.1 later on the company rolled out the Android Pie update. The UI experience on both phones is quite smooth due to the minimal level of bloatware. No matter which smartphone you opt, the UI smoothness won't disappoint you. The best thing is the company officially confirmed the G7 lineup will receive Android Q as well.

Battery

Usually, the companies brought upgradations in the successor but that's not the case as far as the G7 Plus battery is a concern. The G7 Plus lights are kept on by a 3,000mAh battery whereas the G6 Plus is running on a 3,000mAh battery. Both the phones have enough juice to last one day on a single charge.

The Moto G6 Plus requires less than 100 minutes to completely recharge. With the G7 Plus Motorola introduced 27W TurboPower charger which quickly recharges the device in no time. The company claims the device requires only 15 minutes for a 12 hours battery life.

Price

The best thing is despite bringing a number of improvements the G7 Plus starts at the same price tag as its predecessor. For the European buyers, the G7 Plus is available at 299 Euros. Initially, the device is up for sale in Brazil and Mexico only. We can expect it will be released in other countries in the next few weeks.

The G6 Plus was announced at 299 Euros last year but now you can purchase it at a significantly lower price tag. It is widely available almost in all regions. Both devices support all major carriers across the globe.

Conclusion:

In terms of improvements, the Moto G7 Plus is featuring a slightly larger display with stylish dewdrop notch. The G7 Plus looks more futuristic with its rear fingerprint scanner and thin bezels design. The G7 Plus primary camera comes with optical image stabilization and a number of other goodies.

Under the hood, the Snapdragon 636 chipset is 40% faster than the Snapdragon 630 SoC. The stereo audio output is significantly better than the mono speaker of G6 Plus. The 27W fast charger straight out of the box works much better than the last year's fast charger. The Moto G6 Plus is still a pretty good option below $250, you can get even better pricing on special deals.

However if budget isn't your problem the G7 Plus is bringing improvements almost in all departments, it is certainly a worthy upgrade over the predecessor. Feel free to share your thoughts regarding the Moto G7 Plus vs Moto G6 Plus in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

(last update 10 April 2019 @ 20:18)

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