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Motorola Moto G7 vs Moto G6: What's the difference?

14 February 2019 5

From the past few years, the Motorola G-lineup is considered as the best option in the mid-range segment due to a number of reasons. Motorola's G-lineup phones key selling aspects are new design language, custom UI is quite close to the stock Android OS, build quality is pretty good, solid cameras and hardware and pricing below $300. The original Moto G phone was featuring a unibody plastic design, later on, the company adopted metal unibody design.

Last year Motorola opted glass rear instead of metal to make G-lineup phones more attractive and premium. This year once again Motorola revised their design strategy, however, the major changes are on the front-facing side instead of the rear. Once again Motorola opted glass rear for the G7 and G7 Plus. Like most of the latest phones, the G7 comes with stylish dewdrop notch.

The Moto G7 will face stiff competition from Nokia and other Chinese branded phones. We already compared the G7 against the Nokia 7.1, today we will put the Moto G7 in head-to-head comparisons against the Moto G6 to know in detail the real differences and similarities between the two. The latest Moto G7 isn't completely overhauled phone instead it is packed with solid incremental upgrades to lure buyers.

Being the best budget segment phone everyone is keen to know whether the latest Moto G7 has enough goodies to attract G6 owners or not? Without any further ado, let's kick off with the design.

75.3 x 157 x 7.92 mm
6.24 inches - 2270x1080 px
72.3 x 153.7 x 8.3 mm
5.7 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Design

In terms of looks, the Moto G6 is still considered as one of the best looking mid-range phones in the market. The Moto G6 chassis is made up of metal with glass covering the front and rear side. On the front-facing side, you will get significant bezel at the top and bottom of the display. The top bezel has an earpiece, selfie camera, LED flashlight, and other sensors. It has a small physical home button in the bottom bezel and Motorola branding right above it.

The fingerprint scanner is embedded on the front-facing side. On the rear side, the dual cameras and LED flashlight are enclosed in Motorola's classic circle. Below the camera's setup, it has M batwing logo. With the G7 Motorola refined the front-facing design further by introducing dewdrop notch and also minimalize the bottom bezel.

The G7 doesn't have a physical home button instead it only has Motorola branding. The edge-to-edge display with waterdrop notch looks much cleaner and stylish than the G6. The rear design of Moto G7 is similar like the Moto G6, the only prominent difference is fingerprint scanner is embedded in the M logo.

The glass rear on both the devices come with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Due to glass rear both the devices are prone to damage in case of an accidental drop. Both the devices have 3.5mm headphone jack. The Moto G7 dimensions are 157 x 75.3 x 8 mm and weigh 172g whereas the Moto G6 is slightly smaller and thicker at 153.8 x 72.3 x 8.3 mm and weighs 167g.

In terms of color options, the Moto G7 will be available in Clear White and Ceramic Black colors whereas the G6 can be grabbed in Deep Indigo and Black colors.

Display

As far as the display is a concern both the phones feature IPS LCD display panels with Full HD+ screen resolution. The Moto G7 sports a 6.2-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2270 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19:9 and the pixels density is 405 pixels-per-inch.

The Moto G6 comes with significantly smaller 5.7-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 and the pixels density is 424 pixels-per-inch. Both the devices have LCD panels that's why colors reproduction, saturation level, and accuracy level is almost the same. So if you want larger display you will have to compromise on the pixels density whereas the G6 has higher pixels density but the display screen is small. The pixel density difference isn't quite huge, ultimately everyone wants to have a larger display in the same body.

Hardware

Being the latest phone the Moto G7 certainly has an edge over the predecessor. The G6 is almost a year older phone that's why it lags behind the G7 in the performance department. The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 450 chipset is powering the G6 whereas the Moto G7 is packed with the Snapdragon 632 chipset.

That's a significant upgrade from the predecessor in terms of performance. According to Motorola, the latest phone is 50% faster than its predecessor. The Moto G6 was available in two configurations, the base model has 3GB RAM with 32GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Moto G7 is available only in 4GB RAM model with 64GB storage. Both the devices native storage is further expandable via MicroSD.

So if you are not satisfied with the performance of Moto G6, the G7 is bringing a significant upgrade in the performance department.

Specs Moto G7 Moto G6
Display 6.2-inches 5.7-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2270 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 632 Snapdragon 450
RAM 4GB 3,4GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD 32GB, 64GB Expandable via microSD
Rear cameras 12MP+5MP 12MP+5MP
Front camera 8MP 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
Battery 3,000mAh 3,000mAh
Software Android Pie Android Oreo
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
Camera

On paper, the Moto G6 and Moto G7 have almost similar cameras setup. The primary sensor on both the phones is a 12MP module with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a depth-sensing 5MP module. Same is the case with selfie snapper, both have the 8MP module.

With each new iteration of G-series, Motorola tries to introduce some new features. The G6 comes with Cinemagraphics feature which adds improvement to the capturing capabilities of the device. The G7 retains this feature and also introduced a new Auto Smile capture in which the device captures shot as soon as it detects a smile. The High-Res Zoom is also improved which allows capturing detail long distance shots with digital zoom. The hyperlapse feature is quite effective if you want to capture slow-motion videos. As expected the Moto G7 brings a number of improvements but its too early to claim which phone is better in the camera section.

Software

As OS both the phones is pre-installed with Android OS. Moto G6 was running on the Android Oreo 8.1 straight out of the box whereas the Moto G7 is pre-installed with Android Pie. Motorola recently started rolling Android Pie update for the G6 Plus owners, we can expect the update will be soon rolled for the G6 as well. On the other hand, Motorola confirmed the G7 will receive Android Q update as well. Being the latest the G7 will receive new updates for a longer period than the G6.

The custom UI skin on both the devices is thin over the stock OS, so you don't have to deal with much bloatware. The Moto Actions gestures on both the devices are pretty awesome.


Battery

The battery cell on both the phones is the same i.e. 3,000mAH. Although the G7 has a slightly larger display but also its chipset is more power efficient. Both the phones have enough juice to last one day on a single charge. Despite having glass rear both the phones lack wireless charging support. Both have USB-C port for connectivity and charging. As fast charging both the phones come with 15W Turbo fast charging.

Price

The Moto G7 is announced at a price tag of 249 Euros for the Brazil and Mexican market. It will be available for the US customers later this year in Spring. Considering the price tag it will be around $300 for the US market which makes it slightly more expensive than the predecessor.

On the other hand, the Moto G6 was launched at $250 last year. As being a year older phone it is currently available around $200 in the US. You can grab its unlocked variant via Amazon and it supports all major carriers across the globe.

Conclusion:

The Moto G6 was considered as one of the best mid-range phones last year, however, with the G7 the company really stepped up their game by opting almost everything to make G7 a better and more luring option. The G7 brings improvement in the design, display, hardware and latest software. However, in the camera and battery section, the company didn't bring any significant improvement.

If the budget isn't your problem the G7 emerge as a worthy successor of G6. If you are tight on the budget than we will recommend considering Moto G7 Play instead of G6 as it is the latest phone with better hardware and design. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding Moto G7 vs Moto G6 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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