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The Lenovo owned Motorola recently wraps off the cover from the much awaited G7 series including standard G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play, and Power. All the variants fall in the mid-range segment with different goodies to attract buyers. The Moto G7 comes with the solid mid-range category, the G7 Plus variant is the best amongst all with solid hardware specs, the G7 Power attracts buyers looking for a battery-centric phone whereas the G7 Play is cheapest amongst all with stylish design and average specs.
Despite being a cheaper phone the G7 Play will have to face stiff competition from entry-level phones from other OEMs including HMD Global and Chinese manufacturers. Today we will put the latest G7 Play in a head-to-head comparison against the HMD Global Nokia 3.1 Plus to know in detail how well the two mid-range phones compete for each other. Both the phones will attract those buyers who are not willing to spend a hefty amount on their next phone instead of looking for the best budget-friendly option.
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Both HMD Global and Motorola are attractive mid-range buyers with solid specs sheet, top-notch build quality, and pocket-friendly pricing. The G7 Play brings all the goodies you can expect from a true mid-range phone around $200 but the Nokia 3.1 Plus also doesn't compromise on any aspect either. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of both phones.
71.5 x 147.3 x 7.99 mm
5.7 inches - 1512x720 px
76.44 x 156.88 x 8.19 mm
6 inches - 1440x720 px
Being the budget-friendly options both the phones lack glass or metal rear instead both the companies opted polycarbonate design. The Nokia 3.1 Plus polycarbonate finish is worth appreciating as it doesn't look cheap at all. On the other hand, the G7 Play is lightest amongst the lineup with the textured plastic rear.
In terms of looks the Nokia 3.1 Plus looks dated due to thick bezels at the top and bottom of the display whereas the G7 Play comes with notch design and relatively thinner bottom bezel than the Nokia 3.1 Plus. Another important aspect is Nokia 3.1 Plus is a gigantic phone with almost flat edges that's why it can be easily grabbed single handidly. On the other hand, the G7 Play edges are gently curved and also it is significantly smaller than its competitor.
On the rear side, the G7 Play comes with single rear snapper and LED flashlight enclosed in Motorola's traditional circle. The fingerprint scanner is embedded under the camera setup in the M batwing logo. Like most of the HMD Global branded phones, the Nokia 3.1 has dual snappers on the rear aligned vertically in the center with LED flashlight. The camera sensors and LED flashlight is a slightly protruding one module. The circular fingerprint scanner is below the camera's setup.
Being the budget-friendly options both the phones lack IP ratings, however, the G7 Play comes with a water-repellent coating which provides resistance against water up to some extent. The G7 Play dimensions are 148.7 x 71.5 x 8.19 mm and weigh 151g. The Nokia 3.1 Plus is taller, wider and thicker at 162 x 77 x 8.78 mm and also it is heavier at 190g. In terms of colors options, the G7 Play is available in Deep Indigo and Starry Black colors whereas the Nokia 3.1 Plus can be grabbed in Gray, Blue, and White.
The display is certainly an aspect where both the phones lag behind than most of the mid-rangers in the market. The G7 Play comes with a 5.7-inches LCD display with HD+ screen resolution of 720 x 1512 pixels. The Nokia 3.1 Plus features a significantly larger 5.99-inches display with HD+ screen resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. The G7 Play display aspect ratio is 19:9 whereas the Nokia 3.1 Plus display aspect ratio is 18:9.
Thanks to smaller display and better screen resolution the G7 Play is sharper with better pixels density. However, as a daily driver, you won't find the difference between the two. The colors accuracy and saturation level is same due to LCD panels on both the devices.
As both the phones are pocket-friendly options that's why both are packed with less powerful hardware to handle daily tasks. Both the phones aren't performance-centric phones that's why users have to rely on the entry-level hardware. The Moto G7 Play is running on the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 632 SoC whereas the Nokia 3.1 Plus is powered up by the Mediatek P22 SoC.
According to Motorola, the latest Snapdragon 632 SoC powered G7 Play is 110% better performer than the predecessor G6 Play running Snapdragon 439. The G7 Play is available only in one configuration with 2GB RAM and 32GB which can be further expanded using MicroSD. The Nokia 3.1 Plus can be grabbed with 3GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage. Both devices support memory expansion via MicroSD. In terms of performance, the SD 632 certainly has an upper hand as it can handle tasks more efficiently.
|Specs||Moto G7 Play||Nokia 3.1 Plus|
|Screen resolution||720 x 1512 pixels||720 x 1440 pixels|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 632||MediaTek P22|
|Storage||32GB Expandable via MicroSD||32GB Expandable via MicroSD|
|OS||Android Pie||Android Oreo (Pie will be rolled out soon)|
The Moto G7 Play is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box whereas the Nokia 3.1 Plus is running on Android Oreo 8.1. Recently a Nokia 3.1 Plus spotted on the Geekbench listing running on the Android Pie, which indicates the stable version of Android Pie is inching closer. Motorola also confirms the G7 Play will receive Android Q when the final stable version will be out.
Another important aspect is Nokia 3.1 Plus is an Android One phone running on the stock version of Android OS whereas the G7 Play comes with thin skin over the stock Android OS.
The battery cell on the G7 Play is 3,000mAh battery whereas the Nokia 3.1 Plus is packed with slightly larger 3,500mAh cell. Both have enough juice to last more than one day on a single charge. As far as the fast charging is a concern the G7 Play comes with 10W TurboPower charging whereas the Nokia 3.1 Plus relies on the Quick Charge 3.0+. For connectivity, the Nokia 3.1 Plus comes with Micro-USB port whereas the G7 Play comes with USB-C port.
If you are going for a budget-friendly phone the cameras are certainly a key aspect where you have to compromise. The Nokia 3.1 Plus comes with dual rear sensors, the primary module is a 13MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is 5MP. Up front the selfie snapper is 8MP. The Moto G7 Play has single rear snapper of 13MP with f/2.0 aperture. The front-facing selfie snapper is 8MP.
Both the phones will surely lag in the low-light conditions. In stable lighting conditions, the results will be good. Although the secondary sensor on the Nokia 3.1 Plus is an edge on paper the G7 Play brings more customization features. The High-Res zoom feature allows you to digitally zoom long distance shots. If you want to capture slow-motion shots the Hyperlapse feature will come in play. Despite having a single snapper on the rear and front the G7 Play can capture portrait shots.
As far as pricing is a concern the Nokia 3.1 Plus can be grabbed around $160 whereas the G7 Play costs $200. The G7 Play is currently available in Mexico and Brazil whereas the Nokia 3.1 Plus is more widely available being a few months old.
Both phones are quite close to each other in many aspects. In the design department if you prefer Nokia 3.1 Plus finish you will have to compromise on the thick bezels and block design whereas despite having notch design the G7 Play looks like a cheap phone. Both the phones have LCD panels with HD+ screen resolution, now it's up to you whether you like a notch or traditional bezel. In the hardware section, the G7 Play certainly has an upper hand due to the better chipset.
It's too early to claim which smartphone amongst the two performs better in the camera battle. As OS the G7 Play takes lead due to being on the latest version of Android OS. The G7 Play isn't widely available and also it costs $40 more. Feel free to share your thoughts regarding the G7 Play vs Nokia 3.1 Plus in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.