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Motorola Moto G7 Play vs Moto G6 Play: What's changed in a year?

19 February 2019 5


A couple of weeks ago the Lenovo owned Motorola wraps off the cover from the much awaited mid-range Moto G7 series. This year Motorola launched four variants of G7 lineup including standard G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play, and G7 Power. In the last couple of years, smartphone manufacturers are not only improving the flagships but also bringing significant improvements for the mid-range phones as well. That's why in the last couple of years we have seen Motorola adopting new design trend and better hardware for their mid-range G-series phones.

The latest mid-range phones also prove that you don't need to spend a hefty amount to grab daily driver phone with good performance and stylish looks. The Moto G-lineup always attract those buyers who are looking for a solid mid-range phone at an affordable price tag. Those who are aware the Play variant is always cheapest amongst all with toned down hardware and design. The Moto G7 Play is the latest entry-level offering from Motorola with superb design and hardware.

So if you are amongst those who are looking to upgrade to G7 Play and currently owns Moto G6 Play. Today we will put the latest G7 Play in a head-to-head comparison against the G6 Play to know in detail whether you should upgrade to the latest or not. Without any further delay, let's kick off with the design of both the phones.

71.5 x 147.3 x 7.99 mm
5.7 inches - 1512x720 px
72.2 x 154.4 x 8.95 mm
5.7 inches - 1440x720 px
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Design

With each passing year, Motorola is bringing few improvements to improve the design language of their mid-range phones and the G7 Play is no exception. This year the first prominent change with Moto G7 Play is a reduction of thick bezels from the top and bottom of the display. Motorola adopted the traditional wider notch for the G7 Play. The bottom bezel is also relatively thinner than the predecessor, it also has Motorola branding.

The rear side has single snapper enclosed in a circle with LED flashlight. The fingerprint scanner is on the rear side embedded in the Moto batwing logo. For connectivity, the G7 Play comes with USB-C port and it also retains the 3.5mm headphone jack. Last year's Moto G6 Play has thick bezels at the top and bottom of the display. The top bezel has earpiece, front-facing camera and LED flashlight. The fingerprint scanner is on the rear side under the camera setup. On the rear side, you will get a single sensor with LED flashlight. The camera setup is enclosed in Motorola's traditional circle.

Both the phones have polycarbonate chassis that's why both doesn't look premium. The G7 Play comes with a micro-textured resin coating on the rear. Both the phones come with a water-repellent coating which provides resistance against water spills up to some extent. The G7 Play dimensions are 148.7 x 71.5 x 8.19 mm whereas the G6 Play is thicker, wider and larger at 154.4 x 72.2 x 9 mm. The Moto G7 Play weighs 151g whereas the G6 Play is significantly heavier at 175g.

In terms of colors options, the G7 Play is available in Deep Indigo and Starry Black colors whereas the G6 Play can be grabbed in Flash gray, Deep Indigo, Gold and Silver colors.

Display

Both the phones come with IPS LCD panel of 5.7-inches with HD+ screen resolution. The G6 Play screen resolution is 720 x 1440 pixels whereas the G7 Play screen resolution is 720 x 1512 pixels. The G7 Play display aspect ratio is 19:9 and the pixels density is 294 pixels-per-inch whereas the G6 Play display aspect ratio is 2:1 and the pixels density is 283 pixels-per-inch. Due to a minor difference in pixels density, you may not find any difference with the naked eye. Overall both the phones are on the same level as far as the display is a concern.

Hardware

Being the latest model the G7 Play has an added advantage in the hardware department, however, the latest device is bringing the Snapdragon 632 SoC like the other models of G7-series. The G6 Play is running on the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 427 SoC which wasn't amongst the best mid-range chipset. That's why the G6 Play owners often complain about the sluggishness of the device. On the other hand, the G7 Play is way more powerful. According to Motorola, the G7 Play is 110% better in performance than the G6 Play.

The G7 Play Octa-Core chipset is accompanied with 2GB RAM and built-in native storage is 32GB. It supports memory expansion up to 512GB using MicroSD. The Adreno 506 is taking care of graphics. On the other hand, the G6 Play was available in 3GB RAM configuration with 32GB storage. It supports memory expansion up to 128GB only. The Adreno 505 is on board as GPU.

Specs Moto G7 Play Moto G6 Play
Display 5.7-inches 5.7-inches
Screen resolution 720 x 1512 pixels 720 x 1440 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 632 Snapdragon 427
RAM 2GB 3GB
Storage 32GB Expandable via MicroSD 32GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 13MP 13MP
Front camera 8MP 8MP
USB Type-C Micro-USB
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
Battery 3,000mAh 4,000mAh
water-repellant coating Yes Yes
Camera

Usually the camera's setup is the main aspect where budget-friendly phones lag behind but fortunately, the G6 Play and G7 Play are a relatively better option than most of the phones in this category. Both the phones perform pretty well in stable lighting conditions, however in low-light conditions the results are shaky.

The primary rear snapper on both the devices is 13MP with f/2.0 aperture. The camera sensor on the G7 Play remains similar to the predecessor. On the front-facing, the selfie snapper also remains 8MP like the predecessor. The hardware setup remains similar to the predecessor, however, Motorola brought few software improvements.

The selfie snapper can also capture portrait shots with bokeh effects. The rear camera comes High-Res zoom with 2x digital zoom feature which provides digital zoom up to 2x without affecting the image quality.

Battery

Unfortunately, the battery is certainly one key area where the G7 Play lags significantly behind the G6 Play. The G7 Play is packed with a 3,000mAh battery whereas the G6 Play has a gigantic battery cell of 4,000mAh. The G6 Play was marketed as the mid-range phone with two days battery life but it seems like that won't be the case with the G7 Play.

Motorola claims the G7 Play can last 40 hours on a single charge which means you may not get as much low battery life as looking on the paper. The G7 Play relies on the Type-C port for charging whereas the G6 Play comes with Micro-USB port.

Software

As OS the G7 Play is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box. On the other hand, the G6 Play was announced with Android Oreo 8.1, now the company is rolling out Android Pie update. The best thing is custom UI skin on both the devices is quite close to the stock version of Android OS. Last but not the least the G7 Play is officially confirmed to receive Android Q update but the G6 Play owners may not get this update.

Price

The Moto G6 Play is currently widely available across the globe. It was announced at $200 and was available from Amazon and Motorola official store. Now you can grab it at the much lower price tag on special deals. The G7 Play is announced at $200, however, initially, it is available in Brazil and Mexico only. It will be announced for other markets later in the coming months.

Conclusion:

The Moto G7 Play is bringing improvements over the predecessor in many departments. The G7 Play overpowers its predecessor in the display, hardware and OS department whereas in display and camera department it brings minor upgrades. Surprisingly the battery is a downgrade over the predecessor. So if you are looking for a cheap Moto G-lineup phone the G7 Play is a pretty good option with stylish design, solid hardware, cameras and almost two days battery life. Last but not least it also brings the latest flavor of Android OS on board.

However, if you own the G6 Play and looking to upgrade due to hardware sluggishness the successor is a worthy upgrade over the predecessor. Otherwise, the G6 Play is still a pretty solid option below $200. Do share your thoughts regarding the Moto G7 Play vs G6 Play in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.

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